Charles John Clancy

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CHARLES JOHN CLANCY "Charlie", 71, of Wilmington, NC, passed away on June 24 after a long battle with cancer. As he wrote in a letter to his seven-year-old grandson, Charlie, getting sick means "extra desserts, slower car rides, and more visits to places you like." He always taught us to see life as special and full of cheer. Charles was born in New York City on April 21, 1942. He graduated from Cardinal Hayes High School in the Bronx and continued on to receive a Bachelor's degree in English from Fordham College, a Master's degree in English from the University of Wisconsin, and a Ph.D. in English from New York University, in which he specialized in the writings of the English Romantic Poets. His intellectual curiosity was endless, yet he always put his family first. He never let a day pass or a phone call end without telling his family how much he loved them. Charles is survived by Joanna Clancy, his wife of 47 years; "it seems like just yesterday". Their three children, Bess, Benjamin and Diana, represent the very best of their union and each hopes to continue to make them proud. Their four grandchildren, Emily Diana, Ross Charles ["Charlie"], Jacob Benjamin, and Liam Charles will also embody with love and admiration the legacy of their grandfather. Charles had a sarcastic wit and was a most generous man in both thought and action. The one thing he hoped would come from "reality's swift bite" of his deadly illness was that his children and grandchildren would "benefit by the knowledge gained and emotion focused" and examine why they all "matter and contribute to each others lives". He would want us all to be of 'good cheer.' The memorial service will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship on Lake Avenue in Wilmington, NC on Sunday, August 18th. We choose to honor Charles' memory in the celebration of his life and the focus on his family who will continue to bear his name and memory. We will share in good food, drink and be certain to ask, "Are you sure you wouldn't like another doughnut?" In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to: Lower Cape Fear Hospice Care Center, 1414 Physicians Dr., Wilmington, NC 28401
Published in the Wilmington Star-News on July 7, 2013
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