I called you Dad when i joined you and your daughters on the "every other Sunday" during my childhood.
Those Sundays were always special to me and I enjoyed them tremendously.
You were always so carefree, happy, and relaxed with us.
Some of my fondest memories were when we did things that involved animals. Didn't you belong to some kind of organization, club...that had something to do with animals and wildlife???
And I can't forget McDonalds... when you brought us to McDonalds we were allowed to order anything we wanted!!!! Its the only times in my life when I could have a BigMac. I also used to get a big kick out of how much "coffee build up " you could put on the side of a coffee cup!!!
May you rest in peace Dad.
What a man you were, Charlie, filled with life, an ever-active witty mind, and the ability to put anything together! (I will think of you everytime I open my dresser drawer). You loved Millie so dearly, so completely, and for that I loved you, too. So glad we got to spend time with you in your final days, especially when you looked so stylish and happy going out with Mom.
I will always treasure the friendship that grew over the years. Thank you so much for being the unique man that you were and for loving my mother so completely.
I will miss you, Charlie. Thanks for being the man that you were and for loving my mom so completely.
Thoughts of Charlie, one of the "good guys", a diamond in the rough, who was devoted to wife and family. He was a deeply principled man with pride of country, a keen mind, keen wit, and talent for all things mechanical.
Charlie, keep now your watch over Millie as always, from on high.
Peace of mind is a call away. We’re here when you need us most.
Thoughts of Charlie, one of "the good guys", a diamond in the rough.
He was devoted to his wife Millie and family, a deeply principled man with pride of country, and with a keen mind, wit and talent for all things mechanical.
Charlie, keep now your watch over Millie from your place on high.
I still remember vividly the day I first met Charlie at a family function. His smile and giving manner never lessened as the years went on. I cherish now the time we had on the trip to Florida. Heaven has its hands full now that Charlie has arrived. I am sorry I never thanked him enough for everything he has done for Millie all these years. He was a Prince to her.
The picture you chose is perfect. That wonderful smile. You were married to one of the last true honest man. He was a patriot through and through and proud and enjoyed his life to the fullest. I don't know of anyone who cared as much as he did for you. Truly he was your sole mate and I know you now have a void that will never be filled but what a life you have had and hopefully you can draw on that these next days and weeks. You were loved.
As a little girl I would stand on his feet as he would dance me around, he twirled me through the air over his shoulders and it was thrilling and scary, but I knew would never drop me. My Pop always had an adventure planned for our Sunday's together, museums, lighthouses...whatever we did together was fresh and new and a lesson in life all things on this earth were to be looked at as a miracle of God.Dad took me to all the John Wayne movies, he reminds me of John Wayne a mans mans a real man, powerful enough to protect reverent enough to know to bend to God. Dad would see the beauty in people who didn't see the beauty in themselves. I am blessed to have married a man that my Dad loved, that is my blessing. The lord decided to steal him away in the night, but that would be the only way, Pop would never be a burden nor would he wrestle with God when it was time to go. We had family time this past September a Birthday and retirement party for his 86th, well the retirement lasted about 60 hours and we found Dad sneaking a phone call for a new client to assemble something.
I seek to hear his strong, deep voice answering the phone"Charlie Here", and he is...always here with me. Words, words seem weak, my Pop is the most tender and powerful man I have ever known and I am forever a unique and special person to be influenced by him to touch others with the gift he passed on.
You were the best, caring and loving to everyone! Your passing was such a shock to all of us. You were devoted to your wife and family, and they will have such loving memories of you as well as we will. R.I.P from all of us,Ericka,Brian,Dylan,Devin,Derek, Curt & Lynn and of course Ed & I. We all loved you!!!
Millie! Jon and I were so glad and fortunate to have met you and Charlie in our lifetime. Will always remember your fun stories at Jane and Ed's house and we're sure you have fond and loving memories of your years with your beloved Charlie to, someday, put a smile on your face. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.
We all are going to miss Charlie's great smile. He was such a caring giving person. Always looking out for someone. You will have allot of wonderful memories of your years together. He will be watching over you. If you need anything please give us a call.
I knew Charlie as a fellow member in the Executive Network of Charlotte County. He was a reliable member, and Charlie's personality and views added enjoyment and meaning to our meetings. Charlie's presence at our breakfasts and social gatherings will be sorely missed.
Many days as I drove around Charlotte County, I happened to see Charlie's van going down the road with The Pledge of Allegiance in the back window. I said to myself, " There goes a man who loves and is proud of his country." Charlie was an honest and upright sort of a guy--someone who said what he meant and meant what he said.
It was my honor and privilege to call Charlie my friend. He will be missed by many.
Jerry and Meredith Kecken
I wanted all of you who new my Dad, networked through The Chamber Of Charlotte County to know how much you all meant to my Dad and Millie. He was always excited to share with me all the events and dinners, breakfasts and any social networking that he did.
