Charles J. Hepburn

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Charles J. Hepburn Clifton ParkCharles J. Hepburn, 84, of Clifton Park died suddenly, due to complications from Parkinson's, Saturday, April 27, 2013 at his home on Bruno Road. A native of Havertown, PA, Mr. Hepburn served two years in the U.S. Army, attended and graduated from the Philadelphia Museum School of Art, and spent most of his career in the Capital Region working as a freelance artist. Soon after graduation, he joined a major Philadelphia art service, and produced ad and brochure layouts, spots and illustrations for all the major ad agencies in the city, and for several industrial clients including RCA in Camden, NJ. In the late 1950s, Charlie took a summer break from his Philadelphia studio to come to upstate New York to help out a new Lake George opera workshop, where he met a beautiful little lyric soprano named Grace Di Battista (his words). They fell in love with each other and with the region married, had two children, Teresa and Kevin, and spent the rest of their life, and arts careers, within the Capital Region. Charlie's many commercial clients over 50-plus years included General Electric components across the country, Albany Medical Center, St. Peters Hospital, the Connecticut Audubon Society in Fairfield, plus work for numerous Capital Region advertising agencies. Also a prolific painter, he produced and sold many works of art over the years. In the 1970s he won a competition to provide two giant murals for the Schenectady County Courthouse, each 11 feet high and 44 feet long, which started a wild local controversy when the Bar Association tried to have them removed because they were too big and colorful and distracting. The media got on it, the arts community chimed in, and it was front-page news for many weeks. Truth and beauty and justice prevailed. Throughout it all, Charlie was active in local community theater, as an actor, director, board member and president, set designer and constructor, and in most other back-stage activities. Memorable on-stage roles included Professor Harold Hill for Schenectady Light Opera Company's Music Man, and El Gallo, with wife Gracie, in Schenectady Civic Players' The Fantastics. Survivors include his wife, Grace Hepburn; daughter, Teresa Levine of Bellingham, MA; son, Kevin Hepburn of Mammoth, California; brother, Richard Hepburn of Langhore, PA; sister, Elizabeth Hepburn of New York City; and grandchildren, Michael and Andrew Levine of Bellingham, MA. Calling hours will be held on Friday from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Catricala Funeral Home Inc., 1597 Route 9, Clifton Park. The family requests no flowers be sent. Instead, memorial contributions may be made to Parkinson's Disease Foundation, 1359 Broadway (Suite 1509), New York, NY, or by going to www.pdf.org, or Schenectady Civic Players, 12 South Church St., Schenectady, NY 12305. Arrangements by the Catricala Funeral Home, Inc., 1597 Rte 9, Clifton Park, NY 12065.
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Published in The Daily Gazette Co. on Apr. 30, 2013
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