Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Our Champion, The Winner

We received a call this morning from Hopewell House Hospice. Our valiant champion, son and friend passed away this morning at 8:50am. We thank you all for your love, support and prayers. This is a sad day. Yet, we know that Charles has entered a realm with family, peace, beauty and love. A place we can scarcely imagine. We are thankful to Heavenly Father for all his blessings; for our Saviour Jesus Christ and His gospel which give meaning to this life.

We will post Charles' service arrangements.


  1. Thank you for sharing such a funny, witty and all around nice guy with all of us. He will be sorely missed.
    Lee Ann

  2. Yes, thanks for taking the time and energy to keep everyone up to date. I wish Charles well on his next journey.


  3. I heard the announcement over the store intercom, but it didn't register for a minute or two... Charles has passed, it was surreal. Walking to the back of the store I asked someone what the announcement was, again... it didn't register.
    I ran into several team members at the back of the store, all in tears, all remembering the little things about Charles that brought joy, that brought comfort... It hit me, this was real, it is true. Charles a man of great character, of endless spirit and bounding positivism, unselfish, caring, always caring. The sun is out today, I believe the warmth of the light and rays of the sun is showing Charles the way... but what I want to believe, it's the warmth of Charles telling us all that it's okay.. it's okay....
    Just like him to do that for us, caring, always caring...

  4. Aaron... Chuck... Charles...

    Our dear, dear friend. Thank you for blessing us with your wonderful, amazing self.

    You will be dearly missed and fondly remembered. I am so glad to have known you for so long and at so many different stages in your life. Though deeply sad, I am trying to remember how lucky I am to have known you.

    Rest well, dear friend.

    Jonathan Westfall

  5. To the previous poster: what a beautiful, moving, and accurate depiction of Charles.

    Charles (or Chuck, as I always knew him), was one of the most positive, good-natured people I've ever known. The first summer I lived with him in Eugene was the best time I had living in that city simply because of his amiable nature.

    One of the most memorable moments was when I returned from a day of classes, walked through the door, and was greeted by Neil Diamond blasting out of the TV and Chuck passionately singing and dancing along.

    Though we kind of lost touch when I moved away, I will miss him greatly and my heart goes out to all those whose lives he brightened even more than mine.

  6. We look forward to meeting Charles.

    God be with you, his loving family, during this sad time.

    -Glenn & Joan Sage

  7. Okay I have started this posting several times not knowing the right words to say. My heart is deeply saddened today. I was just talking to a co-worker and we said how very lucky we were to have been able to know him as a friend and to also be his co-worker. I admire your fight on the battle. You are a true HERO!!! My thoughts and prayers are with you, your family, and your dear sweet Karlin. May you finally be at peace. We love you. Ruth

  8. Aaron/Chuck/Charles...

    I am grateful to have known such a wonderful person. Your compassion, warmth, sincerity, and unique and positive humor brought joy to me and so many others through the years.

    Your memory lives on in my heart and the hearts of the friends and family who were blessed by your company.

    Rest in peace my friend,

  9. I would like to add a big thanks to Don for keeping us all up to date with your informative and warmhearted posts. This was my primary way of finding out and reaching out to Aaron in the last few months and I cannot adequately express my gratitude for provided such a thing. Thank you.


  10. Chip - I am so sad to hear that you have left our world and have moved on to your next journey. You will be missed by so many people. until now I had no idea you were such a Neil Diamond fan- that is awesome!!! surprising - but not really... peace be with you dear Chip.

    Don - thank you so much for your posts to the blog and the handling of all of the details and communication. We are eternally grateful.

    To the Garrett family - I am so sorry for your loss. I don't have to tell you what a wonderful person Charles was and how much he was loved by so many.

    To Karlin- peace also be with you Karlin. I have thought of you often through this journey and my heart breaks for you. I hope with all of my heart you take good care of yourself and your spirit - I know you and Charles loved each other very much.

    Chip - I will miss you - I will NEVER forget you.

    Peace - Natalie

  11. Praise Jesus, for the blessing that was Charles.

  12. I did not get to work with Charles, but I work with a wonderful group of people who did. Through them, I have learned a lot about him. I know he is greatly loved and missed here at the warehouse. I am deeply sorry for your loss.


  13. Chuck, aka Batman, aka Charles, we are all so blessed to have known you and been loved by you. Your strong spirit, immeasurable caring, beautiful soul and loving nature are unmatched in this world. Thank you for giving us the gift of you. We love you and miss you, forever.

    Dearest Garrett family and lovely Karlin, we are so sorry for your loss and we are sending you our love and prayers. Take care of each other.

    Much love,

  14. Charles, I only met you a couple times but I know how much you meant to the people around you. You will be dearly dearly missed. Much love to Karlin and your family. Rest in peace my friend.


  15. No matter what was going on at work, you could always count on Charles to be smiling. He has such a radiant personality that spreads around like sunshine. I am deeply saddened to hear of his departure of this world but am over joyed to know that he is in a much better place with Jesus Christ, that is pain free. He was such an inspiration to me; playing softball with him and seeing his always positive attitude and the way he treats everyone so kindly was always uplifting.
    I know he is watching over everyone and he will always be with us no matter what.
    Charles you have a wonderful spirit, don't let anyone hold you back up there.

    Love, Graci Brown

  16. I am so very sad to hear this news. Aaron was such an amazing person and I am so lucky to have had the chance to grow up with him. I am comforted by the fact that Aaron has amazing friends and family.

    Aaron, I love you and may you rest in peace. Can't wait for our Englewood Eagles me a seat.
    Anne (Swisher) Darlow