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.  

Posted by Gerry Rott on April 19, 2020
Still thinking about you and missing you so much. In know that in these trying times, you would be such a comfort and a leader in guiding people through. Your strength and love remains in my heart.
Posted by Mike Ackles on April 18, 2020
Your 74th in heaven..We love you mom. We think and talk about you all the time. We miss you very much. I am trying to keep the promise I made to you the last time i spoke into your ear. I've been trying to make things how you would want them. I haven't made much headway but I will try not to give up. We will reflect on you and your grace today, and say a prayer for our family. Ride that raindrop and we will see you again someday. Mike&Julie❤
Posted by Tim Corcoran on August 25, 2019
I see the names of so many people brings back many great memories of the IM family. Sharron made everyone feel special and I am grateful for all the opportunities she gave me. May God continue to Bless.
Posted by Bev Thorsen on August 25, 2019
Still think of you.
Posted by Gerry Rott on August 24, 2019
How can it possibly be 4 years since Sharron left us. I think of her so often and every time I walk into the Lavaman office, I see her beautiful smiling face that graces our wall there and then I know she is still with us in many ways.
Sending my love to Joe and your family as well.
Posted by Shelley Reese on April 18, 2019
My beautiful Mom.. Missing you in a big way today. Dad is here visiting us in Texas! Since his 75th birthday was a couple weeks ago I surprised him with his favorite spice cake and some fun old man gag gifts! I put the number candles 7 and 5 for Dad on the cake and I put hot pink with white polka dot candles for you all around his number 75. I told him it represents how you're always around him. You would have loved it! At dinner I set the table with one of your table cloths and your old china plates that you've used since I was very young. You are still remembered and sometimes I laugh and sometimes I cry. Dad too.. but mostly it brings him to tears when he talks about you. His deep affection for you will always be.  I want to say thank you to the sweet friends who posted love notes to you today. Happy Birthday Mom.
Posted by Fran Cromelin on April 18, 2019
Happy Heavenly Birthday my sweet forever friend, missing you everyday and living with the many beautiful and fun memories we made together! Love you to the moon and stars in heaven and back always!
Posted by Debbie Hauanio on April 18, 2019
Happy birthday in Heaven, my dear friend.....still think of you often....Kona is not the same without you ❤️A hui hou.....Deb
Posted by Jack Weiss on April 18, 2019
Missing you every day. Time with you truly were the good old days. You became one of my closest friends because we started out as adversaries but we became close loving friends because of our common bond and our sincerity toward each other. You were an icon in our sport and forever my friend.
Posted by Dane Deckeer on September 8, 2018
A classy women and a wonderful friend. I always looked forward to our meeting at Pottery Terrace. 
As busy as she was she always had time and patience to answer any questions. As Ironman approaches it brings back many great memories,
Sharron is on the top of the list of great memories. 
Always in our thoughts.
Posted by David Gonzales on August 25, 2018
You've been gone 3 years now. Will forever miss your smiling face and encouraging ways. God bless you Sharron.
Posted by Debbie Hauanio on August 24, 2018
Miss you, my many great memories of working with you....always our rock...I know you’re flying with angels ❤️ Can’t believe its been 3 years
Posted by Gerry Rott on August 24, 2018
I still think of Sharron on a regular basis and miss her greatly. She was such a great and giving person and a true friend.
Posted by Tim Corcoran on August 24, 2018
Prayers for Sharron, Joe and family. It was always a pleasure to work with her at IM. Personally, she was a sweet person. May God Bless her.
Posted by Shelley Reese on August 24, 2018
I miss my mom. Every day. I still want to call her and talk story. I still yearn for her when I am hurting and need her comfort and wisdom. I can still hear her voice. I still think about regrets. I still get angry that she isn't here. I wish she could see my children. I wish my children still had her in their lives. She made them laugh and nurtured their spirits and they felt her adoration for them. My sweet Daniel talks about how he misses her nearly every day! I am grateful to read the kind words that all of her friends have posted here. I printed them a while back and read them occasionally. It's soothing to know that she was so appreciated. I know all she wanted in life was to help others, be a good friend and love my dad! So thank you all for your thoughtful messages and remembering my mom. I will take time today to sit outside and re-read all the expressions that you have put on this website to honor my mom. She is still so beautiful.
Posted by Jack Weiss on August 24, 2018
I miss Sharron every day and think about her. She was my dear friend and was a very happy time in my life. It’s hard to believe it’s now 3 years. I cherish the hose wonderful days we spent with her and Joe in Kona.
Posted by Steven Locke on April 21, 2018
It still seems so odd that Sharron left two years ago. She was the solid go-to person many of us always counted on. No doubt she is somewhere organizing events or stuff to benefit others. She is just the best!
Posted by David Gonzales on April 18, 2018
Happy Birthday in Heaven dear Sharron.
Posted by David Gonzales on August 25, 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.
Posted by Gerry Rott on August 24, 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.
Posted by Cheryl Levitz on August 24, 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
Posted by Judi Geisler on August 24, 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.
Posted by Avis McCarthy on April 30, 2017
We loved Sharron and will always remember how kind and gracious she was to the many people she came in contact with.
Posted by Shelley Reese on April 19, 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
Posted by David Gonzales on April 19, 2017
Sharron's memory lives on in us. God bless her and protect her soul.
Posted by Gerry Rott on April 18, 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.
Posted by Penny Schilling on April 18, 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.
Posted by David Gonzales on August 24, 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.
Posted by Cheryl Levitz on August 24, 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
Posted by Kat Fraser on June 4, 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
Posted by Janis Fitzsimmons on December 27, 2015
Sharon was a beautiful person, inside and out.
Posted by David Gonzales on October 10, 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.
Posted by Julie Moss on October 9, 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!
Posted by Craig Richwine on September 23, 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.
Posted by Debbie Baker on September 14, 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.
Posted by N Sam on September 8, 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.
Posted by Steve Brown on September 2, 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.
Posted by Whit Raymond on September 1, 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!
Posted by Don Ryder on September 1, 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.
Posted by Jerry Case on September 1, 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.
Posted by Julie Del Prete on August 31, 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.
Posted by Patrick Mccary on August 30, 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.
Posted by Brown Bear on August 30, 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.
Posted by MURPHY REINSCHREIBER on August 30, 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.
Posted by Beverly Carriaga on August 29, 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!
Posted by Peter Bourne on August 29, 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
Posted by Cheryl Levitz on August 29, 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
Posted by Jan War on August 29, 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.
Posted by Karen Smyers on August 28, 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.
Posted by Maggie Brown on August 28, 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.
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Posted by Gerry Rott on April 19, 2020
Still thinking about you and missing you so much. In know that in these trying times, you would be such a comfort and a leader in guiding people through. Your strength and love remains in my heart.
Posted by Mike Ackles on April 18, 2020
Your 74th in heaven..We love you mom. We think and talk about you all the time. We miss you very much. I am trying to keep the promise I made to you the last time i spoke into your ear. I've been trying to make things how you would want them. I haven't made much headway but I will try not to give up. We will reflect on you and your grace today, and say a prayer for our family. Ride that raindrop and we will see you again someday. Mike&Julie❤
Posted by Tim Corcoran on August 25, 2019
I see the names of so many people brings back many great memories of the IM family. Sharron made everyone feel special and I am grateful for all the opportunities she gave me. May God continue to Bless.
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The Sharron I remember

