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Sharon McLearn

1953 - 2014 | Notice Condolences
Sharon McLearn Notice
McLearn, Sharon McLearn, Sharon Marie began her newest adventure March 8, 2014 with loving family and friends present to wish her Bon Voyage! She was sixty years old, born November 9, 1953. She leaves behind her husband and "true companion" Kevin, daughter Kirsten Dextraze, Grandson Nathan Shields and mother Jeannette Courtemanche, all of Orlando, daughter Alison of Chicago, sister Sandra Anderson of Johnson City, TN and brother Bruce Courtemanche of Winchendon, MA, as well as many nephews, nieces, cousins and friends around the globe. Sharon began life in the tiny hamlet of Winchendon, MA but her curiosity, adventurous spirit and love for humanity could not be contained. She excelled in school and loved every minute spent in academics while maintaining a wild, questioning and rebellious spirit. After graduating from Murdock Junior-Senior High School in 1971 she attended college first in Oneonta, NY then finished at Southeastern Massachusetts University with a BS in Nursing. She worked at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston, then as a visiting nurse in the Boston area, taught nursing in Miami and earned her Master of Public Health Administration at the University of Illinois-Chicago. She worked in several administrative positions in Chicago, Maine, Michigan and finally in Orlando as a Vice President for Orlando Health. She then changed gears, became a real estate broker and started her own brokerage which she was forced to close when diagnosed with colon cancer in August 2007. Sharon's passions were family, friends, work, travel and community service. She lived a life of passion for everything she touched. She was a loving wife and mother who made home, holidays and special occasions a cause for celebration¿she knew how to throw a party! She threw herself into her work with intensity, focus and exceptional quality. Kevin and Sharon began scuba diving 25 years ago and pursued their hobby from the Great Lakes, to the Caribbean, and the Pacific as far away as Tahiti and the Society Islands. Her real heart was in community service and volunteerism of all kinds. She volunteered her time with the Healthy Communities Initiative in Orlando and, with her dog Teddy, in the Pet Therapy Program at Florida Hospital-Orlando. While receiving a six month course of chemotherapy in 2007/08 she almost single-handedly started an international relief agency named Haiti Clinic which is still providing quality medical care to the poorest citizens of Haiti today. Above all, Sharon cared deeply for people. To be in her circle was to be loved, honored, embraced and celebrated. She will be missed by so many and loved forever. A memorial service will be held at 10:30 am Saturday, March 29 2014 at Audubon Park Covenant Church, 3219 Chelsea Street, Orlando Florida 32803. In keeping with Sharon's informal and fun personality please feel to dress accordingly, black is not necessary. In lieu of flowers, it is Sharon's wish that donations go to Florida Hospital Pet Therapy Program at Florida Hospital Foundation, 2809 N. Orange Avenue, Orlando, Florida 32804 (Designate "Pet Therapy Program" in check memo) or Audubon Park Covenant Church, 3219 Chelsea Street, Orlando FL 32803.

Published in the Orlando Sentinel from Mar. 14 to Mar. 16, 2014
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