Obituary of Sharon Skura

June 6, 2022

Sharon Skura, 66, died June 6th, 2022 in the home she shared with her loving husband Roland Marks in Manhattan,  New York. 

In her lifetime, Sharon remained a strong advocate for the LGBTQ+ community and its many causes. A performer at heart, Sharon was blessed with a beautiful singing voice and was devoted to studying the craft of acting.  Sharon was a force of nature who lived life on her own terms with kindness and gusto.  She left an indelible impression on everyone she met. She will be dearly missed and never forgotten. 

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My dearest friend , I will forever miss you! I\'ll never forget the day we met, all those years ago , I was 15 and you were 35, you were singing at the pizza counter with that amazing voice when I walked in and said... I love that song! And you said join in ... and we were inseparable since. I\'ll never forget that day , that song or our life together. You have never \" lost that loving feeling\" I love you so much!

Posted by: Debra Guglich - West Milford , NJ - Friend June 9, 2022

I could never forget the way that Sharon cherished every moment we could have together when I was a kid. She had boundless love to give to me from the moment we met, and I miss having such an understanding and compassionate person in my corner.

Posted by: Alex Koenigsberg - Toronto, Ontario - Family Friend June 9, 2022

So very SPECIAL Where to begin…. Madam extraordinaire. Sharon did everything large, full of life and Gusto;Singing, dancing, Giving, sharing & mostly Loving. Never boring always strong, Interesting & Fun. I will miss her and hope she has gone to amuse the angels. She showed me a world I had never known, opened my eyes to many surprises.

Posted by: Sharon Gliklich - Toronto , Ontario - Friend June 10, 2022

Sharon, you were a magnetic and beautiful force of nature. I\'ll always be grateful I had the luck to be your neighbor — to laugh at your silliness and jokes, absorb your life wisdom, eat the treats you left outside my door, and witness your and Roland\'s incredible devotion to each other. So much more to say but I\'ll leave it there for now. Love you both.

Posted by: Anna Schnur-Fishman - Brooklyn, NY - Neighbor June 10, 2022

To have met Sharon is to never forget her. To know Sharon is to love her. I met Sharon at Carnegie Hall in Mr. Modica‘s acting studio #809. She was there early when I arrived for my interview. She quickly showed me the ropes of class and took me under her wing. A vibrant character to say the least. Her light shined so bright sometimes it overwhelmed people but when you let yourself be still and bask in it, there was nothing like the warmth she gave off. Quick friends, she invited me to her birthday party at Great Wolf Lodge where we squealed going down the slides of the indoor water park. Then there were the memories made at Fire Island when she took me to some very unexpected, wild parties and I tried to get her comfortable swimming in the ocean. Her dog, Pretzel, also gave us some laughs! And boy could she prep a meal! There was nothing like the moment that Sharon took the stage. If she was there to sing, prepare to be amazed. If she was there to act or do a cold reading, prepare to be deeply touched and moved. I remember the day she told me that she met Roland. She lit up like a Christmas tree. I know he brought her so much joy and peace during the final chapter of her life here on earth. He was the love of her life and I am so grateful she got to know and experience such unconditionality. My sincerest condolences to Roland and her loved ones. I do believe that Sharon lives on in laughter, generosity, care, art! This poem was given to me when I was nine years old after my father passed. It has remained with me since. May it offer comfort….. \"Do not stand at my grave and weep, I\'m not there, I don\'t sleep. I am the thousand winds that blow, I am the diamond glints on snow; I am the sunlight on ripened grain, I am the gently falling rain. When you awaken in the morning\'s hush, I am, the swift, uplifting rush of quiet birds in circled flight, I am the soft star that shines at night.   Do not stand at my grave and cry, I\'m not there I did not die.\"

Posted by: Katie Walter - , - Friend June 11, 2022

Sharon, you were my champion and the closest thing to a big sister to me. I cherished every 2 hour call or the hours after acting class we would spend into the wee hours. We met in 2000. We spoke only a few months ago on the phone. I almost called you last week but I didn’t have the time I wanted to spend with you and so I put it off. You made me feel special. You always made me feel like Royalty, a Winner, and a Special person. You were all of those to me. You were super intelligent and had a tremendous heart, so much insight and often Mia understood since you had an unmatchable level of INTEGRITY in all that you said, and did… and sang. You will be with me forever in my heart and mind and spirit. I will just think of you and you will make me stronger and better. I will forever cherish our time and your words of love and encouragement. You loved your husband Roland beyond beyond. Our times up in Carnegie Hall 809 are some of my most treasured experiences, we were blessed. You knew me so well from the start and you never took me for granted. Your love has made me better and will continue to live on in me and encourage and inspire me. This is not even what I want to say or how I wanted to say it but I didn’t want to wait another minute I just found out a few minutes ago about your passing and I have to get my kids to sleep. XOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXO

Posted by: Rob Findlay - , - Friend June 12, 2022

Oh, Sharon! It’s hard to wrap my head around the fact that you are no longer with us. Thank you for being thoughtful, generous neighbor. Thank you for spoiling our Olaf (you and Roland made the best surprises! Year after year. Wow!) Thank you for your amazing stories, songs and phone calls. Thank you for being the best cheerleader and my bread & cake taster. Thank you for your big heart. Thank you for loving life and for always being so strong and supportive to others. Hope heaven is just like an amazing day on Fire Island. Rest in peace. We will miss you.

Posted by: Katarzyna Pelc - New York, NY - Neighbor June 15, 2022

We just heard this very sad news. We had some great fun times with Sharon esp when we were young. Sometimes too much fun? She taught our now grown son to play chess and instilled a love of Jenga in our daughter. We hadnt seen Sharon much in recent years but do remember her so fondly. She was a true original and will be missed.

Posted by: Judith Michael - New York, New York - Neighbor June 28, 2022
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