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BRIDGES, Charles Walter

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Charles Walter Bridges, 79, of Palm Beach Gardens, died on May 8, 2013 after a brief illness. He was predeceased by his beloved wife, Suellen. Charlie was born on September 9, 1933 in Raiford, FL to the late Elijah James and Ida Mae Bridges. He is survived by his sister, Micki Cobb and brothers, James and J.C. Bridges; daughter, Lorene Gibson and grandchildren, Spencer, Julia and Fiona; daughter, Barbara Meeks (Alvin) and grandchildren, Michael, Vicki and Andy; numerous nieces, nephews and great-grandchildren. At a very young age Charlie joined the Merchant Marines and survived the sinking of the S.S. Pendleton off the coast of Cape Cod on February 18, 1952. He then went on to join the U.S. Army followed by twenty years in the U.S. Coast Guard. Upon retiring from the Coast Guard, Charlie became Chief Engineer on the University of Miami's research vessel. His love of the sea continued throughout his lifetime, along with his deep and abiding love of nature and animals. He and his wife Suellen kept many beloved pets over the years. Their greatest joy was to acquire a farm that allowed Charlie, after Sue's death, to add to their pet menagerie with horses, cows, chickens and bees. A celebration of Charlie's life will be held on Saturday, May 18 at 4:00 PM on his farm in Caloosa. For information please contact lildaspencer@hotmail.com. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Charlie's name to the Safe Harbor Animal Rescue, 401 Maplewood Drive, Jupiter, FL 33458 phone (561) 747-5311.
Published in The Palm Beach Post from May 14 to May 17, 2013
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