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Charles H. Sills

Born: Sat., Feb. 4, 1939
Died: Sun., Nov. 1, 2020


2:30 PM to 4:30 PM, Sat., Nov. 07, 2020
Location: LaRobardiere Funeral Home, Inc.

Funeral Service

4:30 PM Sat., Nov. 07, 2020

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Charles “Charlie” Henry Sills, 81, passed into the arms of his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Sunday November 1, 2020 at the Oneida Health Extended Care Facility after a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease.  
Charlie was born February 4, 1939 in London, England, the son of Stephen Reginald and Isabelle Midgely Sills. In 1940, he traveled to the United States aboard the S.S. Samaria, the youngest passenger on the manifest.

Raised in Short Hills, New Jersey, he attended Morristown School, graduating in 1957. He attended Hobart College and then joined the U.S. Navy in 1958. He was stationed in San Diego, CA and did a tour of the South Pacific as an Electronics Technician aboard the U.S.S Hamner. He continued to serve his country in the U.S. Navy Reserves until 1968.

Charlie married Judith Salsbury on November 20, 1961. Charlie moved to Newton, New Jersey where he raised his family. He worked for IBM for 35 years before retiring in 1995. He then moved to Taberg, New York until he was too ill to reside by himself and he became a resident of Sunset Nursing Home, and most recently, Oneida Health Extended Care Facility.

Charlie was the most kind and generous man, giving of both his time and assets. He loved spending time with his children and grandchildren. He loved trains of all kinds, but especially steam trains. He loved older cars having restored many of them in his time. An avid tinkerer, Charlie loved clocks and had a talent for fixing them. He also loved boats and spent his summers in the Lake George area with his best friend, John, and their families. Charlie was an animal lover, having many dear pets over the years including Mikey, Collpup, Chippy, Midnight and Mai.

Charlie loved church and his church family and he was a dedicated member of the Living Hope AG Church of Camden. He supported his dear friends Chuck and Ariel Rhinehart on their missions in Italy. He loved helping people and expected nothing in return.

Charlie is survived by his children Elizabeth Hurd of Camden, NY, Margaret (Thomas) Penny of Newton, NJ, and Christopher (Thomas) Stricklin of Apache Junction, AZ; six grandchildren Charles (Ashley) Hurd, Erin (Ryan) Tyreman, Kelly (Kyle) Woodcock, Kyle Penny, Ryan Penny and Danielle Penny; eight great-grandchildren Brooke, Payton, Connor and Noah Woodcock and Chase, Henry, Samuel and Oliver Hurd, with a ninth great-grandchild arriving in December; brothers John Rearick, Houston, TX, Brian “Dennis” (Cynthia) Sills, Morristown, NJ, and sisters Kathleen (Eric) Osben, Suffolk, England and Stephanie (Sid) Robbins, Clearwater, FL; two nieces Michelle (Al) Placeres, Houston, TX, and Hillary King, Longview, TX; and former spouse Judith Sills. He was predeceased by his daughter Kathleen Ann Sills, his sister Mary Victoria “Vicky” Thomas, and son-in-law Charles W. Hurd, Jr.

The family wishes to thank the OHC ECF Fifth Floor Staff for the excellent, loving care they provided Charlie for the past three years.

Charlie’s infectious smile, handsome blue eyes, mischievous sense of humor, and generosity of spirit will be greatly missed by his friends and family and everyone whose lives were touched by Charlie.

Funeral services will be held 4:30pm Saturday from LaRobardiere Funeral Home, Inc., Camden, NY. Calling hours will be held Saturday from 2:30 -4:30 prior to services. Facial masks will be required. Interment Cedar Ridge Cemetery, Blairstown, NJ. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations in Charlie’s memory to the Living Hope AG Church in Camden, New York for missionary work.

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