SIDNEY J. W. SHARP Jr.

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Sidney J.W. Sharp, Jr. has joined his Heavenly Father, and Hanford, CA has lost a creative and enthusiastic native son. He died at home on June 28, 2014, from a recent illness.

Born in the Hanford Sanitarium on October 27, 1934 to Clare and Sidney J.W. Sharp, he was a member of the Hanford High School Class of 1952. He went on to serve in the U.S. Navy as a communications electrician on the Hospital Ship USS Haven and to earn degrees from Fresno State and Stanford University before joining his father in his Hanford law practice in 1962.

Sharp served in many leadership roles in the community through participation in the Hanford Rotary Club, YMCA Camp Redwood, First Christian Church, City of Hanford Historical Commission, Hanford Improvement Association/Main Street Hanford and Kings Players. He was co-founder, longtime board member, and in 2013 named Director Emeritus, of Kings Art Center.

He is survived by Janet, his wife of 56 years; sons, William Sidney "Bill" Sharp and his wife, Debra, of Woodbridge, and Robert Daniel "Bob" Sharp and his wife, Nancy, of Clovis; a daughter, Diane Sharp Johnson and her husband, Erick, of Friant; nine grandchildren; one great-grandchild, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. He also leaves behind Chee Wai Kwan, who joined the Sharps as a foreign exchange student, and his family, of Anaheim.

Sharp was well known around town as a landlord and developer. He preached the importance of a vibrant downtown and improved his properties, including the Douty Street Stables, and the Vendome Hotel, which is currently being rebuilt into retail and residential units following a disastrous fire in July 2012.

An avid hobbyist, Sharp built and flew model airplanes throughout his life. He also maintained an eclectic car collection. He delighted in designing and fabricating many auto modifications, and enjoyed the camaraderie of fellow gearheads at his East Lacey Boulevard shop complex. He also cherished his tennis friends and along with Janet, collected Mixed Doubles trophies from around the Valley for 45 years.

A Memorial Service will be held on Thursday July 3, 2014, at Glad Tidings Church, Tenth and Grangeville Avenues, Hanford, at 11:00 a.m. Interment will be private.

Remembrances may be made to First Christian Church, 505 West Cameron Street and Kings Art Center, 605 North Douty Street, Hanford, CA 93230. Family and Friends may visit www.peoplesfuneralchapel.com to send condolences to the family. Peoples Funeral Chapel, 501 North Douty Street, Hanford, California (559)584-5591

Published in the Fresno Bee from July 2 to July 3, 2014
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