When Sharon Zugay was diagnosed with terminal cancer in the late 1970s, her many Coastside friends offered help and supportâbut mostly they gave their hearts.
I remember Sharon as a beautiful young womanâone of those very special young people who are like fairy dustâ-
She and her twin sister, Karen, were simply stunning.
Sharon lived with other artists in an historic house (the artichoke king Dante Dianda’s home) which stood next door to the “Sun House” where jewelery and beads were sold (now
At the time there werenât many of us on the Coastsideâand I define âusâ? as outsiders or newcomers, around college age, with similar reasons for being here. The loss of Sharon was devastatingâ¦it was as if we were one body and Sharon represented a living, vital part that we were going to have to live withoutâ¦
I will never forget the âfarewellâ? disguised as a benefit concert held for Sharon at the Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society. (As usual, Pete Douglas, was generous, turning over his Miramar âdigsâ? to the locals for what was a memorial service with the lovely lady who was soon to be mourned present.)
My last image of Sharon was of her being rolled out in a wheelchair, the Dennis Swensen painting you see in the printed notice hanging on the stage behind her.