Clifford Arnold Sharpe

Mar 17, 1944 - Jan 8, 2012


Clifford A. “Cliff” SHARPE | Visit Guest Book

SHARPE, Clifford ‘Cliff’ A.

Born on March 17, 1944 in Portland, Maine, passed away at the age of 67 on January 8, 2012 in Sacramento.

Survived by his wife of 23 years, Linda. He is also survived by his son Braden Sharpe (Holly); stepchildren, Michelle O’Dierno (Vinny), Angela Alcaraz and Aaron Alcaraz (Kendra); his grandchildren, Finnegan, Beckett, Michael, Serena, Raven, Ciara and Savannah; and great-grandson Giovanni O’Dierno.

Friends are welcome to attend a Funeral Service at 2:00pm on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at East Lawn Elk Grove Mortuary, 9189 E. Stockton Blvd., Elk Grove.

Funeral Home:
East Lawn Elk Grove Mortuary
9189 E. Stockton Blvd
Elk Grove, CA
US 95624


  • Shirley Hatton says:

    Linda & Family, I am so sorry about your loss. Your in my thoughts and prayers and if you need anything, I am just a phone call away. Love you all. Aunt Shirley

  • Noel Davis says:

    Cliff was an admirable man. I worked for him from 1995 to 2000 and felt honored. He was a guy that valued people and brought out the best in them because of his encouragement, support, and respect. I will miss you dearly Cliff. Rest in peace.

  • Chet Anderson says:

    To Linda and all of Cliff’s Family: I share your sorrow at the untimely passing of a dear friend and a good man. Cliff was an absolutely unique individual who lived his life with passion and left indelible memories on everyone he touched. I have such wonderful memories of raucous tennis games, campfires at 11,000 feet with the STUMPS gang where there were no rules, no holds barred, good fun and, always, Cliff’s solid presence….usually in some wild baggy pants (that only someone like Cliff with complete confidence would wear!) Cliff was my “boss” but mostly he was my friend for over 30 years. I will miss him a lot. Chet Anderson

  • Scott Yoo says:

    Cliff will be remembered by all of us who knew him as a true professional and most definitely one of the good guys. I was informed by Chet Anderson that Henry Ongurth was doing the hiring back when this particular cohort of DPH folks began their careers, and with the people came out of DPH at that time, it is apparent that Henry was an incredible judge of character. When I think about those people, I feel sad that we are beginning to lose them. It is an era/generation of good guys that is unlikely to ever be repeated to the same extent. I am grateful for having known and worked with most of them and especially Cliff.

  • Alexis Milea says:

    I had the privilege of working with Cliff in various ways for over 20 years. He was a committed professional, a straight thinker, a supportive associate, and a thoughtful man. I had tremendous respect for him. I am sorry that his life was not as long as it might have been, but happy for him that he was doing something active when he moved on. May his memory be for a blessing.

  • Kurt Souza says:

    My condolences to the Sharpe family. Cliff was a strong and energetic leader of the Drinking Water Program.

  • Jim Crook says:

    I have known Cliff since 1972 and had many wonderful and “interesting” interactions with “Arnie.” He was a true professional but – more importantly – he was a good friend. I am deeply saddened by his passing. Linda, you have my sincere condolences.

  • John Gaston says:

    Dear Linda & Family: I started at the California Department of Public Health in 1965 and was there when Cliff first came to work. We worked together every day until I retired in 1983. We remained friends and colleagues until the time of his passing. When I was at the Department Cliff was always one of the people we could go to to get things done. He did not suffer fools lightly and was a great ‘no nonsense’ kind of guy that produced results. He and I, along with Jim Crook, Dave Spath and others spent many days and hours working in the field and I am sure they will have many memories as well. Jim was always good about giving people nicknames and once he found out that Cliff’s middle name was Arnold . . .Arnie was the monicker. He was also very active in the California Water Pollution Control Association and contributed many long hours of his own time writing for the magazine and helping with Association duties. He will be greatly missed and you have my deepest sympathy.

  • Gary Lynch says:

    Linda and family, I am deeply saddened to hear the news of Cliff’s passing. As one of those regulated, I always admired Cliff’s practical and professional approach to solving problems. His peronality was always appreciated too. This type of person is rare in today’s world. I am so glad that he was healthy until his untimely passing. You have my deepest sympathy at this difficult time. Rest in peach Cliff.

  • Jeff Stone says:

    To all, but espcially Linda and the family…It is with great sadness that I express my condolences to the passing of Cliff at a much too early an age. Cliff was one within the DDWEM program who exemplified (and amplified) profesionalism, respectfulness and all around good character, both within and outside the work environment. He leaves me, and I’m sure many others, with fond memories of times shared and a true sense of loss.

  • Linda and family says:

    Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts amd memories of our dear husband, father, step-father and grandfather. It is such a comfort to know how much he was cared for and respected both as a person and a professional. Cliff was truly loved by his family and will live in our hearts forever.

Sign the Guestbook

Your email address will not be published.

ERROR: please select I'm not a robot!