Condolence & Memory Journal

Sharon was a loving friend to so many people. I am glad I had a chance to know her when we sang in the Back Bay Chorale together. Sending blessings.

Posted by Susie Rioff - Other   January 31, 2022

I am so very sorry to hear of Sharon's passing. Please know she is in my prayers. I send my love to you, Lacey and Bob, and of course, your beautiful family.

Posted by Sarah Fach - Redondo Beach, CA - Friend   June 30, 2018

Dear Lacey and Gleason, I am so sorry for your loss. I just found out about Sharon's passing. She was a beautiful woman in the true sense of the word . My thoughts and prayers are with you . Patrice Muchowski

Posted by Patrice Muchowski - Worcester, MA - Classmate   February 15, 2016

We learned of Sharon's passing today. We were clients but more importantly friends. Although mostly a long distance relationship for more than 20 years, when we did see her or whenever we spoke she made us feel like we were two of her closest friends. Sharon was remarkable in so many ways. Her courage, persistent positive attitude and generosity was an example we will try to emulate. Boston has lost one of its finest. Eternal rest grant unto her O lord and let the perpetual light shine upon her.

Posted by Pat & Judy Corso - Pinehurst,, NC - Friend   February 11, 2016

I'm so sorry to hear about Sharon's passing. I met her when my son attended the choir school and will always remember her as a positive force --- beautiful and strong. When she walked into a room, you could feel her energy and enthusiasm. The choir school was so lucky to have her as their benefactor and cheerleader.

Posted by Carol Luddecke - Arlington, MA   February 05, 2016

Sharon was a hoot in college and was always a hard worker as well. Always had a smile! Remembering her and her family in my prayers...

Posted by Priscilla Duff Perkins - Classmate   February 05, 2016

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I met Sharon at Longwood in 1993 (the year I joined the club) and enjoyed playing tennis and socializing with her there and at the Covered Courts for many years. In addition to being a fine tennis player I so enjoyed her humor and wit. She was a tireless ambassador for the Choir School. At her invitation, I attended some of the concerts...it was wonderful for me when a friend's son attended the school and was able to mix several friendships and passions. Sharon was an inspiration "on and off the court" and will be sorely missed. She was a graceful and courageous woman.

She and her family are in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.
-Anne Fitzpatrick

Posted by Anne H. Fitzpatrick - Boston, MA - Friend   February 05, 2016

I was so sorry to hear of Sharon's passing. She was a wonderful woman with a generous spirit. Her dedication to the Choir School at St Paul's will be remembered for a long time.

Posted by Jeanne Keenan - Quincy, MA   February 05, 2016

So sad to hear of Sharon's passing.

Posted by Gary Fay - Beckenried, Switzerland   February 05, 2016

My mother would have said " oh dear, oh dear, how sad". So I do too.

Sharon and I knew each other by being my financial adviser with my small connection to the choir school, and by enjoying a very occasional glass of wine in Harvard Square.

I called her one morning on her cell phone after watching the choir perform on the ABC national morning news program Good Morning America. She was thrilled about the performance although she was in doctor's office waiting room.

Her smile and sincerity permeated her and her whereabouts. She certainly made people most welcome in her company.

May she be blessed by having God assign her the job of being an angel overlooking the school and her nieces and nephews.

Sincerely,
Justin Slate

Posted by A friend   February 05, 2016

I shall forever remember Sharon as a remarkable woman who achieved much, touched innumerable lives, and made a difference. May she rest in peace.VRV

Posted by Paul Bartsch - Friend   February 05, 2016

Sharon was always a lovely woman. I met her when my son attended the choir school and she will be missed.
John T. Donovan

Posted by john donovan - weymouth, MA   February 05, 2016

To Sharon, my life-long friend -
As I am swarmed with memories of our friendship and the thousands of hours we must have spent together, it is impossible to hone in on a favorite - from Newton Country Day, proms, late nights in Lexington to see the dawn on "The Great Meadow", rooming together in college and at 1757 Beacon, double dating, singing and harmonizing for hours on end, skiing through the Alps, dinners in my tiny Parisian apartment with plenty of wine - trying to make it as "haute" as we could on a budget, laughing, always laughing, heartfelt conversations, you're cheerleading me to be the best I could be, our foursome for our cherished "Girls' Dinners", they are all so precious and will remain so in my heart. You are the loveliest, most generous, beautiful, talented, smart, giving, steadfast, loyal,
brave friend I have ever known. I would like to be more like you when I grow up!
We never had a cross word over 50 years. Thank you for letting me create your magical garden last summer. I felt like a little piece of me was with you every day. I have appreciated having you in my life more than I can express. May you delight in your new surroundings which you so richly deserve.
Love always to my "True Blue Friend"!
Connie (White) Arnold

Posted by A friend   February 05, 2016

To Sharon, my life-long friend-
As I am swarmed with memories of our friendship and the thousands of hours we must have spent together it is impossible to hone in on a favorite - from Newton Country Day, proms, late nights in Lexington to see the dawn on "The Great Meadow", rooming together in college, singing and harmonizing for hours on end, skiing through the Alps, dinners in my tiny Parisian apartment with plenty of wine - trying to make it as "haute" as we could on a budget, laughing, always laughing, heartfelt conversations, you're cheerleading me to be the best I could be,
our foursome for our cherished "Girls' Dinners",they are all so precious and will remain so in my heart. You are the loveliest, most generous, beautiful, talented, smart, giving, steadfast, loyal,
brave friend I have ever known. I would like to be more like you when I grow up!
We never had a cross word over 50 years. I have appreciated having you in my life more than I can express. May you delight in your new surroundings which you so richly deserve. Love always to my
"True Blue Friend"! Connie (White) Arnold

Posted by A friend   February 05, 2016

I was lucky to know Sharon through my friendship with Kate Meany. Sharon was and is a beautiful soul and person. she truly made her mark in this world and will be deeply missed.

