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Charles Benjamin Schwartz, 74, lost his yearlong battle to pancreatic cancer on January 19, 2017, at his home in Wesley Chapel, Fla. He was born October 4, 1942, in Camden, N.J., to the late Charles James Schwartz and Mary Wilma Postell.
Charlie served his nation for 10 years in the U.S. Navy during the 1960s and was a proud Submariner. He served as a Quarter Master (QM1SS) on board several diesel subs (USS Piper 409) and finished his naval career on nuclear sub (SSBN 608). After leaving the Navy he moved to Ipswich, Mass., to raise his young family. He spent 36 years as a police officer for the Ipswich Police Department, the last 17 years with the force he was overjoyed to serve as Assistant Harbormaster. Charlie, "The Man," as he had lovingly become known, retired in October 2007 and moved to the west coast of Florida. He soon became a regular fixture at the Country Hound restaurant, where he earned a “Counter Trash” t-shirt, which he wore proudly. He only lasted six months before he sought out working on the water again, when he found Palm Island Transit (PIT). He served as a Load Master for the ferry service, which transported vehicles and pedestrians across the Intracoastal to a small group of barrier islands. Most recently he obtained his 100-ton U.S. Coast Guard captain’s license and drove the water taxi for PIT. This is where his charm and efficiency, once again, touched lives and gained him many friends and his new family.
He is survived by his wife, Catherine Crowe Schwartz of Florida; brother, Gary Michael “Mike” Schwartz (Debby) of Virginia; three daughters, a son, and three stepdaughters, Heidi M. Kent (Larry) of Rowley, Mass., Johanna W. “Jodi” Schwartz of Georgetown, Mass., Sarah E. Schwartz of Johnstown, Colo., C. Erik Schwartz (Nicole) of Weare, N.H., Courtney E. Adams (Corey) of Hudson, Fla., Janice E. Crowe of Winter Park, Fla., Emma C. Duxbury (Emerson) of Sewickley, Pa.; five grandchildren, Michael Schwartz, Alexandra Schwartz, Courtney Kent, Meghan Schwartz and Patrick O’Connor, Jr.; and several nieces and nephews.
Charlie’s fun meter was always on max, his beloved Phillies gave him great resolve, his quick tongue and idioms (sometimes shocking) kept conversation lively, his uniform always meticulous, his pride ran deep, our hearts forever touched. Charlie was blessed to have so many friends who lovingly supported him throughout his illness.
In lieu of flowers, Charlie requested that donations be made in his honor to The Wildlife Center of Venice, 3252 Border Road, Venice, FL 34292. He and his wife spent many hours rescuing injured wildlife throughout Charlotte and Sarasota counties for the non-profit organization, and this will be his way of continuing to give.
Sailor, Rest Your Oars.
Charlie will be laid to rest with his first wife, Geraldine Wile, with full military honors at 10 a.m., Saturday, February 4, 2017, at Highland/Cowles Memorial Cemetery, 29 Town Farm Road, Ipswich, MA 01938. Family and friends are invited to celebrate Charlie’s vivacious life at the Hellenic Center, 117 County Road, Ipswich, MA, at 11:30 a.m. with a catered brunch.
Published on  January 25, 2017
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