Charles W. Burgess
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Of Allston formerly of Gloucester May 20, 2008, devoted husband of Sally (Brown) Burgess. Loving father of H. Francis Burgess. Grandfather of Patric Klovfjell of Norway. Brother of Barbara Tognazzi, Philip Baglini, & Susan Vickery. Charles is predeceased by siblings Trudy Geurtze, Sandra Burgess & Michael Baglini. A special skydive & circle of rememberance will be held on Sat., May 31 at 5 PM at Pepperell Sky Diving Center, Pepperell MA. A celebration of life will be held on Sun., June 1 at 1 PM at Magnolia Beach, Magnolia MA. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Home for Little Wanders, 271 Huntington Ave., Boston MA 02215. Arrangements under the direction of The McNamara Funeral Homes McNamara - Sparrell Funeral Homes Brighton - Cohasset - Norwell (617) 782-9636

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Published in Boston Globe from May 28 to May 29, 2008.
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August 6, 2008
I knew Charlie from the good old days of videoing BlueZone at Pepperell. Charlie was a good guy and someone I always remembered when I think of my time at Pepperell. My thoughts go out ot you and your family Sally.
Mike Maguire
June 23, 2008
Hey there sister, I hope you are finding your way. Keep busy,and pay attention especially when you are driving (or diving). C'mon down to PA to visit... We can go sailing or take a ride on the Honda. I like my speed horizontal.
Sandy Hoppel
June 17, 2008

We will all miss Charlie. He touched many of us over the years. He will be greatly missed.
Bob Barnes
June 17, 2008
Sally, my condolence on your loss. May Charlie's soul rest in peace.
Subhankar Choudhury
June 15, 2008

Z-Hills just won't be the same without Charlie and all that he did for the local jumpers. He will be dearly missed for a long time. I'm so sorry for your loss. DanO
Dan Rosenthal
June 2, 2008
Sally, my heartfelt condolences for your loss, may Charlie’s memory be eternal.
John Zaharias
June 1, 2008
Sally,The world is a little smaller now without Charlie.  It was always a treat when he was around; his crusty observations made us all laugh but were usually right on target.  He lived it as he saw it and that is truly a rare quality.   Charlie will live on in our memories for a long time.
Frank E. Silvia
May 31, 2008
Dearest Sally: Thinking of you, and wishing were there to whisper "it will be all right". Love you.
Leslie Kern
May 30, 2008
I will always remember Charlie on his trips to Harvard to visit the Family. He was one of a very few people that could leave the Boston life for a weekend, and come out to Harvard and help with various Farming events. He was a hard worker at it and always chipped right in. Sally, he was ready to go to his next destination. I will never forget Charlie and we might all meet with him again.
Cousin Fred Brown
May 30, 2008
Sally, as you know I was fortunate enough to have met Charlie a few times. I'll always remember his spirit and his wit. My thoughts are with you and your family.
David DeSimone
May 30, 2008
Thank you everybody, for your condolences and warm thoughts. They are wonderful to read. We all will miss Charlie.
Sally Burgess
May 29, 2008
Love you, Sally. Charlie was the best. He was always good support for dad's (Roger Nelson) events and a good friend of the family. My love to you and yours. May the rays of the sun always shine with their love :)
Melisa (missy) Nelson
May 29, 2008
Blue Skies Charlie.....
Sally, my condolences for your loss.
Doug Winterberg
May 29, 2008
There are stars up above,
so far away we only see their light
long, long after the star itself is gone
And so it is, with people that we love
their memories keep shining,
ever brightly though their time with us has passed
And the stars that light up the darkest night,
these are the lights that guide us.

Charlie, I have no doubt that you will be the brightest light of all, guiding us now as you have always.

It was my pleasure to know you.

with love
Samantha Joseph
May 29, 2008
Sally, I am so sorry to hear about Charlie's passing. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers during this sad time. Martha
Martha Crow
May 29, 2008
Sally, my deepest condolences for your loss. Charlie's race has been run; his stories (and there are many!) will continue to be told, each with a lesson and a smile. There will be tears, and there will be tomorrows, each made better for having known Charlie.
Blue skies, Charlie...
Conall McCabe
May 29, 2008
Sally - Deepest sympathy to you and to your family on the loss of Charlie. My prayers and thoughts are with you as you navigate this difficult time. If you need someone to talk to, you know you can call anytime.
Louise French
May 29, 2008
Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal.

the happiest we saw Charlie was doing a hop n pop demo, 4th of July in Danvers with Captain Eddie flying.
the angriest: Sally cutting away her brand new canopy. I believe he found it and reattached it, of course.

I celebrate his life (he lived a full one) and see it extended through the lives he touched - and saved - by being him.

My condolenses to Sally and the rest of their family.
Amy Faut
May 29, 2008
Our condolences to you, Sally, and your family. Charlie will always be with you in spirit. The Silvas
Belinda Silva
May 29, 2008
Love you Charlie!! He was always there to answer questions about skydiving to a non-skydiver. Gruff as he was, he was an inspiration to alot of new and old skydivers and to us who became part of the skydiving community in Pepperell. I will miss you Charlie!!!! Rest in Peace, we will meet again. God Bless You Sally, may you take comfort in knowing that he loved you and that you both are loved by many.
Denise Wood
May 29, 2008
Charlie, I want to thank you for making Sally,one of the kindest,gentlest human beings I've ever met,happy for so many years.
And I want you to know...I agree with you...they ought to allow smoking in rental cars in California!
I love you Charlie.
Sharon Rutberg
May 29, 2008
Charlie was always looking to help out. He volunteered whenever he could, in any way that was needed. We will all miss him.
Sally, please accept our deepest sympathies.
Tom & Norma Warner
May 29, 2008
Charlie helped a lot of people, and has left us with a LOT of great stories to tell. Blue Skies....
Brady & Bridget
May 29, 2008
For the many years I skydived at Pepperell, I loved watching Charlie's interaction with new-be's. As someone previously posted, he would always help them to pack... in his own Charlie way. That person would be frozen in shock at his way of helping, while the rest of us in the hangar would be giggling. We all knew Charlie and knew that this was his way of helping and mentoring. We have all learned something from him... we are going to miss you Charlie, but we will never forget you.
Sheryl Ayre
May 29, 2008
Sally, I'm so sorry for your loss.
Barry Mackinnon
May 29, 2008
You will be missed Charlie. Our thoughts are with you Sally.
Ken Murphy
May 28, 2008
Charlie was never anything but kind, to me.

