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
) 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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Published by Journal-News Independent from Mar. 12 to Mar. 19, 2021.