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I just spoke with Charles' wife Karen and she informed me that Charles passed away after a lengthy stay in the hospital. His kidneys were shutting down, his lungs were full of fluid and he had an infection that the MDs couldn't cure.

The MDs did the best that they could for him, but Karen said that God must have had other plans for Charles.

Services will be this Saturday, but the Obituary will not be published until this Friday in the Washington Post. Since the WP requires a subscription to read the obituaries, I have signed-up for an account and will check them daily until I find his notice. I will then share any info that's included.

Obviously Karen was a bit distraught and it was hard for her talking about these past few weeks, so I wasn't able to get a whole lot of info other than what she was already sharing with me.

She had lots of family, friends and co-workers helping her financially with the costs of the hospital hotel room and said she only ended up paying for one night herself.

She says she hasn't checked Charles' e-mail accounts yet, but will do that next week after everything settles down a bit. She was so worried that she wouldn't be able to tell his TMF Friends what happened, but was so relieved when I called today knowing that his friends would finally know.

Please, pass along this info to any boards you regularly read where Charles was also a poster.

ßillƒ
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Aw crap. He seemed such a nice funny guy.

RM
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That's sad. I enjoyed reading his posts.

--Anthony
(Who just remembered he's on my Favorites list...)
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I'm really sorry to hear Charles has passed. He was fun. Even on some of the political boards when I didn't agree with him, I always respected and admired him. I'm really going to miss him.
I think RM summe dit up perfectly, "Oh crap."
Kathleen
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Thanks Pete and Doc for posting the info here!

Thanks JGBFool for alerting me to this thread!

Hey Everyone,

Obviously, I'm neither a poster nor a lurker here, but I've been a bit disorganized about all this (sorry) and wanted to offer some updated info.

Karen said she will not be checking Charles' e-mail until next week after things settled down a bit for her. If y'all have Charles' e-mail addy, you might wanna send an e-mail with his name in the "subject line" so that Karen will "see" that e-mail and check it as she might not go through everything...At least not right away.

I will be collecting mail to forward to Karen. I do not feel comfortable sharing her address with Fools I may not know, but if y'all e-mail me Offline, I will give you my address and will forward anything sent here to her.

Of course if you'd prefer, you should be able to send anything to her at the funeral home...Call them first to make sure though.

The funeral home info is:

Henry S. Washington & Sons Co., Inc.
4925 Nannie Helen Burroughs Ave NE
Washington DC 20019
(202) 398-6700

(I found out that they do not have a web site.)

His obituary is supposed to be listed in this Friday's Washington Post. The WP Online requires an account to read their obituary listings and I will link to it when I finally see it, on the BBQ Board.

If you'll e-mail me Offline on Friday, I will respond with the link to his obituary.

Sorry, but it's a bit difficult for me to keep up with all the e-mails and various boards.

However, I am collecting links to the boards that have posted about Charles and will send Karen all individual posts so that she'll see just how much Charles is loved by his Fool Friends. Please know that I will not be responding individually to all Fool Posts...There are just too many.

And, if you see a post on another board about Charles, please send me the link so that I can collect these for Karen. Thanks!!

Bill a.k.a. ßillƒ

Board links collected so far: 77's Foolish House of Pigskin, All things Sci-Fi, Baby Boomers, BBQ, Art of, Fun(ky), The, Buying and Maintaining a Car, Christian Fools, Current Events, Gwen's Pub, Humor and Urban Legends, Major League Baseball, Skunk(s)
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"And, if you see a post on another board about Charles, please send me the link so that I can collect these for Karen. Thanks!!"

I had posted a link to your sad discovery post over at Television Banter and Star Trek where Charles and I occasionally traded posts. I'll miss him.

Ken
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Hey Ken,

I had posted a link to your sad discovery post over at Television Banter and Star Trek where Charles and I occasionally traded posts.

Thank you! Got those links saved now.

I'll miss him.

Me too!

ßillƒ
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Charles' obituary has been posted in today's Washington Post Online. You'll need a free account in order to see both the obituary and sign the guest book.

www.legacy.com/washingtonpost/DeathNotices.asp?Page=LifeStory&PersonID=86753695

However, I did add the info on his BBQ Fools page...

www.bbqfools.com/crobinso.php

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Thanks for the links, Bill. It was touching to read the outpouring of affection for someone most of us only knew from his postings on TMF. I finished up by reading that hysterical chili cook-off story. It had me in tears. (At least, I think it was the story that did it.)

Mark.
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