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John Sharp

Sterling Heights - John Sharp, 67, of Sterling Heights, MI passed away on May 18, 2020 due to complications related to COVID-19. He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Diana (nee Reynolds), and his three daughters, Erica (Michael Watts), Jessica, and Jamie (Ty Adkins) as well as grandchildren Samuel, Daniel, Gabriel, Rachel, and Taryn. He is also survived by his brother David (Anastasia) Sharp of Greenville, SC. A beloved brother-in-Law, John is survived by Debbie (Bryan) Horning, Dori Reynolds, Doug (Michelle) Reynolds, and a large extended family of cousins, nieces, and nephews. John was preceded in death by parents, John and Florence Sharp, sisters - Janet (Shelby) Norman and June (George) Stewart - as well as his parents-in-law, Jimmie and Janet Reynolds, and his bother-in-law, Dean Reynolds.

John received his A.B. in Classical Studies from the University of Michigan (1974) and held a J.D. from Wayne State University (1978). He began his legal career at Plunkett Cooney, P.C. in Detroit, before leaving in 1989 to establish what is currently known as Strobl & Sharp, P.C. in Bloomfield Hills, MI. John was particularly proud when Strobl & Sharp celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2019. A superior attorney who enjoyed mentoring new associates, John was also an adjunct law professor at Wayne State University (1996 - 2006) and Walsh College (2006 - 2018).

Judicious, thoughtful, and compassionate, John was known for the wise counsel he provided to clients, colleagues, friends, and family alike. Focused on community service, John was active in the Kiwanis Club of Troy, the Wilshire-Muer Homeowners Association, the BNI Troy Business Builders, and the Troy Economic Development Corporation. A man of faith, he loved his church community, attending bible study, singing in the choir, and serving in various leadership roles over the years.

John was also a bibliophile, with an encyclopedic knowledge of the law, naval and civil war history, classical studies, and more. An avid golfer, a dedicated Michigan fan (Go Blue!), a lifelong romantic, and a truly fabulous Santa Claus, he lead a rich and full life that centered around his family, his profession, his faith, and his community. He will be remembered with deep love and affection for his selfless nature, brilliant mind, and humble manner.

Due to the global pandemic, a memorial service will be celebrated at a later date. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to A.J. Desmond Funeral Home on Crooks Road in Troy, MI.

The family would like to thank the healthcare team at Troy Beaumont for the kindness and respect they showed to John and his family.

Donations can be made to the University of Michigan's Student Life First Generation Student Support Initiatives at https://leadersandbest.umich.edu/find/#!/give/basket/fund/327102. Funds donated in John Sharp's name will specifically support scholarships for first generation college students.




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Published in The Detroit News & Detroit Free Press from May 22 to May 24, 2020.
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May 30, 2020
Diana and Family:
We are so sorry the hear of John's passing. You, John, and family are long time friends. John was instrumental in the founding of Warner Memorial Church many years ago, his efforts will always be remembered. Friends, Brother and Sister in the Lord, and John also served us professionally. Our hearts go out to you at this time.
In Christ
Ron and Jean.
Dr. and Mrs. Ronald E. Williams
Friend
May 26, 2020
Diana,

My prayers are with you and your family.

John was a good friend and fellow member of the Troy Kiwanis Club, where we shared many memories over the years. I will miss his historical speeches that he addressed the club with and will miss his volunteering help.

We enjoyed several U of M games together and always had a great time.

John, you will be missed.
RIP.

Jeff Hendry
Jeff Hendry
May 26, 2020
Words cannot express how deeply saddened I am to hear this news. My heart goes out to Diana, Eric, Jessica and Jamie. I'm so very sorry, please know that your family is in our thoughts.
Kristin Kostrzewa (Torrie)
Friend
May 26, 2020
Diana,
Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with you and your family. We will truly miss John so much. Love to all of you.
Joe and Donna
Joe and Donna Marcella
Friend
May 25, 2020
The Terbrack's and Sharp's were next door neighbors for 20+ years, on Griffith Street in Berkley. Sure miss those days
Marty Terbrack
Neighbor
May 25, 2020
We are holding you close in our prayers as you grieve this incredible loss of your husband, father, grandfather, friend. Your extended family longs to mourn with you & will wait to gather at the appropriate time. All our love, Jim & Kathie Pennington & the Pennington family
james & kathie pennington
Family
May 25, 2020
Diana, I am so sorry to hear this! I remember your wedding day, being at your house, and all of the excitement, and especially you marrying your true love! My sincere love and prayers go out to you, and all! John was a brilliant man, and will be missed by many!
With much Love to you all!
Maureen Borushko-Coutu ♥
Maureen Borushko-Coutu
Friend
May 24, 2020
Diana and family... we were so sad and sorry to hear this news. Our thoughts are with you and our prayers.
Jim and Becky Elliott
Friend
May 24, 2020
Diana and family... we were so sad and sorry to hear this news. Our thoughts are with you and our prayers.
Jim and Becky Elliott
Friend
May 23, 2020
We will miss you tons Uncle John!! You had such an amazing soul!! I know you will be missed greatly!!
Jaclynn davis
Family
May 22, 2020
Oh Diane, how I miss you two next door. And how you must miss John. I am stunned. Over 30 years watching your family grow and John always being oil on water--calm in the storm. I'm such at a loss, that I am at a loss for words.
Jim Heckman
Neighbor
May 22, 2020
How we will miss John in our church family! His ready smile, quiet demeanor, interesting intellect when sharing, Yes, he will be Missed! Jeannie Jones
Jeannie Jones
May 22, 2020
John will be missed by many, including my family. We have appreciated his wisdom and wit. He allowed God to work through him in many ways, including teaching our daughter's youth Sunday School class. Diana, we're so sorry for your loss. We pray that you and your family will be comforted. It hurts that we can't hug you and cry with you right now. Know that our hearts are with you.
Terry and Paul Arthur
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