Michael D. Sharples
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NEWMARKET - Michael "Meho" D. Sharples, 70, of Lamprey River Park, died Feb. 16, 2014, at his home in the presence of family and friends.
Born August 30, 1943 in Exeter, he was the son of Wilbur "Rusty" T. and Helen (Olszanowski) Sharples. He was a lifelong resident of Newmarket.
In 1993 he retired from the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard with 25 years service. He was a Planning and Estimating Supervisor.
He was a 28 year Life Member of the Sons of the American Legion Squadron 67 in Newmarket and was Past Squadron Commander, and was Past Detachment Commander. Currently he was Squadron and Detachment Chaplain.
Mike was a 40 year life member of the Dover Lodge of Elks #184 BPOE, and was a life member of the American Citizens Club of Polish Descent.
At one time he was a special duty police officer and a volunteer in the Newmarket Fire Department.
Mike enjoyed playing cards, golf, playing his bongo drums, and spending time with family and friends.
He is survived by his wife, Rochelle (Gingras) Sharples of Newmarket; three children, Patrick McLean and his fiance' Debbi Tatro of Tenn., Shaun Sharples of Portsmouth, and Kellie Moore and her husband Brian of Fla.; 8 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren; five siblings, Connie Murphy of Haverhill, Mass., Theodore Sharples and his wife Joyce of Va., Shelly Gingras and her husband Rene of Strafford, Philip Sharples and his spouse Daina Anderson of Barrington, and Lisa Crowder of Del.; daughter-in-law, Robin Lemieux of Portsmouth; several nieces, nephews, grand nieces, grand nephews, and many good friends.
Rochelle would like to thank the many family members and friends that helped her care for Meho and the household during this very difficult time. Thank you to the amazing VNA Hospice nurses that were available 24/7 and a big thank you to special friend, Jackie Morganelli, for the loving care she showed to Meho. It was a comfort for Meho and Rochelle having her there.
Visiting hours will be held on Thursday, Feb. 20th from 2-4 & 6-8 p.m. at the Kent & Pelczar Funeral Home, 77 Exeter Street, Newmarket. The Sons of the American Legion will conduct their service at 7 p.m.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, Feb. 21st at 11 a.m. at St. Mary Church, Main Street, Newmarket. Spring burial will take place in Calvary Cemetery, Newmarket.
Family flowers only please. Should friends desire, memorials may be made to the Adam S. Russell Achievement Award, C/O Sons of the American Legion, Attn: Tom Blanchette, 151 Main Street, Newmarket, N.H. 03857, or Rockingham VNA & Hospice, 137 Epping Road, Exeter, N.H. 03833.
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Published in Fosters from Feb. 17 to Feb. 21, 2014