OCEAN PINES — Clarence William Sharp Jr., 79, of Ocean Pines and formerly of Baltimore died Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012, at Atlantic General Hospital in Berlin. Born June 22, 1933, in Baltimore, he was the son of the late Clarence William Sharp and Sybil Pfieffer Sharp. Mr. Sharp graduated in 1951 from Catonsville High School, where he met his wife, the late Lois Ruckert Sharp. After attending Johns Hopkins University and transferring to the University of Virginia, where he graduated in 1957 with a law degree, he entered the Army and later the Army Reserve.
Mr. Sharp went on to become a lawyer in the Baltimore and Annapolis areas. He rose to the rank of assistant attorney general for the state of Maryland, Chief of the Criminal Division, and later opened a private practice specializing in appellate work in Annapolis. He retired to the Eastern Shore with his wife to be closer to the beach and their family.
While in good health, Mr. Sharp was an avid golfer and swimmer. He loved the beach, the bay and watching the ducks swim outside his window.
Mr. Sharp is survived by his daughter, Sandra Sharp, and his two grandchildren, Courtney Baxter and Christopher Markiewicz of Ocean Pines. He was preceded in death by his son, Clarence William Sharp III of Reno, Nev., and his wife, Lois Ruckert Sharp, of Baltimore.
The family is planning a private burial. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, 6 Herndon Ave., Annapolis, Md. 21403. Arrangements are in the care of Burbage Funeral Home.