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In Memory of

Charles Standard

July 26, 1919 - August 10, 2017

Obituary


Charles (Chuck) Standard always considered himself a lucky guy over his 98 years, but in reality it was his spirit of gratitude and incredibly positive attitude that created a silver lining around every adversity he faced.

He was born in East St. Louis, Missouri on July 26, 1919 to Vassa Keller and Charles Claude Standard. Much of his childhood was spent in Bensenville, Illinois, where he started working at age nine as a caddy at a local country club. He saved the first dollar he ever earned, which he passed on to his grandson...

Charles (Chuck) Standard always considered himself a lucky guy over his 98 years, but in reality it was his spirit of gratitude and incredibly positive attitude that created a silver lining around every adversity he faced.

He was born in East St. Louis, Missouri on July 26, 1919 to Vassa Keller and Charles Claude Standard. Much of his childhood was spent in Bensenville, Illinois, where he started working at age nine as a caddy at a local country club. He saved the first dollar he ever earned, which he passed on to his grandson Trevor. At the age of 16 he graduated from high school and attended Purdue University, graduating just as WWII was accelerating.

During the war Chuck was a Navy carrier pilot and flew off the Yorktown CV10 in the Pacific. He primarily flew the dive bomber, SBD Dauntless and was awarded the Navy Cross, the highest medal bestowed by the Navy for his role in the "mission beyond darkness." He was also awarded the Air Medal and towards the end of the war was trained as a landing signal officer.

On January 21st 1944 he married Nancy Drake, and after the war settled in Evanston, Illinois where he was employed at NBC. He had two daughters, Debbie and Patti, and a son, John. In 1954 the Standards decided to relocate to Riverside, Connecticut where Chuck continued to work for NBC. They bought what they thought would be a temporary home on Druid Lane and lived there for the next 58 years. Chuck would go on to become the National Sales manager of the Meeker Company and then finish his career at Adweek.

Chuck and Nancy led a very active life playing tennis, skiing in Vermont, enjoying the Turkey of the Month play reading group and racing their Rhodes 18. They enjoyed their summers at Rocky Point Club where Chuck played tennis in the Fairfield County League and sailing at Riverside Yacht Club.

Upon retiring in 1984 Chuck became actively involved in the RMA (Retired Men's Association) where he held every available office including President from 1998-1999. One activity that he particularly enjoyed with the RMA was golfing, and was proud of his second hole-in-one as a retiree. Another activity he enjoyed was singing with the Melody Men.

Over the years his family grew to include seven grandchildren (Trevor, Whitney, Greg, Jeff, Kate, Todd and Lauren) and three great grandchildren (Madilyn, Mackenzie and Maegan). Unfortunately, he lost his beloved wife Nancy on August 22, 2012. They had a wonderful 67 years together as as they traveled abroad and crisscrossed the country numerous times in their RV (they had 3). They sailed every year for 20 years in the BVIs, volunteered in their community, and he helped her with her beloved vintage fashion shows.

Retirement didn't slow Chuck down at all and he went on to experience some amazing adventures, most of them occurring in the last few years. On July 4th 2014 he was honored as the WWII veteran at the Mets baseball game at Citi Field where his picture was displayed on the jumbotron. His flying experiences ramped up in the last few years and he was fortunate to fly in a Torpedo Bomber from WWII and in a L39 Russian Jet where the pilot did aerobatics and Chuck took the controls.

Chuck went skydiving on both his 95th and 96th birthdays. The Greenwich Time wrote an article about him under the headline "Longtime resident WWII Vet celebrates with a skydive."

His grandchildren expressed their feelings about their beloved grandfather - "Poppy has made his final carrier landing and you did it with honor and dignity. You taught us not to take for granted that which we are given, as you drilled into our heads from a young age that 'every day is a beautiful day'. And for that Poppy, we are truly grateful."

A celebration of Chuck's life will be held Friday, October 13, 2 pm at Riverside Yacht Club, 102 Club Road, Riverside, CT. Donations may be made in Chuck Standard's name to the Greenwich Land Trust or the Wounded Warrior Project.