CHARLES ANNABLE ROOT
1933 - 2021
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CHARLES ANNABLE ROOT Charles Annable Root, 87 best known by his family and friends as Chuck passed away on January 13, 2021 at Lower Cape Fear Hospice. Chuck is survived by his loving wife of 42 years, Karen Root, his children, Kelly (Doug) Pelletier (and grandchildren Tony and Annie Giglio), Craig (Lisa) Root (and grandchildren Isabel and Wyatt), Chris Faust (Abby Heller) (and grandchild Lilli Heller/Lacroix), Mary (Scott) Murphy (and grandchildren Ryan, Dylan and Brooke), Brian (Grace) Root (and grandchildren Jack and Beau) and Matt Root, along with his sister Joline Freund and family who reside in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. Chuck was born in Oakville, Ontario, Canada on February 25, 1933 to Frank Lawton Root and May Heathcote Root. He grew up in Campbellford, Ontario, graduated from Campbellford Secondary Institute before attending Ryerson Polytechnical Institute in Toronto, Canada where he graduated with a degree in metallurgical engineering. Chuck began his career at Houdaille Industries where he started as a plant metallurgist in Canada and worked his way up to VP Group Executive in the US. He later worked for SKF Industries as VP Group Executive. The last 17 years of his career was spent as a venture capitalist with Safeguard Scientifics in Wayne, PA. He retired on December 31, 1998. His business acumen led him to serve as board chairman on multiple boards of directors. The family owned a sailboat for 18 years sailing around the Chesapeake Bay with family and friends. Chuck and Karen loved travelling and shared that passion with their family. Their goal was to create memories and adventures both here and around the world. Together he and Karen travelled to over 100 countries, some many times over. He was a talented photographer and loved skiing, fly fishing, dancing, and enjoyed attending UNCW sporting events. He loved World Cup Soccer, championship golf at all the majors, and formula one racing. Chuck wanted to do something special with each child and allowed them to pick one event of their choosing - The Masters in Augusta, GA (Kelly), Bone Fishing in Key West (Craig), World Cup of Hockey in Toronto (Chris), Olympics in England (Mary), Formula 1 in Montreal (Brian), and Stanley Cup in Boston (Matt). A celebration of life will be scheduled when friends and family can be together again. In lieu of flowers, he asked that donations be made to the Landfall Foundation (landfallfoundation.org) in his memory.

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Published in Wilmington Star-News from Jan. 14 to Jan. 19, 2021.
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January 18, 2021
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January 17, 2021
Dear Karen and family, so sorry to hear of Chuck’s passing. He was a determined soul and fought to the bitter end. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Signa
Signa Stalvey
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January 16, 2021
Chuck always took the time to make us feel special and an equal. We always enjoyed hearing about his travels. We will miss him dearly. Our hugs and love to Karen and the rest of the family.

Carolyn Thomas
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January 16, 2021
Loved chatting with Chuck at the fitness center. Always friendly, always a gentleman. Will miss him.
Jim Harting
January 16, 2021
My thoughts and prayers are with you, Karen. May your many wonderful memories of Chuck bring you comfort. I am so sorry for your loss.
Caroline Butler
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January 15, 2021
Sincere and heartfelt condolences to Karen and family during this difficult time. Praying for peace, comfort and strength for each of you.
Danyce Dicks
January 15, 2021
Oh Karen, I’m so sorry for your loss. I wish you strength and serenity in this difficult time. God bless your broken heart.
Goldie Stetten
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January 15, 2021
Dearest Karen, I’m saddened by the loss of your husband. I send sincere condolences to you and your family. I lost my husband July 12th. It is a very hard time for all of us who have lost a loved one.
Kind regards,
Peggy Vineyard.
Peggy Vineyard
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January 15, 2021
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January 15, 2021
Karen, I am so sorry to learn of Charles’ passing. My heart goes out to you in the deepest of sympathies. May God grant you comfort during this time of grief
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