A. Carl Sharon

a. carl sharon

November 27, 1954 ~ June 29, 2021

Born in: Brockton, Massachusetts
Resided in: Hamden, Connecticut

A. Carl Sharon, age 66, of Hamden, passed away on June 29, 2021. Born in Brockton, MA on November 27, 1954, a son of the late Alfred Carl Sharon and Charlotte Maule Sharon, he is survived by Christi Reed Sharon, their son Micah Christopher Sharon both of Hamden, and brother Jonathon M. Sharon of MA. He was predeceased by his brother Douglas W. Sharon. Carl attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he earned a Bachelors and Masters degrees in chemical engineering. During college Carl belonged to Sigma Phi Epsilon, enjoyed ballroom dancing, and was active in Lutheran Student Movement. After working as an engineer at Dynatech Corp., he pursued ordained ministry and studied at The Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago (LSTC) and earned his Masters of Divinity. Carl served as interim pastor at First Lutheran Church, Rockville, CT. He then went on to serve as the Lutheran campus pastor at Yale University where he served for 24 years. After campus ministry, Carl served as an interim pastor for local Lutheran churches. Carl at his best touched many lives. As a campus pastor, he engaged Yale students with ministry projects in New Haven. He gathered Yale students to cook and serve meals at Columbus House. Carl also worked with Resurrection Lutheran Church to pair their youth with Yale students for weekly tutoring. His love of campus ministry began when he himself was a student at MIT; it was a supportive and loving family for him when he lost his father while in college. As a campus pastor, Carl loved leading weekly Taizé services and participating in Faith and Science symposia. As an interim and supply pastor, Carl was known for his memorable sermons; he saw and sought the grace of God in everyday events and human encounters and was able to put it into words. He had a lovely tenor singing voice and harmonized hymns beautifully. He loved talking to people after services at coffee hour. He had a distinctive and hearty laugh. Carl was a people person and a wounded healer. He earned a Drug and Alcohol Recovery Counseling degree from Gateway Community College. Carl’s greatest moments in life were as Micah’s father. They shared a love of playing basketball, fishing and nature; they are forever Celtics and Red Sox fans.

A service of remembrance will be arranged at a later date. Family requests that memorial gifts be made to Farnam Neighborhood House, 162 Filmore St., New Haven, CT 06513. Attention: Andrew Myers. Contributions can be made online as well at www.cliffordbeers.org/give. There is a place on the form to designate the gift by writing “Farnam Programming in honor of Carl Sharon.”

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  1. Carl was a wonderful person and I am so honored to have known him. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Micah and Christi. God bless you and take comfort in knowing that he is now with his Lord and Savior.

  2. Carl was a wonderful man. His capacity for empathy was unmatched. My thoughts are with you, Micah and Christi. May his memory be a blessing.

  3. Christi and Micah – holding you both in prayer. Farnam will proudly honor Carl’s legacy through any memorial gifts.

  4. Christi and Micah, I was saddened to learn of Carl’s death. As campus ministry colleagues, he and I shared many hours of conversation. He will be missed.

  5. R. Maureen Hawksley

    My deepest sympathy to you Christi and Micah. Carl and I were classmates @ LSTC and he preceded me @ Emanuel New Haven. As Massachusetts natives, we shared a love for the Celtics and Red Sox! Know you will all be in my thoughts and prayers along with the Emanuel congregation. I will have a remembrance prayer for him on Sunday. God’s blessings be with you.

  6. I am saddened to hear of Carl’s death. His last years were filed with such struggle, combined with his passionate love for Micah and campus ministry. He was a gift to the church and to the ministry. I learned so much from him, and I will miss him so much!

  7. I am so sad to learn of Carl’s untimely passing. We shall remember him most of all as a loyal supporter of University Lutheran Ministry in New Haven, and especially as a serious dialogue partner on the convergence of Science and Theology. I distinctly remember his joy at the birth of Micah, and I had many memorable conversations with Carl in–of all places–Atticus Books. But through it all the light of Jesus Christ shone through and was was reflected in Carl’s sparkling enthusiasm for the life of a chaplain and a pastor working right alongside others! I am certain our entire Synod and the whole Church will miss his earnest, steadfast ministry steered by his joyful, caring heart! May Carl Rest In Peace.

  8. I’m saddened to learn of the death of my dear friend and colleague, Carl Sharon. He was a gifted pastor and a kind-hearted soul. I will always treasure our time together from our days together in New Haven and with University Lutheran Ministry. My thoughts and prayers are with Christi and Micah. Rest in peace, Carl Sharon.

  9. I am so saddened to learn of Carl’s death. I have fond memories of my visits to Yale during his tenure as campus pastor. He was a beloved and valued member of the campus ministry community.

  10. I am very sad to hear this news. Carl was an important friend to me for a significant period in my life, and I hope that my friendship gave him some joy, too. I have fond recollections of being his regular roommate at Synod Assembly for a while.

    We drew farther apart with time and distance, but my memories of Carl are fresh and warm. I’m sorry his last years were difficult; his personality was always so cheerful, and that made him fun to be with. I hope he is at peace, and that there will be notice if there is a service in his memory.

  11. Very saddened to hear this news. He was much appreciated as a colleague in camps ministry.

  12. Carl always enjoyed spending time with Micah and Lauren. He gave the best piggy back rides in the Stratford pool and was a wonderful story teller at bedtime. Lauren and I will remember Carl fondly.

  13. I’m saddened to hear of Carl’s death. I remember one campus ministry staff conference when we met at LSTC he took a group of us to a blues club on the Southside. It was a wonderful evening. He was always a kind and engaging colleague. Prayers for peace and comfort for his family.

  14. Rest In Peace Dear Carl. Thank you for sharing your journey with us, for all the laughter, conversations, campus ministry and life passages many walked together as colleagues. May God grant comfort to Christi and Micah and other family and friends.

  15. Deenie and I add our expressions of grief and love. We’ve been treasured friends since our LSM days. Then seminary and finally as campus ministry colleagues. May God continue to keep Christi and Micah in love and may we all continue Carl’s commitment to doing justice in the days to come.

  16. This news saddens me. Carl was always a friendly face and an excellent conversation partner whenever our paths crossed. I can still hear echoes of his laugh… Rest In peace, rise in glory, dear Carl.

  17. I am grateful for Carl’s ministry and intellect; both good gifts. May he now rest with God, who is strong when we are weak; always merciful and full of grace.

  18. I am SO very sad to hear of Carl’s death. He was an amazing, inspiring, insightful, and strongly supportive colleague. (I will forever treasure the “institutional insight” support he gave me in times of professional stress and struggle). He was a deeply valued GNH Clergy Bible Study member–I am sure some of our better sermons in the New Haven area, were due in part to insights and observations that he shared with us. His support for the Yale Lutheran Campus Ministry Resurrection Church Tutoring Program, was strong, amazing, persistent, and brilliant, even, because he recognized the dire necessity of the tutoring both for the students of New Haven and the students of Yale. He made some truly life-changing connections happen, through that. I extend my sympathies to his family. I do hope notice of a recognition service will be publicized.

  19. My thoughts and prayers go to Carl’s family, especially Cristi and Micah. Carl leaves a tremendous legacy of love among the people who encountered his ministry, including the many Yale students who worshipped, learned, and served with him at Luther House.

  20. Prayers for peace to Christi and Micah. Pastor Carl helped me find a place at Yale through faith and service. I am forever grateful.

  21. My heart goes out to you, Micah and Cristi, and to the many people who knew and loved Carl. My strongest memories of Carl were of the speeches he made at Synod Assemblies advocating for the importance of Campus Ministry, the vital work of walking in faith with young adults and of being a pastor for the whole campus community. Long after I heard those impassioned words at so many microphones, I became a campus pastor myself and learned firsthand just how right Carl was. In my ten years of doing Lutheran campus ministry at Yale, I loved hearing the stories of how important Carl’s ministry was to so many people at crucial times in their lives. He was so good at welcoming people, meeting them just where they were, and using his creativity to make God’s love real.

