Charles J.D. Stathacos
September 8, 1952 – December 26, 2018
Charles J.D. Stathacos, 66, of Croton-On-Hudson NY, died at home on December 26, 2018 after a short brutal battle with cancer, leaving bereft and aggrieved his beloved wife Lauren, beloved dog Izzie and beloved cat Smokey. Charlie was born in Buffalo NY, the son of the late Honorable Dean C. Stathacos and Leta K. Stathacos. In 1974 he began his overseas service as a Peace Corps volunteer in Benin, building grain storage facilities. He worked in Africa, Europe and the Middle East as an agricultural economist for over 40 years, collaborating with local farmers, women's cooperatives and artisans. The creation of food security for many of the world's neediest economies is his proudest legacy. In addition, he ran a family business representing artists. Charlie was a lover of African music, spicy food, political debate, and watching Netflix.
Charlie is survived by his mother Leta, sisters Chrysanne Stathacos and Alexa Crowe, Alexa's husband Peter, son and daughter Matthew and Marika; aunt and uncle Gail and Tom Karrys; cousins George Karrys and his wife Harmony; and Alexandra Franchi and her husband Jason. He will be sorely missed by family, friends and colleagues around the world, including his sister-in-law Patricia Willson, her husband Richard and son Alexander; brother-in-law Bill Lazar and his wife Lynn B. Rosen; Bill's sons Peter and Aaron, Aaron's wife Jenny, their daughters Leslie Rose and Francis Rae; and his entire Peace Corps family.
Charles J. D. Stathacos, a man known for his impeccable sense of timing, on this occasion he blew it. He left us too soon.
Memorial Visitation will be held on Friday, January 4, 2019 from 5-8pm at the EDWARD F. CARTER FUNERAL HOME, 41 Grand St., Croton-on-Hudson, NY. Memorial Services will be held on Saturday, January 5th at 4:45pm also at the Funeral Home. There will be a reception to follow at The Black Cow Coffee Company 6-8 in croton
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Indivisible.org or the ASPCA.
- Memorial Visitation Friday, January 4, 2019
- Memorial Service Saturday, January 5, 2019
- Reception to Follow Memorial Service Saturday, January 5, 2019
Charles J.D. Stathacos
January 6, 2019
I was introduced to Charlie in the mid- to late 80’s by my mentor Mark Newman in Washington, DC. They were the best of friends dating back to the Peace Corps in Benin. I vividly recall that both share a wry sense of self-depricating humor. Mark asked Charlie to give me life advice as a young intern studying Agricultural Economics. He said, “whaddaya want me to tell’em? Go to Africa and do good.” They both snortled in laughter. I didn’t get it then as a 19-year old but I did go on to a career in international development working in Africa. My last conversation with Charlie was about partnering with the US Government to advance women’s cooperatives in articrafts. He remained an inspiration to me and most likely to the many lives he touched. Charlie was a humanist, a man of the people, and gave his very best in all things he did. His passion was African culture and he professed it up until his last days on earth. I plan to travel to Benin, pour libation in his name, and light candles for this adopted son of Africa. His spirit will find its way back there for visits. I celebrate his gentle ways and tremendous heart with all of you who loved him and wish he was still here to share laughter and stories. May we all take comfort in knowing that he suffers no more. His soul now rests in perfect peace. Thanks to his beloved family for having shared him with the rest of us.
January 4, 2019
I heard about Charlie's passing yesterday when Hassan Souley called me from Germany. Hassan, a businessman based in Niamey, had gotten to know Charlie in 2015 when Charlie worked in Niger as an economist on the REGIS-AG Project (Resilience and Economic Growth in the Sahel-Accelerated Growth). Charlie, who was carrying out a study of regional livestock markets, arranged with Hassan to accompany him to Abidjan, economic capital of West Africa, by road, investigating every small village and market along the way in an effort to unravel the complicated skein of supply and demand. Hassan told me after the ten day trip that Charlie had taken the wheel once they arrived in Abidjan and spent a couple of hours roaring up and down side streets and small neighborhoods, reliving memories of his Peace Corps days. Hassan was very upset by news of Charlie's passing and asked me to pass on his condolences to his wife Lauren, his mother, and his sisters - all of whom Hassan felt he knew after long hours hearing stories about them on the road to Abidjan.
I would like to add my own condolences to those of Hassan. I will always remember Charlie for his great warmth and determination to lessen the sum of suffering in the world.
January 4, 2019
Charlie and I became very close during our Peace Corps training in Cotonou, Benin in the fall of 1974. I loved his irreverent sense of humor and he could make me laugh with a simple movement of his eyes. But I was not the only one drawn to Charlie's winsome personality, everyone was, be they African or American.
One of Charlie's great strengths was his ability to communicate beyond words, a quality essential in cross cultural encounters. Once when he visited my village, I envied his ability to instantly make strangers feel at home in his presence. When we visited the home of the chief some of villagers sang us a song. The chief then invited Charlie and I to sing a song. "Row, row, row your boat" was the best we could do- but we did it well and the people were pleased.
Yet deep within Charlie's magnetic personality lay a person of great substance-an intelligent man who cared most deeply for the people and causes to which he devoted his life. All memories of Charlie remain fresh in my heart and mind. Friends forever!
January 2, 2019
My mom Leta found this sweet photo of me and my brother Charlie - in Toronto when we were little - we are in our Canadian coats and hats in front of our Lala and Papou's house... I treasure this photo- love to Charlie ...
December 31, 2018
Charlie married my sister Lauren on Valentine's Day 1999, what a glorious party it was! We all adore him, miss him desperately and our hearts are broken for Lauren and his entire family.
December 30, 2018
Charlie stopped into my artisan shop one day in Peekskill NY. We became fast friends and continued our visits almost weekly in my shop as I slowly added his intriguing items to my shop. Loved him and his dear wife Lauren. A great man. He will surely be missed .
December 30, 2018
Charlie loved Africa and Africa loved him right back. I met Charlie in Benin, where we were both Peace Corps volunteers in the mid 1970s. In the transition years after Peace Corps, we met again and shared a group house in Virginia where Charlie made it his job to round up friends in the area for weekend parties at the house or nights out on the town dancing. He was always the life of the party. His exuberance and love of life touched everyone around him and fueled him for the very serious work he did for people and communities around the world. Rest In Peace, Charlie. Peace to those you left behind.
December 29, 2018
I had the pleasure of Charlie's friendship beginning in our Cornell grad school days. He was the warmest, friendliest guy in the world, one whose secret to a good party was to invite everyone, make sure they came, and have some good dance tapes. Charlie had a practical side that came to my aid in the fall of 1982. He had the presence of mind to recognize that he (and several friends) were unlikely to meet our goal of graduating before September. So he rented an apartment for a year, and I got to sleep on the couch. It took me another 5 months to graduate (as it did for Peter Boone and Kathy Ralston). Thank you, Charlie, for everything.
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