Vale – Neil Sharpe

Friday June 10, 2011:

Today I attended the funeral of the late Neil John Sharpe, a former president of the Capital Country Music Association amongst other things. Although I did not know Neil personally, I did know that he was well liked and respected by all the people that I spoke to about his passing.

The service was a solemn affair with the Eulogy by Peter Vickers and Allison Maher very stirring, resonating and full of the many facets of Neil's life. I quickly came to realise the wonderfully productive man Neil was. He had obviously produced a great love within his family that was evident from those attending.

His music, art, poetry, community spirit, and teaching were just a few of the facets of this man that I came to learn about in a short time.

There was a warmth and sadness outside as people gathered after the service, but I did feel that there was also an underlying sense of happiness. These people are proud and rich with memories. I left inspired by his legacy. I foresee a tribute in the future.

On behalf of the CCMA, I wish to extend my condolences to the family and friends of Neil Sharpe at this most sad time.


Steve Newton
President of
The Capital Country Music Association   


The Capital Country Music Association is a community based group of folk who not only love country music but enjoy the nurturing and promotion of particularly young talent by supporting them with performance workshops and monthly showcases with many special opportunities to perform at shows promoting country music and supporting the community. The CCMA is a non-profit organisation.


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