Mystic - Captain Charles E. "Ted" Faas, USN (Ret.), 91, of Mystic, beloved husband of Obera "Obie" (Huddleston) Faas for 67 years, died at home on Friday, April 18, 2014, surrounded by his family. Captain Faas has lived in Mystic for the past eight years, previously residing in Wickford, R.I., for many years.
He was born in West Orange, N.J., the son of Gustav and Agnes (Meany) Faas. He attended Seton Hall Preparatory School and Seton Hall University, and earned his naval commission at Notre Dame University.
As a naval officer, Captain Faas served his country devotedly for 33 years and was the recipient of many awards including the Bronze Star. He served in World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War, and was most proud to be the commanding officer of destroyer USS Ingraham and fleet oiler USS Manatee, and Commodore of two destroyer squadrons. Following his distinguished naval career, he spent 10 years as a ship's pilot on the Panama Canal before retiring in Wickford. During his later years, he shared his seamanship and ship handling talents at Marine Safety in Rhode Island, training naval officers and marine pilots from all over the world. He also enjoyed teaching Sea Scouts.
Ted Faas had a long, full, and wonderful life and considered himself blessed beyond measure. He was a devoted husband and father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He considered his large, close family to be his greatest accomplishment, and he delighted in telling anyone who would listen about all of the latest achievements of his grandchildren, of whom he was so proud.
In addition to his wife, he leaves three daughters, Dr. Ann Collard and her husband, David, of Wellesley, Mass., Mary Wiatr and her husband, Francis, of Woodbury, and Dr. Susan Faas (McKnight) and her husband, Dr. Craig McKnight, of Old Lyme; 11 grandchildren, David Collard Jr. and his wife, Anne, Mark Smith and his wife, Charlotte, Eric Collard and his wife, Lauren, Charles Brian Smith, Timothy Collard and his wife, Anna, Matthew Wiatr, Connor and Tory McKnight, Christopher and Margaret Wiatr, and Nicholas McKnight; as well as 12 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by nieces, Patty Hamill and Lenore Faas and a nephew, Francis Faas Jr.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 26, at St. Patrick's Church, 32 East Main St., Mystic. Burial will be private.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in his memory to the Obera "Obie" Huddleston Faas Nursing Scholarship Fund, Berea College, Office of Gift Planning CPO 2216, Berea, KY 40404.
The family invites you to visit www.mysticfuneralhome.com to leave an online message of condolence.
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Published in The Day on Apr. 22, 2014