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Charles William Cawlfield

1924 - 2013 Obituary Condolences
Charles William Cawlfield Obituary

December 6, 2013

March 27 1924 - December 6, 2013

To his family and friends, Charles was known as Bill. He was an exceptional father, son, husband, and friend. He had uncommon strength through adversity. When his country was in peril during World War II, he courageously volunteered and joined the Navy. His first exposure to battle was at Omaha Beach during the invasion of Europe at Normandy. He was a signalman on an LST (landing Ship Tank), and as such he was stationed high on the ships superstructure near the bridge. From there he had an excellent vantage point from which to witness the carnage that occurred on those faithful days.He had great respect for those who served their country, especially those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. After the war, he worked his way through college utilizing the GI Bill. He eventually earned his Master's degree in Education, while teaching and raising a family. During his career as an educator and administrator, a few of his accomplishments were that he was the Dean of Vocational Education at Edison College; in addition he was the Trade extension-Coordinator, Program Director of the Adult Vocational Programs, and the Southwest Florida Criminal Justice Academy at Lee County Vocational School. At the age of 38 his first wife Sara Jane Cawlfield passed away from complications due to breast cancer, he was left with the responsibility of caring for his four children ages 3, 10, 13, and 16. He met this challenge with steadfast determination, and cared for his children with love and devotion until the end. When his second wife Mary Alice Cawlfield was stricken with Alzheimer's putting her in a nursing home was not an option, even when she couldn't remember who he was at times. He was the great, great, great, great grandson of Daniel Boone and though he hunted and fished, he taught his sons never to kill anything that they weren't going to take home to the dinner table. He also taught his children not to judge anyone by the color of their skin, their religion, or place of origin. Additionally he taught his children to stand up for what is right regardless if it was popular or not. His three sons, eight grandchildren, and eight great grandchildren survive him. Through his work and his children, his legacy will live on. He will be profoundly missed by all who knew him. The memorial service will be held at the First Presbyterian Church located at 2438 Second St., in downtown Fort Myers at 4:00 pm December 16. For those so inclined, the family asks that donations to the Cure Alzheimer's Fund or the charities be given in lieu of flowers.

Published in The News-Press from Dec. 13 to Dec. 15, 2013
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