William Barton Shermer, 72, a 32 year resident of Pasadena, died on April 22 at his home from complications due to cancer, after a three-plus year illness. He was born July 10, 1941 in Havertown, Pennsylvania. After completing Haverford College, he joined the Navy and resided in a number of places around the world. William completed 26 years of US Naval Service as a Special Duty Cryptologist. He was a trained and skilled Mandarin linguist and used that skill to learn Spanish, Lithuanian, German, Russian, Latin, some French and some Turkish. Once he retired, he became the Co-owner, President and Chief Operating Officer for Blue Goose Charters, home ported in Baltimore, and specializing in single screw operation of diesel trawlers. He was an avid boater, community activist, gun enthusiast, decoy collector, and especially enjoyed traveling to different countries to practice the many languages he spoke. William was active in the Airport Coordination Team (ACT), President of Marine Traders Owners Association (MTOA), on the Board of Directors for the Grand Harbor Trawler Association, and held several positions on the Anchorage Marina Board of Directors, including President, Vice-President and Treasurer. He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Alexis Loo; his children from a previous marriage, Cassandra, Samantha, Amanda and William Joseph; and 10 grandchildren. Family and friends may visit from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 26, at Barranco & Sons, P.A. Severna Park Funeral Home, 495 Ritchie Hwy., in Severna Park, followed by a Celebration of Life Service beginning at 3 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the SPCA of AA County, 1815 Bay Ridge Ave., Annapolis, MD 21403 or to the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society, 875 N. Randolph Street, Suite 225, Arlington, VA 22203. Online condolences may be made at www.barrancofuneralhome.com
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Published in The Capital on Apr. 25, 2014