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Ron Sharp (1925-2016) was McGill Education alumni and supporter, championship coach


Published: 15Feb2016

SHARP, Ronald David (B.Sc.(Physical Education) 1951, M.Ed. (Educational Administration) 1971)

"In his 91st year, Ron Sharp (1925-2016) passed away after a short illness in Ottawa. Born in Ottawa, May 1, 1925, Ron achieved much in his life as an athlete, teacher, coach, mentor, husband and father. 

He attended St. Patrick's College where he played for the Ottawa Trojans, then McGill University, where he majored in Physical Education and played both basketball and football -team captain of each. After graduating with a B.Sc. in Math and Physics, then a B.Sc. in Physical Education, he later obtained his M.Ed. in Educational Administration from McGill. Playing basketball and football throughout, Ron was the first Canadian to move from amateur football to professional at St. Pat's Ottawa Trojans merged into the Ottawa Roughriders, then back to amateur when he played for McGill University.

During his teaching and administration career in Montreal Ron coached many basketball and football teams with whom he won various championships. His career included teaching Physical Education at McGill University as well as coaching both their Redmen basketball and football teams. Ron was the first Canadian university coach to win with both teams in their respective championship games. His teaching, admin and coaching career also included schools such as Westmount H.S., John Rennie H.S. where there is now a Ron Sharp Athletic Award given each year in his honour, Chomedy Intermediate as Vice-Principal, then Chomedy Comprehensive H.S. as Principal. Ron was highly respected as a person and advisor influencing everyone whose lives he touched. Many of his former students and players have incorporated his life lessons into their lives..." (source: Montreal Gazette, Jan. 30, 2016)

McGill's Faculty of Education would like to thank Ron Sharp deeply for his generosity throughout the years; Ron was a long-time supporter of our Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education's John Chomay Award. McGill's Faculty of Education extends our condolences to the Sharp family.

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