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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...Read More »
1 of 29 | Posted by: Joel Kent - Windsor, CT - Friend

“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...Read More »
2 of 29 | Posted by: Roberta Echelson - West Hartford, CT

“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...Read More »
3 of 29 | Posted by: Michelle Murphy - Hartford, CT

“My deepest sympathies go out to Sharon's wife, family, friends, and colleagues... and to the entire nonprofit and philanthropic community that was...Read More »
4 of 29 | Posted by: Jane Lennox - West Hartford, CT

“Such a Lovely Lady. I will alway think of her with a SMILE!!!!! ”
5 of 29 | Posted by: Patty Buonocore - Torrington, CT

“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...Read More »
6 of 29 | Posted by: Adrienne Cochrane - Hartford, CT

“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...Read More »
7 of 29 | Posted by: Sharon Castelli - Hartford, CT

“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...Read More »
8 of 29 | Posted by: Kate Busch Gervais - Hartford, CT

“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...Read More »
9 of 29 | Posted by: Thomas Phillips - Glastonbury, CT

“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...Read More »
10 of 29 | Posted by: Stephen Haynes - Hartford, CT

“Sharon was a special thoughtful and caring person. Her supportive words and actions have made a difference in the lives of many families, children,...Read More »
11 of 29 | Posted by: Carol & Edgar Johnson - Hartford, CT

“My mother, Kathleen, was Sharon's admin assistant/secretary throughout her tenure at the Worcester Y. Despite their age differences, they became fast...Read More »
12 of 29 | Posted by: Eileen Finn - Worcester, MA

“Thank you Sharon for always being there for me. Your love, kindness, sincerity, wisdom and patience will be missed, especially by me. I will miss...Read More »
13 of 29 | Posted by: Dawn Grant - Hartford, CT

“I knew Sharon for about 20 years, pretty much the entire time she worked at the Foundation. She was encouraging and supportive. I loved talking...Read More »
14 of 29 | Posted by: Will K. Wilkins - Hartford, CT

“"Once I had asked God for one or two extra inches in height, but instead, he made me as tall as the sky, so high that I could not measure myself......Read More »
15 of 29 | Posted by: S. Rodriguez - Farmington, CT

“Cheryl,I am so sorry for your loss. Having worked with Sharon for the past two years. she was a very special person to not only myself but to the...Read More »
16 of 29 | Posted by: Stephanie MacGillivary - Enfield, CT

“We are so sorry to hear of Sharon's passing. She was a wonderful neighbor and person. Sending love to her family and friends. So sorry for your...Read More »
17 of 29 | Posted by: Donna Saucier - Worcester, MA

“Sharon sincerely worked every day to make this world a better place than she found it. You did it, my friend. Your kind spirit, generous heart, and...Read More »
18 of 29 | Posted by: Carol Hauss - Hartford, CT

“When we at Hartford Food System heard the terrible news about Sharon, we were both shocked and deeply saddened. As one of the many nonprofits that...Read More »
19 of 29 | Posted by: Martha Page - HARTFORD, CT

“I think I can speak for all when I say, Sharon was truly a bright and full spirit with energy that could awaken happiness and self-worth in anyone....Read More »
20 of 29 | Posted by: Diana Figueroa - Hartford, CT

“I had the honor of working with Sharon through her position at the Hartford Foundation. The Bridge has been fortunate to receive many grants from...Read More »
21 of 29 | Posted by: Margaret Hann - West Hartford, CT

“Dear Cheryl, Family Members and HFPG Family: We at Chrysalis Center have a very heavy heart in knowing of the loss of Sharon. She was one of our...Read More »
22 of 29 | Posted by: Maryellen Shuckerow - Essex, CT

“The world has lost a truly beautiful person. ”
23 of 29 | Posted by: Sandy Lee - GA - friend

“Sharon was such a special person and truly generous. She made me feel seen and heard and special. I am truly fortunate to have been mentored by her. ”
24 of 29 | Posted by: Yvette Bello - Glastonbury, CT

“This is an open message to all of Sharon's family, extended family, and friends. It is with the heaviest of heart and extreme devastation that I...Read More »
25 of 29 | Posted by: Cheryl Coutsonikas - Avon, CT

“I still can't believe that Sharon is no longer with us. She was a free spirt, funny, sweet, caring, smart and an all around wonderful person. One of...Read More »
26 of 29 | Posted by: Tina Rivera - East Hartford, CT

“We have all lost a truly beautiful person who gave us so much and added to our lives as a rare friend through good and difficult times. I am so ever...Read More »
27 of 29 | Posted by: Richard Chin - Boston, MA

“To the BFF I ever had. She was kind, full of humor and loved all her friends and family. She will be dearly missed.Love, Pat ”
28 of 29 | Posted by: Pat Lee - Wellesley Hills, MA

“We will miss your many acts of kindness, your friendship, and the way you cared about and nurtured all of us in the nonprofit world much more than...Read More »
29 of 29 | Posted by: Eric Hammerling - West Hartford, CT

Sharon R O'Meara of Avon, CT, beloved spouse of Cheryl Coutsonikas passed away peacefully on March 29, 2017 after a sudden illness. She was surrounded by family and friends.

In addition to her spouse, she is survived by the entire Coutsonikas-Lacey family, her extended family Betsy Bruno, Carol St. Jean, Patricia Lee, Marcia Duval, Jack & Judy Martin, Ruth Anne Wrobel, Richard Chin and the entire staff of the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving. Sharon was the only child born to Philip and Lillian O'Meara of New Hampshire. After graduating from High School, Sharon attended Emmanuel College where she received a Bachelor degree and Boston University where she received her Masters of Social Work.

Sharon's career started in Boston, MA where she worked with the Quincy School System providing case work and group therapy as Co-Director with Richard Chin. Sharon shifted her focus to work with the Non-Profit sector. She moved to Worcester, MA in the 1980's to become the Executive Director of the YWCA of Worcester where she spent the next ten plus years working with the Worcester Community through her position at the YWCA to achieve goals that carried the organization through her tenure and beyond. After leaving the YWCA in the 1990's, she became the Executive Director of the Massachusetts Psychological Association in Boston, MA. There again she was able to accomplish many goals to position the organization to adapt to the ever changing environment psychologist faced at the time
After leaving Worcester and Boston, Sharon took a position with the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving. Through the HFPG as Director of Community Investment Sharon was able to do what she loved, helping other non-profits fulfill their missions and goals. Sharon absolutely loved working with the many non-profit agencies in Hartford. She believed in team work and consensus. Her ability to think outside of the box was amazing. Her contributions to the Hartford Community through her work at HFPG are too many to mention. She was grateful that she had the opportunity to serve the Hartford Community. Sharon worked tirelessly to promote Hartford and took every opportunity to enjoy the rich entertainment and dining experiences Hartford and the surrounding towns offered.

Sharon's love of life, her humor and her creativity will be missed. Please join us in a "Celebration of Sharon O'Meara's Life" on Friday, April 7, 2017 from 1-5pm at Infinity Music Hall, 32 Front St., Hartford, CT. Here we will pay honor to Sharon through tributes from her family, colleague and the community, along with beautiful music and wonderful food that she loved. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Sharon O'Meara Fund at the Hartford Foundation, 10 Columbus Blvd., Hartford, CT 06106. For directions and online condolences, please visit