William “Bill” Robert Sharp Jr.

Published 9:02 am Sunday, August 18, 2019

William “Bill” Robert Sharp Jr. died at his home on August 11, 2019 in Southern Shores at the age of 76.

Survivors include son Charles Robert Sharp of Round Hill, Va.; son Grant Harrison Sharp, his wife Natalya Gurskaya Sharp and their children Alexander Michael Sharp and Luke William Sharp of Southern Shores; sister Joan Sharp Bowen, Ed.D., her husband Rev. Richard Landrum Bowen of Fayetteville and their children and brother-in-law John Willard Roark of Virginia Beach, Va. He is preceded in death by parents Maj. William Robert Sharp Sr. and Martha Reese Sharp née Allen; his wife of 45 years Ann Rachel Sharp née Roark; and second wife Margaret Biggins Sharp née Sacra.

Bill was born on August 17, 1942 in Fort Lewis, Washington. As the son of an active-duty United States Army officer, he lived in many places during his childhood, including Linz, Austria and Stuttgart, Germany. He took his Bachelor of Science in Nuclear Engineering from North Carolina State University in 1964 and his Master of Science in Engineering Administration from George Washington University in 1983. After taking his undergraduate degree, he began a career with Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company that encompassed a number of engineering and managerial roles and spanned more than 50 years. In 2015, he was recognized by Newport News Shipbuilding as a Master Shipbuilder. He married his first wife, Ann, in 1966, and they resided in Newport News, Va. during their marriage.

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While in Newport News, Bill joined Hilton Presbyterian Church where he served as deacon, elder and treasurer for many years. After moving to Williamsburg in 2013, he and his second wife, Margaret, attended Williamsburg Presbyterian Church. Bill was a long-time member and a past-President of the Warwick Rotary Club. As a Rotarian, he enthusiastically supported Rotary International’s polio elimination efforts and was recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow for his efforts. Additionally, he was an active member of several professional organizations. Bill was an active supporter of the Boy Scouts of America, serving as the long-time treasurer of BSA Troop 14 in Newport News and as a member of the board of the Virginia Peninsula Council.

The funeral and interment was held on August 15 at Peninsula Memorial Park. As an alternative to flowers, friends are encouraged to donate to the End Polio Now campaign.

Condolences to the family may be expressed via the online register at www.gallopfuneralservices.com. Gallop Funeral Services was entrusted with local arrangements.