Charles John McCawley, formerly of Milton, died at peace and surrounded by family Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, at South Shore Hospital in Weymouth. Father of five, friend to all, "Charlie" was born Dec. 20, 1929, the second child of the late Charles Andrew and Mary Tooze McCawley. He joined his sister Jean Marie at 344 Central Ave., in Milton, the family home for 50 years. He worked at Copelands scooping ice cream and doing other tasks. He graduated from Milton High School in 1947, forever after being involved and basically orchestrating all class reunions. He loved to perform. He loved an audience. Whether it be reciting the Gettysburg Address, singing and dancing in talent shows, performing in Minstrel Shows with the Three Mac's, or on the stage of everyday life, Charlie was always on. He worked for the Town of Milton Engineering Department. He joined the U.S. Army and served from 1953-1956. He met and married Phyllis Cronin in 1955, living in Milton until they moved to Scotland Street in Hingham in 1959 where they raised their five children. Divorced in 1969, Charlie remained at Scotland Street for almost forty years. Charlie worked in the window treatment business, eventually owning his own business, CJ McCawley Company. After retiring, he enjoyed spending parts of winters in either Florida or Arizona. He had a lifelong interest in automobiles - especially convertibles. His passion for low figure license plates was legendary. In later years he was not often seen without his cane whittled from an early 1900s Red Sox baseball bat. Charlie loved his daily post office visits and his other daily and weekly errands and routines. It was that social interaction that fueled him. Charlie often said that his friends were his wealth; he was a very rich man. He is survived by his beloved sister, Jean M. McCawley of Quincy; five children and their spouses, Kathryn M. McCawley of Natick, C. Andrew McCawley of Hingham, Meganne Johnson and her husband Brian of Florida, Peter V. McCawley and his wife Ingrid of Florida, and Brian C. McCawley and his wife Elizabeth of Virginia. He was Grampa Charlie to sixteen grandchildren. He will be sorely missed. Visiting hours will be at the Alfred D. Thomas Funeral Home, 326 Granite Ave., Milton, Friday, March 14, from 4 to 8 p.m. Funeral Mass at the Church of the Resurrection in Hingham, Saturday, March 15, at 10 a.m. Interment at Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne at a later date. www.alfreddthomas.com Alfred D. Thomas Funeral Home Milton, 617-696-4200
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Published in The Patriot Ledger from Mar. 13 to Mar. 14, 2014