October 17. AFTER suffering a stroke two months ago, Masters swimmer Marjorie Sharpe passed away on October 10th. She was 88. Marjorie was known for her love of life. She always had a smile on her face and a gleam in her eye. At the time of her death, Marjorie held six national records in the backstroke.
Tim Edmonds, her coach at Stanford Masters wrote the following:
By Tim Edmonds
It is with a sad heart that I write to tell you that Marjorie Sharpe passed away (on October 10). Marjorie suffered a stroke about two months ago and was able to have some nice moments with friends following the stroke. Her last days were quiet and peaceful.
Marjorie was, without a doubt, one of the most vibrant and wonderful individuals whom it has ever been my pleasure to know. She had two great loves in her life, her husband Al, who passed away nearly nine years ago, and the water. On too many mornings to count, you could find Marjorie seeking the perfect backstroke, the perfect flip turn, or the elusive perfect freestyle in her lane. Always there to share a tidbit of advice with a new swimmer or share a story about her travels with Al, she was a wonderful ambassador of swimming and a true reminder of what it can mean to have a long, very full life.
Swimming well into her 88th year kept her young and gave her a fulfillment that she could never quite put into the right words. She would never argue about being called a "kept woman," constantly seeking the warm embrace and the support of the chlorinated water of the Stanford pools.
You will be missed my "sweetheart"……our pools will be a little less full without you in them.
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