|Date of birth||Toronto|
|Awards||Officer of the Order of Canada|
|Authority||VIAF id Library of congress id|
Isadore "Issy" Sharp, OC (born October 8, 1931) is a Canadian hotelier and writer. He is founder and chairman of Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts.Early life and education Born in Toronto as the son of a family of Polish Jewish immigrants.
His father, Max, a devout Torah scholar, was a Polish Jew who emigrated from Poland to escape pogroms to Palestine in 1920, and finally to Toronto five years later. He first met Terry Fox when the latter arrived in Montreal in June 1980 during his trek across the country to raise money for cancer research. Sharp invited Fox to rest in one of the city's Four Seasons hotels for a week before resuming his run, helped pay for his cancer treatment, and later pledged to contribute to research funds on his behalf.
Sharp and his wife are prominent Canadian philanthropists, having made significant donations to many sources including the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, the Ontario College of Art and Design, Mount Sinai Hospital, and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Personal life He married his high school sweetheart, Rosalie Wise who was also of Jewish descent. A Ty Beanie Baby named Issy was produced in 2001 in Christopher's memory.