Earlier this year the Beech Acres Parenting Center family was shaken by the sudden passing of Sharon James, a beloved and cherished member of our community since October 2001. Sharon James was a loving mother, sister and aunt, a skilled and caring parent coach, respected co-worker, and a much- loved friend.

Sharon dedicated her life to helping parents raise children. Whether it was through her work with divorced parents, which was her true passion, new parents, blended families, families in crisis, or parents struggling with complex emotional issues, she offered hope for a brighter future.

President & CEO Jim Mason had this to say about his longtime colleague and dear friend:

“Sharon personified Beech Acres Parenting Center’s core values throughout her long and prolific career here. In many ways, this work was her life’s purpose. She embraced every opportunity to learn and grow as a person and professional. She generously shared her insights with thousands of others and was humbly open to learning from them as well. She left an enormous legacy to Beech Acres’ future. I am in awe and profoundly grateful for what she has done for our mission and everyone she touched. Mine is among those lives most moved. I will miss her deeply.”

 

In tribute to Sharon James and her legacy here a 14-year-old client wanted to share with us how Sharon taught her to know that she mattered.

Though our hearts are broken, we celebrate Sharon’s life and legacy with tremendous gratitude. Her dedication to improving the world every day through her work with parents was a genuine inspiration to everyone whom she met. Her smile was authentic, her demeanor caring yet never judgmental, and her presence was powerful and uplifting. She will be missed.