On the morning of March 2, 2023, Robert Mark (Bob) Sharen of Stratford, Ontario, formerly of Grand Bend, Ontario died at the age of 83.
Bob was born in Wallaceburg, Ontario to Jean and Newman Sharen on the anniversary of Custer’s last stand, June 25, 1939. He joined the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps in 1959 where he met and married an RCAF nurse’s aid, Verna Sharen (nee Holden). Together they raised four children. In 1962, he retired from the armed forces and became a pharmaceutical sales representative. He fondly referred to this career as his “dope peddling years”. The family moved to Grand Bend in 1970, when Bob bought the family business, Sharen Realty, from Newman. He and his daughter Trish made vacation dreams come true for many people over the years.
In the soap opera of Grand Bend, Bob was one of the leading characters. He was a council member and then Reeve (Mayor) for several years. He was known to punk total strangers in the drug store, convincing them that he had met them previously. Bob was a talker. He held court in his office tossing around ideas with the rich and the famous and the low and the struggling. He was funny, engaging, charismatic, and charming. A few days before he died, he instructed us to check the lottery tickets and to have a party.
Bob is predeceased by his mother, Jean, his father, Newman, his sister Jay, and his daughter Jenny. He is survived by his wife Verna, children Colleen, Trish (Dale), and Andrew (Maggie), and by his grandchildren Molly and Ethan. He is also survived by many cousins, nieces, and nephews. He adored his grandkids, and convinced them that money grew on trees. Before they came to visit, he would sprinkle change on the ground beneath two trees. The kids loved finding the money and putting it in their piggy banks.
Many thanks to the staff at Cedarcroft Retirement Home and to Dr. Reaume, Dr. Joshi, and the staff at Grand Bend Medical Centre.
Visitation will be held at Haskett Funeral Home, 370 William Street, EXETER on Sunday March 5th from 2 – 4 PM. Registration is required and appreciated. To register, please click “Register Now” below.
A public funeral will be held at St. John’s by the Lake Anglican Church, 70642 Ontario St North, GRAND BEND on Monday March 6th at 11 AM. Registration is not required to attend the service.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Heart and Stroke Ontario or the Stratford General Hospital Foundation in Bob’s memory.