Charles Adam Kavaliauskas, aged 76, died on September 8, 2019 from complications during a recent hospital stay. Born on October 14, 1942, the son of Charles and Aldona Kavaliauskas.
Charles, affectionately known as as ‘Chuckles’ by his wife, was the definition of a true family man. He was always involved in his family and regularly put their needs before his own. He never hesitated to work overtime if it meant being able to buy his wife or kids a special gift or go on a family road trip vacation. He helped put all three of his sons through college. He loved his grandchildren enormously, and they him. Whether it was babysitting or seeing their games and performances he was energized seeing them grow and succeed. He took the time to connect with each of them and helped to foster each of their unique talents.
Charles served in the Army and was deployed oversees in Italy and, soon after, started his sole career for the Department of the Navy in their printing division. Forced into early retirement at the age of 52, he used the opportunity to spend more time with his family and develop some ‘interesting hobbies’. He surfed the supermarket ads for sales like most surf the web today. We’d ask him why he would go to 4 different stores for the individual sale items for the weekly shopping. His response was ‘because I can’. He would often challenge his children to see who got the better deal on milk or soda and to his credit he won most of the time.
Other passions during his retirements included watching his favorite sports teams the Buffalo Bills (the only NY football team according to him) and New York Mets. Once he learned to use a computer he was hooked and considered the computer as essential as eating and breathing. He loved following the news, politics and most importantly the stock market. He would brag that he was doing better than the people he was paying to invest in the market.
Many will remember him for the foods he loved. He never met a Devil Dog that he didn’t like. His idea of a treat for dinner was a sack of White Castle ‘belly bombers’. He loved homemade macaroni and potato salads especially when they were made by his wife. He never got tired of pizza and was hoping they would make it a new food group. He knew all the food specials whether it was ‘4 for 4’ at Wendy’s or his $8 French toast slam at Denny’s after church. He loved sharing a meal with his family and friends.
He made an undeniable impact on his friends and family and his presence with us will not be forgotten and will be greatly missed.
Charles is survived by his 3 sons, Ken, Mark, and David, their wives, Eve, Dawn, and Lauren, and his five grandchildren, Thomas, Alec, Kourtney, Kathryn, and Connor, and his sister Ruth and Linda and brother Rob.