Memorable Manitobans: Charles Wallace Sharp (1852-1924)
Building contractor, municipal official.
Born in Salisbury, England on 22 June 1852, he came to Winnipeg in 1873, soon becoming prominent in theatrical circles. For some time he was manager of the old Princess Theatre, at the corner of Princess Street and Ross Avenue. In 1883, in partnership with Robert Gerrie, he bought the theatre. He also owned a roller skating rink. In partnership with his half-brother James W. Smith, he founded the firm of Smith and Sharp that was responsible for the construction of many early buildings in Winnipeg. In addition to his contracting business, he was a director of the Manitoba Gypsum Company and Canadian Industrial Exhibition Association.
In 1879, he married Mary Louisa Leckie (1857-1945) with whom he had seven children: Louisa Jane Sharp (1881-?, wife of Percy S. White), Grace Belle Sharp (1884-?, wife of J. R. Higgins), George Wallace Sharp, Irene Marie Sharp (1888-?, wife of Frederick William Harper), Milton Hoffe Sharp (1892-?), Charles Monckto Sharp (1895-?), and Cedric Sharp (1897-?). The Sharp family built a home on Wellington Crescent, next door to John James Borebank. He served on the board of the Winnipeg Playgrounds Association. After years of service on the Winnipeg Public Parks Board, he was appointed Chairman and served in that capacity for several years until the end of 1914. He was a member of the Masons and Central Congregational Church.
He died at Saskatoon, Saskatchewan on 30 September 1924 due to injuries sustained in a fall. His body was returned to Winnipeg for burial in the Elmwood Cemetery.
Some of his construction works in Manitoba included:
1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.
Birth, marriage, and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
“Chas. W. Sharp dies as result of accident,” Manitoba Free Press, 2 October 1924. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B8]
“Chas. W. Sharp laid to rest,” Winnipeg Tribune, 3 October 1924, page 11.
This page was prepared by Harry Shave and Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 21 October 2022