Vail Daily obituary: Charles Stone, 1937-2016
Charlie Stone, 78, of Vail and Denver, passed away April 26 as a result of complications from a broken hip after a recent fall.
The second son born to his family in Cambridge Springs, Pennsylvania, Charlie lived with his mother and father and five siblings. The family had a couple of “drop-off brothers” who also lived with them on a small acreage that was able to provide food during the hard times of the Depression. His oldest brothers, Ivan and Carl, preceded Charlie in death several years ago. He is survived by brothers Jim and family of Merritt Island, Florida, Doug and family of Markleton, Pennsylvania, and sister Claudia Campbell and family of Mill Village, Pennsylvania.
After graduating from high school in Cambridge Springs, Charlie attended Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania. During college and after, he supported himself by playing in a band called Big Chuck’s Novelty Band. In addition to his wonderful singing voice, Charlie also played the guitar, banjo and piano.
The adventurous sort, Charlie did lots of traveling and landed in Breckenridge in 1970. In 1973, he got into the clothing business, silk-screening T-shirts and other garments first in Montauk, Long Island, and then pioneering the business in Vail. With his entrepreneurial spirit, he grew his business throughout the years to nine stores in the Vail area, employing hundreds of people throughout the years.
Charlie was a caring and generous man to his many friends and to his employees over the years. Charlie’s charitable spirit was very apparent, giving clothing and money to children’s organizations and other charities in the area. Although he never had children of his own, there were many of his friends’ children who considered him an uncle or godfather. Charlie was always so good to them, showering them with love and treating them as his own. He was considered family by his many, many friends.
Charlie was a fun-loving man who enjoyed traveling, skiing, golf, music, boating and entertaining at his lake house in Summit County. He also loved working in his stores, talking to customers and mixing it up with the staff. He will be remembered for his infectious laugh, big smile and generosity to all. Charlie will be greatly missed.
There are two local gatherings planned to celebrate Charlie’s life. The first will take place at Bart & Yeti’s on Thursday, June 9, at 5 p.m. The second will be held at his cabin on Green Mountain Reservoir on Saturday, June 11, beginning at 1 p.m.
For any questions, please call Charlie’s T-Shirts at 970-476-9737.