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Gregory Sharrow, 68, Pittsford

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PITTSFORD — Gregory Lew (Greg) Sharrow, 68, died April 2, 2018, at his second home in Liberty, N.C., after a twelve-month struggle with multiple myeloma, a form of bone marrow cancer.

He is survived by his husband Robert Hooker and their close friend and caregiver Brian Moulton, both of Pittsford; daughters Madeline Sharrow of Northfield and Olivia Sharrow of Burlington; stepdaughters Elizabeth Henry-Hooker and Siobhan Henry-Hooker (m. Dave Tomlinson), granddaughter Slade Tomlinson & step-grandsons Jack & Taige Tomlinson, all of Burlington; his former wife Jessica Wright of Braintree; Brother-in-law George Hooker (m. Cheryl) of Rutland; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents and his brother Douglas.

Gregory was born in Angola, Ind., on March 26, 1950, to Marjory and Earl Sharrow. He graduated from Angola High School in 1968 and from Oberlin College in Ohio in 1972. After moving to Vermont in 1974 and marrying Jessica in 1979, he received his Masters degree in Education from the University of Vermont and taught fourth grade in Braintree for a number of years.

In 1983 he returned to school at the University of Pennsylvania where he earned his Ph.D. in Folklore and Folklife. During this time his first daughter, Madeline, was born (1984). Upon returning to Vermont, his second daughter, Olivia, was born and he was also hired at the Vermont Folklife Center in Middlebury as the Director of Education (both in 1988). He then set out on a 30-year journey exploring and documenting the people and places around him, using the audio interview process, in his positions as Director of Education and, years later, as Co-Executive Director at the VFC.

He met his husband Bob in 1996 and they have been together ever since, being legally joined with a civil union in 2001 and by marriage in 2010. For Greg, family was central to his identity. He was a wonderful father who adored spending time with his children and a loving husband.

Greg grew up surrounded by his mother’s flower gardens and was himself an avid gardener. He was also a genealogy enthusiast, a collector of a vast array of vintage and unique household objects, and had a natural curiosity about people. He believed that everything and everyone had a story to tell.

He was a member of both the School Board and the Historical Society in Braintree, the Board of Directors of the Samara Foundation in Vermont, and the Board of Directors for the Maclure Library in Pittsford, and a member of the Pittsford Historical Society. In addition he served as advisor and collaborator on numerous projects with the Vermont Arts Council, the Maine Arts Council, The Vermont Humanities Council, the Smithsonian Institute, numerous local historical societies, and with the American Folklore Society.

Greg affected many lives deeply and positively and will be deeply missed by the many who loved him.

There will be a memorial service at the Pittsford Congregational Church on U.S. Route 7, on Saturday, July 28, at 3 p.m., followed by a potluck meal.

Memorial donations may be made to the Greg Sharrow Fund at the Vermont Folklife Center, 88 Main Street, Middlebury, VT 05753.

For a more extensive description of Greg’s life and legacy, or to make an on-line memorial gift, visit the Folklife Center’s website at vermontfolklifecenter.org.◊

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