Obituary for Carl W. Sharpe

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Obituary for Carl W. Sharpe

Postby Ron_Ces » Fri Sep 29, 2017 4:22 pm

Obituary for Carl W. Sharpe
We lost one of our own. Riders can attend on bikes, as many friends will be riding in from all parts of the country.

Services will be held on Monday October 2, 2017 at Adams Funeral Home, 111 S. Main St., Elmer, NJ 08318. Visitation will be from 10 AM until 12:00 PM, with a 12:15 PM service following. Internment will be at the Greenwich Baptist Church for immediate family only. A luncheon will be offered to celebrate Carl's love of life at the Elmer Baptist Church, Broad St., Elmer immediately following the service at the funeral home. http://www.adamsfuneralhome.org
Carl Ware Sharpe died at home surrounded by his family on September 28th, 2017. He succumbed in his own time to a cancer that he fought on his own terms. He was a lifelong resident in the home he built for his family in Hopewell Township. He was a graduate of BHS class of 1961. He lived his last few years in Elmer, having found love again late in life with his wife, Roberta Carman. He was the first of four children born to Una Sweatmon and John Sharpe Sr. on Christmas Day 1941. "His mom missed turkey dinner that year", was his favorite response to "you were a Christmas baby!" He had 3 siblings, John Sharpe Jr. (Dora) Harriet Penny Rammel (Donald) and Joanna Justice.
He is survived by Roberta, and three daughters that he loved beyond measure, although he claimed he was a victim of being surrounded by all women, (even the dog is a girl! He would joke). His daughters, Dianna Sharpe Buff (Ernest), Rhonda Sharpe Meyers, and Jacqueline Suzanne Sharpe Griner (Barrett), will miss their "Daddy" greatly.
He is also survived by four grandchildren; Lauren Buff Brunner (Louis IV), Tyler Lee Buff, Alexander James Meyers and Aaron Christian Carl Meyers as well as two great grandchildren, Sophia Elizabeth Brunner and Madison Paige Brunner. He enjoyed nerf wars with Alex and Aaron immensely.
He was married and predeceased to his first love and his wife of 27 years Patricia Ann Seay Sharpe in 1991. He stayed single for many years, and finally found love and happiness once again in 2010 when he met Roberta "Bobbi Jean" Carman. He introduced her to his love of motorcycles, camping without glamping and traveling just to see the sights. Together they shared eight years of trips, love, laughter and friends and family. They were united at home in a family and close friend only ceremony in February of 2017. He also had a special relationship with Bobbi's children , Desiree Wright and Donica Maher (Robert) and their families .
He retired as a Master Welder from DuPont’s Chamber Works after 37 years in 1998. Not quite ready to be done, he worked as a freelance-welding inspector, drove a truck for Johnson Farms, and worked as a maintenance inspector for the First National Bank of Elmer. His early years included FHA and 4-H, an extension of his family farming childhood. As a young man he was a natural mechanic and this carried over into racing. He won many awards racing at Atco and the Old Vineland Raceway.
Some of his hobbies and interests included bowling, gardening, tinkering in his garage, traveling, camping, dancing and gospel and blue grass music. He enjoyed jamming with friends in Buckshutem with the Buckshutem Boys.
His greatest love aside from his family was his motorcycles. He started with a 5-week trip after Pat's death to Alaska, traveling along the pipeline doing 16,000 miles. He felt at home on his bikes and they him brought him comfort and happiness. He belonged to BMW MOA, was a lifetime member of the AMA, and was a founding member of the BMW Raiders. He earned many awards from the BMW "Iron Butt" club, for riding 1000 miles a day or better on a motorcycle. He made many trips with his son in law, Ernie, and made many lifelong friends in his groups, many of whom he considered family.
He lived life; he loved, enjoyed friends and conversations, and a good nap, because he usually rose at dawn. He wasted no life that he was given, and he will be missed beyond measure. If you knew him, you knew he was a good man.
In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made in his name to The Holy Redeemer Chapter of Hospice, 6550 Delilah Rd., Suite 501, Egg Harbor Twp., NJ 08234, Att: Gloria.

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