Charles Dunlevy 1915-2003
Charles Francis Dunlevy, grandson of Island shopkeeper Yankee Jim, passed away on January 23rd 2003 in Elmhurst, Illinois at the age of 88. Although born in Chicago, he treasured his Beaver Island roots. It was on one of his many trips here that he went to an AA meeting in 1964, an experience that changed his life and led to 37 sober years. As a retiree from his job as a maintenance engineer for Loretto Hospital he took up long-distance bicycling and earned a college degree in counseling. He was known as Grandpa Chuck to the children he assisted as a crossing guard or when he dressed up as Santa Claus. He was married for 63 years to his wife Marion, whom he met in a dance class.
Over the years he played an important role as a support partner to dozens of AA members. He was never embarrassed or secretive about his addiction, his granddaughter said. Rather than hide the fact, he faced his problems head-on and encouraged others to do the same. He always carried a special coin to remind himself of his struggle. He was always there for those who needed his help.
He is survived by his wife, by a son, Paul, two daughters, Lydia Waterloo and Catherine Tardy, four grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.
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