OBITUARY

Verne J Charlton Jr.

On the afternoon of September 13, 2013, Verne J. Charlton Jr. passed away quietly in his much loved home in Stamford, CT after battling AML Leukemia since 2008. Verne was 73 years old.

Verne was born on April 25, 1939 in Tampa, Florida to Alma and Verne Charlton. Verne was the eldest of two boys.

Verne attended Florida State University and, thanks to the wonders of Facebook, was able to reconnect with his much loved friends, Bill and Barbara Keogh, Judy Cherry, Jerry Miron, Lee Gallespie, John Verrilli and Jack Rosenberg. He had recently attended a college reunion and since his return, Verne had reminisced quite often of the good times and shenanigans that occurred down south.

A defining moment in his life occurred in 1962. Verne joined the Peace Corps and was positioned in Chimbote, Peru. While working one afternoon, he met Mary Ibarburu and her family. A very loving bond was formed and he very quickly became a brother to Pepe, Albert, Ruth, Silvia, Mary, Cecilia and Edwardo. He was a happy American but, in his heart, a proud Peruano.

In 1965, Verne moved to New York City. One afternoon, while attempting to park his white Triumph sport car in Diplomatic parking, Alan Frese directed him to another spot. That encounter ended up lasting the next 50 years. Alan and Verne built a wonderful life together. Each with successful careers, their lives together were spent on the ski slopes of Vermont, the waters of the Caribbean, the roads and tracks of Europe and the beaches of Australia. They were avid sailors and owned five sailboats. On Saturday, July 26, 2012, Alan and Verne were legally married by the Justice of the Peace in Stamford, Ct.

In the summer of 1999, through a treasured friend, Mike Rauske, Verne met Dan Amato. The immense friendship and trust that formed comforted him through the last 14 years of his life.

Most recently. a boxer/pit terrier named Edie entered the family in the spring of 2011 and immediately became Alan and Verne’s most loved companion.

Services

  • Calling Hours Monday, September 16, 2013
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Verne J Charlton Jr.

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Richard 'Dick' O'Brien

September 30, 2013

Very sorry to learn that Verne has passed. Seeing him in New York a couple of years ago after so many years was a delightful pleasure. Hard to accept we are all so mortal but hope Verne and all who were so close to him are at peace now. I will always remember Verne always was gifted with a comfortable personality, and ease in dealing with all the rest of us, as students at FSU. Always pleasant to be around, a warm, neat friend.

Lee Gallespie-Hakanson

September 28, 2013

I'll never forget you Verne. You'll always have a special place in my heart.
Al and Dan you have my deepest sympathy.

Libby Clark

September 27, 2013

I was a freshman at FSU when I met Verne at the Newman Center (an old wooden house on College Avenue) in the fall of 1964. I do not know what year it was for him. He was always laid back and funny. I was a nervous freshman and he made me and other freshman feel welcome. I never did find out if he was one of the people who painted a green line from the Newman Center to Westcott fountain on St. Patrick's Day. Was he involved in throwing me in Westcott fountain on my 21st birthday............he was still at FSU. I feel honored to have known Verne.

September 16, 2013

We are sorry to learn of the passing of Verne, but very grateful to him for his service to our country in the Peace Corps.

Our condolences,

The National Peace Corps Association

Bill andBarbara Keogh

September 15, 2013

I will never think of Verne without smiling. I can't quite put my finger on what it was though; maybe it was the twinkle in his eyes, maybe it was the little pranks he could concoct yet never dare to pull off. It was always that way – ever since I met him at Florida State University all those years ago. He just brought happiness into the room wherever he went and to all those who met him. I reconnected with Verne after a forty year hiatus and after Barbara and I had raised our family. We enjoyed meeting Alan and Dan, and hearing of their travels and adventures. We enjoyed meeting Mary from Peru who cooked us a wonderful Peruvian dinner. But most of all I will remember the weekend a few years ago when a group of old college friends met in Tallahassee. Verne was so excited to renew these old acquaintances that have again blossomed into deep-forged friendships. All those who were there will remember – and smile.
Bill and Barbara Keogh

September 15, 2013

We've had the wonderful opportunity of being Verne's neighbors on Lawrence Hill Rd for the last several years. He never drove down the hill without stopping and getting out of his car to say hello. He was full of stories and had an immense heart. Our neighborhood mourns the loss of a beautiful man.
John, Barbara and Bogart

Bill and Barbara Keogh

September 15, 2013

I will never think of Verne without smiling. I can't quite put my finger on what it was though; maybe it was the twinkle in his eyes, maybe it was the little pranks he could concoct yet never dare to pull off. It was always that way – ever since I met him at Florida State University all those years ago. He just brought happiness into the room wherever he went and to all those who met him. I reconnected with Verne after a forty year hiatus and after Barbara and I had raised our family. We enjoyed meeting Alan and Dan, and hearing of their travels and adventures. We enjoyed meeting Mary from Peru who cooked us a wonderful Peruvian dinner. But most of all I will remember the weekend a few years ago when a group of old college friends met in Tallahassee. Verne was so excited to renew these old acquaintances that have again blossomed into deep-forged friendships. All those who were there will remember – and smile.
Bill and Barbara Keogh

jack rosenberg

September 15, 2013

Recently reconnected with Verne after being his housemate for 2 years at FSU. He was a free spirit, fun loving ,had that twinkle in his eye. Never knew what trouble he was getting into but, felt you wanted to be a part of it..So many memories to share but, my only regret is that I did not take time to sit and have a conversation with him after all those years., The one story that I always tell my friends about Verne was the trip to Europe his parents gave him for college graduation.............only to return to tell them he was not graduating.........needed a couple of credits. But, that was Verne, and you loved him for it.
Alan and Dan, heard about you and wanted you to know how sorry I am about your loss. Remember the good times you shared.
Jack Rosenberg
Erie, Pa

September 14, 2013

I am proud to be counted as one of Verne's friends. After our years at FSU, I decided to go to NYC to work. I took the train from Tampa into Grand Central Station. I was thrilled when I looked out the train window and saw Verne on the platform there to greet me. It was a typical Verne move, spontaneous and unexpected and very caring. I have always admired his loyalty and dedication to those he cared about, especially Alan, Dan and Freddie. We will all miss his happy smile and winning personality. He was one of the best. Judy Cherry

FROM THE FAMILY