On Feb. 10, 2015, 9:30 p.m., Paul O. Sharp joined his mother and father in Heaven.
Paul Sharp was born Nov. 9, 1940 (74 years old). At the time of his death, he was retired and living in Gloucester, Va., with his brother, Jim.
Paul was raised in Uniontown, Pa., near Pittsburgh. Paul attended St. John the Evangelist High School in Uniontown, then joined the Air Force and served during the Vietnam War. During his time with the Air Force, Paul helped develop pictures taken by U2 Aircraft. After serving the military, Paul and his brother Jim, a junior high school teacher, lived in Maryland and Alexandria, Va. Paul was employed as a program designer for IRS until his retirement.
Paul is survived by his three brothers, Jim Sharp of Gloucester, Ed Sharp of Fredericksburg, Va., and Joe Sharp and wife Christine of Marlinton, W.Va.; his two sisters, Mary Pidich and husband Jon of Myrtle Beach, S.C., and Anne Marcase and husband Bob of Irwin, Pa., and numerous nieces, nephews, many cousins and good friends.
In his retirement, Paul loved taking care of his mother and father. Paul also spent time volunteering at the Gloucester Visitor Center with his brother, Jim. He also volunteered teaching canoeing safety to grade school youngsters at Beaverdam Park in Gloucester.
Paul was an avid bike rider and once rode from Pittsburgh, Pa. to Alexandria, Va., and back again doing sections at a time. He was also an avid runner, running upwards of 15 marathons and numerous 10k and 5k runs. Paul also loved bowling and came up with the phrase “slow the roll” for his Wednesday Morning Team members, Jim and Doug, at Village Lanes, in Gloucester.
Paul dedicated a lot of his time to the local Alzheimer’s Association, serving as Honorary Chairman of the “Walk to End Alzheimer’s” in 2013. He made several radio appearances to promote “the Walk” on WXGM Radio in Gloucester. Paul came up with his team’s name for the “Walk”—H2O—“Hope to Overcome.” Team H2O consisted of many of his good friends, relatives, and the Gloucester High School’s Girls’ Volleyball Team.
A memorial service for Paul was held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015, at Andrews Funeral Home in Gloucester.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Alzheimer’s Association, P.O. Box 1881, Gloucester, Va. 23061.