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Rev.William Sharp

Posted By DeBord-Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory On June 20, 2015 @ 9:17 am In Obituaries | 20 Comments

Rev. William Sharp, born in Philadelphia on Thanksgiving Day 1920, son of Albert and Catherine Sharp, died on June 18, 2015 after an extended illness.  Bill was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Jeanne, and companion in his later years, Dee Walker.  He is survived by three daughters, Jude Sharp of Lancaster, Lois Rothenberger (married to Alan) of North Wales, and Cate Sharp (married to Eileen Bresnahan) of Colorado Springs.  Also surviving are two granddaughters and three great grandchildren.

Bill Sharp graduated from Dickinson College and Drew Seminary before being ordained as a Methodist Minister in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference of the United Methodist Church.  He served as pastor in Pomeroy, Bainbridge, Jim Thorpe (Mauch Chunk at the time), Tannersville, Lima, Upland, West Philadelphia, Easton, Frankford (Philadelphia), Swarthmore and Lancaster.  He was also District Superintendent of Lancaster County.  Bill maintained friendships with parishioners from all of these congregations throughout his lifetime.  He greatly enjoyed keeping in contact with people from as early as his childhood in Olney through to those he met after he retired to Evangelical Manor in Philadelphia.  Close friendships were central to him.

Bill Sharp loved music and especially singing.  In high school he was a member of the Olney High School acapella choir and also sang in an all-male acapella quartet.  The men of this quartet remained close friends throughout their lives; in many ways they were like brothers.  He also had a special love for Maine, enjoyed being in the mountains, traveling, and taking slides.  He maintained an interest in learning, reading and current events through all his life.  William Sharp truly loved life, his family and friends, and the United Methodist Church.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend a memorial service in First United Methodist Church, corner of Duke and Walnut Streets, Lancaster, PA on Tuesday, June 30, 2015 at 11:00 a.m.  Family will greet friends immediately following the memorial service.  Private interment will be held at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be sent to Nature Conservancy, 15 E. Ridge Pk., Conshohocken, PA 19428 or Heifer International, 1 World Ave., Little Rock, AR 72202

Condolences for the family of “Rev.William Sharp”

Condolence from Diane Snyder DeBord on June 20th, 2015 11:16 am

To the family of Bill:
I recall having Bill as our Pastor at First United Methodist Church, and what a nice, gentle, proper gentleman he always was. I especially enjoyed his wife Jeanne as we laughed about missed notes in Handbell choir. Oh how we laughed! Bill was a blessing to our church and many others.

Prayers to his family who will miss him!

Condolence from John Donati on June 20th, 2015 6:09 pm

So sorry for your loss. I’m very happy I had the pleasure to meet him, he was such a nice man. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Condolence from Diane Lausman on June 20th, 2015 9:26 pm

My sincerest sympathy to you and your family…..you are in my thoughts.

Condolence from Marie Romero on June 20th, 2015 10:10 pm

Lois and family I offer my sincere Condolences to you all. I will keep your family in Prayer. R.I.P. Mr Sharp!

Condolence from Bishop Peggy A. Johnson on June 21st, 2015 2:30 pm

On behalf of the Eastern PA Conference, please receive our deepest condolences for the loss of your father.

Condolence from Deb and Tom Siciliano on June 21st, 2015 5:46 pm

Dear Friends,
Our love for your beloved father and pop-pop, grew when Bill and my mom, Dee became such good friends, and then companions. What a blessing! Bill was such a lovely, caring man. It was always comforting to know that Bill and my mom were supporting each other. We really enjoyed getting to know him, and welcoming him into our family.

Now, we share your grief. But, isn’t it such a blessing to know our loved ones are in heaven, free of struggle and earthly concerns? My heart is warmed just imagining that reunion!!

As we prepare to say goodbye, may God bless you all in your time of sadness. May you feel Him holding you in the palm of His hand. We feel so much a part of your family. Please know that we are sending our love and support.

With love and prayers, Deb, Tom and family

Condolence from Rev Jim Brashear on June 21st, 2015 10:18 pm

Dear Family of Bill Sharp

Bill was my D.S. when I was a young seminary student/pastor. He was a great encourament to me as well as a Godly mentor. I have many fond memories of Bill and his wife Jeanne.

God Bless You

Jim Brashear

Condolence from Larry Leister on June 22nd, 2015 9:01 am

Dear Family,

Bill Sharp was a man of deep faith and gentleness of spirit. As a young pastor when he was a District Superintendent I valued him as a role model. Unfortunately I will be out of the area and cannot attend him memorial service, but I pray that in your grief the Lord may keep you in the Resurrection Hope that is ours in Christ Jesus.

