Sharron Ackles
  • 69 years old
  • Date of birth: Apr 18, 1946
  • Place of birth:
    Orange, California, United States
  • Date of passing: Aug 24, 2015
  • Place of passing:
    Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
Let the memory of Sharron be with us forever

     Sharron Ackles passed away peacefully on August 24 with Joe and her family at her side.  Sharron had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer over a year ago and had fought hard to overcome it.  Very few people even knew she was ill.  She fought this battle with the same grace and determination that she lived life.   This memorial website has been set up to honor Sharron and will serve as a memory and reminder to us all of a woman who touched us all.  Please feel free to add pictures, videos, stories, music & letters to Joe and his family.  

                                    Memorial Service 

                                             Saturday, August 29, 2015
                                   Keauhou Canoe Club at Keauhou Bay 
                                                           9:00 AM

Following the service, there will be an opportunity to share stories & memories, followed by a scattering of loose flowers in Keauhou Bay and a pot-luck lunch.
We hope you will come and help us celebrate Sharron's life with her family and friends.

          Joe's home address is:  75-280 W. Kawena Place
                                                 Kailua-Kona, HI  96740

In lieu of flowers donations in Sharron's memory can be made through:

for furthering research in finding the cause and a cure for pancreatic cancer.  

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by David Gonzales on 25th August 2017

"Time flies so quickly. Two years since we lost our friend Sharron. We remember her with the love and aloha spirit she shared with all who ever met her. Such a kind and generous person, taken from us way too soon. Aloha Sharron, until we meet again."

This tribute was added by Judi Geisler on 24th August 2017

"There are too many words for this page, yet not enough words to describe Sharron. My heart broke 2 years ago when she passed, and it has not healed.  So many memories with her;  working on IM, being silly, laughing, dancing at the finish line, a great trip to IM Germany, especially a particular train ride (!), butt dialed cell phone calls, ice cream Fridays on the pier the night before the race, director's weekends at Ko'ele and sooo much more.  It's hard to believe she's not somewhere on Kona soil doing good deeds!  I miss you. Aloha til we met again."

This tribute was added by Cheryl Levitz on 24th August 2017

"Sharon will always in my heart.
I lost my sweet sister-in-law to this horrible disease.
I fight back by working at our local Relay For Life each year in
Joe, blessings to you and your family

This tribute was added by Gerry Rott on 24th August 2017

"I can't believe it has been 2 years.  I miss Sharron every day.  Lavaman continues to honor her by raising money for Pancreatic Research every year.  In the meantime I have lost three other friends to the same disease.  Lets all work together to raise both money and awareness to help fight this terrible disease before it takes more lives as precious as Sharron's."

This tribute was added by Avis McCarthy on 30th April 2017

"We loved Sharron and will always remember how kind and gracious she was to the many people she came in contact with."

This tribute was added by David Gonzales on 19th April 2017

"Sharron's memory lives on in us. God bless her and protect her soul."

This tribute was added by Shelley Reese on 19th April 2017

"It is such a treat to know that my mom's friends remember her on her birthday. She is a woman worth celebrating! My children and I had a party in her honor. We shed some tears and shared memories of how silly she was. We also talked about how generous and compassionate she was. The true queen of hospitality, she loved and cared for anyone who needed help and it brought her much joy. A beautiful spirit. Happy Birthday Mom. XO"

This tribute was added by Penny Schilling on 18th April 2017

"Sharron was a cheerleader for all.  She rooted for everyone.  She took the time to come to my husband's funeral when she only knew us as volunteers for Ironman.  It seemed she cared about all people no matter how "important."   She made you feel important.  She was the soul of Ironman...a caring soul."

This tribute was added by Gerry Rott on 18th April 2017

"I still miss Sharron and think about her most every day.  She left a void in my heart and will always be missed.  Joe, I hope you are doing well and would love to hear from you.  Much Aloha.

This tribute was added by Cheryl Levitz on 24th August 2016

"It just doesn't seem possible Sharon has been gone a year.
Joe, I think of her so often. As a mater of fact, I thought of her yesterday when I was at the post office.  Frequently, we chatted in the lobby of the post office and would laugh about meeting there.
What a great lady. I will always miss her.
God Bless, Cheryl"

This tribute was added by David Gonzales on 24th August 2016

"Can't believe it's been a year since your passing sweet Sharron. I know you are now resting in peace and pain free. You will live forever in my memories."

This tribute was added by Kat Fraser on 4th June 2016

"Sharron was a wonderful person. When joe Parham and i got Married at Kona village she and Joe came and it was beautiful..Joe passed away in May 2016...Maybe you are having a toast you two ,sorry to hear this Sharron..oxox"

This tribute was added by janis Fitzsimmons on 27th December 2015

"Sharon was a beautiful person, inside and out."

This tribute was added by David Gonzales on 10th October 2015

"I was very pleased to see the beautiful video tribute that was presented at the Ironman E Komo Mai/Welcome banquet on Thursday, 10/8/15.. A very classy gesture from Ironman, honoring an amazing person. I have uploaded the video in the Gallery tab, Videos. Apologies for the quality, as I shot it with my camera. Sorry for the personal, emotional comments as it played."

This tribute was added by julie moss on 9th October 2015

""So sad to hear the news of Sharron's passing.
Mahalo for your passion and for sharing your bright spirit with so many Ironman athletes and fans over the years! You are truly missed Sharron!
Love and Aloha to the Ackles Family!"

This tribute was added by Craig Richwine on 23rd September 2015

"I knew Sharron from business over numerous years as the owner of Champion Manufacturing USA.  I came to ITWC in 1998 to watch the event and to fix awards that my company made for Ironman. A number of them had arrived broken (UPS ?). The awards had always gotten there in one piece so I could only speculate why so many were broken this time.

It was a very pleasant time I got to spend with Sharron. She was very nice from the moment I got there even though she was rattled by the fact that so many awards were broken. I got them all fixed and then had a very good time going to the Carb/Welcome party and other events along with the race itself.

My condolences to the Ackles family. I always enjoyed my time around Sharron.  She was always a pleasure to work with. Best to you."

This tribute was added by Debbie Baker on 14th September 2015

"Nearly a month has passed since Sharron's smile lit up this world. She will always be remembered for how deeply she loved her ohana, all things Ironman and Kona. What an honor it was to have known her."

This tribute was added by N Sam on 8th September 2015

"Dear Family Sharron,

I'm sorry that you are experiencing the mourning of losing a love one. Many if not all of us has experienced this, but I would like to share a brief scripture that will may just bring you comfort.

(Revelation 21:4) And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.”

Thanks for reading."

This tribute was added by Steve Brown on 2nd September 2015

"It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that I say Good Bye to someone that had a profound affect on my life at a time when I needed it. Sharon's kindness toward me and the thousands of others that had the opportunity to meet and get to know Sharon will not be forgotten. The World has lost a gem.
Maria and I want to wish Joe and the family all the best and know that our thoughts and prayers are with you."

This tribute was added by Jerry Case on 1st September 2015

"Sharon was larger than life - to me she has always been the heart and soul of Ironman!  My heart goes out to you Joe and your family."

This tribute was added by Don Ryder on 1st September 2015

"While deeply saddened by the loss of so bright a light in this world, I, like many others am fortunate to have known and been blessed by her indomitable spirit of aloha and ohana. Sharron will be deeply missed by the thousands of people she whose lives she has touched over the years. She made the world a better place just by being in it. Sharron has left a legacy so profound that it cannot be measured.
My thoughts and prayers are with Joe and the Ackles family as well the many others who were her Ironman family worldwide."

This tribute was added by Whit Raymond on 1st September 2015

"So saddened to hear this news of Sharron's passing. Thank you so much for all your passion for life and the Aloha that you shared with so many over so many years! You are truly missed Sharron!
Love and Aloha to all the Ackles Family!"

This tribute was added by Julie Del Prete on 31st August 2015

"Sharron, you are such a shining light in this world.  You were a second mother to me.  You mean so much to me and I will never forget you.  I remember how comforting and supportive you were to me when I was down or had a problem.  I loved that my parents were so blessed to spend a Thanksgiving with you and Dad.  You were so gracious and welcoming to them and made their trip so special.  I admire your strength, determination, warmth, and intelligence that you displayed throughout your life and to anybody lucky enough to know you.  Mom, you always made me feel like I was special, important, and loved.  I will love and miss you forever.  Dad, I love you very much.  My prayers and love go out to you."

