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“Santa” Sharpe to be remembered

By: Journal Staff Report
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Hawkeye Sharpe, who was better known to a generation of children in the Auburn area as “Santa,” will be remembered Sunday, Aug. 19 with a celebration of life service. The service for Sharpe, a distinctive figure in his long, snow-white beard, will start at 2 p.m. in the Blue Goose, 3550 Taylor Road, Loomis. Sharpe died recently at age 73. A former textbook salesman who found his career niche in career development, he volunteered for many causes over the last two decades of his life in the Auburn area. Sharpe grew his beard out in the mid-1990s and found that he had the same appearance as Santa Claus. For years, he would volunteer at Christmas to bring the spirit of the season to young and old. “Kids will see me and even if it’s July, I’ll hear them say ‘Mommy, it’s Santa,’” Sharpe said in an interview with the Journal five years ago. It wasn’t just the beard for many. “People say I have the twinkle in my eye,” Sharpe said. Sharpe said that he couldn’t be happier with resembling a character who brings so much joy into the world. “The thing I enjoy most is the look of awe in the eyes of children when they look up at you,” he said. “What they see in me is the spirit of giving.”