Charles F. Phelps “Charlie” – August 29, 2014


Rochester: August 29, 2014 at age 85. Predeceased by his wife Louise W. Phelps in 2012. Survived by children; David (Margaret) Phelps of Hamden, CT, Karen Phelps of Lakeville, and Robert (Anne Marie) Phelps of Victor. Grandchildren; Ted, Katherine, Elizabeth, Carie, Paul, Jamie, Matthew, Ryan, Nicholas, and Emma. Great grandchildren; Michael, Owen, and Rylie. Sister Nancy Davan of Ayer, MA. Many nieces & nephews.

Charles was born on December 8, 1928 in Worcester, MA. He is predeceased by his parents Walter & Marjorie Phelps. He was a graduate of Clark University in Worcester where he received his degree in Chemistry. Prior to his graduation he was approached by Eastman Kodak to come to Rochester to work in film research for new military uses. He worked in film research and engineering for over 30 years. He was also a member of the Pittsford Community Chruch for many years. The family wishes to thank the kind staff at St. John’s home for the wonderful care they gave to Charles and their family.

Family and friends are invited to a memorial service on Saturday, September 6th, at 2pm at St. John’s Home, 150 Highland Ave., Rochester, NY 14620, where a reception will follow. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to St. John’s Home at the address above. Arrangements entrusted to the Kevin W. Dougherty Funeral Home Inc., Livonia-Honeoye. To send a condolence and for further information please visit:


One thought on “Charles F. Phelps “Charlie” – August 29, 2014

  1. There are many people in our lives who help to shape the person we become through guidance, love, and understanding. I’m extremely lucky to have had such an incredible person as a part of my journey of growing up. My grandfather Charlie (or “Chaz” as Grandma would often refer to him). There are too many great memories of our times together over the years to list here but here are a few special ones.

    I remember the times he would light a fire in the fireplace and then let me help him add the “magic dust” that would make colors appear in the flames. The times he would read to my sister and I in his chair and purposely mispronounce certain words such as “Cinder-smella” that would have us laughing hysterically throughout the stories. The first time he introduced me to golf at Big Oak driving range and subsequently my first round of golf at Shadow Pines Country Club.

    As I said there are too many to list here but I’m thankful for all of the times we shared. He truly was a grand father. Thank you Grandpa. I love you and will miss you but will always have you in my heart, mind, and memories.

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