Dr. Richard Paris Sharp
Dr. Richard Paris Sharp, 67, passed away peacefully at his home in Boerne, Texas, on May 21, 2021, surrounded by his beloved family.
He is survived by his wife of 26 years, Donna Collins Sharp; his three daughters, Kenzy Kay, Haley Marie and Sidney Paris Sharp; and his sisters, Lanna Darlene, Jan Ella and Lisa Marie Sharp. He is also survived by his brother-in-law, George Zepeda; and his parents in-law, Sandy and Chet Collins. He is preceded in death by his parents, Paris Mills and Marie Emory Sharp.
Born and raised in Milford, Delaware, Dr. Sharp received a bachelor of science degree at the University of Delaware, then a doctor of optometry degree at Philadelphia College of Optometry. He joined the staff of Omni Incorporated, and later in 1988 joined the staff of Eye Institute of San Antonio. He continued his career as an optometric glaucoma specialist, and in 1999 with founding partner Steve Campbell established Sharp Eye Consultants. They grew the business to four currently successful operating facilities located in downtown San Antonio and surrounding areas. He retired in 2018.
Dr. Sharp also served as president of the Bexar County Optometric Society in 1990. As such, he played a significant role in lobbying the Texas State Legislature, which resulted in the passage of important state-wide prescription-writing reform for optometric practitioners. In addition, Dr. Sharp was appointed adjunct faculty preceptor at the University of Houston College of Optometry in 1990. He also helped to develop curriculum for the first school of optometry offered at the University of Incarnate Word, San Antonio, where he later served as an assistant professor from 2009-17.
Rick, as friends and family called him, was an avid weightlifter, marathon runner and triathlete and played piano by ear. In 1997, he starred in a Vietnam-era tale, “Finding McKinney,” an independent film out of Austin, Texas, which can be found on YouTube.
Rick’s wife and daughters were the loves of his life. He was devoted to them and to the pursuit of their dreams and aspirations. He always encouraged them to reach beyond the stars. His three sisters also will miss his love and support.
Since he grew up 20 minutes from the Atlantic Ocean, he loved vacationing with his family at the beach. South Padre Island, Texas, and Prime Hook and Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, were among his favorites. Estes Park, Colorado, was another family retreat where he shared his love of rock climbing and hiking.
Rick’s love of Christmas was unmatched. On Christmas Eve, he dressed up as Santa, pretending he had just emerged from the chimney as Donna ushered his toddler daughters into the living room. As he turned and nodded, the wide-eyed little ones were whisked back into the bedroom. He then threw tennis balls on the roof to simulate reindeer’s hooves. It worked. On Christmas morning, the girls were required to find the hidden baby Jesus piece from the nativity scene before opening presents. This served as a reminder of the real reason we celebrate Christmas.
Music was an important part of Rick’s life, especially at Christmas. When his daughters were in elementary school, he initiated the tradition of Family Christmas Eve Karaoke at the Sharp house. Eventually, the adults got in on the act and the joy of song filled everyone’s hearts and minds. Rick’s version of Elvis’ Blue Christmas is unforgettable.
Always curious, always learning, always passionate about life; a man of courage and inspiration who celebrated life every day – that is Rick Sharp’s legacy.
A celebration of life will be held on Tuesday, May 25, 2021, from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. at Cibolo Creek Community Church.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to ALS Association of Texas, 14555 Dallas Parkway, Ste. 100-219, Dallas, Texas 75254 or www.alstexas.org/donate.
To leave condolences for the family and to view a video of Dr. Sharp’s life, please visit www.ebensberger-fisher.com. Arrangements with Ebensberger-Fisher Funeral Home of Boerne.