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Cheryl I was deeply saddened to hear of the passing of your dear wife Sharon. I am consoled by the fact that when the two of you reached out to me I was there for you and I was able to make your lives complete. May Sharon's memory be a blessing and comfort to all those whose lives she touched and made better in some way.

Joel Kent


Posted by: Joel Kent - Windsor, CT - Friend   Jul 24, 2017

Having just learned of Sharon's passing, it is with great sadness that I send condolences to her wife, family, colleagues, and friends. I had the pleasure of working with Sharon several times over the years (with multiple agencies) when she was responsible for representing HFPG. Her efforts made a very real positive difference to many agencies and people throughout Greater Hartford. That she cared deeply was always clear. Her kindness and consideration for those she worked with was generous. She will certainly be remembered fondly - and missed greatly.


Posted by: Roberta Echelson - West Hartford, CT - Acquaintance   Jun 05, 2017

On behalf of the entire Malta House of Care family, I offer my deepest sympathy on the sudden passing of Sharon O'Meara. As with so many other nonprofits, Malta House benefited directly from Sharon's huge heart and wise, thoughtful approach to grantmaking. Her legacy will be forever found in the thousands of lives she helped to improve every single day. We are very sorry for your loss.


Posted by: Michelle Murphy - Hartford, CT   Apr 19, 2017

My deepest sympathies go out to Sharon's wife, family, friends, and colleagues... and to the entire nonprofit and philanthropic community that was made better by her efforts. Her intelligence, wit,kindness, and authenticity will be greatly missed.


Posted by: Jane Lennox - West Hartford, CT - Coworker   Apr 07, 2017

Such a Lovely Lady. I will alway think of her with a SMILE!!!!!


Posted by: Patty Buonocore - Torrington, CT   Apr 07, 2017

As a person who is seldom without words, I am at a loss. Just a few short weeks ago Sharon and I were laughing and talking...unimaginable that would be the last time that we would speak.

What a loss in a world that needs more people like Sharon O'Meara.


Posted by: Adrienne Cochrane - Hartford, CT   Apr 06, 2017

I met Sharon 17 years ago when I was a new CEO at Chrysalis Center. Through the years, she was always supportive and cared about the real issues in our communities; the ones that really mattered and always not the sexiest of causes but the ones that had huge impact on the fabric of our well-being. Sharon's intellect and sense of humor made her my go to person at the foundation and I was blessed to work with her on

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Posted by: Sharon Castelli - Hartford, CT - Coworker   Apr 06, 2017

I met Sharon when I worked at the Hartford Foundation 17 years ago. She has been a source of wisdom, guidance and caring ever since. No matter how much time had elapsed since we'd seen each other, she would be as warm, engaged and interested as ever. There will never be another like her. I miss her already. Blessings to Sharon's family, friends, co-workers and all those whose lives she touched.


Posted by: Kate Busch Gervais - Hartford, CT - Coworker   Apr 05, 2017

How does one celebrate the life of a very special person, who meant so much to the Greater Hartford community? It is not only about the important work Sharon immersed herself so deeply in to help those in need following the true spirit of the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving's mission, but more so the wonderful and thoughtful person Sharon was. Truly someone who had and practiced a very strong set of core values that defined her as a strong,

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Posted by: Thomas Phillips - Glastonbury, CT - Friend   Apr 05, 2017

I first met Sharon at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, shortly after she arrived in Hartford. She was full of life then and, when I last saw her a few weeks ago, was every bit as energetic and engaged - perhaps more so, I think - then she had always been. She had been asking, post election, "How do I get involved?" and had allowed me to connect her with my professors at UConn School of Social Work. She

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Posted by: Stephen Haynes - Hartford, CT - Coworker   Apr 05, 2017