John Charney

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John (Jack) Charney - PALMYRA, VA - John (Jack) Charney passed away peacefully in the early morning of May 6, 2014 with his wife, Sue Charney, at his side. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his parents, John and Anna Charney, and his sister, Angela (Ronald), all of Bluffton, SC; a nephew and niece, Mathew Andrews and Melissa Stump; and his godsons Samuel and Oliver Michelsen who currently reside in Japan. Jack was raised in New Jersey and graduated in 1976 from Colonia High School in Colonia, New Jersey. Jack joined the US Army and proudly served with honor for six years. After the Army, Jack worked at the DMV New Jersey for ten years. He moved to California because he always wanted to learn to surf. Although he didn't learn to surf, he did meet Sue and they were married in 1997. Jack and Sue wanted to live closer to his family, so on December 31, 2001 they headed east and settled in Palmyra, Virginia. Jack supported Sue's dream of owning a business and Red Rocker Candy, LLC was started in their basement on April 1, 2002. Occasionally, Jack could be found at Sue's business helping customers in the Factory Store in Troy. Jack loved to talk to the customers. Jack was diagnosed with Leukemia in 2009 and he fought long and hard then and again beginning in March 2013. The doctors were amazed at his strength and tenacity. He was a fighter. Customers missed Jack's smiling face and enthusiasm and when they learned why they hadn't seen him around, the outpouring of heartfelt well wishes and the requests for updates about such a nice man were tremendous. At the news of Jack's passing, one customer and car show supporter aptly summed up Jack: He had a heart of gold! This fall, Red Rocker Candy's 4th annual car cruise-in, which was Jack's pride and joy, is being renamed the Red Rocker Candy Jack Charney Memorial Cruise-In. He would have loved that. We will include a celebration of Jack's life at this event on October 18, 2014. Savannah Morning News May 25, 2014 Please sign our Obituary Guest Book at

Published in Savannah Morning News on May 25, 2014
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