P.G.P. Charles J. Ferreira
October 13, 1930-January 15, 2013
Resident of Rio Vista
Born and raised in Pittsburg, Ca, Charlie was of Portugese and Italian ancestry. He was Baptized and Confirmed at St. Peter Martyr church in Pittsburg. He met Beverly Jean Gaunt and they married in 1953 also at St. Peter Martyr. He joined the Army
National Guard in 1951 and was later discharged as a Staff Sergeant. P.G.P. Sal Enea recruited Charlie into the Young Men's Institute in 1955, where he served in all offices of Sadoc Council #59 including twice as President. During his Y.M.I. years Charlie formed a Slow Pitch League in Pittsburg, and Sadoc Council joined the league in 1966 after several years later it became the City Fraternal League. Charlie played and Coached on Championship Fast Pitch Teams in the City and County. He bowled for many years with the Y.M.I. in the Fraternal League, where they won several League Titles. In 1972 Incoming Grand President Lionel Texeira asked Charlie to become Chairman of the Grand Council Bowling Committee, a position he held for 16 years. After twenty-five years from his time as Grand Director Charlie decided he was ready to run for Grand Second Vice President at the Oakland Convention of 1989. He won the election, going on to become Grand President and Presided at the Santa Maria Convention in 1992. During Charlie's tenure as Grand President the Y.M.I. showed an overall gain of 92 members, which is a rarity today. He was instrumental in bringing two new Councils into the Y.M.I., Diablo Valley #111 of Clayton and Concord as well as St. Augustine #497 of Huntingburg, Indiana. He served on many Grand Council Committee's up to the time of his death. He was very active in his Parish, The Church of the Good Shepherd. He collected pledges from parishioners to build the Church, served on the Parish Council and as Head Usher. Charlie contracted a neuro-muscular disease which was incurable, but this didn't deter him from conducting his regular activities. Charlie and his wife Beverly became very active in the Pittsburg Bocce Federation, becoming members of the Board of Directors, and Charlie served as its treasurer. They played day and night bocce for many years, finally winning Championships in both leagues. A Perpetual trophy in their names was donated to the Antioch Bocce Federation. Charlie worked for the City of Pittsburg in the Water Treatment field retiring in 1985 after 30 years of service. He returned to work for the City as a water auditor consultant. He enjoyed playing golf with his friends; Joey, Jim and Ben and was also a member of the Italian-American Federation. He leaves his wife Beverly, sons Chuck and Steve, his grandchildren; Charlie and Elizabeth Ferreira; Daughter in law Chris Ferreira; brother, David, late sister Mari Grillo; several nieces and nephews and many cousins. His father Charles also a Y.M.I. member died in 1978, his mother Dorothy Troia in 1986.
Visitation begins Thurs. Jan 17 at 4pm with a Vigil service at 7pm at Pittsburg Funeral Chapel; Funeral Liturgy Fri. Jan. 18 10am Church of the Good Shepherd with committal services following at Holy Cross Cemetery in Antioch. Please donate to the Muscular Dystrophy Association and the Orphans Education Foundation in his name.