I was heartbroken to hear of Charlie's passing. I was fortunate to work with Charlie when he came to work at the County. In fact, I had the pleasure of working with him while he was still active in the Florida Guard and was assigned to the County's EOC during an emergency activation. In his role as assistant emergency management director and, later, as director, you could count on Charlie to lead the troops during an emergency He was there during the 1998 wildfires, 1999 and 2004 hurricanes and his skills and training helped the County get through those and other difficult times. He wasn't what one thought of as a military man or soldier. He was a kind and compassionate individual who was generous with his time--especially when it came to helping others. I appreciated the times he would drive over from Daytona to personally deliver checks they had received from FEMA. He knew how hard the Finance folks worked to get that money and it gave him great pleasure to see the smiles on our faces when he handed them over to us. He wouldnt' just drop the checks "and run". He would take the time to show his gratitude for the job we did and to take a moment out to ask how we were all doing. He is going to be missed by those who knew him. I am going to miss running into him at Pulbix where we would catch up on each other's lives. I know the good Lord has called him home to continue to do good work. My heart goes out to his family and loved ones. May God bless you all. Donna de Peyster
I was saddened to read of Charlie’s passing. I had the opportunity to work with him while at the county. He was a kind and caring man and his leadership in times of emergencies and stressful situations was a calming balm to the moment. My sympathies to his family. Charlie was a good and decent man. He will be missed.