Memorable Manitobans: Charles Wallace Sharp (1852-1924)
Businessman, municipal official.
Born in Salisbury, England on 22 June 1852, he came to Winnipeg in 1873, soon becoming prominent in theatrical circles. For some time he was manager of the old Princess Theatre, at the corner of Princess Street and Ross Avenue. In 1883, in partnership with Robert Gerrie, he bought the theatre. He also owned a roller skating rink. He was involved in building construction through the firm of Smith & Sharp. In addition to his contracting business, he was a director of the Manitoba Gypsum Company and the Canadian Industrial Exhibition Association.
In 1879, he was married to Mary Louis Leckie, with whom he had three sons and three daughters. The Sharp family built a home on Wellington Crescent, next door to John J. Borebank. He served on the board of the Winnipeg Playgrounds Association. After years of service on the Winnipeg Public Parks Board, he was appointed Chairman and served in that capacity for several years until the end of 1914.
He died at Saskatoon, Saskatchewan on 30 September 1924 as a result of injuries sustained in a fall. His body was returned to Winnipeg for burial in Elmwood Cemetery.
Some of his construction works in Manitoba included:
“Chas. W. Sharp dies as result of accident,” newspaper clipping dated 2 October 1924. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B8]
Page revised: 26 April 2015
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