Richardson-Gaffey Funeral Home

382 First Parish Road, Scituate, MA


Charles F. Hoar, Jr.

December 24, 1936November 14, 2019
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Artist, Athlete, Veteran

Charles F. Hoar, Jr. of Scituate, MA, passed away on 11/14/2019 following a lengthy struggle with debilitating health issues. The son of the late Charles F. Sr. and Helen Hoar, Charlie was born on Christmas Eve in 1936.

Charlie Hoar was an incredible artist. After his graduation from the Massachusetts College of Art, he chose to put his talent to work as a graphic designer. First at Rustcraft, the former greeting card company, then in the advertising world at Humphrey Browning MacDougal and Arnold Worldwide. If you saw a Volkswagen or Titleist ad in the 70s or 80s, chances are it was his work. Remember the New England Whalers and their logo? That was Charlie.

He was recognized on several occasions by the Advertising Club of Boston, having been awarded Best of Show in 1975 and 2005 and Craftsman of the Year in 2005.

He loved hockey. He played at Boston University while he attended there and continued to play well into his 70s. When his boys—who shared his love of the sport--were young, he coached youth hockey at the Cohasset Winter Gardens.

Charlie was an Air Force veteran and was stationed in France in the 1950s. Charlie loved sailing and boating and owned many power and sail boats over the course of his life. He was an active member of the Satuit Boat Club of Scituate.

He leaves his beloved wife of nearly 60 years, Marsha (Gerbrach). He is survived by his cherished son Michael K. Oar and his wife Margaret, their children Michael K. Oar Jr., Amanda N. Oar and Christine E. Oar all of Scituate; and the family of his deeply mourned late son Charles F. Oar III, wife Marianne and daughter Shannon of Billerica. He will be greatly missed by his sister Joan Brolin and her husband Jerry of Marblehead and Naples, Florida; his brother Robert J. Hoar and his wife Kristen of Lowell; and his many nieces and nephews.

Visiting hours will be from 4PM until 8PM on Monday November 18, 2019 at the Richardson-Gaffey Funeral Home, 382 First Parish Road, Scituate. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, November 19, at 10 AM, at St. Mary of the Nativity Church, 1 Kent Street, Scituate.


  • Visitation Monday, November 18, 2019
  • Funeral Mass Tuesday, November 19, 2019


Charles F. Hoar, Jr.

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Nancy Corcoran

November 18, 2019

Marsha and Family,
I'm so sorry for loss. Charlie was a great friend to my dad and the Corcoran family. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Leslie Hedberg

November 17, 2019

My condolences, Peggy and Michael.
With love, Leslie Giovanucci

Gary Cooney

November 16, 2019

Marsha and Michael,
My deepest heartfelt condolences.
Charlie and my dad Peter were best friends for over 50 years...too many memories to recount.
I loved Charlie’s passion for family, friends, art, and of course - hockey.
He was also the coolest dad, driving those
Sting Ray corvettes from hockey rink to hockey rink. He had a marvelous gift of story telling that would always keep a locker room in stitches.
I spent many hours at the Gates Circle house, and Charlie always treated me like a son. We traveled together on Canadian
Hockey trips, vacations in Harwich and even a trip to Bermuda. I am grateful to
Charlie, Marsha and Michael for all of your friendship throughout those fabulous years.
Rest In Peace Charlie, I’ll miss you.

Dave Weist

November 15, 2019

Charlie was kind to one and all. Even super-green copywriters who had no idea what they were doing. Charlie was just one of those people who made you feel like everything was going to be alright, there were decent people around you.

He illustrated a card for our family that still means a lot to us. This was pre-kids and marked our move to the burbs. It was a one of a kind from a man who was truly one of a kind.

Ess Jak

November 15, 2019

I too....always enjoyed the arrival of Vanessa over the years and was beyond happy when the book arrived too. It was gifted to me by my daughter and i in turn have gifted it to others along the way. Thank you Mr Hoar, your illustrations are forever in our hearts and will live on . My heartfelt condolences to friends and family ......

Nancy Duffy

November 14, 2019

Dearest Cousin Charlie you will be missed by all of us who loved you dearly. Your warm heart, kindness and gentle touch through stories and artistic work leave an imprint of fond memories.
There’s a big reunion in heaven tonight. Rest In Peace.
Marsha, Michael and family- I’m sorry for your great loss. Let us all cherish the memories of a wonderful life.
With love and prayers,

Paul Renner

November 14, 2019

Oh Charlie. The sweetest,most talented and humbled talent. We still have his work hanging over our mantel. The kids are now 25, 22 and 18. :( Thank you Charlie. RIP

Dustin & Morgan Shaw

November 14, 2019

Charlie, Our daughters will always cherish your wonderful illustrations that brought Vanessa to life in their eyes. Your creative and caring spirit will always live on through Vanessa in our family. May you Rest In Peace.

Amelie Loyot

November 14, 2019

Charlie was just about the sweetest man I ever had the privilege of working with.

Charlie was a dear friend for many years. We worked together for 13 years at Arnold Worldwide Advertising where he was our in-house Illustrator helping us sell countless ideas to countless clients.

When it came time for me to tell the Vanessa story I could think of no one better to work with than Charlie.

We collaborated the same way we used to... I sketched every page, gave him tons of reference, and then he brought it to life by painting every page. He took every painting seriously and was so proud to be a part of telling Vanessa’s story. Especially because he was able to share it with his family. He loved MV.

I will forever be indebted to Charlie for helping me bring this story to life. He probably had no idea how many families his illustrations have touched - but I do. I see it in every child’s eyes as I tell her story.

I thank you Charlie. I will miss you dearly.

Renee Nolan

November 14, 2019

So sorry for your loss. I'm a huge fan of Vanessa and gift her story book to all my friends' new babies.