Frederick Sharpe

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Frederick Donald Sharpe, lovingly known as the unofficial “Mayor” of Island View. On August 12, 2023, at the age of 79, Fred peacefully left this world. He was the beloved son of the late Donald and Alberta Sharpe, and leaves behind a profound legacy.

Fred is survived by his devoted wife, Eileen, their son Tim and his wife Lyne, as well as their cherished grandchildren Donnie and Sophie. He is also survived by his aunt and uncle, Hilda and Toby Couture, his in-laws Ann Burns, Murray and Bertha Mazerolle, Lillian Mazerolle, Valerie Mazerolle, Marg Mazerolle, Catherine O’Leary, and numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews. Fred had a special bond with his feline companion, Rebel, who was truly the apple of his eye.

Born and raised in Island View, Fred dedicated his career to civil service, retiring from his position at Commercial Vehicle Enforcement. Always one to keep busy, he later found employment at Jardine Auctioneers to stay out of Eileen’s hair. Fred was known for his mischievous nature and knack for turning any task into a humorous event. In his younger days, he enjoyed playing hockey and baseball, and as he grew older, he developed a passion for salmon fishing, hunting, and gardening. Above all, his true calling was caring for the welfare of animals in York County. From birds to squirrels, groundhogs to skunks (yes, skunks!), Fred ensured they had a feast fit for royalty. It was even rumored that he unwittingly took a squirrel for a joyride around town in his “mobile warehouse,” which earned him media attention.

With Fred’s departure, the local businesses of Island View will feel his absence. Tim Hortons, Superstore, Giant Tiger, Canadian Tire, and many others will undoubtedly witness a decline in sales. Eileen will receive an uninterrupted supply of ice cream bars, batteries, flashlights, and pocket knives, as per Fred’s traditions.

In accordance with Fred’s wishes, a funeral will not be held. Instead, his cremated remains will be interred at Dunphy Cemetery at a later date. In memory of Fred, the family kindly requests donations to be made to Hospice House, Extra Mural, the SPCA, or any charity of one’s choosing. The Sharpe family would like to extend their sincerest gratitude to all those who provided Fred with comfort during his final weeks, particularly Mike Burris and Weldon Mclean, whose thoughtfulness, kindness, and friendship meant the world to him.

As Charlie Chaplin once said, “He who feeds a hungry animal, feeds his own soul.” Fred embodied this sentiment throughout his life, leaving an indelible mark on the hearts of those who knew him. May he rest in peace, forever remembered as the beloved “Mayor” of Island View.

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