Shared by Robin Schuster on September 5, 2015

The coolest thing about our memories is that we get to choose what we keep in the front of our minds.  I chose two to remember Sharron by. 

The first year we worked together, 1992, is one of my favorite years.  During race week she called me and asked if I was busy (of course!) but not too busy to give her whatever time she needed. She told me to come down to the hotel entrance and she'd pick me up.  She sounded very serious, almost grim.  I got in the car and she drove away from the hotel.  She was chatting about inconsequentials.  I finally asked where we were going and she said, "Well, we are much too recoginizable so we are going to get diguises." We spent the next half hour in Longs going through their Halloween stock.  We came away with false mustaches.  We wore them all day and many of the volunteers joined in the fun and would come up and ask us if we'd seen Robin or Sharron!

a few months later, we were coming back from lunch, riding in the back of a convertible. We were laughing and saying it was like being in the parade. I said yes, only we'd be sitting up on the back of the seats.  She looked at me and said, "I will if you will." We spent the rest of the trip back to the office waving at whoever we passed. 

Sharron loved to laugh and it was always good to laugh with her.  She will always make me smile.

No shame in front!

Shared by Maija Stenback on August 28, 2015

   I had been one of Sharron's coordinators for a few years when one day I was in her office talking about business and shared with her my fustration of my added weight gain.  With a gleam and sparkle in her eye and a smile that went on for miles she said "have you tried spinning at The Club?".  Needless to say it took her very little time to convince me to come try and I thought, why not.....I hang out in the back and no one will even really notice me.  She comforted me and said to just show up and she would have everything ready to go.  I reminded her, now don't forget, put me in the back.   YA, RIGHT!!  Sharron had me set up in the first row, dead center.  I was like noooooooooo Sharron!  The people behind me will lose their eye site if you put me if front, enrolment will drop, this is not good. 

   Even with my heart racing with the fear of "being in the front row", within seconds Sharron had calmed me and I was actually at ease getting on the bike.  My butt wasn't so happy with me for the next month but if it wasn't for Sharron I would have not have joined the Club for which I am still a member today.  Sharron also got me into body-pump for which I knew not to waste my breath telling her I wanted to start in the back.  Sharron always had the way to calm and ease people when most stressed or get us over that hump and make us comfortable out of our comfort zone.  You will be forever missed Sharron but I wil never, ever forget your love, comfort, compassion and hugs!!

  Rest in peace and watch over us till we meet in the Heavenly spin class, and no worries, I will hang in front with you!

A Song for Aunty Sharron

Shared by Kristy Foth on August 27, 2015 

This is one of Kya's original songs that we wanted to share in hopes that it brings uncle Joe and family comfort.  Auntie Sharron is found in His love!