Dad was a natural networker before the word became common place, my whole life I remember if there was someone even near his space he made it a point to know them and believed there was a reason for him to be there. If someone intrigued him, he would seek them out.
He loved you all very much and made sure I too knew the power of a "Sphere of Influence" I have applied it to my life and it never ceases to amaze me, I have come to expect that people you didn't even know you needed at the time would somehow be there when you needed them or they needed you.
With all Warm Regards, thank you all.
To precious Millie,
Our Dad found the love of his life when he found you and I know you feel the same of him, you were meant to be.
You are a remarkable women, easy to love and open hearted.
Dad always thought a confident women was "sexy" and there go you.
I am contented in my heart at least with the thought that my Dad was truly loved, that is a priceless treasure and he loved truly that is a rare gem in life to have and to hold...for eternity.
We love you.
We have so many fond memories of Charlie that it would take foreveer to write them down. We will always remember our times at the Moose in Port Jefferson, NY. Most of all, is the times we spent with him and Millie at their home in Port Charlotte. He was always so glad to see us and we had such wonderful times there. We will miss him terribly, but will always remember him in our hearts. He was a wonderful and loving man and a true friend. Rest peacefully Charlie.
I consider myself blessed to have had you in my life. Even though I didn't get to see you much, you have always had a special place in my heart. I will always remember your wonderful sense of humor and how much fun it always was when we were able to spend time together. I love you so much. RIP Heaven will be better with you in it. Until we meet again.........
Your loving niece,
Ellen Johnet Wagner Armstrong Freni
we meet charlie at the old mobil station when we moved to florida.he was a wonderful man who had a smile and hug for everyone.the best legacy one can have is to leave the world a better place after you pass.well charlie you sure did that!it was an honor to be your friend-we will miss you.our hearts go out to your family,who you loved so much.
I feel so blessed to have had you in my life. Even though we didn't get to see each other very much, you always had a special place in my heart. I will always cherish the memories of the times we did get to spend together. Your sense of humor and love of life were very special qualities I admired. I love you very much. RIP Heaven is a better place with you in it. Until we meet again.........
Ellen Johnet Wagner Armstrong Freni
Had the pleasure of being charlie's neighbor for the last 4 years. He made it worth coming to our home in Florida. We will miss him dearly. It will not be the same. We will miss his great stories and friendship. He shared his newspaper everyday with us when we were in town. That's the type of person he was. Nothing he would not do for you. Loving thoughts of him always. The Hammond's
Peace of mind is a call away. We’re here when you need us most.
I also knew Charlie as a fellow member of The Executive Network of Charlotte County. When I think of Charlie I think of a strong man with a heart like a teddy bear. He spoke of his family often and loved all very much. After our meeting last Wednesday, Charlie and I had a long conversation. He ended with a funny story of which he had many. We hugged and parted for the day. I will cherish that story and hug.....
to Millie and all of Charlie's family and friends
To the hard working, fun loving, man we knew.
Who will be remembered always in our hearts
May Charlie be at the feet of God with the tools
needed to put together Slot A/Slot B, and
enjoying all his time, just relaxing.
Sincerely, Ginny and Family
R.I.P. Charlie. I'm so glad to have known you! My apologies to the family and friends.
Dad, Pop, Charlie, Friend,
For just over 62 years you were part of my life.
It seems so short now. I know it's not realistic but I always thought you would be here forever.
Know this Pop, you will always be in my heart & mind.
I couldn't have asked for a better Father.
As I reached my teen years I started to understand what you endured for your children. My heart went out to you and even though we we never spoke about it until later through your letters, when I was in the Air Force, I thank you
with all my heart for your sacrifice.
I will never forget those five words Mom used to say to me that were meant to be demeaning and sarcastic, but would puff me up with pride, " You are just like your Father". Then I would look at her and say "Thank you", which was not received very well. I know in many ways we are alike, yet so different. You lived to work and I work to live, I must have missed that gene.
I 've been told it will be hard to fill your shoes, I have no intention of trying.
It would be impossible. I can only walk my own path...with your footprints as my guide.
I thank you for being you and as Andrea said, I will miss hearing you answer the phone, "CHARLIE HERE"!!!
Pop if there is a God, I hope you are in His ear on how to put this world right.
Love you Deeply,
Thank you for loving my father.
You took in a man that was lost, confused and angry and turned him into a loving, caring, happy, content person that he always wanted to be.
In touching his life, you also touched mine.
You are what Charlie looked for in a wife and I found what I understand a Mother should be. You opened your heart and home, took in me and my sisters, no questions asked.
Your understanding, compassionate and most of all have shown unconditional love.
You are the Mother I always wanted. You must know I will always be there for you.
I love you. I know that you are Mom to me.
Love...All my Heart,
I miss you and love you so very much, my heart aches.
When I was a little girl we shared many of the same passions,
You accepted and encouraged all the wildlife I would rescue and bring into our home to nurture and always set free. My friends use to call me Ellie May because I had so many critters.
Whether they were baby birds, baby squirrels or turtles we gave them a home and gave them a name.
