Ernest James Shearin, loving husband and father of two sons, passed away peacefully at his home in Henrico, VA, on Wednesday, August 26, 2020, at the age of 72.
He was born August 16, 1948, in Norfolk, VA, to Ernest and Marie Shearin. He followed in his father’s footsteps and started an apprenticeship in his teens at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard where he worked for the next 32 years, eventually retiring as a supervisor of Shop 11.
After a distinguished career of federal service, Ernie moved to Henrico, VA, to be closer to his children and their families.
In his spare time, Ernie loved visiting the Blue Ridge Mountains of VA, where he would go tent camping, hiking, and fishing with his family. He was also always on the search for the best eastern NC style BBQ and hidden culinary gems off the beaten path, which usually translated into small hole-in-the-wall restaurants or bakeries. He never did find any kind of BBQ outside of NC that could beat it.
Ernie never missed an opportunity to spend time with his family at get-togethers, holidays, and beach house vacations. He also enjoyed going on cruises with his wife, with whom he recently celebrated his 49th anniversary.
Ernie will be forever remembered as the most loving, kind, gentle, and selfless person you could ever meet. He was always willing to drop whatever he was doing to help others, whether it be family, friends, neighbors, or complete strangers.
Ernie was preceded in death by his father, Ernest C. Shearin. Ernie is survived by his mother Marie, his wife Dianne, his two sons, Matthew and Andrew, his daughters-in-law, Pilar and Jessica, and his grandchildren, Kiergan, Ethan, Kaelyn, Kaylee, and Kayden.
In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to: