George William Sherk
Date of Birth:  November 13, 1943
Date of Death:  March 19, 2017
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  • George William Sherk, age 73, passed away peacefully on March  19, 2017 in the Neurotrauma ICU of the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center. Born in Lebanon, PA, he was the son of the late William and Elizabeth Sherk.  He is survived by his wife and companion Dolores E. Rothermel who were together for nearly 47 years, his stepson Robert A. Rothermel, Jr and his wife Amy of Ocean City, MD, a stepniece Melody Cedarstrom of Berlin, MD, a brother Cedric Sherk, and a niece Susan.   The light of his life were his two grandsons, Jonathan B. Rothermel and his fiance Megan, and William B. Rothermel also of Ocean City, MD. He is also survived by a special family friend Prashant Manral. 

     
    George, a proud veteran of the United States Marine Corp, served overseas on embassy duty and was shot twice while carrying documents in North Africa.  He was also a member of the USMC Drum and Bugle Corp and played on the undefeated USMC Rugby team.  
     
    His passion of woodworking was passed down from his grandfather as he worked for many years as a pattern maker for the Lebanon Steel Foundry, the Lebanon Pattern Shop and eventually retired as a carpenter at Hersheypark.  He would speak fondly about his work on Hershey's infamous wooden roller coasters The Comet, the Lighting Racer, and the Wildcat; as well as the habitats he constructed at ZooAmerica.  His love of working with wood transitioned into a retirement hobby of making intricately detailed ornaments, crafts and projects with his grandchildren.  Additionally he found great satisfaction in advising several Eagle Scout candidates with their service projects. 
     
    After retiring to Ocean City, MD,  George spent his days pursuing his other lifelong passion of fishing.  As soon as the water warmed, and depending on the tide, George could be found on either the Route 50 Bridge, the rock pile at the Ocean City Inlet or along the baywalk downtown on Chicago Avenue.  When he wasn't fishing he was thinking about his next outing.  He very much looked forward to old friends from Hersheypark dropping by in order to get a line wet.  The times he spent talking about fishing with neighborhood friends was priceless.
     
    A private service will be held at a later date when his ashes will be cast to sea.  In lieu of flowers a donation in his memory may be made to: Boy Scout Troop 261  c/o P.O. Box 401,  Berlin, MD, 21811.  Arrangements are in the care of Stallings Funeral Home of Pasadena MD.  Letters of Condolence may be sent to www.stallingsfh.com.