When I was a few years older I had grown to love puppies, maybe you never expected 22 puppies in the basement and your kids bringing bowl after bowl of Farina through the kitchen and down the stairs, I think you were secretly proud that we shared in our love for animals.
You took the family to Maryland one summer to a ranch my friends had, with horses, goats, chickens and every other farm animal and I was in my glory.
And even most recently you would save all your aluminum cans and come to collect mine to bring and give to the WildLife Bird Sanctuary that Glen volunteered at, to help the Sanctuary pay for the care.
You spent many years with the Long Island Fish and Game Association protecting and rescuing animals.
You knew what was important to me.
I close my eyes and try to see your face, Dad you were there for me and Glen and especially when I needed you the most.
The two most important men in my life, my Husband and my Dad are gone and not so long ago my Mom too and you all have taken most of my heart with you.
I love you Dad, thank you for loving me, I know sometimes I was difficult, maybe most of the time, but you saw beyond all that and were one of the few people in my life that saw through it and knew my heart.
My heart is broken,
Poppop, In just these short 19 years you've managed to impacted my life for the better. And always pushing me to do what's best for my future. I am very fortunate for you to have been able to see what I have accomplished already in my life and to influence me...as you will continue to everyday. I will miss our phone conversations as they always made me laugh...
"Heyyy kiddo! Is this you?"
"This is I, is this you?"
"This is me, is that you?"
"Sure is me, how about you?"
"I sure hope this is me" :)
I will cherish the sleepovers I use to have, the swims in the pool, our breakfast talks at the table with the birds right out the window, and most of all the random visits I would always surprise you and grandma with, that always followed with words of wisdom and stories only finding how fast 4 hours can pass. About 3 weeks ago when I came over to drop a few things off grandma offered for me to stay and eat and well if anybody knows grandma, there's no such thing as no, anything she makes is great so of course I stayed. We had one of your favorites, grandmas Ruben. That will be a day I'll never forget. We sat at the little kitchen table made for two and you told me that, that had been the first time with more then you and grandma at that table. Let me just say that I'm glad I said yes to grandmas Ruben.
Poppop always knew how to put a smile on someones face no matter the situation. He is a wonderful dad, husband, grandfather,supporter, American, and friend any body would want.
I'm a lucky granddaughter to have such a loving grandfather. I will miss my bestfriend. I can't wait to see you soon so you can give me your famous big bear hug! Watch over us and the paths we take as know you will. I love you poppop!!
This is to the most loving, caring gentlemen that I have ever met....my Father.
You will be so very missed and always in my heart and soul.
Memories will never be forgotten and will always be treasured.
Myself and Jim were so blessed that you and Millie were able to be there when your grandson, Jimmy was born and your granddaughter, Alexis was born.
I am so thankful for that Blessing.
Pop, we thank you for all the laughs, the tears, big bear hugs and all the kisses that will stay with us forever.
Thank you Pop for making us strong.
I especially thank you for that sweet kiss I felt on my cheek from you last Saturday night after you passed on. It woke me up and I could feel it was from you.
Thank you Lord for embracing this wonderful man and giving us all a beautiful Guardian Angel.
I have so much more to say but you as my Pop know exactly what that is.
Oh Pop, I love and miss you so much...we all do.
We will stay strong, work hard and smile, because that is what you would want and that is who you were.
Thank you for always being there for us, you will be remembered forever.
Please come visit us in our dreams...
In God's speed, I LOVE and miss you so much POP!
As each of us experience life, we contemplate the human role as well as its dilemma.
We often internalize our lives, our existence, our purpose and understanding of who we are and why we are. Yet we scarcely have the opportunity to cross paths with someone whoa has so keenly and intrinsically developed a real instinct for themselves as well as others.
Charlie was not simply empathetic, He kept a serious understanding and compassion for others right down in the very depth of his being. He was truly and wonderfully disposed. Almost as if he lived a thousand times before. He understood many things the rest of us never contemplated. He was considerate, more over he was kind. At times a bit loud, but that was just his style. Yet he never for a moment thought the world revolved around him. In fact it was just the opposite.
Apocalyptic literature prophetically speaks of the coming Messiah, our Lord Jesus Christ...(Isa 61:1) "he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives." Jesus did this instinctively, it was who he was. It was his purpose, It was his mission.
Of all the people I have encountered in my life experience, Charlie's heart, his passion, his soul, his love for others, so naturally mimicked that of our Lord that I find it deeply humbling
God Bless You Charlie Wagner!!!
Don't rest in peace, it doesn't become you. It is simply not your way. Instead live with God and soar with the angels.
I am so proud to be your son in law and eternally blessed to have known you.
All my love.
My heart goes out to you and your family for the loss of a great man. Charlie was a very strong and kind person, we both belong to The Executive Network of Charlotte County and at every meeting his booming voice would tell everyone to rise for the opening prayer and pledge. He will be greatly missed
Please accept our deepest condolences for your family's loss.