Charles F. Aldous, 82, of Gloversville, passed away early Thursday morning, April 11, 2013, at St. Mary's Hospital, Amsterdam, surrounded by his family.
Born on February 9, 1931, in Greenwich, he was the son of the late Vernon and Viola (Allen) Aldous.
Mr. Aldous served his country in the United States Navy during the Korean War; he was stationed on the USS Wisconsin and honorably discharged in 1954.
He moved from Greenwich to Saratoga in 1957 and moved to this area in 1967. Mr. Aldous was a chief gas mechanic for Niagara Mohawk Power Corp., starting with the utility in 1956 and retiring in 1990 after over 34 years of service.
Charles loved his family; he was a devoted father and a proud grandfather, never missing an opportunity to cheer on his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren at their sporting events. He was an avid baseball fan, cheering for the Brooklyn Dodgers until their move to Los Angeles and then rooting for the New York Mets. Charles was very active with Little League Baseball in Gloversville; he held several terms in office with the organization and was instrumental in the building of the current home at Park Hurst Field. Charles's hobbies included woodworking and home improvement projects, both at home and with his children.
Besides his parents, Charles was predeceased by his brother, Clarence "Duke" Aldous.
He is survived by his companion, Gail Auspelmyer of Gloversville; two sons, Leonard (Deb Sauber) Aldous of Gloversville and Lee Aldous of Gloversville; three daughters, Leta Aldous of Gloversville, Leah Aldous of Lawrenceville, Ga., and Lucinda (Vincent Drapala) VanDyke of Gloversville; a brother, Clayton (Janet) Aldous of Greenwich; two sisters, Ramona (Ralph) Perkins of Greenwich and Susan (Michael) Hughes of Schuylerville. Charles was also survived by twelve grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren; along with several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Friends and relatives are invited to call on the family from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 13, at the Walrath & Stewart Funeral Home, 51 Fremont Street, Gloversville, where a funeral service will follow the visitation at 1 p.m. at the funeral home, with the Very Rev. Donald Czelusniak officiating. Burial with full military honors will follow at Mount Carmel Cemetery, Johnstown.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Mountain Valley Hospice, 108 Steele Ave., Gloversville, NY 12078.
Please visit the family's online memorial and guestbook at www.brbsfuneral.com.