This tribute was added by Patrick Mccary on 30th August 2015

"This is a story about Sharron I wrote years ago that captures the depth of Sharron's compassion and deep commitment to sharing God's grace in practical ways.
     The McCary family has a special affection for Sharron. As you may know she was Ironman Race Director for years. One year the McCary family was competing in the Keahou Half Ironman in Kona which was an Ironman qualifier.
      My son, Mike, had shared with me the tragedy of one of his fellow Aloha pilots. His friend, Greg Matson, had lost his daughter in a horrible drowning incident a few years earlier. Greg was also a triathlete and was competing in the Keahou race and hoping to win an Ironman slot. Greg wanted to do the Ironman and dedicate the race to his daughter's memory. He wanted to carry her with him in his heart during the race.
Unfortunately, Greg did not win an Ironman slot.

    Following the race food and refreshments were served as athletes milled around and talked about their experiences. As we talked Mike noticed his friend Greg with his wife walking past us. We began to talk with them about the race. Out of the corner of my eye I noticed Mike becoming edgy and restlessly. Something was cooking inside of him.
He caught my eye and nodded to me that he wanted to talk to me. We stepped away for Greg and his wife as my wife Diane continued to chat with them. Mike said, " Dad, what would you think if I asked Sharron if she would let Greg into the Ironman?" Mike was about to break out of his feelings of impotence and take a risk.
      "Go for it Mike. Mom and I will keep talking to Greg and his wife." Ten minutes after Mike went looking to find Sharron he came back. He had explained the whole tragedy to Sharron. With tears in his eyes he reported. "Dad, she said YES."
        "Should we tell him" Mike said. I said, "why don't you get Sharron and let her tell him." We can then all be a part of it. He left, got Sharron and brought her back and introduced her to Greg and his wife. Sharron then looked at Greg and said "Mike has told me of your wish to qualify and dedicate your race to your daughter." I want to reserve and Ironman slot for you this year or any year you want to compete. Just let me know and I can make all the arrangements."
       Stunned would be a major understatement. The offer took time to digest for Greg and his wife. While it was being digested tears started to leak from all who were there. A very special thing had just happened and we all knew it. It was chicken skin for all of us. The spiritual essence of the Ironman was now clearly exposed. No committees, no applications, no hemming or hawing about an Ironman slot. Just a straight shot of compassion from Mike and Sharron's hearts to Greg and his wife wounded hearts.
      Greg competed the following October with his daughter in his heart. Thanks Sharron. Those precious moments can never be undone. They are eternal.
                       With gratitude and love,  The McCary family, Diane, Mike, Pat, Kristen, Devonee, Nathan, Austin, Autumn, Landon, Josh and Summer."

This tribute was added by MURPHY REINSCHREIBER on 30th August 2015

"The happiest of my 30 years at IM Kona were Sharron's years. Her heart & spirit were reflected in the event. She is missed."

This tribute was added by brown bear on 30th August 2015

"deepest sympathy and prayers to joe and the ackles family. when i competed in my first ironman hawaii in 2002, it was sharron's last as race director. it was an incredible day, finally running down alii drive, crossing the finish line and being congratulated by sharron. i know how proud and happy she was for all the finishers and how special it was to see the big island finishers. sharron will be missed, but never forgotten in our hearts."

This tribute was added by Beverly Carriaga on 29th August 2015

"Sharron you where such a great inspiration to me and my family, I remember when we first became friends our boys Beandonand Chris where on the field playing soccer and that's when ce to be close, you where always their for me during my hard times and never gave up on m, I thank you for being a great friend and mom to me. I will miss you dearly I love you and fly with angels my friend! See you in heaven!"

This tribute was added by Jan War on 29th August 2015

"Aloha oye Sharron.... You were such an inspiration to all of us and taught me how to see life clearer through rose colored glasses. Your smile was contagious; a beacon of light from across the pier or from where ever you were standing. Thank you for all of the great memories and good times. It was always such a treat to be around you. May God hold you in the palm is His hand. My heartfelt sympathy to the Ackles family."

