Coaldale To Rename Sports Field
September 01, 1995 The Morning Call
The Coaldale Complex Field will be renamed after two men who were dedicated to the community. The field will be called the Thomas "Doc" Raymer and the Joseph "Chappy"' Sharpe Memorial Park.

The decision to rename the field came after Coaldale resident David Hnat approached members of the Church, Home, Organization, School and Environment recreation organization asking to rename the field after Raymer. The organization wanted to include Sharpe.

Nancy Pascoe, president of CHOSE, approached council, which gave permission to rename the field.

Hnat built a memorial to the two men. A ceremony will be held at 1 p.m. Sept. 10 with Mayor John Radocha and an aide to state Rep. David Argall speaking. Members of Sharpe's family will be present.

Raymer came to Coaldale to coach the high school football team. His record was 162-60-17 before he retired in 1949. He helped other coaches after his retirement and helped form the new team after a merger created Panther Valley High School.

Sharpe graduated from Coaldale High School and worked at Bundy Tubing in Hometown. In 1956, he started the CHOSE recreation organization to organize Little League baseball. He also started a volunteer program at Coaldale Hospital for teen-agers.

Sharpe served as mayor for eight years and belonged to many civic organizations.