  22. I am more than a little overcome with grief at the news of Carl’s passing. He was an anchor at Yale’s Luther House for all of my graduate school days there, a community that quite literally changed my life. He introduced me to Taize services (which I then led under his guidance for several years), served as my landlord during 3 years that I lived at Luther House, presided at my wedding soon after my departure, and introduced me to some of the best friends I could ever hope to find. In fact, he was one of them. He gave great joy, great love, great hugs. He is dearly, dearly missed. And I take great solace that I will embrace him again after this life ends for me too.

  23. You are in my prayers Christi and Micah. Pastor Carl was so influential for me during my 4 years at Yale and long after I graduated.

  24. My sincere condolences to Carl’s family on the loss of a truly extraordinary man. I met Carl when I was an undergraduate in Boston in the 1970’s through Lutheran Student Movement and the Lutheran Ministry in the Fenway. He was a chemical engineer at Dynatech at the time, and was such a devoted mentor to so many of us. I was living at the Lutheran Ministry in the Fenway in 1978 when the famous Blizzard struck. Carl got stuck and couldn’t get back to Brockton in the storm, so stayed with us at the Fenway for over a week. I am deeply saddened by the news of his passing, and my prayers are with his family and friends.

  25. I remember Carl as a colleague in the ministry of the New England Synod during my 15 years in Terryville and Worcester. As supply pastor at Christ the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Hamden this past Sunday I was surprised to learn of his death. I pray that God will give peace and love to all who have been touched by his witness.

  26. It deeply saddens me not only to have heard that Pastor Carl is no longer with. My heart is heavy, but at the same time I feel blessed to remember how much Carl gifted all of us at Luther House with his mentorship and true friendship while also being our campus pastor. As a physics major at Yale, I first felt connected with Pastor Carl learning that he had first pursued chemical engineering as a career. But what I remember most are the many ways that he demonstrated himself to be a man of faith and disciple of Christ—through his preaching, his community building, his sometimes wry, sometimes mischievous sense of humor, and his trademark bear hugs, often accompanied by the words, “Peace to you!” My heart feels some measure of comfort imagining him similarly being received into the open arms of our Savior. Wishing you peace, Pastor Carl. And I lift up prayers for peace and strength to Christi and Micah.

  27. I never laughed so hard as I did when I was with Carl at various national LSM events. We often talked of the absurdity of life – I can see his eyebrows raising and his head nodding as we talked and he’d respond with “Oh, Billy” (only he could call me that). Although careers and life changes separated us, we were able to catch up at occasional campus ministry events. We laughed at life’s absurdities and he still called me Billy. I feel the pain of his death but know he is being rocked in the arms of our G-d. My his memory be a blessing. Prayers of peace to Christi and Micah.

  28. I never laughed so hard as I did when I was with Carl at various national LSM events. We often talked of the absurdity of life – I can see his eyebrows raising and his head nodding as we talked and he’d respond with “Oh, Billy” (only he could call me that). Although careers and life changes separated us, we were able to catch up at occasional campus ministry events and we still laughed at life’s absurdities and he still called me Billy. I feel the pain of his death but know he is being rocked in the arms of our G-d. May his memory be a blessing. Prayers of peace to Christi and Micah.

  29. I am so incredibly saddened to hear of Carl’s death. We first met when I moved to Boston in 1979 when my new roommates at the Lutheran Ministry in the Fenway took me out to meet their Lutheran friends – that night, Carl taught me how to disco dance! We reconnected years later in New Haven. He was funny and kind and smart, and passionate about the work of God in the world. My heartfelt prayers are with you, Christi and Micah, and with all who loved Carl.

  30. Christi- I was saddened to hear of Carl’s passing and can only imagine the grief you and Micah are enduring. I remember with fondness times spent with you and Carl many years ago when he served at First Lutheran. I hope knowing how highly Carl was thought of, eases your burden to some degree.