This tribute was added by Cheryl Levitz on 29th August 2015


Dan & I want you to know that you are in our thoughts and our prayers.
Sharon was such a beautiful lady. Her constant smile always brightened my day.  She will be missed.
God Bless,

Cheryl & Dan Levitz"

This tribute was added by Peter Bourne on 29th August 2015

       The Bourne family shares in your loss. So many great memories with Sharron over the years. We will always remember her pleasant and easy to get along with attitude and personality, her hard work and tireless dedication to the IM and most of all, how she cared about the athletes, both pro and AG. She always kept  the idea that we must keep the "Aloha Spirit" as a central theme of IM. She touched so may people with her energy and enthusiasm. Katy, I and the kids, will always remember her kindness and caring as they grew up. God Bless and stay strong in these coming days. Turn the page. We are all there for you. At this Sunday's Dick Evans Memorial Road Race, the peloton will observe a minute of silence prayer, prior to the start of the race"

This tribute was added by Dane Deckeer on 28th August 2015

"Sharron was one of a kind.  Her smile could light up anyone's day.  I first met Sharron when she came to my office back in 92.  She was so gracious and patient with me when I asked for an application to this
"Ironman".   She informed in a amused voice that you had to do more than fill out an application to get in. Her patience with my ignorance won me a friend forever.  So sorry Joe for your loss.  I know somewhere in heaven she is probably organizing an event even now."

This tribute was added by Maija Stenback on 28th August 2015

"Joe, Brandon, Gerry, Shelley and all the Ohana.  
   Words can not express my sorrow in Sharron's passing.  She was such an inspiration in my life and helped me in so many ways.  Her compassion, love, encouragement were only a few things on her list of things she did for others.  Her hugs were genuine and replenishing especially when you needed a hug.  I have comfort knowing she will be in heaven waiting for us as we arrive.  Her infectious smile will live forever and that is what I will always remember.  Love you Sharron and bless your family and friends during this time.
           I think its about time for a midnight ice cream party!! :-)"

This tribute was added by Derinda Thatcher on 28th August 2015

"Sharron was a great motivator and always an inspiration to me.  Whether it was from the Ironman finish line or a body pump or spin class she was encouraging, positive and a ray of sunshine.  I loved her sense of humor, beautiful smile and easy teasing way with a little gleam of the devil in her eye.  I was excited to hear Joe and Sharon were moving back to the Big Island I am sorry that the joy of returning to their island home did not last longer.  Joe and Ohana you are in our hearts!   Aloha"

This tribute was added by Maggie Brown on 28th August 2015

"This is such sad news, Sharron was a remarkable woman with a heart the size of the Big Island.

I met Sharron through Ironman and worked with her on other community events for many years. I loved her passion for life and her compassion for others. She was the ambassador of Kona, the heart of Ironman, and I don’t recall ever seeing her without that infectious smile on her face.
We were the start boat for Ironman for many years. It always surprised me that Sharron would take the time to personally meet with us to make sure our t-shirts were the right size, we had the right passes and ask us, “What else can Ironman do for you?”  She did this for all the volunteers!
She once asked me if I would like to volunteer for a race, in which there would be a contest for best themed aid station. We came up with the idea to do Elvis Presley, Heartbreak Hotel in front of Casa de Emdeko. I thought Sharron would think I was nuts, but she was in 100%. We built a hotel facade, cranked up the music and dressed the part.  I can still see her in high heels, chasing bikes, handing out water bottles, sporting elbow length white gloves and of course that ear-to-ear smile.  Oh, and we won 1st place!

Truly an amazing woman who will never be forgotten."

This tribute was added by Karen Smyers on 28th August 2015

"I will always remember Sharron's grace and warmth while being such an effective leader on my many visits to Hawaii when she was in charge.  She was such a genuine representation of the Aloha spirit which had a positive influence on all who raced or worked/volunteered alongside her.  Sorry to see her leave this earth so soon."

This tribute was added by Debbie Hauanio on 27th August 2015

"Dear Joe,
Moke & I are so saddened by the news of Sharron's passing....saw her just twice while in Kona by chance & we made plans to get-together but I knew she was in a great fight....she was the best Governor's liaison ever & she made me a better person for having worked with her. We are in Colorado now helping Moke's sister after bypass surgery & won't be able to make the memorial on Saturday but know that our thoughts & prayers are with you and your ohana.....God has another angel in heaven....much aloha, Moke & Debbie Hauanio ❤️"

This tribute was added by Lolly Davis on 27th August 2015

"I wish that I had more time to get to know Sharron.  She was a strong and beautiful woman that will be missed by our community."

