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Ronald Edward Sharpe

Ronald Edward “Ron” Sharpe, longtime resident of Ipswich, passed away with family at his side on December 24, 2019 at the age of 68. He was the devoted and loving husband of forty-five years to his high school sweetheart, Mary Ann (Gawrych) Sharpe.

Ron was born in Englewood, California and was the son of the late Carl Edward and Doris Rosemary (Beynnon) Sharpe. He had been the Director of Loss Prevention for various corporations including CVS where he pioneered innovations to prevent theft, many of which remain industry best practices. Ron’s kindness and fierce commitment to his family defined him. He delighted in many gestures of love, from cooking for the “Pollack Palooza” to making the perfect after-dinner cup of tea for his wife. His creativity led him to excel in leatherwork, pool, and cooking, but the guitar was a passion since childhood. Skilled in finger picking, Ron delighted many with his acoustic guitar.

In addition to his wife, Mary Ann Sharpe, he is survived by his beloved twin sons, Matthew Sharpe and his wife Kimberly of Danville, NH, Austin E. Sharpe and his wife Abigail of Acton; a sister, Valerie “Thia” Kirlis of Norwood; four grandchildren, Emma, Logan, West and Cypress Sharpe, and a sister-in-law, Patricia Gangemi and her husband Eugene of Lynnfield.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 10 am Saturday, January 4, 2020. Family and friends are respectfully welcomed.  For details please go to https://paperless.ly/2QA2RQL. Arrangements are under the direction of the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home of Ipswich. Memorial contributions may be made in his honor to the Institute for Kidney Transplantation, 41 Mall Road, 4 East, Burlington MA 01805, or to Guitars for Vets https://guitars4vets.org/.


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