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Frank Sharp Obituary 16.02.11

Former Mayor of Sutton, Frank Sharp, died on Sunday 6 February in Broadlands Nursing Home, Cheam, where he had been for the past three years. He was 87.

Frank Sharp

Frank and his wife Liz, who was Mayor of Sutton herself in 1988, were married for more than fifty years and spent much of their marriage living in North Cheam. Liz died in May 2007, and the couple are survived by their twin sons, Paul and Richard.  

Frank and Liz were both dedicated Liberal Democrats, and spent many years actively involved in the party. Frank was elected as councillor for Cheam West Ward in 1990 and became Mayor of Sutton in 1993-94.  His colleagues describe him as a gentle man, but one who held passionate views about the principles of fairness and equality.

Frank was a founding trustee and former chair of the Sutton Carers' Centre. He was a member of the Institution of Electronic and Radio Engineers, and was editor of the Institution's professional journal for 15 years. 

Cllr Sean Brennan, Leader of Sutton Council, said: "Frank did a tremendous amount of good in the local community, both during his time as councilor and in his personal life. He will be sadly missed."

Frank Sharp's funeral service will be held at North East Surrey Crematorium, Lower Morden Lane, Morden SM4 4NU, on Friday, 4 March, at 2 pm.  Relatives and friends are then invited to join the family for refreshments at 1st Cheam Scout Headquarters, 21 Malden Road, Cheam.  

Family flowers only. If you wish to make a donation, you can do so to "Princess Royal Trust for Carers" to be sent to the funeral directors, W.A Truelove & Sons, 31 High Street, Cheam SM3 8RE.  

Tony Brett Young, the Chair of Sutton Liberal Democrats, is compiling a tribute book to Frank.  Anyone with any memories that they would like to share should email or write to 18 Wrayfield Road, Cheam SM3 9TH.

Last updated: Tuesday, 08 March 2011

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