This tribute was added by Rob Perry on 27th August 2015

"Dear Joe,

I feel for you and your family. Sharon exemplified a life well lived, and I am sure your family's return to the Big Island allowed for you all to create lasting memories and a sense of homecoming. She truly made it home.

Rob Perry"

This tribute was added by Kristy Foth on 27th August 2015

"There are no words for a lady who loved and carried so many in her heart.  Sharron was the most positive and kind woman, full of love and grace.  She was always giving. Always caring of others and making each of us feel as if we were the most valuable person on the earth.  She was a special gift. I will always be forever grateful for her love.  Joe we love you and we are praying for you and the family."

This tribute was added by Anna Hose-Graham on 27th August 2015

"Beloved soul that touched many lives around the globe.    An infectious smile that brightens the darkness room.   An Aunty to all of our children growing up with IM.  The heartbeat, the Queen and the Iron Woman of The World Ironman Triathlon.  Thank you for all you've done for the communities and especially for our future (our keiki's).  You've taken on the largest race in the world under your little wings and made it yours.   May you fly with the Angels and rest in love.   Forever loved and never be forgotten.  My deepest condolences to the Ackles family.  We love you all"

This tribute was added by Ronona Cuffe on 27th August 2015

"Kona Ironman & Keauhou Triathlon was such a huge part of my life for over 15 years of training & racing and Sharron & Joe just came hand in hand.  You were both always there for each other and every athlete out there.  I can only say Mahalo Nui Loa for all you gave Sharron.  My heart goes out to Joe & his ohana, may you find peace & strength during this sad time. We are so lucky to have had such wonderful memories of the good ole days in Kona  xoxo"

This tribute was added by Sierra Spruce on 27th August 2015

"I knew Sharron back in our Jazzercise Days, pre Ironman.  She was so much fun to be around, people were just naturally drawn to her.  It was so wonderful when she inspired others as a fitness instructor and then heading up Ironman.  A truly inspirational woman.  She will be missed by many.  Till we meet again, Sharron..."

This tribute was added by Deb Silva on 26th August 2015

"Such a warm, sweet friend who reflected the love of Jesus to everyone she met.  She was a woman of class, elegance and grace and let us all know how much she loved us.  I will miss you, sweet one!"

This tribute was added by Jan Lovell Kopff on 26th August 2015

"Joe, words are not adequate to express how very sorry I am to hear of your loss.  Sharron touched many lives, may you find peace and comfort."

This tribute was added by Gwen Campbell on 26th August 2015

"Rocky & I feel truly blessed to have had Sharron in our lives . She was an incredible loving nurturing person "MOM" who will be remembered forever in our hearts."

This tribute was added by Joyce Taylor on 26th August 2015

"Sharron was a true lady - gracious, kind, giving and full of fun and love.
She helped thousands fulfill a wonderful memory in their lives!  She was a sister and friend and she greatly blessed my life.  Thanks you Joe for sharing her with us.  Much love to you and your family.  
Joyce Taylor"

This tribute was added by Lew McCorvey on 26th August 2015

"1995 when i was in Kona it was special and she simply made it special for every single athlete there ,you could tell , i never forgot that . Thank you and rest in please"

This tribute was added by Kathy Kuikahi on 26th August 2015

"My dear friend.. I gave thought of you a number of times over the years. You was such an inspiration in my life. I will always treasurer the times we worked together at the chamber. You taught me a lot. You will be dearly missed by all those whos lives you touched.  Aloha Sharon  fly with angels!"

This tribute was added by Valerie Silk on 26th August 2015

"Joe, I am so sorry for the deep grief you bear right now. May you find some measure of comfort in knowing how much Sharron was loved and admired. She was a gracious lady, with such a sweet smile and a kind and generous heart. May God grant you grace sufficient for the difficult days ahead and peace at the end of your sorrow."

