Charles R. Wingerson, Sr. passed away on September 4, 2017, and leaves this world a less kind, funny and whimsical place.
Also known as Bud, PapPap, Chuck, Coach Wingerson, and Mr. Wonderful, he was born in Pittsburgh, PA in 1938 to the late Charles Miller Wingerson and Agnes Kissane Wingerson. He was educated at St. Bede and Central Catholic HS and attended Robert Morris College.
He leaves heartbroken but grateful Barbara Sheehan ("my first wife" when he wanted to annoy her), his wife of 57 years, son Ray and wife Judy (more daughter than "in-law"), daughters Marybeth and Kate. He was dearly loved by his granddaughters Amber and Meredith, her partner Joey Federspiel and namesake grandson Trey and wife Alyson. And even if they don't realize it yet, great granddaughters Raelyn and Emersyn loved him too.
He proudly served his country in the Coast Guard and his community with Meals on Wheels and Knights of Columbus, among others. He served his city as Alderman for 10 terms and as Mayor pro tem of Rockwell. For his years of service to the Community Service Council (SRCAA) he was awarded the Order of the Long Leaf Pine. (Long before Michael Jordan got one as he liked to say.)
Bud loved the Steelers, the Penguins and suffered through years of Pirates fandom after 1979. He split loyalties and cheered for the Panthers, and he always cheered against the Patriots no matter who they played. He pretended to cheer for all the school favorites of his kids and grandkids, but we all suspected that he loved State and merely tolerated Duke and Carolina.
Half of the Chuck & Larry Show, he worked for American Greetings for about 50 years, earning multiple top national salesman awards, the loyalty of customers and the richly-enjoyed jealousy of Hallmark salesmen.
His dear sister Mary Ann Gargani preceded him in death, and we are grateful to her for giving him the nickname Buddy. Missing him are brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, friends, neighbors, political allies and opponents, boys he coached 40 years ago, friends of his kids and grandkids, the dog walkers who knew him as Dusty’s best friend, clerks in his regular stores, and all those people whose days he lightened with a chuckle.
Visitation with the family will be held on Wednesday, September 6 from 6-8pm at Powles Staton Funeral Home. A Mass will be held Thursday, September 7 at 11am at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, followed by a reception at 2pm at the Rockwell Legion Building. As Bud loved color and fun, wear a crazy tie, a t-shirt, a button, anything you think he would have liked.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in his name to Habitat for Humanity, Meals on Wheels, the Salisbury-Rowan Community Action Agency, 1300 West Bank Street, Salisbury, NC 28144, Sacred Heart School Scholarship Fund, 385 Lumen Christi Lane, Salisbury, NC 28147, or your local animal rescue organization.
Powles Staton Funeral Home of Rockwell, honored provider of Veterans Funeral Care, is assisting the Wingerson family. Online condolences may be made at www.powlesfuneralhome.com.
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