Charlie fought until the end to spend as much time as he could with those he loved and leaves behind. His spirit will live on through the many precious memories he made with his wife Melissa and step-son Scott Harvey, his parents Dolores and Cleon Bush, his brother Scott Bush and niece Chelsea Bush.
Charlie’s extended family includes his aunts and uncles, Ken and Annabelle Baldassarre, Ellen Baldassarre, Marge Baldassarre, and Brenda Baldassarre, his in-laws Robert and Elizabeth Vaughn, his brothers and sisters in-law Lawrence Vaughn and Connie Parrow, Gregory and Therese Vaughn, Janette and Norm Hagen and Tracy and Jeff Armour.
He was lucky to also be surrounded throughout his life by a multitude of cousins, nieces and nephews.
Charlie was so lucky to have the many wonderful friends he now leaves behind, all of whom have been so supportive through his illness.
His lifelong friend Wesley Foley and his wife Brenda, his auction buddy Jim Love, and his IBM family, Rick Malek, Paul Riley, Bill Shumacher, Bob Weissflogg, Bob Tinklepaugh and Jim Ketchuk, who have helped to wile away the hours, telling stories and enjoying each other’s company.
Charlie’s greatest sadness was to be leaving behind his special little love Sybrina Wilkins and her family. He wanted so badly to watch her continue to grow up and to enjoy her antics and accomplishments.
Charlie is pre-deceased by his maternal grandparents, Francis and Elsie Botting, paternal grandparents Charles and Florence Bush, many aunts and uncles, and his stepson Todd Harvey.
Charlie graduated from Marathon Central School, class of 1977. During his young life he excelled in school, once winning a trip to California for an essay contest held by the Izaak Walton League of America.
He loved and participated in sports all through his life and was especially proud of being a member of the Section IV Championship baseball team from Marathon. He graduated in 1979 from TC3 with a degree in chemical technology.
After college, Charlie spent a majority of his adult life working for IBM/Endicott Interconnect as a chemical technician. He took great pride in the work he did.
He was an avid hunter and fisherman and loved using the hunting cabin his father built in Lapeer as a home base where he, Wesley and Rick spent many a hunting experience.
Everything Charlie did, he did with his whole heart. He was an amateur arborist and had a mini 100-tree orchard at his parents’ home.
Charlie was very knowledgeable about pottery, silver, old books and maps. He enjoyed researching, buying and selling them, and he would travel near and far to auctions, seeking out great bargains.
Charlie loved to travel around the area checking out the natural beauty and restaurants in the area. Ithaca, with all of its falls, was one of his favorite places to wander.
As Charlie was all about making sure everyone had an enjoyable time in life, his family invites you to join us for a celebration of Charlie’s life at the Silo Restaurant, Greene, NY from 2 to 4 p.m. May 24.
Memorial contributions can be made to The American Cancer Society.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Behe Funeral Home Inc., 21 Main St., Oxford, NY. Memories and condolences may be shared be visiting www.behefuneralhome.com
Charlie Bush – You are my sunshine, my only sunshine, may you find peace and solitude until we meet again.