William Lynn Hershfeld, age 81, of Aberdeen, MD (formerly Edgewood) died peacefully at Upper Chesapeake Medical Center on February 23, 2023 surrounded by his family. Born in Baltimore, he was the son of the late William John and Mildred Ruth (Bryant) Hershfeld. He had a 35-year career working for the Department of Defense (DOD), Chemical Research Development & Engineering Center at Aberdeen Proving Ground. He was also a business entrepreneur operating several successful businesses throughout his lifetime.
Family was the balance to Lynn’s core. He was a devoted son, brother, husband, father, grandfather, and friend. The love for his family was unending and his passion for life was vibrant. Lynn had a presence that exuded confidence, love, caring, support, and charm. He spent his life making other lives better while living his life to the fullest. Lynn gave of his time to the community coaching little league baseball and football for the Edgewood Recreation Council. He was an avid scuba diver recreationally and did recovery missions for the DOD, he loved to cruise on his Harley Davidson, tinker in his garage, he was a self-taught mechanic and carpenter, and a remarkable woodworker. He found his best joy exploring and being adventurous with his wife by his side and being surrounded by family and friends.
After retirement, Lynn and his wife, Beth, set sail on their Gulfstar 50-foot sloop rig sailboat “Coyote” to the Keys of the Bahamas where they enjoyed their winters in the Abaco Islands, specifically, Elbow Cay, calling Hopetown their second home, making new memories and lifetime friends. After sailing, Lynn and Beth settled down in Aberdeen, MD in an 1800 colonial home where Lynn put his passion to work as a wood worker and carpenter around the house, building his wood working garage, and spending beautiful days on his front screened in porch with his wife appreciating life as he knew it.
Lynn is survived by his wife of 18 years, Elizabeth Haldane; his four children: Traci Wagner (and Steve), Kari Young (and Rob), Jeff Hershfeld (and Kim), Jami Hohner (and Steve) and their loving mother and Lynn's previous wife of 36 years, Pamela Hershfeld; his eight grandchildren: Megan Pollhammer (and Steve), Kaylee Klose (and Kevin), Justin Hohner (and Emma), Ryan Young (and Margette), Taylor Hohner (and Kelly), Tori Wagner (and Gil), Jesi Halla (and Dan), Caroline Ford (and Will); and 8 great-grandchildren: Silas and Eli, Quinn and JJ , Luke and Jack, and Thatcher and Rosemary. He is also survived by his twin brother, David Hershfeld (and Gini); many nieces and nephews and his best friend of 70 years, Butch Profili (and Rosemary).
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association (alz.org), Alzheimer's Association | Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia Help.