David Hersey
David Hersey
May 28, 2008
Charlie, thank you for your blunt assessments and salt-of-the-earth humor. Many of us are alive today because of it. You were the embodiment of common sense. I wish more of it had rubbed off on me!
Karen Ager (formerly Cacciola)
May 28, 2008
I'll miss you, Charlie. You fought hard, as we all knew you would, but even you would have to rest eventually.

As others have said, Charlie had a gruff exterior, but I'm glad to have known him as the good and gentle man he was.

Blue skies, Charlie.
Jack Cunniff
May 28, 2008
Sally -- Our thoughts and prayers are with you through these challenging times. You have many friends from Keane thinking of you and your familily!

Andy York
May 28, 2008
My thoughts and prayers are with you, Sally.
Hattie Hustler
May 28, 2008
Sally, My deepest sympathy to you and the rest of Charlie's family. May the great memories you have of Charlie help you through this difficult time.
Take care.
Karen Joseph
May 28, 2008
Charlie was always there for me whenever I needed a helping hand, both in and out of skydiving. I will miss Charlie. My sincere sympathy for Sally and the entire family.
Roger Torro
May 28, 2008
Dear Sally - My heartfelt condolences for your loss. May his soul rest in peace. I wish you peace and strength at this time. You should take comfort in the fact that you stood by Charlie through tough times and cared for him with love and compassion.
Kumar Subramaniam
May 28, 2008
A loving uncle with many memories to share and lessons to teach. I only wish the little ones had a chance to get to know him better. We will miss him and remember him fondly.

I owe meeting my husband to Charlie and Sally for a wonderfully adventurous summer manifesting.

May beautiful memories give you strength at this difficult time.
Andrea Russell
May 28, 2008
Blue skies Charlie!

The stories that you told and the compassion that you gave has always been an inspiration to me as I'm sure it's been to others. You will be missed and remembered.
Chad Neidigh
May 28, 2008
Sally, my deepest smpathy goes out to you. I'm so very sorry for your loss. May Charlie rest in peace... may you be at peace.
John Blake
May 28, 2008
Sally, my deepest condolences on your loss.
I knew Charlie from the couple of times the two of you gave me a ride back home from work, and I will always remember him for the neighborhood stories he shared during the ride.
May he rest in peace.
John DSouza
May 28, 2008

Especially (when)

If you believe in a higher calling, then he has answered his and you yours by the strength you have shown throughout and continue to show now. Thoughts and prayers are with you.
Bill Laffin
May 28, 2008
Blue Skies Charlie. We will miss you.
Dennis O'Loughlin
May 28, 2008
I am so sorry for your loss. Please know that God cares also. Rely on him for comfort
May 28, 2008
I'll always remember the day I met Charlie. I was a brand new A-licensed skydiver and he came to help me with gear. Always Charlie was there to lend a helping hand, and a wealth of knowledge and experience. He treated everyone at Pepperell like family, and watched out for us all. He deeply loved Sally and was very proud of her. So many times I saw the love in his eyes as he watched her gracefully land upon the field. It was a joy to witness that brief glance, especially since Charlie was not one to display sentimentality. He will be sincerely missed.
Jeanine Bonvin
May 28, 2008
To Sally and members of Charlie's family our deepest condolences go out to you. Lisa, Sean, Liam, and Bob Clancy - Blue Skies.
Bob Clancy
May 28, 2008
Though I can't say I knew him well, Charlie will nonetheless always live in my memory as a genuine and colorful character. A man of a million stories. A man who made a definite impression on most who met him. A man who I suspect tasted more of life than most folks will ever come close to.

My life was made a little richer by having been acquainted with Charlie, and I will miss him.

To those who loved him most and knew him best; I mourn your loss, and raise a glass to Charlie's life.
David Rucker
May 28, 2008
His passing is a loss to his wife, family and the community that he has blessed with his presence. Charlie, you will be missed!
Eric Heger
May 28, 2008
Blue skies Charlie...
I've only known you briefly, but you left a lasting impression.
My thoughts and prayers are with Sally and the family.
Steven Ernst
May 28, 2008
Charlie was a great guy. A friend and skydiver to be remembered by us all.
I'll miss him.
Paul Peckham
May 28, 2008
Love you Charlie!! I first met Charlie at Pepperell when I started skydiving in '94. I was learning to pack my own parachute and Charlie was watching me. He came over to me and grabbed my parachute and asked me if I wanted to die. He told me if I continued to pack this way, that is what would happen. He then took the time to show me how he thought I should pack. I had lots of laughs over the years watching him do the same thing to other new skydivers. Charlie had a very loving and sensitive soul behind the rough exterior! Our kids counted on a free ice cream from "uncle" Charlie whenever we were at the DZ as a family. So many great memories!!
We'll miss you Charlie, from one of your trollops!
The Cahills
May 28, 2008
All right Charlie, rest in peace.....bluer skies and gentle breezes.
Gary Pond
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