AS A PASSIONATE VOLUNTEER OF THE TP BASEBALL PROGRAM, TED SHARP SERVED WITH HONOUR, DISTINCTION AND KEEN WIT IN HIS ROLES AS COACH, UMPIRE, BASEBALL COMMITTEE MEMBER AND PRESIDENT FOR TWENTY YEARS AT CHRISTIE PITS
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Ted Sharp, the former President of the Toronto Playgrounds Baseball program.
For twenty distinguished years, Ted served as a passionate volunteer in several integral roles with our beloved youth community baseball program at Christie Pits. As a coach with a keen acumen of the rich history and minutiae of baseball, Ted imparted his knowledge to many young players under his graceful tutelage in the House League baseball program for two decades with immense reward and success.
Ted also relished his role as an umpire officiating TP Baseball games. With a dollop of ketchup and a dash of mustard, Ted’s distinctive and authoritative baritone voice could be heard calling balls and strikes for several blocks around Christie Pits for many memorable seasons.
In addition, Ted also served in a vital volunteer executive role for a number of years as a hard working committee member and President of Toronto Playgrounds Baseball (the precursor organization to the current not for profit Toronto Playgrounds Baseball Association [TBPA]).
When he wasn’t spending time at the baseball diamond, Ted was an esteemed librarian with the Mississauga Central Library for 36 years. It went without saying that he was a unique individual who possessed an impeccable sense of humour, an unbridled zeal for life, and a loving devotion for his family. For those who knew him well, Ted was also infamous for his mischievous wit and knack for a clever pun.
On behalf of all the members of our TP Baseball Family, the TPBA Board of Directors extends its sincerest condolences to his beloved wife of 40 years, Sheila; children, Matthew, Samuel and Katie.
Born in Montreal on November 15, 1954, Ted passed away on February 11, 2022 in Toronto at the age of 67.