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East Berkshire United Methodist Church
Wednesday August 7th, 2013

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Henry E. Sharp

Henry E. Sharp, 78, of Newark Valley, NY, passed away on Saturday, August 3, 2013, at his home, while surrounded by his family.

Henry was born in Berkshire, NY on August 16, 1934, a son of the late Henry D. and Leona Westfall Sharp.  A lifelong resident of the area, he was a member of the E. Berkshire United Methodist Church.  A 1952 graduate of Newark Valley Central School, Henry loved farming and for several years, he owned and operated the family dairy farm in E. Berkshire.  After leaving the farm, he began a second career at the Newark Valley Central School where he retired after 20-plus  years of service.

He is survived by his loving wife of 38 years, Donna Sharp, and his children, Elizabeth (Sean) Acton of Lockhaven, PA, Rebecca (Kevin Stark) Sharp of Corning, Roland Kyzer of Binghamton, JoEllen (David) Humphrey of Jenks, OK, and Robin (Jerry) McNeil of Atlanta, GA.  He also leaves behind eight grandchildren, including Delia, Leora, John and Jeff; his brothers, Robert (June) Sharp and Roger (Barbara) Sharp, all of Berkshire; his sisters, Shirley (William) Simmons of Berkshire, Barbara (Gale) Ryan of Marietta, Lorraine (Charles Gallia) Hobbie of Newark Valley, and Janet Ricci of Greenville; several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Funeral services will be held at the E. Berkshire United Methodist Church, Berkshire, NY on Wednesday, August 7, 2013, at 1:00 p.m. with Reverend Viki Andrews officiating.  Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Berkshire.  The family will be present to receive friends at the church on Wednesday from 11:00 a.m. until the start of the service at 1:00 p.m.  Expressions of sympathy in memory of Henry may be directed to Alzheimer’s Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090-6011.

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I just learned of Henry's passing.  Please accept my condolences.  He was one of the kindest and wisest people I ever met. At school, we used to talk about so many topics, all of which were interesting.  Above all, his love for his family was paramount in his life. With Henry's passing we have lost a fine, loving, and unique man.

Bonnie Romeo Aug 26 2013 12:00 AM

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time. Please remember the happy times!

Marlea Blanchard Ellis Aug 16 2013 12:00 AM

Henry,  You have always been there for me.  You advised me on buying cars, you could insult those salesmen with a smile on your face.  You advised me on buying my double-wide, where you lived when you needed a place to call home.  You designed and build my storage shed.  You never found fault with anything I said or did.  You were always there for Donna and the family.  You encouraged the girls to do well and they did.  You took your marriage vows to heart and lived a wonderful life.  At certain times, things were tough.  You survived being born premature, you survived having only one eye.  You survived father's death and the barn fire.  You survived working with people vs working alone and being "the boss".  You survived the many illnesses and health problems that Donna had.  Donna gave you wonderful care while you were ill.  There was a great out pouring of family and friends the day you left us.  The Lord had a great plan for you.  He knew you were suffering (silently) and decided it was time to grant you your golden wings.  Rest in Peace My Brother, My Friend.  I love you.

Lorraine Aug 11 2013 12:00 AM

For my classmate and friend, Barbara, as well as Shirley and the rest of the family:
   I was so sorry to read that you had lost your brother, and I know that my sister, Carol, would send her condolences, too, if she were able.  My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Barbara Caldwell Lidestri Aug 7 2013 12:00 AM

Our sympathy to the family of Henry. He always had kind words when we met in the halls of the high school in the evening. Was so proud of his family and always remember mine.  Never a harsh word, always a kind heart!   Will miss you my friend. Bob dexter

Bob dexter Aug 7 2013 12:00 AM

I remember, fondly, the years spent working with Uncle Henry and Grandpa on the farm putting in hay, clipping the cows, cleaning the barn, mending the fences there was always something to do.  I remember our trips to Agway where he would let us twins get the five candy bars for fifty cents.  And the time I told him I would really like a jackknife and he said, you dont need a jackknife, youll just cut your finger!  I assured him I wouldnt so on our next trip to Agway, he helped me pick one out and how he just kind of grinned a little when I cut my finger that afternoon.  I remember how he glowed when he explained to people that Keith and I got our start on the farm and that he gave us our first driving lesson by letting us push the wheelbarrow full of silage.  And what a treat it was when it was time to wash the milk tank and, because Keith and I were so small, he would let us get inside as if it were a big swimming pool.  And then there were his words of wisdom You cant have big feet and brains both or if our boots had a hole in them to put our feet in a bread wrapper because it kept them dry and warm as toast.

