Albion: Edward R. (Ted) Scharping age 96, died November 20, 2021, amongst his loving family at Martin-Linsin Hospice Residence. He was born September 8, 1925 in Albion, the son of the late Clayton C. Scharping and Alberta (Stockton).
Ted lived all his life in Albion and married his beloved wife, Helen J. (Chip) Stewart on October 30, 1948 at Christ Episcopal Church in Albion. They were married for 66 years until Chip passed away in 2014. Ted is a US Navy veteran WWII, who attended Cornell University at age 17 and transitioned to a successful career in industrial engineering for a decade before becoming a commercial real estate broker, owning Scharping Realty for over half a century and never officially retiring. Ted and Chip enjoyed their membership in the Albion Lodge of Elks, where Ted was elected Exalted Ruler. Ted was also Town Supervisor for the Town of Albion, and was credited with defeating the unpopular proposal of a massive landfill project that would have had a large negative impact on the town and village. Ted was also instrumental in arranging public ownership of 35 acres of undeveloped Lake Ontario shoreline, preserving forever its natural beauty for all to enjoy.
Ted and Chip loved to travel, and enjoyed family trips all over the world, Ted even traveled to attend Pat and Jeff’s wedding in Spain at age 93!
Ted is survived by his loving children Patricia Fay (Jeffrey) Geesing of Jerez de la Frontera, Spain, Scott Brian (Sharon) Scharping of Kendall, grandchildren; Tyler Miles (Amanda) Gopen and Cara Fay Gopen (who was Ted’s primary Covid-lockdown companion and later, caregiver), Megan Renee (John) Williams, Colleen Shannon (Cole) Hardenbrook, several great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and an entire community of friends.
The family will receive friends at a later time, at the Christopher Mitchell Funeral Home, Albion, NY, followed with a Celebration of Ted’s Life held at the BPO Elks Lodge in Albion (future date to be determined.)
In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate memorials to be made to Supportive Care of Orleans, PO Box 489, Albion, NY 14411.