Charles S. Hourihan
1957 - 2021
BORN
June 7, 1957
DIED
February 23, 2021
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Easton, MA 02375
Charles (Charlie) S. Hourihan of North Easton, age 63, passed away peacefully in his home on February 23, 2021. Charlie passed away with the love and support of family and friends after his admirable and long battle with Early Onset Alzheimer's Disease. Charlie has donated his brain to the Boston University CTE Center and Brain Bank in hopes that this may contribute in any way to helping others who find themselves on this difficult path. Charlie was born in Boston in June of 1957 to the late Paul A. and Carolyn M. (Finley) Hourihan. He spent his childhood years living in Roslindale. His summers were spent at his family's beloved cottage at Blackmore Pond in West Wareham. He had so many great memories at the pond with his extended family and friends. He was especially grateful for his visits with Bart (Barry) in recent years. Charlie attended Catholic Memorial High School in West Roxbury. It was there that he was Co-Captain of the Football Team and Captain of the Indoor Track Team. In 2014 Charlie and his teammates were inducted into the Catholic Memorial Hall of Fame as the 1973 Undefeated State Championship Football Team. Charlie was accepted to both Princeton and The College of the Holy Cross to play in their football programs. The College of the Holy Cross offered him a full scholarship and, for those who knew Charlie well, his choice was obvious. Charlie played four years of football at Holy Cross while earning his Bachelor of Science degree in Physics. The friends Charlie made in high school and college were so important to him throughout his life. Chuck, Bear (Rick), Matt, Eddy and so many others. Please forgive us for not mentioning everyone by name. Charlie's first professional job out of college began with the help of the Keyes and Keene families. He started off by selling hardware and software technology to companies in the surrounding New England area. This position led to the beginning of many lifelong friendships (too many to list them all) and a successful career in sales. Charlie married his devoted wife Michelle in 1990 and after a short stay in the Chicago area they were fortunate to raise their two sons, Chuck and Ryan, in North Easton. Charlie was an amazing and adored husband and father. Charlie enjoyed coaching his sons in football, basketball, and soccer. He never missed any of their games, concerts, or events over the years. There was no place he would rather be. He was the most patient and loving husband and Michelle is so grateful for all of the time and experiences they had together. She couldn't have possibly loved him more. Charlie's and Michelle's families and friends have been such a force of strength and love. Their support has been appreciated more than words can say. Charlie is survived by his wife Michelle (Chausse) Hourihan of 30 years; his sona Charles (Chuck) Hourihan Jr of North Easton, and Ryan Hourihan and his wife Miranda Li Hourihan of Milford; his brother Paul Hourihan and his wife Mary of West Roxbury, sister Jean Lennon and her husband Michael of Dedham, brother Dana Hourihan and his wife Mary of O'Fallon, IL, sister Amy Hourihan of Westford; brother-in-law Eric Stewart and his wife Lynne of North Easton; father-in-law Clifford Chausse and his wife Nancy of Lakeville, and mother-in-law Donna Thomas of Palmetto, FL. Charlie is pre-deceased by his sister-in-law Nicole Chausse. Charlie was very concerned about family and friends being safe during these trying times of Covid-19. With respect to his wishes there will be no public services. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Alzheimer's Association (alz.org) or Old Colony Hospice, 321 Manley St, West Bridgewater, MA 02379. Both of these organizations brought advice, comfort, and support throughout Charlie's journey. Arrangements by the Kane Funeral Home, Easton. For online condolences visit: www.kanefuneralhome.com
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I Just heard today of Charlies passing. Shocked is an understatement. I feel very fortunate to have met Charlie and Michelle a few years back. We always had interesting conversations when Charlie would visit the office.

My condolences to the entire family God bless

Paul Beckner
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Paul Beckner
Family Friend
April 5, 2021
Chuckle. I just heard of your dad's passing. Angela and I, Cassidy and Christina are very sorry to hear of this. Our condolences, thoughts and prayers are with you, and your family, at this time. We're thinking of you!
Jeff Ames
Friend
March 14, 2021
Michelle,
Not sure you'd even remember me, but I worked for Charlie at Northern Data Systems / Versyss for a number of years. I'm very sorry to hear this news and I had no idea he was stricken with this illness, which my mother recently passed from as well. Of course it's even more cruel at his age.
Charlie was a fantastic guy and I learned so much from him when I first went to work at Northern Data.
Again, I'm very sorry for your loss and wish you and your kids the best at a difficult time.
Sincerely,
Chris Murphy
Chris Murphy
Friend
March 5, 2021
Charlie was a excellent classmate. So sad to hear about his passing.
My deepest sympathies to you and your family.
Stephen Burke
Classmate
March 3, 2021
To the Hourihan Family,

I am sending my condolences to you upon Charlie's passing. I attended grade school with Charlie, and graduated from CM with him in 1975. Charlie always treated others with respect. And, he was well-respected by his peers. Athletically, whether on the football field or track, Charlie examplified the CM ethos that was marked by competitiveness, sportsmanship, and class. Charlie was a true gentleman. Wishing you peace & comfort during this difficult time.
John Gunning
March 2, 2021
I was shocked and saddened to hear about Charlie's passing. We were in home room together all four years at CM. I offer my condolences to his whole family..
Peter R. Cosenza 1975
Peter Cosenza
Classmate
March 2, 2021
My condolences to the entire Hourihan Family.

Charlie was a fellow classmate at CM.

He was one of CM's finest graduates and brings fond memories to all who knew him.

