Cotten Funeral Home

2201 Neuse Blvd, New Bern, NC


Charles Richter

September 27, 1930July 4, 2019

Charles Francis Richter, age 88, peacefully passed away in New Bern, North Carolina on July 4, 2019. Charles was born on September 27, 1930 in Stamford, CT to the late Harry Sr. & Regina (Nurney) Richter. Raised in the depression by his mother and uncle with his 6 brothers and sisters, he would go on to live a rich and rewarding life. After school he apprenticed as a tool and die maker, but soon chose to follow his first calling, which was to become a Catholic priest. He was ordained at St. John's Seminary in Boston in 1960. He met his wife, Alice, while serving at St. Stephen's Parish in Stamford, CT and soon after he realized his new calling was to be a husband and father. Even though he left the priesthood Charlie lived a life full of faith. He was thrilled to marry the love of his life, Alice Dinnar Richter, on February 17, 1973. Charlie and Alice were blessed with four children, Dennis, Karyn, Charles, and Christopher. Together they created a loving and lively home in Vermont where he worked as an elementary school teacher, special education teacher and a driver's education instructor. Mr. Richter was a beloved teacher at Whitingham Elementary and was known both for being a caring teacher and for always having lemon drops for his students! His four children have countless stories of the fun summer adventures they enjoyed with their Dad since he had every summer off to spend with them. As a city boy he grew to appreciate the quieter life of Vermont surrounded by pet dogs, chickens, and even goats (who always came to him when he called them). He retired from teaching in 1999, but continued to share his love of learning with his children, 5 grandchildren, and 1 great grandchild. Charles was always up for a thoughtful conversation. Whether his children and their spouses wanted to have philosophical, theological, or political discussions his insight was greatly valued and will be sorely missed. Charlie enjoyed the beautiful vista from their home in Whitingham for many years, but after one too many blizzard-filled winters he and Alice chose to move south to North Carolina for more pleasant weather. During his retirement he enjoyed traveling, volunteering, working as a Justice of the Peace, and time with his children and grandchildren. He and Chris enjoyed a shared interest in politics, and he loved spending afternoons helping Crystal, Zachary, and Adam with their schoolwork. Charlie and Katie enjoyed many heated games of Crazy 8s and "Guess Who" with Papa. He was a proud and loving great grandpa to Braelyn. Charles wanted his children to remember, "Family is your most important asset and should be preserved throughout life.” With all the hats that he wore throughout his life, he always put his family first and we will be forever grateful for that. Charles is survived by his beloved wife of 47 years, Alice Dinnar Richter, and their children: Dennis Richter and his wife Christine of Wilmington, VT, Karyn Jones and her husband Richard of New Bern, NC, Charles Richter and his wife Molly of Wakefield, MA, and his son Christopher Richter of New Bern, NC. His grandchildren: Crystal Bell, her husband, Dylan, and their daughter Braelyn of South Newfane, VT, Zachary, Adam, Charlie and Katie Richter. He also leaves behind his sister Mildred Downing of Tequesta, FL. He was predeceased by his two brothers, Harry and Francis Richter, and by his three sisters, Jean McGrath, Kate Vigliotti, and Regina "Babe" Andrews. We will have two services to celebrate Charles' life: A funeral mass will be at 2:00 pm Thursday, July 11, 2019 at St. Paul's Catholic Church in New Bern, NC. The second, which will include the burial of his ashes, will be at Our Lady of Fatima Church in Wilmington, VT in September. In lieu of flowers please enjoy some lemon drops, play board games with your children and grandchildren, or make a donation in his memory to Our Lady of Fatima Parish in Wilmington, Vermont.


  • Memorial Mass Thursday, July 11, 2019


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John Mcgrath

July 10, 2019

My sincere condolences and sympathies go out to the family of my favorite Uncle Charles Richter his Common Sense wisdom his peaceful nature his unbelievable empathy for others will always stand out for me over the years although we haven't been in touch as much as I would have liked he Uncle Charlie was one of the most kindest and thoughtful individuals that I've encountered in my life I'm going to miss him and his phone calls with advice and Common Sense always hadwonderful advice and guidance when I was in need of it my sincerest sympathies to the Richter family I know he will be missed immensely sincerely John McGrath Jr and familyed

Sue Maddern

July 10, 2019

Charlie was a love.

He lived love and patience with our students and his own children. I feel blessed to have known him and Hillary thought he was one of her best teachers. She learned all about mythology and Charlie stoked her imagination by supplying her with many books on the subject.

My heartfelt condolences to his family and friends. I am certain he is with all of you whom he loved in one way or another. Hold fast to your memories.

John Lyddy

July 10, 2019

It was probably fate that we were able to spend some time together on the porch at the Inn. I'm going to miss Charlie's wisdom and kindness but we know that he now basks in the love of our Lord. Hope you all are holding up well. All our love, see you guys soon.

John Lyddy Sharon Tobey

Julie Lineberger

July 9, 2019

Favorite memory of Charlie: Singing the duet "Beauty and the Beast" with him for the Deerfield Valley Community Chorus! What a great guy. Condolences to you, Alice, and the entire family. With respect,

janice durfey

July 9, 2019

So sorry yo hear of Charlie's passing. Will always consider myself blessed to have worked with him. He was always so kind and caring to the students and those who worked with him. Truly one of God' gentlemen. Love to Alice and the family.

Angela Yakovleff

July 9, 2019

Working with Charlie for many years at Whitingham was a joy. We shared all sorts of teaching ideas and life experiences over coffee in the faculty room, elementary meetings and after school chats. Even contract negotiations gave us time to share dinners with colleagues and friends. I remember Charlie's smile and caring for his students and colleagues. My condolences to all the family. I know his presence will be missed, but his memories will bring so many moments of joy.

Justin Gamache

July 9, 2019

Charles Richter, or as I know you as Mr. Richter. We've had many memories together with you as the Fifth Grade teacher at Whitingham school, in Whitingham Vermont. I can remember we called you car the Bat Mobile, you famous lines, and the endless lemon drops you gave out when we did something good. Shed some tears at this moment for you and much respect. You will be missed deeply! I know you're not fully gone because you're in your students you have taught. You are one of many inspiring teachers I will always remember in my life. RIP my good friend!

Beth Warriner

July 8, 2019

Mr. Richter was one of my favorite teachers in high school. He did an independent study with me in which I undertook a 'paper'. The task: complete a paper in which I explore whether God exists. I don't remember how my paper turned out. I do remember that Mr Richter was kind, good natured, challenging, and funny. He was a great teacher most especially because he didn't seem like an official teacher. He just seemed "knowing". I hope that his family knows that he helped to make us better students of life.