Community mourns death of beloved police officer
By CHRIS LYNCHchrisl@gladstoneobserver.com.au
RAY Sharp's wife Ellen never heard him complain once when he was called out of bed in the middle of the night to help others.
Family and friends will gather today to say goodbye to the former officer in charge at Tannum Sands police, after a falling tree struck and killed him at a property in Charters Towers last weekend.
This week the Sharp family reflected on his life.
'During Christmas time most of the (police) trainees were shipped around the state, so we'd always sit down to Christmas dinner with a few probationary officers,' son Glen recalled.
Mrs Sharp remembered with fondness how her husband always made time for their boys, no matter his responsibilities.
'The boys played soccer and no-one wanted to coach their under-14 team,' Mrs Sharp said.
'None of the other dads were interested so Ray did it. Before he took over they'd get beaten nine or ten-nil each week.
'Then they played a nil-all draw with the top team in Ray's first week - they just needed someone to pick them up.'