William Thomas Shearon
William “Bill” Thomas Shearon, 73, of Bradenton Beach, died Aug. 20.
He was born Jan. 9, 1947, in Chicago and was raised in Wilmette, Illinois.
He graduated New Trier High School and attended college for a year and a half before he began a business career in grain elevators in Sycamore, Illinois.
He then had a 27-year career as an independent petroleum marketer in three states, operating from Woodstock, Harvard and Elgin, all in Illinois, and marketing in Indiana.
Mr. Shearon served on three major oil company boards and on two trade association boards, one as president.
He was married 27 years to Nancy Jo Petty and they raised two children together in Woodstock, Illinois.
Along with his life-partner of 25 years, Tjet Martin, he owned and operated Linger Longer, a resort rental property in Bradenton Beach.
He served the city of Bradenton Beach as a volunteer on the planning and zoning board and was elected as commissioner and mayor.
He requested a private family memorial service. A celebration of life is being planned for January 2021. Memorial donations may be made to Southeastern Guide Dogs, 4210 77th St. E., Palmetto, FL 34221, or Lighthouse Vision Loss Education Center, 7318 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34243.
Mr. Shearon is survived by Tjet; daughters Kristine and husband Eddie Henderson and Barbie and husband Keith Behnke; grandchildren Dylan and wife Tricia, Kelsey, Brandon, Evan and Jeanette; great-granddaughter Taylor; and brother David of Watkinsville, Georgia; and his support dog, Reese.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, his wife Nancy and son Kenny.