A great teacher. I learned so much from
Mr. Will. He was an inspiration!
"Good night sweet prince and flights of angels sing thee to thy rest."
Mr. Will was my best teacher in high school. A few of we students (whoops! almost said "us students") would pile into my car with Mr. Will in tow and we'd have lunch at Ponderosa Steak House. I was delighted that he selected me as 1972 winner of the Brown Book Award for English Expression. He probably wouldn't like my poetry, though. (who would? haha) I enjoyed a meal at his home the year after I graduated. What a wonderful person. He came to my father's funeral in April 1975. My wedding was only two months later, so at the funeral home I knew he would appreciation my quoting from Hamlet, "The funeral baked meats did coldly furnish forth the marriage tables."
-- Charles Beall, UAHS '72
Charlie was a great teacher and super
individual.I loved his teaching-6th
My single name as a student at Upper Arlington High School was Mitzi Legg. I had Mr. Will my sophomore year and he was so special to me because he took the time to write my parents a note on my improvement in his class . He always came back to our '59 class reunions almost every year.
WE will always remember you a friend and teacher
Charlie Will was the best teacher I have ever had. He inspired me to write and made Shakespear fun.
He was a wonderful person and he encouraged every one to do their best.
Karen Walters Grob '60
Mr. Will was one of the most enthusiastic, entertaining and dedicated teachers I ever had. He was passionate about teaching and that passion showed through regardless of whether or not he was wearing his red pants with the martini glasses on them. He brought Shakespeare to life in ways that he only could. I was blessed to be taught by him. Education has lost a great teacher and heaven will never be the same.
My sister Barb Ayres loved Mr. Will! I think he and Mr. Lutz were the two most influential people in her life. She would have loved to reconnect with Mr. Will! Barb died last winter, I'm sure if there is an afterlife she was there to welcome him with open arms. He meant so much to her. I was not lucky enough to have been one of his students, but he knew I was Barb's sister and always treated me warmly when we would meet in the halls of UAHS! So happy to have known him!
Charlie was an outstanding educator in his years at Upper Arlington High School and touched many young lives in a very positive way. He was a mentor to many young teachers who passed through the UA system and his compassion, leadership, and genuine caring for others will be remembered by many.
Charlie Will, Ellis Lutz, VK, Mrs. Ripley - we not only learned from them but loved learning, thanks to them. Their classes were fun & "outside the box." We now add Charlie's name to the Always Missed list, & we are so very sorry for everyone of us who have lost him.
Mr. Will, Mr. Lutz, and Miss Randall were all such inspiring teachers that I too pursued a career in the teaching of English. And what a rewarding career it has been! Thanks, Mr. Will, for opening the world of books to me and for being one of the three major cheerleaders of my young life. Jim McGavran
Gave me the gift of Shakespeare--Can that be topped? Thanks, Mr. Will, from all of us.
My mother, Floa Ripley, will truly welcome Mr. Will upon his arrival in heaven! He was always one of her favorite mentors at Upper Arlington. The fond memories he leaves inspire all of us to achieve to our greatest potential. A great leader and friend - he will truly be missed.
My father and Charlie were good friends. I remember him coming into the store when I was a young kid. They were both great members of the Elks and Exalted Rulers. I last saw Charlie last year at Shifty's in Circleville. He was a friend to everyone who knew him. His passing marks the end of an era. The community will miss him and his many contributions.
Paul Hang, Jr. Circleville, OH
A fond and cherished lifetime memory of Charlie reading from Winnie the Pooh. I've thought over the years about what a unique and rich gift it was. In the weeks before Christmas I made a humble attempt to carry on his tradition by reading a few passages from Pooh to my two students learning English at Literacy Volunteers. Thanks for the inspiration...and the memories, Charlie.
A true gentlemen with a good sense of humor. (a true belly laugh!). I didn't have him as a teacher while attending UAHS, but I was lucky enough to work with him after I graduated in '76. Charlie always had a smile along with his quick wit comments! He touched so many lives, no one will ever forget "Charlie" . Rest in Peace.
Charlie Will was a great teacher of English, but an even better one about humanity. His wit and his wisdom will be missed by all of us who knew and studied with him, and his lessons about life will endure.
- Lew Freeman, UA '59
Patty and I are both better people for having had Charlie as our teacher and mentor. Without question, he was the best teacher either of us had on any level. We're both grateful to have been able to maintain contact with him long after our school days.
He was a very special person whom impacted many people in a positive way throughout his life. He will be greatly missed.
Rick and Patty Weisheimer
Charlie..you truly inspired me and I know I am not the only one. You touched so many young lives and opened up worlds to them and to me. So glad we were able to keep in touch at reunions over the years. You will never be forgotten. ~another class of '59er~
Charles was great friend and cousin who helped me get to know what my capabilities were and played a big influence on my life. He will be sorely missed
Charlie Will was a fabulous teacher! I learned a lot while enjoying many laughs in his classes.
Carol Youmans Hodges '59
I never had Mr. Will for a teacher but heard from friends how great he was! He was a great friend of my mom's, Kitty Driehorst Simpson, who also taught at UAHS. She treasured his friendship. Unfortunately, she passed away before he.
Winnie, Christopher, and Roo are sad...thanks for all the great teaching.
Mr. Will.........the very best teacher I ever had through my entire educational career!! Thanks for the memories!! Sandy Neer, Class of '59
We would like to express our deepest sympathy for a remarkable man- a true Renaissance man who loved learning and sharing his knowledge. He was a total inspriration. He was one of those teachers that you remember your entire life as he wove life and learning together. His wedding gift to us was from his beloved Williamsburg remains a treasure. His love of AFS -the exchange program for high school students at Upper Arlington- touched many. The entire Comfort family extends a heartfelt message of sympathy.