IN MEMORIAM: Charles Ellsworth Meyers, Jr.

obit_charlie-meyers-237x299Charles Ellsworth Meyers, Jr. born to Charles E. Meyers, Sr. and Christine Paduano Meyers, November 18, 1948 in New Haven, Connecticut, died Thursday, December 15, 2016 at the Lower Cape Fear Hospice and Life Care Center in Wilmington, North Carolina.

Meyers was an outstanding athlete at North Haven High School in Connecticut. As co-captain of the 1966 Football team, he was elected the team’s most valuable player.

He was a graduate of Southern Connecticut State University with a BA in Philosophy, MS in Elementary Education and a 6th Year Diploma in School of Administration and Supervision.

Meyers was named the 1998 Rhode Island Principal of the Year by the Rhode Island and National Association of Elementary Principals and was a recipient of the United States Department of Education National Distinguished Principal Award.

His career included twenty-five years as an elementary school principal in Woodsville, New Hampshire, Springfield, Vermont and East Greenwich, Rhode Island. Later he served as Superintendent of Schools in East Greenwich and Superintendent of the Fishers Island Union Free School District in New York.

Meyers enriched the lives of countless children, student athletes, and teachers with his passionate and loving approach to teaching and learning. He coached middle school and high school football and held various coaching positions in the Women’s Professional Football League and the Independent Women’s Football League. Meyers recently served as a volunteer assistant football coach at Murray Middle School in Wilmington, North Carolina. He served as a Eucharistic Minister at St. Thomas More Parish in Narragansett, Rhode Island and at St. Therese Catholic Church in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina. He was an avid skier and softball player, and enjoyed fishing, golfing and sailing. His most treasured times were those spent with his loving family.

He is survived by Trudy Capasso Meyers, his devoted and loving wife of 46 years and loving daughters Jessica Meyers Maurer and husband Kevin Maurer of Wilmington, North Carolina, Alison Meyers Gleason and husband Taylor Gleason of Kingston, Rhode Island, Marissa Meyers and partner James Russell of Wilmington, North Carolina as well as grandsons Jackson and Kiernan Gleason and Charlie and Owen Maurer and beloved brother, Robert Meyers and family of Woodstock, Vermont. He was predeceased by loving sister Barbara Meyers Sherman (September 28, 2008)

The family will receive friends from 5:00 pm until 7:00 pm Sunday, December 18, 2016 at Andrews Mortuary Market Street Chapel.  A Funeral Mass will be held at 12 noon on Monday, December 19, 2016, at St. Therese Catholic Church, 209 N. Lumina Avenue, Wrightsville Beach, NC.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at Saint Thomas More Parish in Narragansett, Rhode Island in the Spring of 2017.

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