This tribute was added by Bev Thorsen on 26th August 2015

"Such a beautiful person with caring ways and thoughts for everyone that came into her life. Always there for everyone. So sorry Joe."

This tribute was added by Debbie Hornsby on 26th August 2015

"Mahalo Nui Loa to Sharron and Joe for all of their love and support of Ironman athletes, especially those from Hawaii. Sharron always made the race special and I will forever be honored and grateful to have been a part of Kona when Sharron was at the helm. RIP. Joe, my deepest sympathies to you and your family."

This tribute was added by tim ` corcoran on 26th August 2015

"Linda and I are very sorry for your loss.  We have always been gratefull for the start you gave us in Ironman in 1994.  We enjoyed your company for all the years we shared Kona with you.  May God bless you and give you the strength to work your way through this difficult time.  I will pray for Sharron and you."

This tribute was added by Paloma Vidgen on 26th August 2015

"My condolences to the Ackles Family. I will never forget doing Keauhou Kona at 16 and being very nervous about what I was about to endeavor. Sharron made a point to find me that morning and give me a big hug and say "enjoy the day and don't worry". It meant so much to me and I've her do the same for so many other athletes. Thank you for supporting every single athlete that finished all of your races! You truly were the Aloha Spirit of Ironman and will be missed."

This tribute was added by Mike Ackles on 25th August 2015

"My mom was always there for us. Every baseball game. Every football game. She even supplied the entire team with gatorade for the season. When I first moved out on my own, whenever I needed a hand, I knew I could always count on mom. I will always remember the camping trips.  her peanut butter and chocolate chip cookies that she would make to  eat on the way . Even the music  that we listened to back in our camping days still brings a tear to my eye . She was an amazing lady, & a very strong woman. You know, sometimes family members lose track of  how important they are to each other. Sometimes we all take a family member for granted. I know im guilty of that..Let me tell you, every chance you get, you tell your mother you love her with all your heart. I Love You Father. I'm so sorry for you. You will both be in my heart forever and always."

This tribute was added by Craig Leeper on 25th August 2015

"Sharron was, simply put, one of the very best individuals I ever had the pleasure to work with, know, and be associated with in Hawaii.  She was so infectious with her life.  She could get you to do things no one else could!  For the love she shared with so many...and the smile she always carried....Missing you!  Carboman ;)"

This tribute was added by Barbara Bush on 25th August 2015

"Dear Joe,
It is with a heavy heart that I share in this memorial to Sharron. You were both so wonderful to me througout the time we shared.  In a myriad of ways the love you shared together and the strength of character you both brought made life in our Kona community that much better, that much brighter.  These words do not adequately express the loss of such a beautiful human being as Sharron.  I know your heart is full, as is mine.  Aloha to a dear Sharron.  My love to you, Brandon and family."

This tribute was added by wendy gaertner on 25th August 2015

"This news leaves my heart heavy. Gerry introduced us in Kauai @ an IM function and we became instant friends. And  off we went to workout, Sharon even became a fitness instructor and inspired many!!! Watching her @ the  IM finish line with that great smile and positive attitude will be remembered by many. You will go down in History as the best IM Director ever. So glad our paths crossed. I still tell my clients today your  success story's.  You will  continue living in my heart. Prayer to all family and friends."

This tribute was added by robert vigorito on 25th August 2015

"August 24, 2015 was celebrated in Hawaii as the 125th anniversary of the birth of The "Ambassador of Aloha", surfing legend and Olympian Duke Paoa Kahanamoku. Sharron as with Duke, was the epitome of this aloha spirit, Grace, love of the Hawaiian people, and caring for her community. I first met Sharron some 15 years ago and she always wore an infectious smile and shared a kind word. Her spirit will live on forever in Kona.  Mahalo nui loa"

This tribute was added by Tina Vesper on 25th August 2015

"I met Sharron in 2000 when I volunteered for the Hawaii Ironman Organization.  I was there for 2+ weeks and had the opportunity to work in the race office.  Sharron was a source of inspiration and a really nice person.  I am very sorry for your loss and I send my thoughts to you in this sad moment.  I just lost my boss to pancreatic cancer this year.  Cancer is just mean.  Take Care."

