The Passing of Nick Sharp

April 15, 2024

Nick Sharp passed earlier this month. Nick was a long time member of our department, coming to the department in 1971, only a couple of years after the founding of the university, and retiring in 2016. Nick was a generous and welcoming colleague to many of our current faculty when we first arrived at VCU and his presence has been sorely missed since his retirement.

Professor Nick Sharp VCU

In the Museum District, Nick was a familiar figure sitting on his front porch on Grove Avenue. He enjoyed chatting with friends and neighbors as they passed by the house. He took great pride in his family and often remarked how lucky he was. Many of his favorite people called him ‘Poppy’ or Grandpa and they loved to hear his stories. His passing is a huge loss and we miss him dearly. He was often dressed in black and all are welcome to celebrate him by wearing his favorite color.

Nick graduated from Shawnee Mission North High School in Johnson County, Kansas in 1962. He attended the University of Kansas earning a B.A. in English in 1966. He received his M.A. (1968) and Ph.D. (1971) in English from The Ohio State University. His professional career spanned almost 46 years at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) as an English professor and administrator. During his tenure at VCU, he contributed to a wide variety of writing and editing for university publications. He was a regular contributor to Richmond’s monthly North of the James (formerly Northside) Magazine. Over the years, he participated actively with various local and community organizations, including St. Benedict's Church, the Advisory Board, the PTA of Richmond Community High School, the West of the Boulevard Civic Association, and Humphrey Calder Recreation Center.

Nicholas Andrew Sharp was preceded in death by his parents (Andrew & Marjorie) and his sister Antonia Sulzen. He is survived by Linda, his devoted wife of 55 years; his children: Duane, Matthew, Denise (Zach), Catherine Gilliam (Eric), Andrew (Erin), Joseph (Gia), Emily Radford (David), John-Paul, Eleanor Jones (Christopher), Nathaniel (Jessica), Margaret (Mike), Monica, Benjamin, Rebecca, and Ann; 25 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren; and his brother Paul (Penny), as well as several nieces and nephews. The funeral service will be held at St. Benedict Catholic Church, 300 N. Sheppard St. Richmond, VA on April 27, 2024, at 11 a.m. A reception will immediately follow at St. Benedict Catholic School. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to SOAR365 or St. Benedict Catholic School.