For a lawyer whom he knew, Mr. Sharpe remodeled a kitchen, she recalled.
Montgomery, who was 18 when her mother died, said that "if nothing else, my dad instilled in us that you work hard for a living."
Born in Philadelphia, Mr. Sharpe grew up in Fishtown and dropped out of high school to join the Navy in 1944.
After being schooled as a cook and baker in Washington, Mr. Sharpe was assigned to a Merchant Marine ship that took part in the 1945 Marine invasion of Okinawa.
While living after the war in Oaklyn and what is now Cherry Hill, Mr. Sharpe worked as a heater repairman in Philadelphia before joining what was then the Post Office.
In 1976, Mr. Sharpe married Eva Feather, a postal clerk with whom he worked at the Cherry Hill office.
While living in Haddonfield, Mr. Sharpe paid to have the shell of a house built in Vincentown for their family, Montgomery said, "and then he finished it, inside and out."
After they retired in 1986, the Sharpes bought a recreational vehicle and traveled to every continental state and Canadian province.
They settled near Orlando, Montgomery said, and worked as weekly volunteers at a food pantry, cooking and serving meals to low-income people, before returning to South Jersey.
Besides his wife of 37 years and his daughter, Mr. Sharpe is survived by another daughter, Beth Fallon; sons Tom, Charlie, and Jerry; stepdaughters Susan Bomberger and Patti Wasko; stepsons Joe, Michael, and Ed Feather; a brother; 24 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.
A visitation was set from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, at St. Joseph Pro-Cathedral, 2907 Federal St. Camden, N.J. 08105, before an 11 a.m. Funeral Mass there.
Donations may be sent to the St. Joseph Pro-Cathedral School at the above address.
Condolences may be offered to the family at www.mccannhealey.com.