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Charley FILES 1938 ~ 2011 Mr. Charles Wilbur Files of Richmond Beach died In Maui, Hawaii while on a recent vacation, from complications of Pneumonia. A wide network of friends and family will miss the North Seattle businessman and local sports enthusiast. Charley, well known locally for many years in the restaurant and bar industry; most currently active in a couple of "dive bars" as owner of The Sloop Tavern in Ballard and a partner in Leny's Place in Tangletown (Greenlake/Wallingford.) Since the early 60's, Mr. Files, known by "Charley" to his employees, customers and vendors, was involved professionally in over 20 businesses and has been a mentor to 100s! More than an avid sports fan and sponsor to the local teams, Files participated in softball leagues during 5 decades and traveled the northwest states as a basketball referee. He was inducted into the Halls of Fame for the Northwest Women's Collegiate Basketball Assoc. and the Pacific Northwest Basketball Officials Assoc. A Mariners season ticket holder since 1978, he supported the Aqua Sox and Rainiers as well. Likely to be seen at Seahawk, Husky and Seattle High school sporting events, he became a regular visitor to Arizona to Seattle Mariner spring training. Each Year a Fishing Derby and ballgame bus trips were enjoyed at his businesses. He belonged to the Ballard Elks Lodge #827 and American Legion. From La Monte, Missouri, Files served in the Navy. He last served at Whidbey Island Naval Air Station and in 1963 decided to make Seattle his home. Married to Donna Last, he helped raise 4 children and has a son Charles Matthew Files of Puyallup. He married Jan Cole in 1984. Their son is Patrick Terry Files of Richmond Beach. Charley is also survived by his sister Linda Davis (Ed) in Sunrise Beach, Missouri and his brother Tom Files (Kathleen) in Kansas City, several nieces, nephews, and cousins, and a granddaughter; Lexy Files. The family will host a Life Review and Celebration of Charley for his friends on June 12th between 1 and 5:00 p.m. at the Ballard Elks, 6411 Seaview Ave NW in Seattle, WA 98107. Burial will be in La Monte Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the La Monte Alumni Association Scholarship Fund ATTN: Peggy Moore at P.O. Box 126, La Monte, Missouri 65337 or Elks Kids Therapy c/o the Ballard Elks.
Published in The Seattle Times from June 1 to June 5, 2011
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