Charles R. Garcia
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Charles R. Garcia, 86, of Moore Township, formerly of Bethlehem, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, May 22, 2012 at the St. Lukes Hospice House, Lower Saucon Township, with his loving daughter, Carla by his side. Born in Bethlehem on February 20, 1926, he was a son of the late Jesus and Petra (Torres) Garcia. Charlie was a graduate of Bethlehem Technical High School and later honorably served in the United States Air Force during World War II. As a senior in high school, he was signed by the Philadelphia Phillies as well as the Philadelphia Nationals Professional Soccer Club. Charlies passion was soccer and he played in the Olympics as well as internationally and professionally for 9 years. He also participated in organized youth soccer as a coach and mentor helping to form the Greater Bethlehem Soccer League in 1968 with Tom Fleck and the Blue Mountain Soccer League. A member of the United Steelworkers of America, Charlie worked for the Bethlehem Steel Co. for 38 years before retiring as a machine shop crane operator in 1989. He was a member of the M.O.R.A. club and loved to sing. Charlie was a devoted and dedicated volunteer at Gracedale for many, many years, where he unselfishly contributed countless hours entertaining and brightening the day of the residents. His extraordinarily kind and happy manner touched many hearts and souls, and he will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him. Survivors: In addition to his daughter, Carla F. Garcia and her life partner, Alice of Brooklyn, NY, he is survived by his sons, Charles R. Rice of Manhattan, NY and Nick Garcia and his wife, Michele of Allentown; a granddaughter and four grandsons; four brothers, Vince Garcia and his wife, Olivia of Bethlehem, Rudy Garcia and his wife, Donna of Bethlehem township, Jesse Garcia and his wife, Lisa of Bethlehem, and Ruben Garcia and wife Chris of Colorado, sisters, Rose Rosamilia of Bethlehem and Hope Davis of Fountain Hill; along with many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Mariano and Robert Garcia. Services: A memorial service in celebration of Charlies life will be held on Saturday, May 26, 2012 at 11 a.m. in the Mausoleum of the Cedar Hill Memorial Park Cemetery, 1700 Airport Road, Allentown, PA 18103. There will be no calling hours. Interment will be private. Arrangements are under the care and direction of the George G. Bensing Funeral Home, Inc., Moorestown - Bath.
Published in Morning Call on May 23, 2012