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Carl V. Fitzcharles

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Carl V. Fitzcharles of West Chester Carl V. Fitzcharles, 96, of West Chester, passed away on February 20, 2011 at Pembrooke Nursing Home in West Chester. Born in Bridgeport in 1914, Carl was the son of Effie (nee, Carr) and William L. Fitzcharles, both deceased. He graduated Salutatorian from Brigeport High School in 1933 and graduated from West Chester Teacher's College in 1940. Carl served honorably in the U.S. Army for three and a half years during World War II. As a Lieutenant, he served under the Surgeon General, setting up divisional occupational therapy schools for wounded soldiers and prisoners of war. Carl did his teaching in the Unionville-Chadds Ford School District and continued there until his retirement in 1977. He taught geography at the junior high level and eventually taught earth/space sciences at the senior high level. Carl organized a Boy Scout Troop in Unionville in 1940. He established the first high school weather station and archery club. He was also the faculty advisor responsible for the student light and sound stage crew, and often served as Master of Ceremonies at the annual Harvest Queen Pageant. Carl retired after 37 years of teaching at Unionville and as a tribute to him, a tree was planted in his honor at the high school. Carl's lifelong passion for the great outdoors included hunting, fishing and collecting Indian artifacts, which numbered in the thousands. He also collected semi-precious stones which often became jewelry for the family. The artifacts and jewelry have been on display in Pennsylvania and Florida. Carl was a self-taught artist whose paintings were exhibited in Pennsylvania and Florida. His sketches appeared on the cover of Indian Artifacts Magazine along with featured articles. After his retirement in 1981, Carl and his wife of 53 years, Helen (nee Barnshaw), moved to Florida. Carl was predeceased by Helen who passed in 1996 in Florida. He returned to Chester County in 2003, where he continued to enjoy painting, reading, walking and stargazing. He loved spending time with his family and longtime friends, as well as meeting new people and making new friends. He will be missed by all. He is survived by his children, Donna Thompson (Richard) of Downingtown, Carl Fitzcharles (Jill) of Milford, Del., Larry Fitzcharles (Lee) of Buffalo, Wyo., Jack Fitzcharles (Rita) of Quarryville, Linda Neville (Scott) of Pearl River, La. and Jeffrey Fitzcharles of Oldsmar, Fla. He is also survived by eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Relatives and friends are invited to his funeral service 11 a.m. Thursday, February 24, at the Donohue Funeral Home, 43 W. Lancaster Ave., Downingtown, PA 19335, 610-269-3080, where friends may call after 9:30 a.m. Interment, Valley Forge Memorial Gardens, King of Prussia.

Published in Daily Local News on Feb. 22, 2011
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