PHILIP Sharp, of Finkey Street Flats, Oakham, died at his home aged 51. He was the oldest son of Esther Sharp and the late Sydney Sharp and was educated at the Vale of Catmose College in Oakham. He was a loving father to Kevin and Leanne and was a well-loved character, who will be deeply missed by all who knew him.
Philip served an apprenticeship as a plumber with Mick Hubbards of Oakham, and then worked for Federal Express as a driver. He also worked for some time at RPC Containers. In 1997 Philip suffered head injuries which meant that he was no longer able to continue working. During his rehabilitation he enjoyed many hobbies, including swimming, taking part in sponsored swimming and walking.
A life-time member and avid supporter of Leicester City Football Club, he regularly attended Leicester football matches as well as enjoying watching football games on the TV. Through his love of football he met many people and was well-known in the Oakham area; known to some by the nickname ‘Toffee’. He also spent his free time visiting family, friends and listening to music.
The funeral service took place at All Saints’ Church, Stamford, followed by interment at Stamford Cemetery.
Family mourners included: Kevin Sharp (son), Leanne Sharp (daughter), Esther Sharp (mother), Paul and Julie Sharp, Marina and Keith Sisask, Matthew and Louise Sharp, Adam and Robert Sisask (representing Mike Sisask), Nathan Sharp and Charday, Ben Sharp and Emma, Ryan Sharp, Betty and Les Snook, Arthur Sharp, Roy Sharp and family, Jonathan Snook (family), Paul and Helen Knight (Betty Yare), Steve and Julie Finley, Chantelle, Heather Clark (Jean Hammond, Gordon and Kalvir Sharp), Sharon Waters (Tony and Christine Sharp), John Smith, Steven Smith and son, David Smith, Amanda Whelton, Gary and Jaqueline Robson.
Sympathisers included: Tracey Sharp, Pat and Dennis Flynn, Ian Flynn, Louise Flynn, Karen and Graham (Sean), Trudy Smith and family (David and Richard Walker), David and Shirley Miller, June Walker and family, John and Jackie Gregory (family), Karen Berridge (Gary, Charles and Tim), Helen Shea, Debbie Marsh ‘the drop in’, Maureen Stafford, Ang, Luke and Paul Rawlings, Ann Rawlings (George Rawlings and family), Virginia Wells and family, Chris Coles, Theresa Banton (Betty Lambert and Danny), Shirley and Charlie Wilson (Steve), Steve Bailey (Sue, Stephen Wade and family), Michael and Julie Wilson, Sue Ward and Hannah, Michelle Rawlings, John Bell, Mark Bottomley (family), Mrs Tracey Whiley (Chris, Christopher and Nathan), Hannah Garrad (Jamie Garrad and family); Adrian, Chris Hopkin, Zerina, Claire Stephenson, V Davies, Tracey Aksu, Sue Partridge (ICCM); Sarah Hallingworth (Kathy Fowler), Michael Gardiner, Angela Lisa, Evelyn Pickard, Jean Harvey (family), Barbara and Mark Coleman, Katie Arnold, Robert Young (Di Young and Robert Young), Graham Moore (Ben), Barbara Simpson (Trevor and Karen), Barbara Simmonds and family, Jill and Keith Measures and family, Martin Smith (Sheila Smith), Mr and Mrs Whilley (Mr and Mrs Smith and family), Paul Shelton, Lynne Parsons, Richard Dewick (Anna Butlin), Dave Carter (family), Faye and Paul Hare; Charlie Scott, Richard Hallam and Pauline Morgan (RPC), Andy Hill, Kath Hill (Jean and Tony Broadhurst), Lydia and Tony Wilson (Ian Wilson and family), Marjorie Kemp, Karen Brown (Frank Mullally), Martin, Emma and Hannah Brown, Joyce and Stan (Trevor), Brenda and family, Shirley Blanhern, Dawn Garrad (Jean Clarke), Jason and Julie Clarke and family, Nicholas Steele (John, Audrey, Jonathan Steele), Helen Duncan, Joy Duncan, Kate Greaves (Rutland County Council), Alan Westray (Railway Inn Man Utd Supporters Club), Barry Palmer (Leicester City Home Supporters Coach), Karen Simpson (Mark Simpson), Mr and Mrs L Button, Karen Coggan, Linda and Ian Galleozzie (Tucker), Annette and Andrew Bangs (family), George and Julie Rowell (Emily Rowell, residents of West Road flats), Eddie Carter (Robert Coulson, Steve, Lee and Carter family), Marea Banton (Mavea Banton), Martin Smith, Lavinia and Steve Whitcombe, Angela, Lisa Wallace, Glynn Attwood, Reg Perry.