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William Conrad Sharp, 84
William Conrad “Con” Sharp, age 84 years, passed away peacefully on Thursday, March 31, 2011 at LaVerendrye General hospital after a courageous battle with cancer. Con was born on October 28, 1926 in Stratton to Theresa and Dave Sharp. He lived, worked and stayed in Northwestern Ontario his entire life.
On February 12, 1953, Con was united in marriage to Lydia Dommasch. Their first and only home was on Sharp Road in Stratton which is where they remained for 58 amazing years raising a family of six children, numerous cows, chickens, dogs, cats, “blue” rabbits, prairie chicken and deer.
After he graduated from high school in 1947, Con worked his entire life in logging, farming or construction. Over the last 30 years his work focused on the gravel industry. He went into business with his brother Charlie and they became known throughout the district as C. Sharp Construction. During this time he discovered the second love of his life, his Cedar Rapids 443 Commander gravel Crusher. Nothing made him happier than to be at the gravel pit working with his crusher. He took great pride in his piles of 1 1/8 inch sewer stone and 5/8 inch crushed gravel and if he sold a yard he had to crush another two. His goal was to gravel all of Northwestern Ontario!
Con loved to dance and spent many evenings at the Moose Lodge or Legion in Baudette kicking up his heels or helping to serve meals. He also enjoyed travelling with Lydia on the numerous bus tours and Alaskan cruises but his FAVOURITE part of the trip was always turning down Sharp road knowing that he was almost home.
Con attended Our Lady of the Way, Catholic Church in Pinewood where he had many good friends and always enjoyed the fellowship of everyone who attended. He was also an active member of the Father Florentine Council of the Knights of Columbus in Rainy River.
Con is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Lydia Sharp (nee Dommasch), his children, David (Rose), Terry (Dorothy), Kip (Theresa) and Lisa (Paul). Also mourning his passing are his grandchildren Stephanie Sharp-Arcangelo (Aaron), Michael Sharp (Yolanda), Timothy Sharp, Byron Sharp, Alexis Sharp, Ashley Sharp (special friend Travis), Adam Sharp, Jessica Cousineau, Donovan Cousineau and Chandler Counsineau. One sister, Helen Steele, two great grandchildren Kiera and Dominic, numerous nieces and nephews, three brother-in-laws and one sister-in-law, also survives Con.
Con was pre-deceased by his parents (Dave and Theresa Sharp), his in-laws (Art and Minnie Dommasch), two children Donald and Donna, his brothers Lawrence, Eugene (Red), Charlie and sisters Mary and Doris, as well as his infant great-grandson Nicolas.
A prayer service will be held at Our Lady of the Way Catholic Church on Friday, April 8 at 7:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held at Our Lady of the Way Catholic Church in Pinewood on Saturday, April 9 at 10:00 a.m. Internment will take place at the Immaculate Conception Cemetery in Stratton.
(An Old Irish Blessing)
May the road rise to meet you.
May the wind always be at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
and rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.
Memorial donations may be made to Riverside Health Care Facilities (palliative care).
c/o Northridge Funeral Home, P.O. Box 89 Emo, Ontario P0W-1E0
Online condolences may be offered at www.northridgefuneralhome.com.