Bricklayer, Square-Dance Caller and Sometime “Bear”
By: Legacy Staff
7 years ago
Bricklayer by day and square-dance caller by night, Charlie Tuffield began calling square dances by chance.
The obituary written by reporter Virginia Culver for The Denver Post says:
Tuffield started as an accordionist for the dancers, but one night the scheduled caller didn’t show up, so he stepped in, Lewis [his daughter] said. He had no training but seemed to be a natural, she said.
He took his square-dance expertise to academia:
He also helped the University of Colorado and University of Northern Colorado set up square-dance programs in the 1970s.
Culver also told the story about how Tuffield turned his children into a pack of dancing bears.
About 15 years ago, he bought each of his children bear outfits — all different Disney characters — and took them to Children’s Hospital and other care facilities to entertain patients.
Even some of the grandchildren and other family members are dancing bears, Lewis said.
Her father spent $600 on each costume — at a time when he really needed to buy a new car.
"He said he was sure the dancing bears (which he called the Square Bear) would be a lot more entertaining to more people than a new car," Lewis said.
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This post was contributed by Alana Baranick, a freelance obituary writer who lives in Northeast Ohio. She is director of the Society of Professional Obituary Writers and chief author of Life on the Death Beat: A Handbook for Obituary Writers.