Let the memory of Sharron be with us forever
  • 69 years old
  • Born on April 18, 1946 in Orange, California, United States.
  • Passed away on August 24, 2015 in Honolulu, Hawaii, United States.

     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 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
Posted by Laura Guluzzy on August 25, 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.
Posted by Marilyn Kurtz on August 25, 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.
Posted by Steven Locke on August 24, 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
Posted by David Gonzales on August 24, 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.
Posted by Chris Walker on August 24, 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!
Posted by Penny Schilling on August 24, 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.
Posted by Scott Tinley on August 24, 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.
Posted by Katie Danaher on August 24, 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.
Posted by Kenneth Gasque on August 23, 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.
Posted by Jack Weiss on August 23, 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.

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