Norman Shearer

  Norman “Norm” Earl Shearer, age 75, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018 at Whatcom Hospice House.

  Norm was born Feb. 20, 1943 at the Bremerton Naval Hospital in Bremerton, Washington, to parents Wilber and Sylvia (Robison) Shearer. He was one of three children. Norm’s dad was a ninth-generation Navy man and the family moved around quite a bit. Later on, his mother remarried and he was raised by Sylvia and stepdad Ambrose Sherman. Norm graduated from Western High School in Anaheim, California, and Fullerton College, earning a business and history degree. Norman served four years in the U.S. Navy as a guided missile technician. He was very proud of being a 10th-generation military veteran.

  Norm married Andrea Ausburn on Aug. 14, 1965 in Los Alamitos, California. After moving around a good bit, they settled in the Maple Falls and Kendall area of Whatcom County, where they raised children Kim and Greg.

Norm worked as the security manager and fire marshal for St. Joseph Hospital and as a wound care specialist and nurse for Visiting Angels. He was a past president of the Home Builders Association. Norman enjoyed history, astronomy, reading, studying constitutional law, photography and being a do-it-yourself person. He was a volunteer firefighter and EMT. He was member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church and the Bellingham Knights of Columbus, Council #829.

  Norm is survived by his wife, Andrea Shearer, of Maple Falls; daughter Kim Cobb (Jesse) of Blaine; and son Greg Shearer and fiancé Lynn Honcoop of Bellingham; grandchildren Raeghan, Hunter and Tessa Cobb; brother Ron Shearer and sister Colleen McFarland.

  He was preceded in death by his mother Sylvia Sherman; brother Michael; father Wilber; stepfather Ambrose; father-in-law George Ausburn; mother-in-law Betty Gates; and Norm’s beloved dog Jager.

  A Catholic Mass will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, in St. Peter’s Catholic Church, 6210 Mt. Baker Hwy., Deming, with burial to follow in St. Peter’s Catholic Cemetery.

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  Arrangements are entrusted to Gillies Funeral Home and Cremation Services.