  31. I am so sorry to hear of Carl’s passing. He was always such a friendly face at GSLC. My thoughts and prayers are with his family especially Christi & Micah at this difficult time.

  32. Carl was there for me at the time my wife left me while I was a grad student in mathematics at Yale. He offered me a room for rent at the campus residence for Lutherans at Yale (Luther House), where he was chaplain. He counseled me and offered me comfort and solace when I felt that the rug was suddenly pulled out from under my feet. My whole world was upside down at the time I moved into Luther House. After a passage of healing, thanks to Carl and other residents of Luther House, my life became normal once again. Carl touched the lives of countless students at Yale during the time of his ministry. His chapel services and sermons were beautiful. His wife, Christie accompanied various musicians by playing her guitar in folk services at Dwight Chapel. I will never forget Carl and Christi for their unbounded love and kindness toward Yale students during their ministry at Yale.

  33. Carl was exceptional personally and spiritually. He lived his daily life with heartfelt compassion and love for everyone he encountered, especially for his family, his community, and his Lord. His creative energies inspired the lives of everyone he encountered, all of which were magnified by his modest and thoughtful demeaner. Creativeness and resourcefulness led to many new outreach opportunities such as: the weekly Taizé service involving student talents, the Religion and Science study with ecumenical faculty throughout campus, the children’s tutoring program involving campus students with children from the community, and local, regional and national campus ministry programs. He was blessed to be a blessing, and that ‘blessing to others’ continues in the numerous lives he encountered. Rest in peace Carl.

  34. I’m so sorry to hear about Pastor Carl’s passing. I fondly remember singing together at the Wednesday evening Taizé candleight services in the reverberant Dwight Chapel (held in cooperation with the Episcopal church) and the house church services he conducted at Luther House on Sunday afternoons. One quirky thing I remember is the crusty and very chewy bread that Carl provided for communion — I never had so much fun at communion as at the house church. At the supper afterwards, various members of our Lutheran community cooked for each other, and in December we made Christmas cookies in traditional and some decidedly non-traditional shapes. Pastor Carl led us by drawing us in and gently steering us without noticeably taking charge. He was patient and open to students like myself who had (and still have) many questions about their faith. He was also the best landlord one could have. At Luther House, Carl supported a diverse community of students, many of whom were not connected to the ministry but were looking for a safe home while living off-campus at Yale. Finally, I remember Carl’s facial expressions of wonder as he gently talked about everything — he was a wonderful model of a man of faith.

  35. Dear Christi and Micah. My deepest sympathies to you upon Carl’s passing. I recently came across the following words of sympathy and embellished them wherever I thought appropriate. I hope that these words of sympathy comfort you in your hour or mourning.

    If tears and memories could build a stairway to heaven, I know that you would climb that stairway up beyond the deep blue skies to bring your beloved Carl back down to Earth to be with you one again. Find comfort in knowing that Carl its now in the arms of God’s angels and that someday you will be reunited with him in God’s Kingdom above. Know that you can face the future with confidence, because all the events of all your tomorrows are in God’s loving hands. Also know that my thoughts and prayers are with you at this hour.

    Mark F. Kruelle

  36. I had the pleasure of working with Carl for a number of years on the New England Synod Campus Ministry Committee. I always appreciated his guidance, wisdom, and sense of humor, and especially his support when I found myself chairing the committee.

  37. I am shocked and deeply saddened by the news of Carl’s death.

    I first met him in academic year 1975-76 when he was a student at MIT and I was a seminarian from Harvard Divinity School doing field work in the Lutheran-Episcopal ministry. I can’t say that I have vivid memories of him from those days, but he told me years later that I had visited him in his Back Bay apartment. (I now wonder if he was thinking of Jessica Crist who followed me in that post.) He credited that visit as a factor in his discernment to follow a calling into ministry.

