Dec. 8, 1945 – Nov. 19, 2017
Peter James Sharp, a Lockport businessman and former commodore of the Olcott Yacht Club, died Sunday in Niagara Hospice, Lockport, after a brief illness. He was 71.
Born in Glasgow, Scotland, Mr. Sharp came to the United States in 1952 with his family and was a 1963 graduate of Lockport High School.
Skilled with tools, Mr. Sharp worked briefly at Harrison Radiator Corp., then joined M. Carter Decor on West Avenue.
“He began installing carpets and flooring, but he also was a good salesman,” his brother, Eric, said. “Eventually he took over more and more of the work of running it.”
Mr. Sharp became a partner and then owner of the business. He retired in 2011, selling the business to one of his employees, Thomas Dedline.
In retirement, he and his wife divided their time between their home on Olcott Harbor, where they raced and cruised their sailboat, Crew’s Control, and their winter home in North Fort Myers, Fla.
“He and his wife learned to sail on a trip to Hawaii,” his brother said, “and they loved it so much they bought a boat.”
A member of the Olcott Yacht Club since 1977, he served in many offices and committees. He was elected to the board of directors three times and was commodore in 1982, 1992 and 2005.
He was active in maintaining the sailboats, coached the club’s junior sailing program and helped establish the club’s extensive boat storage operation.
Mr. Sharp was honored four times with the club’s Seneca Trophy for outstanding service and three times with its Christie Trophy for sportsmanship. In 2011, he was awarded a lifetime membership.
In addition to his brother, survivors include his wife of 50 years, the former Marie Cramer; two sons, David and Andrew; and four grandchildren.
A celebration of his life will be held at 2 p.m. Friday in the home of his son, Andrew, at 2505 Coomer Road, Burt.