Sharon McPhail

Sharon Cole McPhail (Cole)

1942 - 2019
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Bar Harbor - Sharon Cole McPhail,76, passed away peacefully on February 18, 2019 after a long and courageous battle with heart disease and cancer. Sharon was born in Bangor, Maine on May 22, 1942 the daughter of Chesley R Cole and Paula L Cole. She graduated from Bangor High School in 1960 and went on to Endicott Junior College in Beverly, Mass.

Sharon had a special way with people that made them all feel comfortable. Everywhere she went and everyone she met liked that gregarious way and loveable smile. She loved life and dedicated it to her family and was a wonderful and passionate wife, mother and grandmother. Sharon made baking an art and knit dozens of special blankets for anyone who wanted one. To all her grand children she was ''NANNY GIRL". No one liked to shop more, and she would spend hours looking for just the right gift. Like her father, Christmas was the most important holiday and she did it like no one else.

She moved over a dozen times following her beloved husband Jim of 55 years around the country. Not always easy, Sharon reveled in the challenges and made it work for her whole family. The final stop, Bar Harbor, Maine where she designed and oversaw the complete renovation of a 135 year old house, which she loved more than any other.

Sharon loved to write poems and did so her whole life. In 2017, she wrote and published her first book titled ELECTROCUTES. The book was inspired by her youngest son Torrie.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her grandson, James Curtis McPhail, IV and her sister Amy.

Sharon is survived by her husband Jim, daughter Kiersten Donahue and sons Jay McPhail and wife Sandy and Torrie McPhail and wife Leslie. Also four grand children, two great grand children and four sisters. Sharon will be buried later this summer in a private ceremony at Seal Harbor, Maine.

Donations in Sharon's memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1 Bowdoin Mill Island #300, Topsham, ME 04086 and the American Heart Association, 51 US-1 #M, Scarborough, ME 04074.

Funeral Arrangements are made by Jordan-Fernald, 1139 Main St., Mt. Desert. Condolences may be expressed at
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    Seal Harbor Cemetery
    Jordan Pond Rd
    Seal Harbor
    MOUNT DESERT, ME 04660
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Private ceremony at Seal Harbor Cemetery in the spring.


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Phyllis Berger Serepca

Posted at 01:04pm
Always full of life...She brightened the parties we had at our homes in junior high & high school. She will be missed by many!

Bonnie and Arthur Cone

Posted at 07:05pm
Dear Jimmy and family, So sorry to hear about Sharon. Thinking of all the good times on Silk St. when we were young and carefree! Seems like yesterday. Arthur and I want to extend our deepest sympathy to you and the family. Love , Bonnie and Arthur Cone

Carol Mayhew

Posted at 09:14am
Dear Jim,
So sorry for the loss of your beloved, Sharon. My fondest memory of you both was at our wedding in 1979. Sharon’s smile and laughter lit up the room! I was so pleased you both came back to the house after! Great time! Family was everything to her! Wherever you went, she made it special for her family, She is pain free but will be missed. Thoughts and Prayers to you, your children, and grandchildren. Love, Cousin, Carol&Chuck 💕✝️

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