Michael Shear

Michael Stephen Shear

March 13, 1953 - April 5, 2021
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    Wednesday, April 7th, 2021 | 9:30am
    Wednesday, April 7th, 2021 9:30am
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Michael Stephen Shear, MD, of Towson, Maryland, passed away on Monday, April 5th, 2021 at the age of 68. He is survived by his wife, Donna Blair Shear; son, Joshua Daniel Shear; siblings, Barbara Hirshorn, Gail (Joel) Smith, Jonathan (Maddy) Shear; brother-in-law, William Kerfoot; also survived by loving nieces, nephews, and dear friends. He was predeceased by his parents, Dr. Joseph and Miriam Shear. A celebration of life in his memory will be held at a later date.

A Virtual Funeral will be held on Wednesday, April 7th, 2021 at 9:30 am. Interment Beth El Memorial Park. Please omit flowers. Contributions in his memory may be sent to American Macular Degeneration Foundation, P.O. Box 515, Northhampton, MA 01061. An outdoor shiva will be held Thursday only at 9 Joel Court, Reisterstown, MD 21136. Please e-mail for availability to: Masks are required.
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Joni Mazer Field

Posted at 11:21pm
I went to elementary school with Michael...and I remember folk dancing with him in Mr. Zainer's class. He was so smart and I was fond of him even then. We went to Pikesville Sr High...but there was no more folk dancing there. I am so very sorry to hear of this tragic loss. He was a very special person and I'm sorry to have lost touch with him. My sincere condolences to his family and friends.

jack miller

Posted at 11:42pm
I am sorry for your loss. Though I have not seen Michael for some years since I have moved to South Carolina, I remember all those times we played golf at Chestnut Ridge. Michael will always be remembered as a gentle kind person with a great dry sense of humor.

Alan Scharf

Posted at 08:39pm
I knew Mike for over 30 years. I met him when we played basketball at the Park Heights JCC in the Over 30 league. I quickly learned that he was a respected and talented physician. I took advantage of his skills and he helped me get through some previous back issues. Over the years, I was privileged to refer friends and family to him. I always enjoyed my encounters with him and found him to be a warm, intelligent, wonderful man with a great sense of humor. I will miss him.
My sincere condolences to his family.

Stephanie Peterson

Posted at 06:49pm
My sincere and heartfelt condolences to the Shear family. I worked with Dr. Shear in his Physiatry office at Union Memorial Hospital. He was also my Dr. If I had an issue, I could count on him to figure out my problem and prescribe meds, PT, etc. He will be sorely missed.

Andrew Panagos

Posted at 09:41am
Dear Donna, my deepest sympathies on Michael's passing. He was a fellow classmate, resident, colleague, and friend for many years. His empathy and kindness made me a better physician and person. May his memory be a blessing.

Dave & Louise Zirretta

Posted at 08:30am
Dear Donna, Louise and I are so saddened to have learned about Michael's passing and your loss. heartbroken for your loss. I have wonderful sweet & funny memories of Michael from so many years ago. Michael was always a kind soul with us, and memories of our shared time at CRCC are cherished memories. May his love for you and family, the laughter & happier times, give you and your family the strength and support during this difficult time. Our love and sincerest condolences.

Martin Zelig Kanner

Posted at 09:09pm
Michael and I were colleagues since our residency days at Sinai hospital Rehabilitation department more than 40 years ago. When we were both in private practice, I could always rely on his reports to be comprehensive , accurate , and cogent, even when we represented opposing sides in various medical negligence or personal injury cases. He was an exemplary professional.
On a personal level , I quoted him many times on his theory of "the half-life of radioactivity " in overcoming personal relationship challenges.
I will always be grateful that he was able to join Dr. Andy Panagos and myself for a very special dinner at a nice Steakhouse about 3 months ago. Despite his medical problems , he still retained his incomparable dry sense of humor and deadpan delivery. I will miss him. Mary Kanner.

Scott Kerfoot

Posted at 09:06pm
In memories, fun and laughter. Thank you for your warmth. Your patience. Your kindness. My family and I will cherish our time together-always.

Marcie Weisberg

Posted at 04:59pm
Dear Donna, I'm heartbroken for your loss. I have wonderful sweet & funny memories of Michael from so many years ago. When I was first married, Michael came over for dinner almost every night. I used to say "Michael Michael & I are having dinner", which (rightly so) confused everyone & we would laugh & laugh. May your stories of love, laughter & happier times, help you, your son & everyone who loved Michael, through these sad ones. Much love, Marcie

Josh Renzi, PT

Posted at 03:36pm
It was an honor to have collaborated with Dr. Shear over so many years. His diagnostic skills were his hallmark and it was always fun to discuss complex patients with him. His dry, and often self-deprecating, sense of humor was legendary and he was always (usually) kind enough to laugh at my attempts to keep up. There is no doubt that Dr. Shear made this world a better place. May "the Dude" Rest In Peace.