    I think he and I met again in an orientation retreat for new campus ministers in 1985—I had just accepted a call at Indiana University, Bloomington, IN and I think he was just starting at Yale. He let me crash in his office at 27 High Street on a couple of my return visits to the university. My sermon files include copies of a number of his that were posted online.

    I wish I could be with all of you on October 9 but I will be with all of you in Spirit that afternoon.

  38. I am so saddened to learn of Carl’s death. We met as colleagues serving in the New England Synod. I remember best his smile, his loving and encouraging presence to each person, his twinkle of joy, and his strong faith in God. May God’s peace continue to hold him in death as it held him throughout his life. And may our God continue to bring comfort and solace to his family and friends as he is celebrated, remembered and released. Rest eternal grant him O God.

  39. How touching it is to read the comments of those for whom the touch of Carl was important in their lives. I add my testimony to the importance of this worthy colleague in my life in campus ministry. We were all touched and now reach out that touch in solace to dear family and friends.

  40. We were saddened to hear of Carl’s death. He was an assistant pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church, New Haven for a while before he went into the campus ministry. May he rest in peace.

    Bpb and Lucy Brusic

  41. Carl was my successor at University Lutheran Ministry, and greatly increased outreach and programming. He brought a special, compassionate and thoughtful presence to all whose lives he touched, and we are the poorer for his passing. Blessings to all who mourn him, yet with hope in the Resurrection. Rest eternal grant him.

  42. So many memories….of the faith & science symposium and his brilliant & open mind that could hold those two in creative tension, of participating in those grueling week-long evaluations of both campus ministry and Resurrection mission’s ministry, of having him as dean of our new haven Lutheran clergy conference and always amazing me with some profound insight, of his so often starting discussions with the question “What’s on top?”, of fun conference gatherings at synod conventions, of his sense of humor and hearty laugh… Carl, you are an amazing creation of an awesome God, and I know you are still somewhere, sometime, curiously engaging in new discoveries, and delighting in the life that, even in the midst of brokenness and pain, is always new and always abundant, and always more than we can ask or imagine. Miss you, my long-time friend.

  43. Dear Christi, Carl is grateful that you are near him now as we bid farewell to him today. Micah, your Dad could not be more proud that you are co-directing his memorial service. You and all who loved him need to know that for almost 24 years as a campus pastor, Carl represented all the BEST qualities of Lutheran Campus Ministry. That fact makes his struggles in the latter years of ministry so much more tragic. His impact on the lives of students, young adults and his colleagues is enduring. All who worked with him are ever humbled and grateful for his intelligence and creativity and his moral courage to advocate for the church’s ministry to those in the “first third of life”. His creativity and curiosity were recognized by Yale when Carl was named as advisor to the Senior Forum at Saybrook College which gathered the best and the brightest of Yale’s senior undergraduates. Carl, may you find rest for your work in God’s love.

  44. My belated condolences to you, Christi and Micah, on Carl’s death. I was not able to attend the service, but wanted to add a few words. Carl was my supervisor when I was one of the many Yale Divinity School students who did their field education at Luther House. He was always supportive, always patient, and always kind as I started to form my pastoral identity, even when I preached my first sermon at house church, one that lasted far longer than it should have (a danger when you ask a seminarian to preach). Like many others, I was introduced to Taize services by Carl, and I thank God for his mentorship and his generous spirit. I pray God’s comfort for you both, and for all who loved Carl.

  45. I recently learned of Carl’s passing. Sad news, indeed. He and I overlapped for a year or two in the MIT Ballroom Dance Club. He had a car and often gave us rides to dances; he taught me always to keep a tube of toothpaste in my car because you never know when you’ll suddenly need to be social. He was a peerless raconteur — one club dinner he riveted us telling the “dreaded foo bird” shaggy-dog story, along with a vigorous crowing and flapping that still lives in my memory. Most of all, Carl was just a joy to be around and someone whose reach far exceeded his grasp. Even ~50 years on, I remember him very fondly. RIP, Carl.

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