Colin Anthony Sharpe

29 October , 196118 March , 2019

On Monday, March 18, Colin Anthony Sharpe passed away at the age of 57. Colin is survived by his wife, Shelley Bynum Sharpe, and sons Olin Jordan Fillingim and Seamus Fillingim. Born in northern England in 1961, Colin came to Canada as a child where he became a skilled hockey player and fell in love with the wilderness of Northern Ontario. Colin was always the quiet one, but if you happened to be lucky enough to fall into conversation with him, he would speak with passion and intelligence about things he loved—music, art, photography, film, architecture, hockey, and the New Zealand All Blacks. Colin was a loving husband for over eighteen years, and raised two strong, funny, and intelligent boys with Shelley.

Shelley, Olin, and Seamus have decided there will not be a funeral. There will not be a memorial.

There will be a party.

Please contact Shelley directly for details.


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Nadine Deleury

27 March 2019

When I asked Colin if he would be interested in taking a photograph of a newly arrived Syrian family, which we could enter in a UNHCR contest "What is Home for You?". He right away agreed, refused any money for it and came to their house. He was surrounded by a dozen of kids and he fit right in! Everybody loved him! He took a hundred photos that day, and we chose the most meaningful which won and was published in the UNHCR magazine. He and Shelley came back to their home to celebrate together the first anniversary of the family in Canada. When I told the family about Colin's death they were so sad. Anwar, the husband, remembers how kind Colin was at speaking slowly to him. This is the way I will remember him, smiling at those kids, lending the oldest ones his camera, and teasing them!

Linda Zagaglioni

23 March 2019

Dear Shelley
My thoughts and prayers are with you and Colin.

Patty Halls

23 March 2019

I am truly saddened at this news. Colin was a genuine, caring and thoughtful person. Intelligent and clever (sharp/e!)... (t)witty, and perhaps MOST importantly, the PUNniest person you could ever hope to meet. He enriched my life and I am thankful to have known him. My sincere condolences to Shelley, the boys and dear friends.

Mary McNamara

22 March 2019

I am so saddened by this loss. I met Colin when he and my brother became friends, oh, so many years ago. He quickly became part of a circle of cherished family friends and joined in many gatherings and celebrations. He also took many wonderful photos of those events! When Shelley came into his life and brightened it with her love, he became a devoted and loving father to her two sons. I last saw him just before this past Christmas in a store. We hugged and then stood, blocking the aisle, of course, and talked of many things. His quiet but enthusiastic passion for photography, art, and film was admired and shared by many of his friends. He will be greatly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and all who loved him. We will all cherish our memories of Colin. May God bless and keep him.

Jamie Lees

22 March 2019

We knew Colin as an interesting, kind and creative guy. The last time we saw Colin it was a gorgeous, sunny May day in 2016. It was during the annual Windsor Tweed Ride. We were 300 cyclists all dressed in tweed slow-rolling along the river's edge. Suddenly, out of no where, Colin broke out of the pack, half hanging off his bike, camera in one hand, snapping photos of everyone at every angle. Colin captured stunning photos of the event that day. Including my favourite ever photos of Frank and me. Forever in my memory – Colin riding, smiling, silent and when I looked up again, he was gone.

Such a deep loss for Shelley and the boys.
Rest in Peace.

Jamie Lees & Frank D'Angelo
Amherstburg, Ontario

David McNamarA

22 March 2019

I am so very sorry to hear about Colin’s passing. I got to know him when my brother Chris brought him into our families house . He was always treated as one of the McNamaras.He was such a nice guy and we had some great conversations whenever we ran into each other. Colin’s sudden passing is a reminder to me that life is never to be taken for granted. I’m certain that his family and his friends will have a difficult time dealing with their loss. May their love for him and his memory last forever. Rest In Peace Colin.