Mr. Charles A. Agnew, Jr. died Wednesday, April 11, 2018 in Santa Rosa Beach. He was a husband, father and grandfather, and a raconteur of renown from Pennsylvania to Hawaii, from Virginia to Florida.
Charlie was born on 28 January 1935 to Charles Albert Agnew (Sr) and Rita Teresa Cullen, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Fishtown, Philadelphia, PA. After a stint in the US Navy, Charlie returned to Philadelphia where he had the good fortune to marry Dorothea Elaine Whitelam on 30 May 1955, at St. Helena’s, Olney, PA. Graduating from LaSalle College in 1961, Charlie embarked on a career with the Federal government, retiring in 1985.
Charlie loved Ireland, land of his mother’s family, and held Irish citizenship. He also loved Hawaii, traveling there throughout the latter part of his life.
Most of all, Dad loved his wife, Elaine, and his children; he considered them the highest achievement of his life. He is survived by all five of his children: Teresa Elaine Dennis (Roy); Maureen Frances Kalenich (Nicholas); Charles Richard Agnew (Ellen); Catherine Ann Agnew (Ralph Gaudiuso); and John Kennedy Agnew (Katheryn). He is also survived by his grandchildren: Jakob Dennis; Brian Cullen Beavers (Devis); C. Spencer Agnew; Pierce X. Agnew; Annabelle P. Agnew; Gage K. Agnew; Magdelene M. Agnew; Holt I. Agnew; and Rea Jeanne Agnew.
Charlie was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Dorothea Elaine Agnew (1934-2017); by his parents; by his brother Richard M. Agnew (1936-2001) and sister Catherine Rita Slavens (1942-2014).
The family wishes to thank all of the amazing staff at Somerby of Santa Rosa Beach who give so unselfishly of themselves, every day; many thanks as well to Emerald Coast Hospice.
A Memorial Mass will be held at 10:00 AM, Friday, April 27, 2018 at St. Rita Catholic Church; 137 Moll Drive, Santa Rosa Beach, Florida 32459, with Father Michael Hartley officiating. The interment will be at Barrancas National Cemetery at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Charlie’s name to Emerald Coast Hospice, 200 Grand Boulevard. Suite 205A, Miramar Beach, Florida 32550.