Charlie Williams
Crossed the Bar
December 7, 2015

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Updated:  11/11/2020

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  Golden Legacy Ceremony 2020  (Added 11/01/2020)

     Our CGA Link In The Chain class of 2022 invited our class to attend their 3/c Formal Dinner Dance on 28 March 2020.  Between the dinner and the dance, the Golden Legacy Ceremony would be held in Leamy Hall whereby our classmates had the opportunity to donate their class rings, to be melted and mixed into the gold for 2022’s class rings.

     Eight of our classmates donated their rings. Ardel Williams donated her ring in memory of her husband and our classmate Charlie Williams. Unfortunately, the 2020 event was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Videos by '72 Ring Donors
     During the fall of 2020, the CGA Alumni Assn assisted our class in creating a video link to virtually represent the cancelled Golden Legacy Ceremony and preserve the memory. Included in the video link are:

    A 3 minute video by Greg Johnson representing:
* Ardel Williams on behalf of her husband Charles Williams [Crossed the Bar 2015]  

     Visit this video made by the Alumni Association for
      The Passing of the Rings - Golden Legacy: Class of 1972 and 2022

Also see Add'l photos submitted by Joe Jones

Obituary & Services

From: Terry Newell
Sent: Sunday, December 13, 2015 11:14:33 AM

I echo Tom's comments.

Really great to see the Classmates rallied to attend Charlie's funeral.
Thanks for sending pic Hank.

Be with God, Charlie, as we know you are.

From: Joe Jones
Sent: Dec 12/13/15 4:40 AM

Here are some nice photos for your album (Click pics below for larger image) 

      Also see Add'l photos.

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From: Hank Blaney
Sent: Saturday, December 12, 2015 5:13:11 PM

Several of us made it to Philly for Charlie's service yesterday--Joe Jones, Bob Thornton, Stein, Mike Crye, Errol, Tony Dupree, and yours truly. Service was a fitting tribute to a great guy, and despite the circumstances, it was great to see everyone and get caught up on families, jobs, retirements, and most importantly, Charles Williams sea stories.

There's a big gap in our ranks, but our class bonds are stronger than ever.


Class of 72 and several wannabes. No idea who the Navy guy is who's trying to block out Mike.


From: Joe Jones
Sent: Dec 12/12/15 10:30 AM

    I would like to post the pictures to Charlie's web page.

Dec 11, 2015 Funeral Service:  Hank Blaney & Bob "Stein" Mueller


From: Joe Kyle
Sent: Wednesday, December 9, 2015 4:05 PM
Subject:  A Little God Moment
Sitting in the waiting lounge, alone, at my car dealer while my car was being serviced this afternoon. In strides a 6 ft 3 inch African American man about our age, built like a very fit NFL linebacker - later learned he was 64. He had that James Earl Jones presence; immaculately attired, striking looks, big grin. He was a Birmingham guy, and retired. We immediately starting chatting away - first it was golf, then we discovered he was retired Air Force and you know how it went from there. So we had a grand ole time BSing about this and that. 
My car was finished first, and as I started to leave he introduced himself. I didn't quite hear him the first time, so I asked again. He said, my name is Charlie Williams! 
So I told him about my Charlie Williams. It was a sweet moment.


From: Tom Meyers
Sent: Wednesday, December 9, 2015 2:15:04 PM

Mark: I have attached a picture of F-Troop swabs (see below), just before Christmas
break December 1968....about this same time of year as his passing. One
noteworthy smile among the otherwise reticent-looking bunch of classmates
captures what many of us have already commented on. Charlie and I had many
adventures together as cadets (Nitecaps, Cape May, ferrying cars to Florida
for a dealership in Miami, staying with my family in Miami a couple times,
etc). I was lucky to have classmates Joe Kyle and Charlie Williams as my
"landlord" Group Commanders in Mayport when I was in Sweetgum.

Fond memories of Charlie in whatever role he was in. I vividly remember
his "serious animated face" and pitch of voice when he was either pulling
your leg or, in fact, serious. You had to wait a second to see which was
which - usually pulling your leg! A great friend and classmate.


From: Peggie Cosgrove
Sent: Wednesday, December 9, 2015 1:59:02 PM

 Another loss. My condolences to his classmates and family.

From: Loren Marovelli
Sent: Wednesday, December 9, 2015 1:41:57 PM

The Last Time I saw Charlie was at EMB's CCGD13 COC Ceremony in Seattle, circa 1999.

