Charles Carter, 87

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AUGUSTINE, FLA. – Charles Nathaniel Carter passed away peacefully on Sept. 12 at the Community Hospice Center in St. Augustine, Florida. He was born Aug. 28, 1933, the son of Maxwell and Sarah Carter (née Silverman).

Charles was raised in Providence, attended Hope High School and went on to earn a B.A. from Bryant College. He served in the U.S. Army, where he was stationed in Mainz, Germany for two years.

After working briefly for the Warwick Beacon, Charles began a long career in sales, first with Castro Convertibles and eventually with Ethan Allen Furniture, where he remained until his retirement in the early 1990s.

Soon after the death of his wife, Leslie, he relocated to Florida. He led an active life there for many years volunteering for and donating to numerous organizations he cared about such as H.A.W.K.E. Wildlife, the Betty Griffin Center, the Council on Aging, Meals on Wheels and the St. Augustine Public Library.

A soft-spoken and gentle soul, Charles had a passion for books, sports (especially the Boston-based teams), film and art and filled his home with an eclectic mix of paintings and prints. Late in life he took up drawing and was particularly fond of creating unique cartoons based on current events as well as portraits of friends and acquaintances and whimsical animal characters. He happily shared these with the community, and it was not unusual to go into an office or home in town and see his creations on display.

Charles leaves behind his wife, Almadean Williams, a brother, Allan Carter (Gina) of Kingston, a daughter, Lisa Carter of Hamden, Connecticut, and numerous friends at the Allegro Senior Living Community in St. Augustine, where he last resided.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be sent to H.A.W.K.E. Wildlife.