This tribute was added by Simmy McMichael on 25th August 2015

"I'm so sorry and sad  to hear this, its too short. Last I heard you were moving back to Kona : (..May you rest in peace. I remember the days at Waterfront Row, and the years of Ironman. I will always remember your Smile the most!  A Hui Hou!"

This tribute was added by Kathy Matejka on 25th August 2015

"This is sad news indeed. Although I never had the pleasure of meeting her in person, Sharron was generous, kind and more inspirational to me than words can express. Rest in peace gentle woman, may her ohana find comfort in treasured memories."

This tribute was added by Susanne Kaufmann on 25th August 2015

Mahalo for everything you did for our wonderful ironman-ohana. It was one of my best times working for you and my hawaiian mom Gerry october 2002.
you will live forever in our hearts and our memories..... I think of the Ironman-Ohana in Kona - sending you thousands of hugs from Switzerland.....

A special hug to Joe and Gerry - love, Susanne"

This tribute was added by Brendan Krueger on 25th August 2015

"I've known Sharon since I was 2yr I'll be 30yr next year. She was like a second mother to me. I used to go to her house to play with Brandon everyday since I was 2yr. She was my neighbor since I could remember. I have so many memories of her with Uncle Joe and Brandon. Those were the good days and the moments that I will never forget. She was an amazing woman and human being with a big heart. She will forever be missed."

This tribute was added by Jean Pinc on 25th August 2015

"Sharon was a wonderful and loving lady. Her dedication to her family and friends was a beautiful tribute. Sharon will be missed by many but we will all have our wonderful memories of how she touched our lives. I will always be grateful for how she touched mine."

This tribute was added by Gail Hughes on 25th August 2015

"For more than she would ever have acknowledged - thank you, thank you, thank you, Sharron.  Respect, Admiration, Love always."

This tribute was added by madonna buder on 25th August 2015

"Dear Joe and Gerry,
How well I remember those good old days when Ironman was so special surrounded by so many special people many of whom have become lasting friends. Thank you for the "aloha" spirit that exuded from you personally and electrified the atmosphere. Sharon is, indeed, in her paradise now. Fondest of memories!"

This tribute was added by Ken Murrah on 25th August 2015

"Joe, my deepest sympathies for the family's loss. Sharron was a graceful woman who always brought a smile to my face. She will be missed by everyone and my thoughts and prayers are with you.

Ken Murrah"

This tribute was added by David Yates on 25th August 2015

"Sharron was a true light in my life.  I rarely got as close to an employee as I did with Sharron and her family, but how could I not?  She was a true professional at all she did, and a Godly lady who looked first to help others.  As a Race Director, she was awesome.  I knew if I gave her something to do, I didn't have to think twice about it.  My family will always love her.  The way she handled her sickness is the way she handled life.  With class....Prayers to Joe, Brandon and the entire family....."

This tribute was added by Dori Ingalls on 25th August 2015

"Sharron was a rare, unique lovely spirit and will remain in my heart forever.  She embraced a sense of grace like no other person I have EVER met.  Sharron had the soul of a friend, sister and was the Mom to all of us at the same time.  She gave me strength during some challenging times and I will always be thankful that I had the honor to benefit from her wisdom in life and love.  My deepest sympathy to Joe and the family."

This tribute was added by Marilyn Kurtz on 25th August 2015

"Sharron was one of the kindest people it was my pleasure to know. She was always so kind to Brad,  Hunter and myself while we lived in Kona. She was a great Ironman director and truly cared about all of the athletes and the entire West Hawaii community to make the Ironman experience a wonderful and meaningful experience.  She always had a smile. The smile was true. She was true. No hidden agendas. I will remember her fondly always and thank Joe and all of her family for sharing her with us. Rest in peace Sharron. Aloha Oe."

This tribute was added by Laura Guluzzy on 25th August 2015

"Sharon was such a kind and lovely lady. I didn't know that she was sick when I ran into her a little while ago. She was always gracious. My husband,Don joins me in sending the family our Aloha and sympathy. We also left the island and moved back. So happy that she was here in our gorgeous islands at the last. Prayers and good wishes."

