Retired Cranston Fireplace Chief, Charles A. Wales, of Cranston, Passes at 92

Thursday, September 09, 2021


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Charles A. Wales, 92, of Cranston, handed absent peacefully surrounded by his daughters on Monday, September 6, 2021, at Rhode Island Healthcare facility pursuing a brave struggle with COVID-19. 

He was the beloved partner of the late Helen A. (Gilbert) Wales for 63 a long time. They ended up blessed to have many decades of contentment alongside one another. 

Born in Stamford, Connecticut, he was the son of the late Arthur L. and Elizabeth R. (Dwyer) Wales.

Charles proudly served in the US Navy on a destroyer ship in Korea. He shared lots of recollections about his services with his spouse and children and was honored to have served his place.

Though even now serving in the Navy he married and before long soon after his discharge commenced a occupation in the Cranston Fire Department. He said that “There was hardly ever a day that I didn’t want to go to perform.” He loved his career. It was a lot more than that, his career route in the Fire Division described him as a devoted, passionate firefighter acting in the provider of other people. He retired just after 39 many years of assistance, as Cranston Fireplace Main in a occupation that he cherished. He produced many lifelong mates over the many years.

Charles “Chuck”  attained an Affiliate Diploma from CCRI in Hearth Science attending lessons in the evening although also operating a 2nd career. He worked portion time as a carpenter and builder. He had served as Chairperson of Central Rhode Island Chapter of the American Pink Cross, Senior Teacher CPR Very first Assist and Rescue Classes for the RI Hearth Academy CCRI, served on the Cranston Board of Contract and Buys and was a member of the Group Improvement Block Grant Advisory Board.

Chuck was involved in a lot of actions at the Oak Garden Neighborhood Baptist Church. He sang in the choir for lots of several years, served on a variety of boards and committees, washed dishes for the Might Day breakfast, and recently led a Memoirs team that shared daily life tales. 

He was a focused, loving, and generous father and grandfather attending innumerable soccer and baseball game titles, dance recitals, and band concert events. Lots of pleased family members reminiscences contain lengthy rides to get ice cream or clam cakes in the household station wagon, cookouts, boat rides, spouse and children dinners, and holiday getaway gatherings. He done crossword puzzles in ink, savored a great ebook, and had a passion for writing with awareness to depth and grammar. He savored his backyard garden. 

He is survived by his daughters Nancy E. Larson and her spouse Harold, Joanne K. Wales, Jennifer H. Ferri and her partner John, all of Cranston, grandchildren Eric R. Larson, Alexandra E. Bullard and her spouse Matthew and Michaela J. Ferri. 

He was the brother of the late James B. Wales.

All through Sunday early morning church bulletins Chuck would make a Memoirs Team assembly update adopted by the text “Stay Tuned.” In tribute, we will remain tuned to a daily life well-lived.

Community visitation to which all are invited to attend will be held on Sunday, September 12, 2021, from 1:00-4:00 pm in The Butterfield Chapel, 500 Pontiac Avenue Cranston.

The Funeral Services itself will be personal for the household.

The Wales family has specifically requested that all attending the visitation put on a mask even though in the funeral home.

Kindly omit flowers. 

Donations in his name may be built to the Rhode Island Distinctive Olympics, 370 George Washington Freeway, Smithfield, RI 02917. 

To mail bouquets to the family members or plant a tree in memory of Charles A. Wales, please stop by the floral retail outlet.