Joseph Byron Sheare

Joseph Byron Sheare, D.Ed., passed away peacefully on April 9, 2019, at his home in Ocean Pines, Md., after a battle with dementia and Parkinson’s disease. He was born in 1946 in Kearny, N.J., to Mae and Byron Sheare.

“Joe” started his career with the Glen Rock, N.J., school system, working with special needs students. He earned his bachelor’s degree at Kean University; master’s degree from Seton Hall; and his doctoral degree in psychology from Penn State University. He moved to Maryland in 1972, started his private practice and also worked many years with the Fairfax County, Va., public school system, where he set up their program for emotionally challenged youth. Sheare was also the director of the Staff Development Institute, a federal grant program that trained general education teachers to assist special education students, throughout the state of Virginia and nationwide.

In 2016, he retired from his private psychology practice in Bethesda, Md., after 44 years. Sheare was the president of the homeowners’ association at Casa del Sol in Ocean City, Md., for nine years and loved his beach community. Sheare had his second home in Ocean City for 26 years before moving to Ocean Pines in 2017. He loved to fish and go offshore in his boat, Blues Chaser II. He found joy in home improvement projects, reading and listening to music.

He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Robin Sheare of Ocean Pines; his son, Ryan Sheare; daughter-in-law Megha; two grandchildren, Natasha and Hannah; his two nieces, Shari and Cindi; and many wonderful supportive friends. He was preceded in death by his mother, Mae; father, Byron; sister, Barbara; and stepfather, Joe.

Sheare was a member of the Ocean City Jeep Club and an avid supporter of the Ocean City Reef Foundation, a nonprofit organization that is enhancing the local marine ecosystem through the creation of artificial reefs. His request was to be interred at the Sheare Family Reef. More information, please visit Memorial contributions can be made to the Ocean City Reef Foundation at

Arrangements are in the care of Eastern Shore Cremation and Funeral Service, a division of Holloway Funeral Home, Berlin, Md.

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