OBITUARY

Charles P. Taaffe

April 20, 1950October 29, 2019
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Charles P. Taaffe. April 20, 1950- October 29, 2019. Charlie was born in Albany, New York to parents Charles A. Taaffe and Catherine (Sillery) Taaffe. Early on in his life, Charlie discovered his passion for the game of football, successfully quarterbacking teams at Cardinal McCloskey High School and then at Clemson University and Siena College where his playing career ended. Prior to continuing his professional life, pride in his country and the emerging Vietnam War prompted Charlie to enroll voluntarily in Officer Candidate School for the United States Marine Corps, although he never served. It was his passion for the game that led to a lifelong pursuit in the game of football through coaching, where he enjoyed an extremely successful 42-year career spanning the east coast of the United States and Canada. His career afforded him and his family the opportunity to experience the world, but more importantly allowed Charlie to make a difference in the development of the lives of thousands of players, colleagues and friends.

Charlie succumbed to a short battle with cancer Tuesday, October 29, 2019 at Orlando Regional Medical Center in Orlando, Florida. He is survived by his loving wife Jan, their son Brian, sister Mary, brothers Bobby and Paul, nieces, nephews and other family members. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you please consider a donation to the Charlie and Jan Taaffe Football Scholarship at The Citadel. This scholarship will be awarded to a walk-on football player who best exemplifies the qualities Charlie stood for as a coach, and those he will be remembered by in death.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, November 6, 2019 from 4:00 PM until 8:00 PM at Baldwin-Fairchild Goldenrod Chapel in Winter Park, FL. A Funeral Mass will be held at St. James Catholic Cathedral Downtown Orlando, Thursday, November 7th 2019 at 1:00 PM

The family will host a Celebration of Life following the Funeral Mass from 2:30pm until 5:30pm at The Country Club of Orlando located at 1601 Country Club Drive, Orlando, Florida 32804.

Charlie’s family would like to thank everyone for their support during this upsetting time. While they are very thankful for all the love and support that the fans, media and others have shown, it is respectfully requested that only those who had a close relationship with Charlie or his family attend.

Thank you for your discretion.

  • PALLBEARERS

  • Richard E. Anderson
  • Paul J. Taaffe
  • Robert J. Taaffe
  • Ryan T. Taaffe
  • Everett Sands
  • Craig P. Jones, M.D.

Services

  • Visitation Wednesday, November 6, 2019
  • Funeral Mass Thursday, November 7, 2019

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Harold Johnson

November 6, 2019

RIP Charlie you were a great husband and father. Jan be strong get your strength from our Lord. Charlie and you are in our prays. Molly & Harold

Jack Weaver

November 5, 2019

Mary,Bobby,Paul,Jan & Brian,
My sincere condolences for the untimely death of Charlie.What a terrible loss.He was a complete joy to be around the same way he was at Cardinal McCloskey High School.I was the varsity football ,basketball & baseball coach during his days as a student /athlete.He was a gentleman,polite,focused and goal oriented.It is no wonder he had a successful career in coaching football which was his favorite sport.
It was a pleasure to watch Charlie developed into an outstanding coach & mentor during his 42 years of college & professional football,especially developing a reputation as a quarterback guru.I always enjoyed the opportunity to visit with Charlie when he came back to the Albany area.
My prayers and thoughts are with all especially Jan & Brian.
Rest in peace my friend.Sleep well

Jack Weaver

Mike and Karen Braun

November 5, 2019

We loved CT and he will always hold respect in our hearts.

Go Army!

Brawny and KD-Jo


Mary Kennedy

November 1, 2019

Charlie and his family lived near us on campus while Charlie was the head football coach at The Citadel in Charleston,SC. He was well-liked by players and fans.
Deepest sympathy to his family,
Mary Kennedy
Charleston, SC

Michael Kirby

November 1, 2019

Mary Beth, Paul, Bobby, Jan and Brian:

My very deepest condolences on Charlie's passing. We all quite shocked up here in Albany to learn of his passing. As a childhood classmate and friend of Charlie's I have many fond memories of those years growing up so many years ago now. It has been a tough week as my own mother passed away just a few days before Charlie. I can recall the beautiful hand written letter Charlie wrote to my mother when my father passed away several years ago. May he rest in peace and may you find comfort in the coming days knowing that he has led a good life.

Michael Kirby

Mike Myers

November 1, 2019

Rest in peace my friend. Your mark is made and you will be remembered...go gently into God’s hands.
Mike Myers, CMMHS Class of ‘70

Diane Galuski

November 1, 2019

Dear Mary ~ Deepest condolences to you and your family. Your brother sounded like an amazing man...peace and blessings to you.
Diane Galuski

Bob Weaver

November 1, 2019

Jan, my senser condolence for your lose of Charlie. I had the great pleasure of knowing Charlie for 55 years. First as his high school coach for four years and then as a close friend for 51 years. Like his family and friends from Albany, I got the opportunity to read, watch and enjoy his life go from Siena College to becoming a great college football coach, to one of the best offense minds in the country. Always know as a good guy, with a great smile and dear friend to so many from the Albany area. It is so amazing to me that the little boy from St James Chuch on Delaware Ave, Albany, NY will be laid to rest in St James Church in Orlando, Florida. May you rest in peace CHARLIE

Dave Campo

November 1, 2019

Worked with Charlie at Albany State University in 1973. As young coaches, we formed a bond which later manifested itself in Charlie offering me the Asst. Head Coach, Defensive Coordinator position for him at the Citadel. Charlie because of our friendship allowed me to explore an opportunity with the University of Miami before saying yes or no to him where I was ultimately hired. I have been forever grateful to him for understanding how that decision would ultimately shape my career! I am deeply saddened by his passing because he was a wonderful human being ! He had a wonderful football career and even a better career as a person! Condolences to Sue and his family. RIP Charlie!!!

Mike Schongar

October 31, 2019

I played with Charlie during the 1969 and 1970 seasons at Siena as a split end. He was a great motivator and a terrific quarterback. His positive attitude in the huddle inspired the rest of the team to push themselves past their limits. He was respected not only as a player but as a decent guy with a good sense of humor. While I have not seen Charlie in decades, he had a very positive impact on my life and I send my condolences to his family for a life taken much too soon. Thanks for the memories Charlie.

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