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Dr. David Sharp

April 7, 1927 - August 6, 2021


Dave passed peacefully at his home on the Cowichan River, age 94 years.  He leaves his wife of 69 years, Kathie, daughter Ann (Gordon), son John (Jen) and grandchildren Bryan and Chelsea.

Born in Vancouver, he was working by age 16.  But thanks to his older sister, who enrolled him in night school, he completed a high school diploma, then a degree in Chemistry from U.B.C. and finished with a dental degree from McGill University in Montreal.  His love of learning however, never did end.  Whether he was helping grandchildren with homework, delving further into someone’s university studies or researching a friend’s health, he found interest in a multitude of subjects.

In 1958, with a dental degree in hand, Dave and Kathie returned west and found work in Lake Cowichan.  Originally a two year plan, Dave retired in 1997 after close to 40 years in practice.  Thanks to incredible staff and hundreds of patients that meant the world to Dave, seldom was there a day that he didn’t walk to work happy and return the same way.  To be greeted with laughter and hugs at a dental office was a unique quality to “Dr. Dave’s” Lake Cowichan office.

Outside of the dental office, Dave had a second to none passion for life.  One that he shared with his family and the many friends who became family.  Whether his adventures took him exploring the world, exploring the Lake area on bike or kayak, exploring the coastal waters in the old tug or exploring every run on Mount Washington, he did so with a zest for life that has left an indelible impression on us all.

And so we say good-bye to a man who lived a wonderful life, surrounded by people he loved and who loved him back.  May he continue to be an inspiration!

The family would like to send their heartfelt thanks to Dr. David Froese for his professional guidance and friendship.

Due to the impact of Covid-19, the family will delay a celebration of life to a later date.


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From: keith price
Relation: Fellow Friend and Traveler

Kathie, Ann& Gordon, John& Jen

So sorry to hear of Dave’s passing.
I have so many fond memories of Dave and our travels to so many corners of the world.
Be it of him trying to get me hooked up with a child bride in Viet Nam. Or going into a local shoe store to by runners. Can still see the look on the Ladies faces as they looked down at our rather large feet.
The time we stopped at a Mountain pass and a local vender was trying to sell us some sheep skin clothing, Dave convinced me I had to buy one too, “we’ll get a better price” and then gave the vender more than we had agreed on.
I recall many side ventures that Dave and I would take at places we stopped just to check out the neighborhood. Within minuets Dave had befriended one of the locals and launched into a conversation. Language was never an issue.
I could fill pages with these found memories of our travels.
Yes Dave is gone but he will always be with me. I feel very blessed to have know Dave and to have shared so many found memories.
My condolences to you all. My your memories come to mind often and bring you comfort.

Keith Price

From: Andre St Cyr
Relation: Friend

Dear Kathie and family,
So sorry to hear that Dr. Sharp passed away on the day my wife and I stopped by to visit. As a childhood friend of John, I have many fond memories of Dr. Sharp. I remember Saturday being the only day John and Ann were allowed to chew trident gum and have a few candies! I also remember fun outings on the renovated tugboat and Dr. Sharp popping a wheelie on John’s motorbike in the back of his trailer. Dr. Sharp was always very friendly and genuinely interested in what I was up to. I will always remember his infectious laugh and smile.
Our deepest condolences to the family.
Andre and Margaret

From: Glen Carlson
Relation: Patients and friends from Lake Cowichan, originally.

Dear Dr. Sharp’s family in Lake Cowichan and beyond:
Dr. Sharp was the Carlson family’s dentist for a longtime. On behalf of my sister, Alida Reid and myself we want to say goodbye to a wonderful man and dentist who contributed so much to our town and ourselves, as we were growing up there.
My last memory of him was in the summer of 2019 at the river base of his property while I was kayaking the river. I had a short and memorable talk with him and his visiting daughter. In 2021 when we returned for our annual visit to Lake Cowichan we missed seeing his smiling and welcoming face, as I’m sure you all do as well!
God’s blessings and sympathy to all the family during this time of remembering
Glen and Alida(Reid) Carlson

From: Jerry Sihota
Relation: Driend

Dear Sharp Family,
We are truly so sorry to learn of Dave’s passing. He was an amazing friend to both Barb and I. During my younger years in Lake Cowichan, Dave saved me from a whole lot of trouble and was a brilliant mentor to me. From dentistry to Adventures on the old Tug, he was a caring friend and leader.
We hope you are all well and will remember the amazing memories of the fine gentleman he was to help you through these difficult days. Thinking of you with sincere condolences, Jerry and Barb Sihota

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