Posted by rebecca flinn - walpole, MA   February 05, 2016

We are so sorry to hear about Sharon's passing. She was such an amazing lady. My husband had a sign made up for her personal parking spot at St. Paul's. Sharon was at all the events and always had a smile. My two boys went to the choir school and would see her around and talk with her. Sharon will be greatly missed.
Marlena, Bill, Jeffrey, Kevin and Michelle Beazley

Posted by Marlena Beazley - Dorchester, MA   February 04, 2016

It is with great sadness that I hear about the passing of Sharon.
I met Sharon because my son attended the Boston Archdiocesan Choir School in Cambridge.

Sharon was a fixture at Sunday masses and her family should know how much choir school student parents like myself treasured her presence and her contributions to the school.

Sharon always had an encouraging word and smile for the students as they processed into mass and frequently went out of her way to pay a compliment to the boys. Her actions spoke volumes as she never missed a chance to participate in services and to make a kind and thoughtful remark on how well the boys were doing in representing the school.

All of the parents at the school were grateful to Sharon for lending her professional expertise and guidance to trustees and to the overall operations which led to academic and musical excellence. Most of all though we appreciated her constant support and her sincere and genuine interest for the boys at the Archdiocesan Choir School. Her absence leaves us feeling very sad. Sharon was one of the many reasons families valued the school and what the school had to offer. God bless her.

Posted by Jacquelyn Goddard Snyder - Boston, MA - Friend   February 04, 2016

We were so sorry to hear of Sharon's passing. She was truly a brave soul, beautiful and generous. Her face would light up the room.

Posted by Barb and Phil Maguire - Andover, MA   February 04, 2016

Such a beautiful person inside and out. Remembering her wonderful smile and joyful laughter.
To her family...so sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you.

A Sacred Heart friend

Posted by Judith F. Chimenti - North Hampton, NH - Friend   February 04, 2016

I am honored to have known and worked with such a wonderful, strong, caring woman. I will miss her very much. My prayers are with her family. Dawn Gromczynski - St. Paul's Choir School.

Posted by A friend   February 04, 2016

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I've been blessed by the opportunity to get to know and work with Sharon's brother Gleason over the past few weeks (hopefully followed by many more years to come). He's been a breathe of fresh air to our organization. I learned of Sharon's passing on Tuesday from Gleason. I know he was deeply saddened. So I wanted to express my sympathy to the entire Gallagher Family for your loss. I pray Sharon is no longer having to fight and is now at peace smiling down from heaven upon her loved ones.

From my family, to your family - our thoughts are prayers are with you

Sincerely,
Mike White

Posted by Mike White - Castle Rock, CO - Friend   February 04, 2016

Oh Shawnya, I can't believe you left us so soon! We share so many memories: hours of playing guitar and singing harmonies in college. Skiing at Killington in double-digit below zero weather. Playing long tennis matches with infinite energy. Partying at the Lexington house with Isabel. Eating submarine sandwiches with swaddles of mayo. Talking talking and more talking. Bless you dear old friend and know that you will be remembered with love.

Posted by Mary (Doherty) Ellroy - Norwalk, CT   February 04, 2016

It has been my great pleasure to work with Sharon over the past 28-30 years. We have worked as a team serving hundreds of our mutual clients.
She deeply cared for her clients, and worked tirelessly to help them achieve their objectives.

She was an inspiration professionally and personally. She battled her illness for years without complaint or self pity.

Everyone at my firm loved her and she will be greatly missed.

The Anchor team misses you, girl. See you on the other side.

Posted by William Rice - Boston, MA - Friend   February 04, 2016

I am honored to have known Sharon. Her bravery for such a long time was wondrous, as was her energy to follow her joys and her spirit through her lifetime. Bless you, Sharon. Susie Rioff

Posted by A friend   February 04, 2016

Susan and I are very sorry to hear of Sharon's passing. She was such a wonderful person in so many ways. A great loss for all of us.

Posted by Frank Hassey - Scituate, MA   February 04, 2016

Sharon and I worked together for many years at PW and UBS. We shared a love of art and often chatted about little things. It's those small, everyday occurrences that I'll always remember. I hope that the memories of Sharon's bravery and selfless spirit will help to bring comfort to you, her family, during this difficult time.

Posted by Kathy Getchell - Boston, MA - Coworker   February 04, 2016

Sharon was a wonderful, funny, talented person. I am so grateful for the opportunity to work with her and enjoy her friendship for the past several years. We shared the love and performance of music. I will miss her and send my love and prayers to her family and friends.

Posted by Sue Carrai - Boston, MA - Coworker   February 04, 2016

I am very sorry to hear about Sharon. I have such fond memories of her during my son's time at the Choir School. Sharon smile would always light up a room, she had a heart of gold and oh, so kind.

Posted by Moira O'Brien - Westwood, MA   February 03, 2016

I knew Sharon only in as my financial adviser, but she was so much more than that. We were friends who took time once a year to talk about our lives and our dreams. She spoke of her travels in Europe, wine country, Italy...her zest for life was well apparent. She coached my husband and I to have dreams, and her job was to be sure we realized them. And she did this in such a personal way, not just with dollars and cents. I always left our meeting feeling like it was all possible,...and if Sharon said it was possible,of course it is!
My deepest condolences to her family and friends, I know you will all miss her like my family and I will.

Posted by Sally Reynolds - Medway, MA   February 03, 2016

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My Prayers are with Sharon's family. I am honored to have known her and worked with her the past 3 years.

Posted by Dawn Gromczynski - Cambridge, MA - Friend   February 03, 2016