Charles Benson Bloss of Aquebogue passed away peacefully Dec. 15 at the age of 78.Born Dec. 20, 1939, to Charles and Florence Bloss in Utica, N.Y., Charlie was a graduate of Riverhead High School, Class of 1957, and SUNY/Farmingdale in 1961. He worked for Young and Young before becoming Riverhead highway superintendent. On June 27, 1965, he married Patricia Maks and they had three children.
Charlie was a proud member of the Riverhead Fire Department since 1961. He served as captain of Washington Engine Co. No. 2, as fire commissioner for 10 years and as a member of the fire department Ironmen, and was Fireman of the Year in 1977.
Charlie was a past president of Riverhead Lions Club and a past president of Suffolk County Highway Superintendent Association. He played saxophone and clarinet for the Polka Boys and Polka Chips. He coached both Pop Warner and Little League. After retiring, Charlie and Pat enjoyed traveling.
The love of Charlie’s life was his nine grandchildren: Kurt, Alexa, Samantha, Corale, Jared, Rachel, Tori, Ava and James Jr.
He is survived by his wife; his children, Charles (Laura), James (Erika) and Penny (Mike) Hubert; and his sister, Jean.
Memorial donations in memory of Charlie may be made to Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research or a charity of your choice.
His wake will be held Wednesday, Dec. 19, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. at McLaughlin Heppner Funeral Home in Riverhead, where a funeral will take place at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 20.
This is a paid notice.