Larry D. Leister

Condolence from Terry & Zoa Kile on June 22nd, 2015 10:54 am

To Bill’s family:
Our prayers and thoughts are with you at this tough time. Bill married us 10/1/1983 and never missed the chance to send an Anniversary card. He was a great and thoughtful person.
Terry & Zoa

Condolence from Chip and Kathy Sanders on June 22nd, 2015 10:55 am

A sunset on earth, a sunrise in heaven! We mourn and rejoice with your family as you celebrate Pastor Sharp’s life and home-going, yet miss him very much and grieve.

2 Corinthians 5:1 “For we know that when this earthly tent we live in is taken down (that is, when we die and leave this earthly body), we will have a house in heaven, an eternal body made for us by God himself and not by human hands.” Heaven is for real!

Chip and Kathy Sanders (son of Charlie and Nancy Sanders – long time members at FUMC and who are in heaven now.)

Condolence from Mike Campbell on June 22nd, 2015 10:57 am


What might one say about a man who loved so well, served so long, and made a huge difference in so many lives? Words might fail me, but my appreciation for him will never waiver. He loved me, taught me much and was very supportive throughout my time in Philadelphia. I only wish I had known him longer. My prayers go with you and your family.

Mike Campbell

Condolence from Cris Everly on June 22nd, 2015 1:30 pm

To Rev. Sharp’s Family –

I’d like to extend my deepest condolences on the loss of your father/grandfather. What a wonderful man he was!

I met Bill and his brother, George, at Johnson Memorial UMC; and I was in the choir with them.

I know when Bill arrived in Heaven, Jesus greeted him with “Welcome home, my good and faithful servant!”.

Condolence from Candace Carter on June 22nd, 2015 3:18 pm

Dear Lois & family,

I recall the years working with Bill on the board at Evangelical Manor. He loved to sing and it was a joy to be around him. When I would preach at the Manor on a Sunday morning he was always there and was very supportive. Bill was a blessing to me and to many, many others. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Condolence from Charlotte Murray on June 23rd, 2015 1:34 pm

Dear Judith, Lois, and Cate,
I was sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. The Sharp’s and Murrays have been friends for a long time. Good times, and bad. Your Father was always there for use. My thoughts and prays are with the entire family. I’ll keep you in my prays. Charlotte Murray

Condolence from Sandra Ellen Pavlidis Bowen on June 29th, 2015 4:16 pm

For the Murrays,,,Bless you. I am Ted Pavlidis’s third daughter, Sandra. Have fond memories of your family too. Uncle Bill will be surely missed by all of us!

Condolence from Marybelle Whitlatch on June 23rd, 2015 1:47 pm

We will miss Rev. Sharp. I have wonderful memories of him. A great, caring man…..truly a Godly servant. I always received a Christmas card every year! My condolences to the family.

Condolence from Carol Ogden Parillo on June 23rd, 2015 8:42 pm

Dear Judy, Lois and Cate,

Your dad confirmed me at Frankford Memorial and I enjoyed driving him to church in my adult years whenever he was a guest pastor. We shared memories of the Ogden family and I remember him telling me about his Boy Scout experiences camping at Treasure Island. He was such a kind and spiritual man. I will miss sending his birthday card, something that was always done by my mother, then my father and finally me. He will always be one of my favorite pastors. Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time.

Condolence from Sandra Ellen Pavlidis Bowen on June 29th, 2015 4:08 pm

My love and blessings go out to all of you. My father, Rev. Theodore Pavlidis, was one of You dad’s closest friends. I have been blessed to have had the love and friendship from him through my childhood years(vacations at Promised Land and Ocean Grove). They were the greatest times spent with all of you. As an adult, I have been blessed to keep in contact with him. He was so loving and compassionate all the time. He baptized our daughter, Hope Bowen, and your mother was there too. It meant so much to us since my dad could not be there due to his death years earlier. We kept in touch through phone calls, visits when I came in from Kansas, and letters. My joy was making my homemade cards for him for holidays, his birthday, and Father’s Day. We spent time together last October 2014 and it was so special. May God Bless all of you. I will surely miss him, as he was my 2nd father and a gift from God.

Condolence from Jerry and Julie Crossley on July 2nd, 2015 4:29 pm

Bill was a gentleman and a gentle man, always demonstrating kindness and empathy. He was one of God’s living epistles that occasionally grace our own path through life. We know that we will meet him again in a brand new way. Blessings to his girls and all the family. Jerry and Julie Crossley

Condolence from Sue Cole on August 11th, 2015 10:19 pm

Dear Lois, I only recently learned of your dad’s death. I thought of you as soon as I heard. He was a terrific guy, and he so loved you and his granddaughters! He leaves a big hole, I know, and I hope for you that the love you shared will be comfort and consolation in the midst of the sadness of loss. Love and hugs, Sue Cole

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