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Charles “Charlie” Greenplate

September 4, 1935 - May 21, 2019

Charles “Charlie” Greenplate of Newark, DE passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, May 21, 2019, at the age of 83. 

Born on September 4, 1935 in Newark, DE, he was the son of the late Robert and Marjorie (Rhoades) Greenplate. He was a graduate of Newark High School and served in the Delaware Army National Guard for several years.  Charles worked in the transportation industry, which he greatly enjoyed, for 47 years before retiring in 2003.

He was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend.  He was an active member of the Newark Senior Center and enjoyed participating in many programs especially swimming. He was an avid bird watcher and enjoyed watching the frequent visits from the many birds, especially hummingbirds, in his back yard.  Charles enjoyed vacationing with his family and spending time with his grandchildren and loved ones. He will be fondly remembered and greatly missed for his great sense of humor and always having a smile to share with everyone.  

The Greenplate family would like to extend special thanks and gratitude to Charles’s special in-home caregiver, Cookie (Age Advantage), for her exceptionally warm and compassionate support and services over the last several months.

Charles is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Barbara Sue; his devoted sons, Gary Greenplate (Mary Beth), Michael Greenplate (Gina) and Mark Greenplate (Vera); grandchildren, Kimberly, Michael, Ryan, Matthew, Grace and Katherine; sister, Lillian B. Seward; brother in law and sister in law, Raymond and Kathleen Johnson; as well as several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Benjamin “Benny” Greenplate.

A visitation for family and friends will be held from 9:30 am until 10:45 am on Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at St. Nicholas Episcopal Church, 10 Old Newark Road, Newark, DE 19713, where a funeral service will begin at 11am.  Interment will follow in Gracelawn Memorial Park, 2220 North DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE.

In lieu of flowers contributions in Charlie’s memory may be made to St. Nicholas Episcopal Church at the address listed above or Newark Senior Center, 200 Whitechapel Drive, Newark, DE 19713.

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  • Mark,
    I am so sorry for your loss. I remember how supportive you were when Larry died and am forever grateful to you and your loving kindness. I know others will do the same for you, Vera and the girls. Losing a parent is difficult but you have wonderful memories of a long life shared with your dad and that will sustain you. It will surprise and comfort you how often little things will jog memories and make you smile. If there is anything I can do for you, please let me know and remember that you will see him again in much better circumstances. All my love to you, Vera, your beautiful young ladies and your mother. Mrs. T

  • Mark, I am so sorry for your loss. Please offer my condolences to your entire family, especially yourself, Vera and the girls. I know it’s a difficult transition, to a different kind of “normal”, to contend with.

  • Mark and Vera : My sincerest and deepest sympathy to your family in the passing of your father,Charles Greenplate . May the Lord comfort and give you all peace as only He can.

  • I’d like to extend my condolences to Sue on the loss of her beloved husband. Charlie always had a smile and kind word for everyone. My thoughts are with Sue and her family at this difficult time. Sincerely, Arline Gulli