Harold "Buddy" Kessler

July 13, 1926November 25, 2013

Harold A. Kessler “Buddy” Mr. Kessler, of Charlotte, NC died on Monday, November 25, 2013 at Royal Park. Buddy was born in Roanoke, VA, raised in Norfolk, VA, and moved to Charlotte in July 1964. He was a faithful husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend. He was a veteran of World War II, having served as a radio operator in the 8th Air force in England.

Mr. Kessler retired from Chrysler Financial where he worked for 13 years. Prior to that he worked for Associates Financial Services, Co. for 28 years.

He was a 32nd degree KCH Scottish Rite Mason and Past Master of Kaddish of the Charlotte Consistory. He served as Secretary of the Friendship Masonic Lodge #700 and Past Master. He was secretary of the Charlotte Shriners club and past president. He was a member of the Legions of Honor. He was also a member of the Western North Carolina York Rite College #78, where he received the Gold Honor Award and Order of the Purple Cross.

He received the Mason of the Year Award from Friendship Lodge in 1993 and Man of the Year Award from the Finance Exchange Charlotte Credit Bureau in 1966, and Distinguished Medal Award from the Charlotte York Rite Bodies as well as Man of the Year Award in 1997.

He is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Joyce Edwards Kessler, his son Robert A. Kessler of Charlotte, his daughters Tracy Lambros of Mt. Pleasant, SC, Nancy K. Insch of San Diego, CA; and his sister Kathryn Duffy of Norfolk, VA. He was preceded in death by his sister Margaret Haddaway.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, November 29, at 3 PM at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 3115 Providence Rd Charlotte where the family will receive friends immediately following the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Humane Society of Charlotte, 2700 Toomey Ave, Charlotte, NC 28203.

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  • Memorial Service Friday, November 29, 2013
  • Visitation Friday, November 29, 2013

Harold "Buddy" Kessler

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December 8, 2013

Mrs. Kessler, Tracy and family, I wanted to express my sincerest sadness and shock over your loss. Mr. Kessler was the father I never had and always so good to me and mother. Pam just called me with the shocking news. I am just so sorry I wasnt there for you all. I had no idea until today. I have such wonderful memories of him in his chair laughing at All in the Family and Archie Bunker. Your whole family is just such a special part of my childhood. I will always cherish those memories. Much Love, Leigh, Charts, Mac and Jenna Sherwood.

Barbara Wells Cothran

December 3, 2013

I have wonderful memories of the times when Buddy and Joyce, Nancy, Bob, and Tracy spent with our family at the beach and over holidays. Buddy was a happy and loving uncle and he will be loved and missed forever.

Laura Ensley

November 29, 2013

Our deepest sympathies to all of your family Nancy. May the God of all comfort and peace be with you at this time of such a great loss. You all are in our hearts and prayers. With love, Laura, Mike and Myrtle

Jeff Wells

November 27, 2013

We will all miss Uncle Buddy so much. I will always cherish such great memories of summer vacations at the beach and visits to Charlotte. A visit with Uncle Buddy was a guaranteed fun time! May he rest in peace.

Jan Absher

November 27, 2013

I am so very sorry to hear of your family's loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all . Take care and trust in the Lord.

Scott Mitchell

November 27, 2013

I am so sorry to hear of Mr. Kessler's passing. He was a very special man who always had time to spend with the neighbor kid. I have great memories of living next door to him growing up. He will be missed.