ENGLEWOOD, N.J. -- Roberto Antonio Sharpe, 83, passed away March 26, 2016 in Englewood.
He was born July 10, 1932, in Aruba, Dutch Antilles. He married Mariana Kelly Vanterpool July 11, 1957 in San Nicolas, Aruba, Netherlands Antilles.
Sharpe is survived by his wife of 58 years, Mariana' their four children, Roberto, Gina, Michael and Juan; and six grandchildren, Jasmine, Marisol, Makonnen, Mina, Maya and Minoru and their mothers Denise, Jennifer, Miho (Michael’s wife), as well as Juan’s partner Elisa.
He was the second of 13 brothers and sisters and also is survived by siblings, Ramon “Fritz” and his wife Lucy (Aruba), Elvira and her husband Juan (Aruba), Hugo (Venezuela), Eta (Aruba), Dotty (the Netherlands), Roy and his wife Jose (the Netherlands), Rita (the Netherlands); as well as many nephews and nieces.
Sharpe was a graduate of Dominicus College M.U.L.O in Oranjestad, Aruba and Pace University in New York.
He was employed as an accountant at Lago Oil in Aruba, as well as NBC Studios and Paramount Pictures (Gulf and Western) in New York.
Sharpe was a committed member and brother of the Jehovah’s Witness organization and congregation in Englewood.
He had a very active mind, incredible sense of humor and was an avid reader, doer of crossword puzzles, gardener, chess player and had a lifelong interest in mathematics. He also enjoyed singing, classical music, opera, merengue, salsa and bachata. He spoke five languages fluently, including English, Dutch, Papiamento (local Aruban creole), Spanish and French. He loved to discuss a wide range of topics and issues, ranging from biblical matters, spirituality and theology to history, politics and culture.