SOUTH HADLEY - Allen W. Sharpe, 94, of the Arbors of Amherst passed away on Nov. 24, 2012, in Hadley, at Elaine Care and Rehabilitation Center.
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He was born Feb. 6, 1918, in Springfield, son of the late William and Etta (Burnett) Sharpe. Allen was raised in Springfield and lived in South Hadley since 1950.
He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II (European Theater) and was a decorated combat veteran who was awarded a Silver Star for gallantry in action against the enemy in Germany. He was also awarded three Bronze Stars for heroic achievement in military operations against the enemy in Normandy and Brittany France. At the end of World War II, after being honorably discharged, he continued his military service in the Army Reserves, achieving the rank of Major. Allen retired in 1983 after a 25 year career as an account executive with Christmas Club, a corporation in Easton, Penn.
Allen was a gentleman, a kind and loving person and as his father stated, "generous to a fault." He will be dearly missed by this family.
He is survived by a daughter, Candace Sharpe Czerniak and her husband Michael of South Hadley; his two cherished grandsons, Michael and his wife Hillary and Casey, also of South Hadley; his two sisters, Elizabeth Christhilf and Etta Treuchet of Maryland.
Allen was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy (Quinn) Sharpe and daughter, Pamela Elizabeth Sharpe.
Calling hours will be held on Friday, Nov. 30, 2012, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Beers & Story South Hadley Funeral Home, 646 Newton St., South Hadley, MA. Burial will be on Saturday in South Hadley.
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Published in Daily Hampshire Gazette on Nov. 28, 2012