Born Tampa, FL on August 5, 1931 where he was raised and was a lifetime resident. Charlie graduated from Thomas Jefferson Sr. High School In 1950. He served in the U. S. Air Force from 1950-1954 as an Airborne Radar Observer in air rescue during the Korean War. He flew 54 missions and received several medals including the Air Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters.
He married Judy Perez in 1955. They were married for 65 years until she passed away in 2021.
He is survived by his sister Dr. Martha J. Fernandez, 2 nieces Dr. Diane Elliott and Dr. Martha E. Fernandez, and 4 nephews Judge Darryl Casanueva, Alec Fernandez, Michael Fernandez, and
Dr. Mark Fernandez and 8 grand-nieces and nephews.
A visitation for Charlie will be held Wednesday, May 31, 2023 from 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM at Gonzalez Funeral Home, 7209 North Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa, FL 33614. Following the visitation will be a graveside service from 3:00 PM to 3:30 PM at Garden Of Memories, 4207 E LAKE AVE, TAMPA, FL 33610.
Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.gonzalezfuneral.com for the Casanueva family.