I hadn't seen him since graduation. Tongue in cheek, I inquired if he still had that MG ?

For those who don't know, that was a lead into a "standing joke" unmercifully touted between Gonski and myself during our Ship Design classes.

It makes me feel somewhat "heartbroken" now that both of those guys have passed onward and upward.

Charles also had a girlfriend 1st class year who similarly abused him with the phrase "shut up Charles" to which he seemingly always obliged.

A group of us had a late lunch w/ wives-ladies accompanying at Py ramid Brewery near to CCGD13 that afternoon. A good time at lunch that day was had by all.

From: Bob Mueller
Sent: Wednesday, December 9, 2015 9:01:40 AM

I am coming down from Allentown and will see you there.

From: Greg Johnson
Sent: Wednesday, December 9, 2015 8:58:44 AM

Just rearranged my schedule and will be attending the services Friday morning. I will be driving from York PA via the PA Turnpike. If anyone is going and I am on your route, we can car pool.
Greg Johnson

From: Ben Stoppe
Sent: Wednesday, December 9, 2015 8:38:18 AM

John: Thanks for the thoughts & memories of Charles "Charlie" Williams. I can't believe he's gone. I think the last time I saw him was at some Alumni Assoc. after work event at the Wash. Navy Yard O Club in DC a few years back. But, I may have a bad memory. He will be missed at our 45th reunion.

I won't be able to attend his services this Fri. in Philly, as I have to be present for the CG Aviation Assoc. (Pterodactyls) in ECity, NC, at the "soft" rollout of our newly restored H-52 helo, CG 1426, for placement early year in the Smithsonian's Air & Space Museum. Please give my condolences to his family for me.

He was (and still is in our collective memories), a great classmate.

From: Bob Hallock
Sent: 12/9/2015 11:23:09 A.M. Eastern Standard Time
  While I was Chairman of the Alumni Association I recruited Charlie to run for a position on the board, which he did and we had the opportunity of spending time together several times a year at the Academy. We always had a good time together and he was a very valuable asset to the organization. He will be missed!

From: John Giglio
Sent: Wednesday, December 9, 2015 8:16:32 AM

This saddens me as well. I never ran across Charlie after our CGA days, but I remember his laugh and his outgoing, warm demeanor. Condolences to his family and to all of us.

From: Hugh Grant
Sent: Wednesday, December 9, 2015 8:15:52 AM

Thanks John and Al Thompson and '72, Bye Charles and Godspeed.

From: Clay Fust
Sent: Wednesday, December 9, 2015 8:12:25 AM

Really appreciated your message, with both current info and great old memories of Charlie (Williams, sir, FLORIDA,sir! Permission to come aboard, sir?)

Surprising and sad as this is for us classmates I'm sure it must have been so shocking for his family. So sudden!

From: Herbert Williams
Sent: Wednesday, December 9, 2015 8:06:20 AM

We were all blessed to know and call Charlie a classmate. Some of my
funniest memories are of having swabs come get me to field calls from his
lady friends. Something to do with my last name. Thank you for taking us
down memory lane John.

From: Jim Morton
Sent: Wednesday, December 9, 2015 7:54:21 AM

John :

Great words. You captured my thoughts perfectly. Very sad for us (CGA 1972) and of course Charlies' family to lose such a bright energetic person.

We as class do need to draw closer. Thanks for your efforts.

From: John Larned
Sent: Wednesday, December 9, 2015 7:47:12 AM

Terry and I spoke last night, remembering Charlie. There's simply a
sadness around losing one of us. 10 years ago it was a rare occurrence
now it's common.. I find it hard to believe. Someone recently (I think it
was Chris Burns) said; "when I think of you guys, I feel like I'm 22 years
old" For me it's the same except I think I'm 18 or 19! The whole CGA
thing and you classmates, zaps me back to a really great time --- which of
course I absolutely did not realize at the time. I seem to think I thought
it "sucked" or something like that.

My first memories of Charlie was sitting at a wardroom table with him as a
swab and being pestered for trivia.. He was very proud of coming from
Florida and so his whole line of trivia was all Florida stuff. I think
Disney World was just announced and on the drawing board, he had the upper
class going round and round about that, Ray Charles and Cape Kennedy space
stuff. Always with a smile and enthusiasm.

After that I can see him with his Megaphone on the football Pep squad. He
was just the guy we needed for that job!

I spoke with Al Thompson '74 last night as well. The attached info on the
services came from Al. You will note Charlie's smile beaming out at you
from the photo. Services are Friday AM in Philly.

