Charles Reynolds

September 3, 1962October 2, 2011

Charles A. Reynolds, age 49, of Ann Arbor died October 2, 2011 at his home. Born in San Francisco in 1962, Charles is survived by his father, Lloyd Reynolds of Stockton, California, his brother, Jonathan, of Colorado Springs, Colorado and his sister, Katherine, of Santa Clara, California. He was preceded in death by his mother, Maryviola. Charles was a devoted father, with Anita Sherman Moran, to Alexander, Brenna, Jacob, and Liam (who preceded his father in death). On Leap Day 2008, Charles married Rebecca Price. Charles studied organ performance at Oberlin College Conservatory of Music, graduating in 1984, and continued his studies at the Institute of Sacred Music at Yale University from which he obtained a Master’s in Music. Charles also earned a Master’s in Library Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He worked for eighteen years at the University of Michigan Music Library, the last nine as head of the library. He also taught in the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre, and Dance. His “church gig” had him playing organ and piano at churches in and around Ann Arbor. Over the years he graced the parishioners at the Lord of Light Lutheran Campus Ministry, Northside Presbyterian/St. Aidans Episcopal Church, Westside Methodist Church, and Holy Faith Church in Saline with his music from Bach preludes, fugues and toccatas to spirituals and contemporary song. At home, he instilled a love of music in his children and favored listeners with his jazz piano improvisations. When not involved in musical pursuits, Charles was an avid kayaker, cyclist, hiker, camper, and wanderer of the woods. To honor his life, Charles and his family would ask that you make donations to the University of Michigan Nichols Arboretum, the University of Michigan Brain Tumor Research Fund, or your favorite environmental organization. Charles' funeral will be 2:00 P.M. on Friday, October 7, 2011 at Holy Faith Church, 6299 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd., Saline, MI. The family will receive friends from 1:00 P.M. until time of service. Please visit to leave the family your thoughts and condolences. Saline, Michigan 48176


  • Visitation Friday, October 7, 2011
  • Funeral Service Friday, October 7, 2011

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Erica Sipes

October 31, 2011

I am so very sorry to hear about the loss of this wonderfully positive, loving, energetic colleague. Working in the library next door on North Campus for three years, I fondly remember my interactions with Charles in the Music Library and my secret desire to switch libraries so that I could work under him. I also remember his incredible energy and passion for biking and staying so active - an inspiration to me.

My thoughts and prayers go to his family during this time. May your days be filled with wonderful memories and loving support from those around you.

Dave Morris

October 20, 2011

I met Charles at the Ann Arbor YMCA, where he worked out and took spinning classes. When he found out I knew something about B3 jazz, he was very excited, and from then on during and after workouts, we often talked about the great recordings and masters of the past. Charles was very modest about his own work; he only vaguely referred to his church and university gigs, but I could tell that he was a studied and accomplished organist, and his deep love of music was always evident during conversation.

I know that Charles' physical fitness was very important to him, and he visited the Y as often as he was able to during treatment and palliative care. I was deeply moved when, during a workout in June or July, he told me that I probably wouldn't see him again. I am saddened to learn of his passing, I'm glad that our paths crossed for a few years, and that I had the opportunity to get to know Charles a little. He will be missed by all of us at the Y.

Stephen Main

October 14, 2011

Sure will miss Charles. He played an enormous role in my own life, especially my development as a fellow musician and simply a young man, those long years ago at Oberlin. What a fine, gentle, graceful man he was. Journey well, Charles!

October 6, 2011

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October 6, 2011

I am a student at University of Michigan and recently received an email notifying me of Mr. Reynolds' passing. Although I never met Mr. Reynolds, his obituary paints an image of him as a wonderfully passionate human being. I am very appreciative of his desire to share his love for music through his work in the UM Music Library and School of Music, Theatre, and Dance. My heart goes out to his family members and friends who loved him as I'm sure I would have had I known him. Know that I hold you and him in my prayers.

Carolyn Hays

October 6, 2011

The world has lost a young person, my nephew.who has left it a better place with his music and talent and will be missed greatly by all who knew and loved him.

Paul Boylan

October 6, 2011

Charles' memory will be sustained in the years ahead by all who knew this fine man. We was a sensitive musician, a highly skilled professional librarian, and a much admired and supportive colleague. His pleasant qualities and physical grace set a very high standard for his friends and admirers.
A great loss to the School and the University.

Holly Kiener

October 6, 2011

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family

Rob & Connie Pulcipher

October 6, 2011

We will miss wandering in the woods with our dear friend and fellow adventurer.

October 6, 2011

Charles was a gentle person with a depth of understanding about his work and life. He will be greatly missed in the School of Music