I saw Charlie at our last class reunion; he looked like he had hardly aged. It is truly shocking to hear of his death.
Not being much of an athlete myself at CM, I remember how kind and considerate he was to all his classmates.
May he know the eternal and merciful Love of God and may he Rest In Peace.
Rich Florentine, MD
Classmate
March 2, 2021
I went to both high school and college with Charlie. He was a remarkable athlete, but more
Important, a very kind and considerate person. I am saddened by his passing.
Robert J. Keane Ph.D.
March 1, 2021
We are so sorry for the loss of Charlie. This is such sad news.
Whenever I saw him at the bank or Alan saw him in the neighborhood he was always so friendly and such a gentleman. He made quite an impression with his kind and gentle manner. Our prayers and condolences go out to Michelle, Chuck and Ryan. Let us know if we can be of help in any way.
Lori and Alan Bechtel
Neighbor
March 1, 2021
Michelle,

My deepest condolences to you, your sons and your family. Charlie's illness strikes a deep cord in our family. I pray that your memories of him will always bring you happiness and strength. The entire Soupy family is praying for you and your family. God Bless.

Mike
Michael Surprenant
Friend
March 1, 2021
Michelle, I was so saddened to hear the news of Charlie's passing, he was a great guy! I still remember so vividly being together at a Colonial conference, waiting outside for our rooms to be ready at the hotel. Charlie was sitting cross legged with his hand on his calf, minutes later when he got up he had a hand print on his sun burned leg...we all had a good laugh. Charlie got along with everyone....except the sun! Hoping all of the good memories will bring you comfort. Christine
Christine Gordon
Coworker
March 1, 2021
Paul,

I am so sorry for your loss. Charlie was such a great person. My thoughts and prayers are with you and all the Hourihan family.
Joe O'Brien
March 1, 2021
Dear Michelle,
I am so glad we got to spend time with you and Charlie last 4th of July in Marshfield! Such a special guy. My mother loved reminiscing with Charlie and spoke fondly of his lovely wife Michelle. We were so grateful that you both supported us when we lost our mother. I hope you find some peace at this time and soon will only be remembering the good times. Love always, Mollie and the Griffin family.
Mollie Griffin
Friend
February 28, 2021
To the entire Hourihan family,

I hope the pain of Charlie's loss fades quickly so that the memory of his presence grows ever stronger and brings you pride in having had him as a husband, father, brother and more.

I was a few years younger than Charlie growing up in West Roxbury/Roslindale. I do recall Charlie playing youth football in the CDFL (Charlie Doyle Football League) and thinking "whos is this guy who can run like a deer and make plays all over the field." Charlie was a star on the field and ever the gentleman off it.

I recall with great fondness connecting with Charlie at some of the Holy Cross Football golf outings over the last number of years and reminiscing on old times from Holy Cross and growing up in WR/Roslindale. Charlie had that unique ability to make whomever he was engaging feel special.

May he rest in peace and may his loved ones find comfort knowing the impression he left and how much he was loved and respected.

LD
Larry Doyle
February 28, 2021
My condolences to the Hourihan family. I'll always remember Charlie as a great friend and teammate at Holy Cross. I haven't seen him since our days at the Cross but I've often thought of him and remember his kindness and friendship. I'll keep him and his family in my prayers.
Mike Hanne
Friend
February 27, 2021
Charlie was a great classmate and teammate at C.M. I was also a player on the football team when we won the state title and went undefeated in 1974. Sorry for your loss!
Michael diGrazia
Classmate
February 27, 2021
Michelle, Chuck, Ryan, Paul, Dana, Jean and Amy;
We are so deeply saddened for your loss, you are in our thoughts and prayers.
Charlie’s parents have welcomed their angel into heaven!
Margaret, Steve, Stephen & Siobhán Kelly
February 27, 2021
Charlie was a very nice guy and I'm sad to hear about his passing. I hope the Hourihan family is somehow able to find peace.
Eddie Derba
Friend
February 26, 2021
So sorry to hear the sad news about Charlie. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.
Janet Buckley
Friend
February 26, 2021
The Kelly family is so very saddened to here of Charlie's passing. A great person, friend and leader though our high school years at C.M. Our prayers go out to Charlie's family. He will be missed
Paul Kelly
Friend
February 26, 2021
A gentle soul that will be missed by all. Thoughts and prayers to The Hourihan.
Joe and Jo Lawlor
Friend
February 26, 2021
Charlie was such a special friend, teammate and classmate at Holy Cross. He will be sorely missed. In the last game of our career, versus rival, Boston College, Charlie blocked a punt that Jeff Fisher ran back for a touchdown. Without that...we don't beat BC 30-29. So very special!
Craig Cerretani
Friend
February 26, 2021
My deepest condolences to the Hourihan family. Charlie was a special person. I knew him as a friend, classmate, and teammate during our four years at Holy Cross. He was a great football player and to many a great friend; but he was an even greater person, husband and father. I last saw him last when I was lucky enough to ride and play golf with him at the 2019 HC Football event. He was smiling as always, and we had a great day of golf and reminiscing. I will really miss him.
Bob Hurley
Friend
February 26, 2021
My condolences to Charlie's family. I had the honor of being one of Charlie's classmates and teammates at Holy Cross. We will miss him greatly.
Steve Fernandez
Friend
February 26, 2021
Hi Cliff. Sorry for your loss.
Been a long time since bridge days
Tim Hurley
Family Friend
February 25, 2021