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 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.
Posted by Derinda Thatcher on August 28, 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
Posted by Maija Stenback on August 28, 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!! :-)
Posted by Dane Deckeer on August 28, 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.
Posted by Rob Perry on August 27, 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
Posted by Lolly Davis on August 27, 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.
Posted by Debbie Hauanio on August 27, 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 ❤️
Posted by Sierra Spruce on August 27, 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...
Posted by Ronona Cuffe on August 27, 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
Posted by Anna Hose-Graham on August 27, 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
Posted by Kristy Foth on August 27, 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.
Posted by Gwen Campbell on August 26, 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.
Posted by Jan Lovell Kopff on August 26, 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.
Posted by Deb Silva on August 26, 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!
Posted by Paloma Vidgen on August 26, 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.
Posted by Tim ` Corcoran on August 26, 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.
Posted by Debbie Hornsby on August 26, 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.
Posted by Bev Thorsen on August 26, 2015
Such a beautiful person with caring ways and thoughts for everyone that came into her life. Always there for everyone. So sorry Joe.
Posted by Valerie Silk on August 26, 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.
Posted by Kathy Kuikahi on August 26, 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!
Posted by Lew McCorvey on August 26, 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
Posted by Joyce Taylor on August 26, 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
Posted by Dori Ingalls on August 25, 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.
Posted by David Yates on August 25, 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.....
Posted by Ken Murrah on August 25, 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
Posted by Madonna Buder on August 25, 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!
Posted by Gail Hughes on August 25, 2015
For more than she would ever have acknowledged - thank you, thank you, thank you, Sharron. Respect, Admiration, Love always.
Posted by Jean Pinc on August 25, 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.
Posted by Brendan Krueger on August 25, 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.
Posted by Susanne Kaufmann on August 25, 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
Posted by Kathy Matejka on August 25, 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.
Posted by Simmy McMichael on August 25, 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!
Posted by Tina Vesper on August 25, 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.
Posted by Robert Vigorito on August 25, 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
Posted by Wendy Gaertner on August 25, 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.
Posted by Barbara Bush on August 25, 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.
Posted by Craig Leeper on August 25, 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 ;)
Posted by Mike Ackles on August 25, 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.
Posted by Tina Clothier on August 25, 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
Posted by Sherry Bracken on August 25, 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.
Posted by Dick Hershberger on August 25, 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!
Posted by Curt Oishi on August 25, 2015
With deepest sympathy to Joe and the Ackles Ohana. Thank you Sharon for all the memories. God bless you!
Posted by Fernanda Keller on August 25, 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
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Posted by Mike Ackles on August 28, 2020
Hi mom, although you were certainly on my mind, I was camping on the 24th w no cell reception, so my words are a couple days late. 5 years. I sure wish I had 15 more minutes to let you know I understand now. So much has come to light since you left us..We love you very much, and we miss you very much, too. I hope you are happy and at peace mom. You deserve it.
Posted by David Gonzales on August 25, 2020
Sharron will forever hold a place in my heart. I am blessed for having met her in 1999 at KKT and then being part of the Carbo party program my first IM Kona that same year and years after. A truly loving, giving person, not just to me, but all she met. Rest in Peace my friend.
Posted by Joseph Ackles on August 25, 2020
Yesterday was the 5th anniversary of Sharron’s passing. They say that time heals all wounds! I’m not so sure that’s true. My heart aches for her each time she enters my mind. More so now than 5 years ago.

Love is a fickle thing. It manifests in unlimited forms of thought, verbal expression, body language and touch. It is expressed differently at various stages of life. As a teenager we mistook lust for love. During midlife when raising a family, love was the glue that kept the family together and moving forward. When empty nesters, it was the knowledge of joint accomplishment. As seniors it is an invisible magnetism of mutual respect.

Unfortunately, very few couples are lucky enough to travel through life together experiencing each form of love. Those of us who have are truly blessed. We felt the joy and admiration of watching our mate achieve great things during our lifetime together. We experienced overwhelming desire to support even the smallest goal our mate desired to pursue. We received unwavering support on the part of our mate to ease our pain of failing a personal objective. We received overwhelming concern and unending care each time we fell ill. Love is not a word or an expression, it is a burning sense of admiration and respect for the extreme level of giving you received from your mate. It is rarely visible, cannot be measured and is impossible to fake.

Sharron’s memory is something I carry locked in my heart. It will not fade over time, nor will it be replaced.

I sincerely hope that the majority of you who visit Sharron’s memorial web site have experienced the level of love from one person that I have.

I would like to thank all of you who have posted warm thoughts on Sharron’s “Forevermissed” web site over the years. Although I have refrained from posting on the site until now, I do visit it frequently. It warms my heart immensely knowing that several of you have posted each year, either on her birthday or the anniversary of her passing. I’m certain she was deeply touched to have known you directly and that you continue to be her friend in memory.
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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!