ALICE MAY SHARPE 1926 - 2021 nee Martin Alice passed away peacefully of old age on February 14, 2021, in Peterborough, at the age of 94, formerly Alice Dance, nee Martin. Alice is survived by her elder sister Mary Knox. She is also survived by her daughter; sons Peter Dance (Susan) and Robert Dance; grandchildren Conrad Flatman (Martina), Claire Kadwell (Karl), Damon Flatman, Sonya Flatman, Geoffrey Dance and Timothy Dance; great-grandchildren Alice, Edith, Lucy, George and Pippa Flatman, and Patrick Kadwell; and nephews Paul Knox (Lesley Krueger) and Roger Knox, and niece Sheila Knox (Jim Cobban). Alice was born in Toronto on November 13, 1926 to Cecil and Daisy (nee Hardy) Martin. Following high school at North Toronto Collegiate, Alice graduated from the Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto in the class of '49. After medical residency in PEI and Vancouver, Alice settled in Peterborough where she married Frank Dance. In 1970 the family moved to a rural property near Lakefield. Later in life Alice adopted her younger son Robert. In retirement she married Charles Sharpe (d. 2013). Alice lived independently until illness necessitated a move to a retirement residence in late 2018. Alice's medical career included a long period with Trent University Health Services. Alice also served for a time as Medical Officer of Health for Smith Township. In the 1980s Alice volunteered on a number of medical missions to developing nations. Alice took up the violin as a child, and was a member of the Peterborough Symphony Orchestra from its inception until 2018. A longtime member of the Anglican Church, Alice was most recently a member of the Saint John the Baptist Church where she volunteered with the Lakefield Food Bank. Alice was an avid gardener; every spring she would supplement food bank offerings with dozens and dozens of daffodils from her garden. From an early age Alice had a keen interest in nature and a passion for ecology; accordingly, Alice donated her 100 acre Selwyn Township property, now known as the Dance Sanctuary, to the Kawartha Land Trust to preserve the land for future generations. In keeping with COVID restrictions a private service will take place.
Published in The Globe and Mail from Feb. 20 to Feb. 24, 2021.