Charles Henry Gaylord

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Charles Henry Gaylord Sept. 24, 1936 - Aug. 4, 2009 Resident of Fremont, CA Born in Honolulu, Hawaii on the island of Oahu to Julia and William Gaylord. Charles Henry Gaylord attended Kaimuki High School where he excelled in sports. He played basketball, was an all-star varsity football running back, and was involved with the Future Farmers of America. At the age of 17, his introduction into martial arts began. After receiving his black belt, he became the second generation of the Emperado Method of Kajukenbo and in 1963, was one of the first to bring this style of martial arts to the Mainland. Inspiring others to become their best, many of Charles' black belts went on to open their own schools, further expanding the Kajukenbo Association of America, Gaylord's Method and earned world-wide respect and recognition. He dedicated his life to martial arts and held the honorable rank of Great Grandmaster. Beloved father of Kelly G. McCormick, Vanessa Alo, and Charlene Shires, cherished grandfather of Ryan McCormick, Kevin McCormick, Brandon Gaylord-Buetow, Jordan Cravalho, Kerry Melelani McCormick, and Logan Shires, caring brother of Gertrude and (Wendall) Zartman, Dorothy Shire, Lillian Henriquez, Peggy Ann and (Stanley) Angelo, Alan and (Christine) Gaylord, and deceased siblings, Edward Gaylord, William Gaylord, Jr., Robert Gaylord, and Walter Gaylord. He was uncle to many nieces and nephews. He was the treasured father-in-law of Patrick McCormick, Tim Alo, and Dennis Shires and former husband of Elizabeth Gaylord and Mildred Gaylord. Respected Great Grandmaster to all of his martial arts 'ohana. Friends, family and martial artists are invited to a Celebration of Life Memorial on Saturday, August 15, 2009 at Sacred Heart Parish, 13716 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA 95070, 408-867-3634, at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to the Kajukenbo Association of America, for the Gaylord's Educational Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 580488, Elk Grove, CA 95758.

Published in Inside Bay Area on Aug. 11, 2009
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