Charles Andrew Rainier
January 7, 1949 – April 11, 2018
Charles Andrew Rainier, 69, of East Orlando, a proudly decorated Army Veteran, passed away Wednesday, April 11. Charles served in the Army for 19 years but his true passion was photography. He built many lasting friendships while he was employed with Sprint and Jimmy Bryan Toyota. After semi-retiring, Charles built a very successful tax business. Charles was a genuine, amiable, and welcoming man, who enjoyed sharing stories and photos of his family. His family and friends were blessed to learn many valuable lessons from Charles, as he was a very knowledgeable man. Charles was loved by so many and will be deeply missed. He leaves behind a positive message that will be continued on through his grandchildren “You can’t have a better tomorrow if you’re still thinking about yesterday.”
Born in Auburn Indiana, Charles was a son to the late Hellen and Charles Elliot Rainier. Charles is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Candida Rosa Rainier, their children Princhesca and Charles Jr., daughter-in-law Maritza, his adored grandchildren, Devani, Jocelyn, Veronica, Natahlia, Jusaiah, and Yazmin, his step-grandchildren Tyriq, Nateesha, and Onjahnae, sisters Barbara and Sandy, brothers Terry and Larry, his beloved dog Merlin, and a host of other family and friends.
Services will begin Thursday, April 26th at 10 a.m at St. Issac Jogues Catholic Church, located at 4301 S Chickasaw Trail, Orlando, FL 32829. He will then be laid to rest at 2:30 pm at the Cape Canaveral National Cemetery located at 5525 US-1, Mims, FL 32754.
Footprints in the Sand One night I had a dream… I dreamed I was walking along the beach with the Lord, and Across the sky flashed scenes from my life. For each scene I noticed two sets of footprints in the sand; One belonged to me, and the other to the Lord. When the last scene of my life flashed before us, I looked back at the footprints in the sand. I noticed that many times along the path of my life, There was only one set of footprints. I also noticed that it happened at the very lowest and saddest times in my life This really bothered me, and I questioned the Lord about it. “Lord, you said that once I decided to follow you, You would walk with me all the way; But I have noticed that during the most troublesome times in my life, There is only one set of footprints. I don’t understand why in times when I needed you the most, you should leave me. The Lord replied, “My precious, precious child. I love you, and I would never, never leave you during your times of trial and suffering. When you saw only one set of footprints, It was then that I carried you.
- Memorial Service Thursday, April 26, 2018
- Graveside Service Thursday, April 26, 2018
Charles Andrew Rainier
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April 15, 2018
I am so sorry to hear of Andy's passing, and wish to offer my deepest condolences to his wife and the Rainier family. Andy was a kind soul who helped so many people in need. I was in a tight bind at one point in my life and someone provided me Andy's name and number. He was truly an angel sent in a time of need. We shared many stories together since that time, and one thing for sure was that Andy was extremely knowledgeable about life. I don't believe their was a topic left to talk about between us. For our own personal reasons we always want our friends and loved ones to remain amongst us. But I know Andy is far happier now that he finally gets to bask in the warmth of our Savior's love, and smiles as he gazes upon the face of our Lord in heaven above, preparing to strike up a whole new conversation to come. God Bless you, Andy Rainier, and God Bless his wife and family.