Charles Dennis “Big Chuck” Charpentier, of Winchester, Virginia passed away on Wednesday, March 29, 2023, after a brief battle with cancer. He was 70 years old.
Chuck was born on October 7, 1952, and grew up in Pepperell, Massachusetts before moving to Vienna, Virginia. He was a graduate of James Madison High School in 1971. He was the son of the late Marian Eileen (nee Townsend) and Martin Francis Charpentier.
An avid outdoorsman, Chuck could often be found deer hunting, fishing, gardening, and befriending the local birds and squirrels. He was quite creative, often coming up with unique solutions for fixing or improving things around the home. Chuck also never passed up an opportunity for a good prank or an inappropriate joke – in fact, the more he teased or joked with you, the more he seemed to love you. And Chuck had a lot of love in his heart for his family and close friends.
After more than 30 years in Sterling, Virginia where he lived and ran his wallpaper-hanging business, Chuck and his wife Susan moved to Winchester, Virginia to retire, relax, and enjoy nature. Chuck is survived by his wife of 18 years, Susan (nee Rynex); siblings, Maria Dutton (Paul Barnhart, Jr) of Front Royal, VA, and Michele Noel of Warrenton, VA; daughter Candace Watkins (Douglas) of Poolesville, MD, son Charles “Chuck” Charpentier (Jenna) of Sterling, VA, daughter Tammy Pruett (David) of Pawleys Island, SC, and stepson Joseph Cornwell, Jr. (JoAnn) of Berryville, VA; grandchildren Samantha Bennett (Jon), Brittany Smith (Zach), Tamara Davis, Emmett Cornwell, Breanna Young, James Henderson, Hunter Watkins, Abigail Henderson, Alex Charpentier, Lorelei Watkins, Lacey Pruett, Gabi Charpentier, and Riley Watkins; great-grandchildren Alexis Bennett, Madeline Shann, Mason Bennett, and Baby Smith (due August 2023); and a number of nieces, nephews, and cousins.
In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made In Memory of Chuck D. Charpentier to the Loudoun Elks Lodge National Foundation, of which he was a member for decades. Please direct donations to Lodge #2406 via online donation at: http://www.elks2406.com or by mail: Loudoun Elks Lodge #2406, 401 W Holly Ave, Sterling, VA 20165.
An outdoor BBQ-style Memorial Service will be held this summer at Algonkian Regional Park in Sterling, Virginia.