Obituary of Charles Sharp, Jr.
Charles A. Sharp, Jr.
Feb. 29, 1932 - June 8, 2018
Charles A. Sharp, Jr., retired vice president of Viking Tool and Steel Co., Inc., of Buffalo, died June 8, 2018, after a brief illness. The West Falls resident was 86.
A “leap year baby,” born in Buffalo on Feb. 29, 1932 to Charles A. and Mabel (Walt) Sharp, Mr. Sharp was a graduate of Canisius High School (Class of 1949) and Canisius College (Class of 1953). He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War and proudly distributed framed prints of the American flag to acquaintances.
Mr. Sharp was a devoted family man, popular storyteller, avid reader, lifelong golfer, generous friend and talented woodworker. He had earlier served on numerous church committees at St. George’s Church, West Falls. He relished working around his wooded West Falls property and meeting friends for breakfast at local coffee shops. Mr. Sharp was also known for his great sense of humor and popular gatherings, including South Buffalo reunions, at his home. He enjoyed the camaraderie and challenges in his career as a salesman, first with American Brass Company in Cleveland, Ohio, and retiring as vice president of Viking Tool and Steel Co., in Buffalo.
Mr. Sharp was the devoted husband of the late Kay B. (Leitten) Sharp; beloved father of Teresa Sharp (Richard) Donaldson, of Lewiston; Maureen Sharp (Robert) Bittner, of Yorktown, VA; and Karen Sharp (James) Price, of Williamsville; and loving grandfather of David, Michael and James Bittner; J. Jared and Benjamin Donaldson; and Garrett and Colin Price. He is also survived by a sister, Jane (late Joseph) Comerford, of Boston, MA; brother- and sister-in-law, Dr. James and Elaine Leitten, of Bradenton, FL; and several nieces and nephews.
Friends will be recieved Wednesday, June 13, from 3-5 PM and 7-9 PM at LAKESIDE MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME, INC., same as Curtin Funeral Home, 1340 Union Road, West Seneca, 716-674-5776. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Thursday, June 14, at 10 AM at St. George’s Catholic Church, 74 Old Glenwood Road, West Falls. Please assemble at church. Interment to follow at Hillcrest Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to: the Monastery of Our Lady of the Rosary, 335 Doat St., Buffalo, N.Y. 14211 or the Canisius High School Annual Fund, 1180 Delaware Ave., Buffalo, NY 14209.
Bob was a sharp minded man with a curiosity for the world. He was an avid reader, which helped him to become such a fantastic story teller himself. Bob’s humor and passion always kept people entranced when he spoke with them. He was also very involved with Canisius High School, and he made sure to help with fundraising programs that the school put on. Many of his friends were his high school classmates, still getting lunch together into their adulthood. He had property in West Falls that he adored, as he enjoyed simply spending his time in nature.
Bob had the great fortune of marrying the love of his life, Kay, in 1959. They had both lived on the same street growing up in South Buffalo, and they shared a mutual adoration for art, in its different forms. Kay was an artist, so she would design projects for Bob, who would use his exceptional skills at wood working to bring them to life. He loved to make gifts for people and keepsakes for his grandsons, anything that could brighten someone’s day. Please take a carpenter pencil in memory of Bob’s artistry with woodworking, and how he left a mark on your life with his love.