When he lost the barn, I know that he lost part of his heart.  But as he began work at the school, he watched over my children, as Im certain he did for many children, and shared in their accomplishments.  I will carry these memories with me forever.

And so now he is in a better place a much grander farm with lush, green pastures.  A place where the corn grows tall, the sun always shines and the hay never gets wet.  The brakes on the tractor always work and the baler never needs repair.  You can now rest from your labors, Uncle Henry.  We will all miss you.

Kevin Aug 6 2013 12:00 AM

To all of Henry's Family,
  So sorry to hear of Henry's passing, but is was a great reunion up in Heaven when he entered into the presence of the Lord.
Many years ago we had a the farm on Blue Hill Rd. and became very close to the Sharp family.  They were the best neighbors anyone could live near.
Henry later bought our farm, as we were called to Pastor a church in Van Etten, NY.
  We will keep you all in prayer.
The Reichmans.

Ed and Marilyn Reichman Aug 6 2013 12:00 AM

Uncle Henry better known to me as Uncle Hank.  I too will always remember working the farm with Uncle Hank and Moe (grandpa sharp), afterall, I was the one that took Keith and Kevin's position.  Up at the crack of dawn, bowl of corn flakes with your cup of coffee that you never failed to overflow with that fresh Sharp milk.  You did not mind overflowing, after all your cup was on a saucer to catch it so you could pour that right back into your coffe cup. And with one big gulp it was gone, and it was morning milking time.  And as soon as I was big enough to throw a bale of hay down the shoot, you had me busting up bales for the girls. After the morning milking, came the cleaning of the cow manure....remember that stuff that I would run bare footed thru and squished it up all between my toes.  Moe certainly hit the nail on the head when he gave me the name Bozo...and you never called me anything but.  And I remember the trips to Agway as well. Seemed as though it was 10 bars for $1.00?  Of course one candy bar that was always gotten was Oh Henry.  Wish I knew how many tons of silage I threw down.  I know it was more than what I blew into those silos.  Mowing hay, raking hay, baling hay.  So many many wonderful and cherished memories.  I remember doing the sampling once a month during the evening milking.  Writing down those numbers.  Two of my most favoritest things to do was putting bales of straw thru the straw breaker which we bedded the cows with and filling the grain shoot so you could carry that heavy bucket of grain. Took me a long time to be able to carry that thing like you did.  And the times we would both be standing in the barn yelling out the window "ca-bas, ca-bas".  You were so proud of my first corn planting, because you said my rows were more straighter than yours.  And Uncle Hank, to this day I clean my supper plate just like you did. You never left a scrap on your plate. When your plate was just about empty you would raise your plate with one hand and with the other hand, take your spoon and scrape every last bit off...and you were not quite about it.  Which leads me to our burping contest. I will miss you Uncle Hank, but I will never forget.  Your the bestest Uncle!  And I am sorry I cannot physically make it from Seattle to say good bye, but rest assure I am there in spirit and mind.  Rest in peace Uncle Henry.  Love your number one most favorest nephew Bozo..also known as Robert Jr

Bozo Aug 6 2013 12:00 AM

It was always nice to have a chat with Henry. Sorry for your loss. Bonnie (Emerson) Hutchings

Bonnie Hutchings Aug 6 2013 12:00 AM

Thelma & Marvin always enjoyed our visits with Donna & Henry. They were few and far in between as we live so far away.

Henry loved his Farm in his early years. He worked long hard hours but was always there. He and Donna had a wonderful family and we are sure he shall be greatly missed.

God Bless Henry -  Thelma & Marvin

Thelma & Marvin Phillips Aug 6 2013 12:00 AM

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