Al told me that Charlie had been feeling weak and tired lately and thought
it was something cardio vascular related to a heart attack he had had about
8 years ago. It was only a week or so ago that he had it checked and took
some tests. Blood work showed a very rare form of "Blood Leukemia" more
common in African American men of our age rather than other groups. So it
was well advanced and he didn't have much time.

As I said yesterday, you all look after yourselves and never take anything
for granted!

From: Bob Duncan
Date: December 9, 2015 at 9:54:40 AM EST

  Charlie, with classmates, April 2014. With characteristic smile and ready wit. Always a treat to run into; brightening any day.  RIP old friend. Bob

Bob Duncan, Hank Blaney & Charlie Williams

From: Mark Noll
Sent: Wednesday, December 9, 2015 6:15:28 AM

Charly was warm and friendly classmate. Classmate descriptions of him and his career are right on. I haven't seen Charly since CGA but will always remember him.

From: Francis Sambor
Sent: Tuesday, December 8, 2015 6:37:01 PM

Charley was a good man-- my last contact was with him as Group Mayport while I was at D7 OSR. Most people called him Charles but as a good friend Charley was my choice. I'll miss him and we'll meetagain sometime when the tide is right.Frank Sambor

From: Craig Coy
Sent: Tuesday, December 8, 2015 5:47:18 PM

Agree. I lost a former "wife", friend and business colleague at L-3. He always represented the Coast Guard, our Class and his family in a manner that would make all of us proud!

From: Gordon Hanson
Sent: Tuesday, December 8, 2015 5:45:24 PM

We will all miss him.

Last time I saw Charlie was in the Security office at Alameda a couple years ago. I was at the window getting a vehicle decal, when came a booming voice from the doorway: “THAT MAN LOOKS SUSPICIOUS. HE OUGHT TO BE STRIP SEARCHED!” I turned, along with the room full of waiting Coasties, and there was Charlie.

From: Clay A. Fust
Sent: Tuesday, December 8, 2015 5:43:18 PM


I feel sad about this too - nice to read your remembrance.

Last time I saw Charles, C. B., ("don't call me Charlie") was at PACAREA after a retirement ceremony for my buddy CDR Ron Hassler (summer 2000?). There was a reception, then a get-together in the picnic area afterwards. We visited with him and his wife.

When I told Ron the news today he said "...he was one of the "good guys" at PACAREA. We often talked cars together, especially his passion for the Volvo C70 convertible. I hope he got to enjoy one of those upon retirement."

I hope he did too.

From: Joe Kyle
Sent: Tuesday, December 8, 2015 5:42:44 PM

Charlie relieved me as Commander, Group Mayport, Florida in 1987. Three
words come to mind when I think of Charlie - grinning, laughing,
enthusiastic. Charlie. Was a joy.

From:  Terry Newell
Sent: Tuesday, December 8, 2015 5:14:57 PM

Always sad to lose a Classmate.

I share Lardass' sentiments (pasep).

I have fond memories of Charlie steering the T pot in
D11/PACAREA/MLCPAC...he always had an agenda and worked the crowd to make
it happen in his unique style, with that rye smile on his face. I always
found Charlie to be upbeat and optimistic, especially in the face of

Trying to think of when I saw Charlie last. I saw him for sure at either
the 35th or 40th reunion, and several times after that at CG functions at
Alameda. He seemed to show up just when you didn't expect him.

Life goes on, just a little lonelier today.

From:  Larry R CIV Gansz
Sent: Tuesday, December 8, 2015 6:33:34 AM

I just got this in. v/r



It is with extreme sadness to inform you that Charles passed away this afternoon in the hospital.

I spoke to his wife Delli tonight who said that Charles got to see his children this morning. The cause of Charles's anemia was diagnosed due to generatiing cancerous plasma cells as well as having kidney issues.

Delli said that Charles made the decision this morning not to move forward with chemo, and was looking to leave the hospital.

Delli will be making arrangements tomorrow with the Shriners Temple, where Charles was apparently a Chaplain. She let me know that Charles wanted to be cremated as one of his wishes, and she'll let me know more about the arrangements after speaking with the Shriners.

May we remember his friendship, stories, and always being there advising us on life and the "Coastie" ways.

RIP in Dear Friend.

Bob Montgomery
Director, Maritime Programs
L-3 Communications
1 Federal Street
Camden, NJ 08103