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SHARP--Penelope Chester,

of Northford, CT and Fishers Island, NY died peacefully at home on December 14 at age 76. Born and raised in Greenwich, CT, Penni graduated from Miss Porter's School, Sarah Lawrence College and earned a Master of Forest Science degree from the Yale School of Forestry. An accomplished botanist and wetland biologist, she worked as a consultant for municipal and private clients and held leadership positions in numerous environmental organizations in Connecticut. On Fishers Island she served as president of the Henry L. Ferguson Museum and its Land Trust from 2003 until her death and shared her considerable knowledge of the natural world with all who knew her. Fond of music, she also sang with Cappella Cantorum. A devoted mother and grandmother, she loved being with her son and daughter and her four beloved grandchildren. She is survived by her husband, Gregory A. Sharp, her son, Stephen M. McPherson, Jr., her daughter, Eugenie McPherson Trevor, her grandchildren, Ashlyn and Alexa McPherson, and John B. Trevor V and Eliza T. Trevor, her sister Clare Stone, her brothers Colby M. Chester, IV and Geoffrey Chester, five nieces, a nephew and her Labrador. A celebration of Penni's life will be held at a later date. Donations, in lieu of flowers, may be made to Cappella Cantorum or the Henry L. Ferguson Museum.

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Published in New York Times on Dec. 18, 2014.
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April 30, 2015
Greg, my deepest condolences to you and your family. I always found Penni a pleasure to work with and she will be missed.
Micheal Grzywinski
January 8, 2015
Dear Greg,
Penni and I collaborated on many projects together, but I never thought of it as work. A field day with Penni was a joyous outing. Good fun. Good conversation. I'll miss her. My deepest sympathies.
Marc Beroz
January 5, 2015
Dear Greg, I am so sorry to hear about Penni passing away. I always admired her knowledge and enjoyed working with her on many projects. She was a wonderful person and will be missed.
Steve Trinkaus, PE
Steven Trinkaus
January 2, 2015
Greg and family,

Our condolences to you. Penni was a colleague who quickly turned into a friend. I have such fond memories of wandering through wetlands, conversations, laughs....She was larger than life and we'll always think of her fondly and gratefully.

Naomi Starobin and Ed von Stein
December 31, 2014
1993 Dinner w Friends- Trucs Orient Express Hartford Ct
Dear Greg
We were shocked and saddened to hear the news of Penni's passing. She was a wonderful and thoughtful friend. We shared many New Years celebration together and will toast her memory tonight.
With Sincerest Sympathy
Judi and Lenny Bruckman
Judi + Lenny Bruckman
December 28, 2014
A wonderful welcoming mentor
Linda Nykaza albanese
December 25, 2014
I knew her in Greenwich and she was always so very pleasant to be with, almost shy at times.
Sad and shocked. It was far too early for her to go. Joe Zeranski
December 23, 2014
So sorry to hear this sad news.... Penny was wonderful...
james sipperly
December 23, 2014
Dear Greg,

I am stunned and sorrowed by the news of Penni's passing. I have always respected her work and enjoyed her company. Moreover, I am grateful for the conservation foundation Penni so firmly established here in Wilton. I often think of her with gratitude knowing it was her early work here that has made my time working in Wilton so rewarding.

My thoughts are with you and your family.

Pat Sesto
December 23, 2014
Dear Greg: I send my sincere sympathy and warm wishes to you and your family. I had the privilege of meeting and botanizing with Penni when I worked with The Nature Conservancy in Connecticut. She was surely a wonderful person! Fond regards, Elizabeth Farnsworth
Elizabeth Farnsworth
December 21, 2014
Dear Greg: My most sincere condolences to you,your children,and grandchildren on the loss of your beloved Penni. She was a joy to work with, even when we were on opposite sides of a project, she conducted herself with grace and dignity that so often are lacking in our profession. I will miss her gentle presence, her passion for flora, and her love of nature. Michael Klemens
December 18, 2014
Thoughts and prayers for the family as you mourn the loss of your beloved Penny, may she R.I.P and may you find comfort in prayers and the support of all
December 17, 2014
Greg- My deepest condolences. I'm very sorry for your loss. Penny was a respected colleague and a friend.
Michael Klein
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