This tribute was added by Fernanda Keller on 25th August 2015

"Mahalo Sharron !!!
We had the best time at all the finish line during Kona Ironman .
Thanks for your dedication, to be a wonderful person and all the contribution to our sport .
Mahalo for the aloha !!!
The triathletes ohana will never forget you .
God bless you and your family .
Fernanda Keller - triathlete Brazil"

This tribute was added by Curt Oishi on 25th August 2015

"With deepest sympathy to Joe and the Ackles Ohana. Thank you Sharon for all the memories. God bless you!"

This tribute was added by Dick Hershberger on 25th August 2015

"Dearest Sharon: you were a star guiding so many competitors and volunteers alike towrd a common goal. My world is dimmer with your passing, but your patience and smile will always be a beacon in the IronWorld. Aloha!"

This tribute was added by Sherry Bracken on 25th August 2015

"Sharron was such a contributor to the Big Island community, especially Kona.  She always worked for positive change.  Her stewardship of Ironman was amazing....and she created a very positive aura around the event for the entire Kona community.  I'm so sad for all who loved and cared for her, and especially you, Joe, and the rest of the family.   Warmest aloha."

This tribute was added by Tina Clothier on 25th August 2015

"Joe, Terry and I wish you peace and comfort. We are so very happy to have known Sharron. She taught me to "never let them see you sweat"
And that has served me well over the years. Ahui Ho to our dear Sharron and much love to you dear friend.
Tina Clothier and Terry Cisco"

This tribute was added by Katie Danaher on 24th August 2015

"So many memories of what Sharron has meant to me, but the common thread through all of it was her willingness to give her time, energy and love to me.  I am a better person for having known her."

This tribute was added by Scott Tinley on 24th August 2015

"In the dog-eat-dog world of elite triathlon, Sharon showed us kindness and empathy when the for-profiteers dissed her aloha. What a graceful woman. Fair winds, Sharon."

This tribute was added by Penny Schilling on 24th August 2015

"Sharron was a cheerleader for everyone, with a big heart and enthusiasm for life.  She really cared about people.  I knew her from Ironman Kona.  My late husband, Bruno & I were one of the thousands of volunteers.   When he died, she came to his memorial.  I was touched and honored.  I sang "Amazing Grace" at his service and she asked me to sing it at the Pre-race event which was called Carbo load at that time.  It was the first international sports event after Sept 11.  They turned out the lights and gave everyone candles.  I'll never forget it or her.  Heaven is a brighter place because she is there!  A hui hou and Aloha, Sharron."

This tribute was added by Chris Walker on 24th August 2015

"I met Sharron in Kona in 2002 when i was trying to become the first person from Gibraltar to complete an Ironman Distance event. Sharron took the time out to come and find me and let me know what a challenge it had been for her to find the Gibraltar National  Flag as she was determined to make sure it was flying equally alongside all of the other Nations. Amazing insight to recognise how important this was for me and that 30 second meeting is as memorable as the race. Thank you!"

This tribute was added by David Gonzales on 24th August 2015

"Sharron is the most kind loving person I've ever met. She expresses her aloha spirit in all she does, and all she did when I met her in 1999 in Kona, the first time I raced there. Her legacy lives on in all of us that met and worked with her over the years. Love you Sharron, and we will miss you."

This tribute was added by Steven Locke on 24th August 2015


The news re Sharron is quite distressful to me ever though you, she and I have not had contact for years. She and I are of the same era both age wise and Ironman era wise. She was the kindest most empathic person I know. Her personality became the Ironman personality during the many years she served as director. Her years as director were congruent with mine as executive director of USA Triathlon so we were soul mates.

Sharron's personality permeated Ironman. I don't think we see that today. She will remain the hearts of those of her era forever especially mine. My best to you Joe and to Sharron!

Steven Locke"

This tribute was added by Jack Weiss on 23rd August 2015

"Sharron and I first served together on the USAT Board of Directors in 1997. We became fast friends. In the years that followed Ester and I would come to Ironman and work for Sharron. I was with Joe working the swim transition and bike finish. Sharron was a good friend who treated everyone with decency and respect. She made Ironman Hawaii a warm and fun place to be with her personal touch. Ester and I will miss her dearly."

This tribute was added by Kenneth Gasque on 23rd August 2015

"Ironman Lanzaarote first year was 1992 and we have to thanks Sharron for all the help she gave us, here on Lanzarote.
Sharron will still live in our heart."

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