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SHARP, Jack J

January 22, 1928-November 12, 2017

It is with great sadness that the family of Jack Sharp announce that he passed away peacefully on Sunday, November 12, 2017 in Calgary, Alberta surrounded by loving family. He was 89 years of age.

Jack was born in Regina, Saskatchewan on January 22, 1928. He spent his working life as an entrepreneur owning and operating Western Furs and Westland Ventures, a real estate development and management company. Jack was very involved in both the Jewish and Regina community at large. Jack was chairman of the Regina Zionist Council, chairman of the Regina chapter of the Canadian Friends of the Hebrew University, Chairman for the United Jewish Appeal in Regina, and a 50-year member of the B’nai Brith Lodge. Jack was a founding member and president of the Eastview Regina Rotary Club, a founding executive member of the Regina Downtown Merchants Association, member of the Advisory Board of Royal Trust (Regina), Chairman of the Regina Advisory Board for the Department of Social Services and a Commissioner and member of the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission. He volunteered on many private committees including the Saskatchewan Rough Riders and the Ovarian Cancer Society of Saskatchewan. In Calgary, Jack was active in United Jewish Appeal (UJA) and the Cardiac Care Unit at the University of Calgary Medical School.

In 1982, Jack married his current wife of 35 years, Betty (Brody). Jack and Betty took pride in their combined family of children Deborah, Neil (Cindy), James (Helen) and Marvin (Shani) Sharp, Mark (Lynn) Brody, Debbie (Stephen) Ryder, Mitchell (Carrie) Brody and grandchildren, Rachel, Max, Eva, Drake, Dylan, Stone, Danica, Ozias, Daliah, Mirabella, Michael (Rachelle), Carly, Harry and Zoe.

Jack and Betty were rarely apart throughout their marriage splitting time between Calgary and Palm Springs. They enjoyed an active and social life but most of all enjoyed each other. Jack was a kind hearted generous man who lived his life full of positivity, integrity and great joy. He was simply a “good man”.

Jack was predeceased by his parents, Ben and Bessie Sharp, his sister Rose Secter and his first wife Rachel (Ray) Sharp.

Arrangements in care of the CHEVRA KADISHA OF CALGARY, Phone: 403-244-4717. Funeral Services will be held at the Beth Tzedec Synagogue (1325 Glenmore Trail S.W. Calgary) on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at 1:00PM. Interment to follow at Erlton Street Cemetery. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Alzheimer’s Society of Calgary (phone: 403 290-0110) and the Jack and Betty Sharp Foundation (phone: 403 640-2273).
The family would like to thank all his caregivers who helped care for him over his last years and weeks.

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  1. Michael Goldman :

    Dear Betty: We were very sad to hear of your great loss. Jack was a fine husband, father, and friend, as our family well knows. He was a class act and a real gentleman. Our entire family sends sympathy and prayers. My son Nathan was very sad to hear this news and told me yesterday, “Jack was my friend.” And a darned good one.
    Much Love,
    Michael, Bari, Jake, and Nathan Goldman

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  2. Myrtle Fisher (nee McLeod) :

    My condolences to the family. Deborah, you will not remember me, but I was your kindergarten teacher. Your dad and mom became my friends and I was a customer of our dad’s at Western Furs. He was an extraordinary man. Always smiling and caring about people. He has left a wonderful legacy to you and all of his family members. My sincerest sympathy to the family.

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  3. Debi and I would like to extend our deepest sympathy to Betty and all of the family. I had the very great fortune to meet Jack early in my career and he quickly became not only a mentor but a good friend. Jack was one of the kindest people I have known and I was always hugely impressed by how much he enjoyed and appreciated all his good fortune. He was certainly an inspiration to many and he will be missed.
    All the best
    Pete and Debi Hind

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  4. Neil and families. I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Jack. The notice describes the Jack I knew from our Academy Park Rd days to a tee – a positive, friendly big hearted man who was a great father, great asset to the community, great businessman and all around great person. My deepest condolences to all.

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  5. Jane ( Parney) Lowry :

    Sincerest condolences on your loss, Betty.
    God bless.

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