Howard J. Sharpley age 81, of Mullica Hill, passed peacefully with his family by his side on Friday, September 9, 2022. Howard owned his own business, Howard’s Hauling and Rigging, for over 50 years, which he started with his father Howard Sidney. After his day job running a business, Howard spent two decades tirelessly pitching batting practice and attending games as his two boys played baseball, basketball and soccer year-round from an early age through high school. His yard was the local wiffle ball/football field for the neighborhood and the kids pitched in to buy him a shirt that read “Mr. Wonderful”, which says it all. He was a hard-working, sincere, genuine man that had a smile for everyone and could always make you laugh. While growing up, the family also made many great road trips to Reading, PA to visit family, racing at Reading Fairgrounds/Bridgeport Speedway/go-kart tracks, the Jersey shore, boardwalks and local diners. That continued after high school with trips to visit his boys and families in Delaware, Utah, Chicago, Seattle, CA, USC baseball games, lacrosse games, etc. Recently, he enjoyed spending his time going to the racetrack to watch horse and stock car racing, rooting for the Phillies and Thunder, visiting his boys on the West coast, local diners, spending time with his NJ family, grandchildren and dog Scooter.
Howard is survived by his wife Janet Rope Sharpley of Mullica Hill, NJ. Also survived by his son Howard W. Sharpley, his wife Traci, granddaughters Kate and Emma of Draper, Utah; son Scott D. Sharpley, his wife Trinity, grandsons Zack and Aaron of Bryan,Texas; his sister Jeanie of Montana and sister-in-law Joyce Sharpley of Reading, PA. Other cherished family members include: Jim Rope, Robert Graham, Cindy Rope, granddaughter Carly Paone and her husband Julian from NJ and PA. He was predeceased by his parents, Howard Sidney and Josephine Sharpley, first wife Barbara Morgan Sharpley, brother David Sharpley, and stepson John Rope. He leaves behind several great families that enjoy sharing his stories and will continue his legacy.
Services are private at the request of the family.