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Charles Henry Tanner


1927 - 2018 Obituary Condolences
Charles Henry Tanner Obituary
Tanner, Charles Henry
Feb 20, 1927 - Feb 2, 2018
Charles Henry Tanner, was a loving husband, grandfather, and wonderful dad. Born in Ohio, February 20, 1927, with roots in Willoughby and Shaker Heights, Charles lost his father during his first year. He credited the culture at Western Reserve Academy, rooted in discipline and intellectual curiosity, with preparing him for academic success at Harvard. And it was his summer job delivering ice in Cleveland that gave him the fitness necessary to letter in soccer his freshman year. After graduation in 1949, Charles married Estelle DeWolf, of Bristol, Rhode Island in 1950. With war in Korea, he joined the Army and was assigned to Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC. While in Washington he developed a love for business, especially sales. After active duty, Charles and Estelle returned to Rhode Island. Charles ran the sales operations for several New England companies involved in rubber and plastics manufacturing. In 1976 he established a manufacturers rep agency and the family settled in Holderness, New Hampshire. Charles and Estelle raised three sons, Charles, Bradford and Douglas. In Barrington, RI the family embraced striper and blue fishing, sailboat racing and cruising, and seasonal team sports. In NH, they were introduced to trout and bass fishing, hiking and skiing in the White Mountains, golf, and cycling. The respect for animals and the natural environment was stressed every day. Despite his work commitments, Charles cherished every family activity, from Cub Scouts and Little League to international sailing and cycling competitions. Charles was fascinated by the unique, developing personalities of his grandchildren, Nicolas, Lucy, Waverly, Axel and Wells, and loved them equally through their very active lives. He loved daughters-in law Alison, Sally and Jan, especially for the stability they brought to his sons' and grandchildren's lives. He was grateful to God each day, for everything, but perhaps especially for the gift of health and being able to 'shoot his age' at golf with old friends and new acquaintances through much of his 70's and 80's. On his 90th birthday in February 2017, Charles experienced freefalling and parachuting from two miles above the Gulf of Mexico, and with Estelle, hosted family this past Christmas, in Sarasota. Charles is survived by his wife, sons and daughters-in-law and his five grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at Barrington Yacht Club in Barrington, Rhode Island on Saturday, March 10th, 2018 at 1 o'clock in the afternoon. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 26th Street Chapel is in charge of the arrangements. Condolences may be made to www.brownandsonsfuneral.com.
Published in Herald Tribune from Feb. 9 to Feb. 11, 2018
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