Susan Dugan-Konka

Posted at 10:08am
Donna and Josh, I am heartbroken for your loss of Michael/Dad. I wish you both peace and eventually joy in your memories of him.

Chizuk Amuno Congregation

Posted at 08:28am
The Chizuk Amuno synagogue community expresses our sincere condolences on the passing of Michael Shear, brother of our member, Gail Smith. We extend our sympathies to the entire family. May you find comfort in your memories.

Sharon B.

Posted at 11:24pm
My sincere condolences. He was a warm, sweet, gentle, smart person and more. I am sorry for your loss.

Marty McGinty

Posted at 07:55pm
I am so sorry for your loss. I loved Dr. Shear. We worked together for a long time at Union Memorial and he was so good to me. Took care of all my athletes I sent him with back issues. He was great when I needed his advice. Dr. Shear even came to my wedding. I loved his sense of humor. I will miss him.

Diane Lieberman

Posted at 07:38pm
This is such sad news. Mike was a great doctor and such a nice person. My condolences to the family.

Leslie Matz

Posted at 07:06pm
Dear Donna and Josh
I am so sorry and so sad to hear about Mike's passing. I do have a funny memory of Mike at an office visit for a hurt shoulder. We were standing up facing each other and he demonstrated for me to raise my arm and then my other arm. This exercise quickly turned into the Lucille Ball & Harpo Marx Mirror routine. I smile when I think about it to this day. He will be missed.
Sending you warm hugs.

Ron Sless

Posted at 06:22pm
Dear Shear family,

Mike was a world class person. His dry sense of humor always reminded me of the nickname we gave him, Newhart. Always a pleasure to be with him. He shared all his music with me, and anyone else, for that matter. And a true mensch.

Linda Luca

Posted at 05:49pm
I am so sorry for your loss. Dr. Shear was a colleague, and my neck doctor. He was so caring and thorough. As a hand therapist it was so easy to approach him and discuss patients as well as ask him questions. He always took the time to talk and make jokes! I loved his sense of humor and he has been and will forever be missed. Rest In Peace

Cheryl Conrad

Posted at 05:16pm
Donna and Josh, we are so very sorry for your loss. At SSRC, we felt lucky to share the office space next to "Doc" for about 20 years. During that time, he was our mentor, our colleague, our friend, and the person with the best dry sense of humor of anyone around. He is missed.

Marlene Wolff Solomon

Posted at 02:58pm
To Michael’s family:
I was deeply shocked and saddened to learn of Michael’s untimely passing. We attended Pikesville Sr. High School together in the Class of ‘71. I spoke to him some years ago when I was working on one of our reunions. May he Rest In Peace.
With deepest sympathy,
Marlene Wolff Solomon :-(

Herta and Arthur Baitch

Posted at 12:01pm
Dear Shear Family,
We are so very shocked and saddened to learn of Michael's passing. We were very close to his dear parents and I (Arthur) relied on his reliable medical consultations and treatment of my patients frequently. Please accept our sincerest condolences.

Elaine katzen

Posted at 11:18am
So sorry for your loss. With my deepest sympathy, Elaine Katzen

Claire (Shapiro) Hoffman

Posted at 07:53am
Gail - A friend recommended Michael to me many years ago before I even knew what physical medicine was. He was a consummate professional and - on a personal level - just a great guy. I'm so sorry for your loss.

Barbara & Steve Cohen

Posted at 07:35am
Dear Gail & Joel.
We are so sorry for your loss. We hope that good memories will be a source of comfort to you and your family.

Jamie Nathanson Miller

Posted at 07:29am
My sincere condolences to Michael’s family. We were neighbors throughout high school. We reconnected when I went to him for some medical issues. May your fond memories help during this difficult time.

Andy & Cherie Snyder

Posted at 07:25am
Michael was a total class act and consummate gentleman. He practiced medicine with a kindness and caring that made you feel as if you were his only patient. His incredibly dry wit and subtle humor made socializing together always a pleasure, whether on the golf course, dining out, or just relaxing on the deck. Michael enhanced the lives of many, and he will surely be missed.

Caren Shelley

Posted at 09:19pm
I had the privilege of meeting Michael during Josh’s 6th grade year at the Jemicy school. When you meet certain people, they leave an impression on you. I was floored by the love Michael and Donna shined out- for music, art, Chester the house frog, and of course, Josh.

I had the privilege of supporting Josh in his application to Carver, kid napping him to take him to concerts and music gatherings at my house. The whole time, knowing, Josh’s old soul was connected to his dads. The passion Michael had for so many of the same movies, music, books, burned inside, and made huge connections to Josh.

Josh and I became very close friends- and I had the pleasure of being able to reach out to Michael for advice, on any subject- being so grounded, warm, welcoming- Michael was there to support and guid. Donna, always giving the best hugs and extending herself along side.

Josh and Donna, thank you for sharing Micheal’s love, passion and strength with so many of us.

Micheal, thank you for all the love you gave and years of support. You are loved and will be missed by so many. I have a list of songs inside that when I hear them, I know you would approve.


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