Charles Spencer Rowe, Jr. graduated from Staunton Military Academy, was a guard on the 1944 Virginia State Championship basketball team and upon graduation joined the U.S. Marine Corps and served honorably for two years.
Mr. Rowe died Dec. 18, 2013, at his home in Williamsburg. He was 86.
He was born June 11, 1927, in Bombay, India, the son of Marie and Charles Spencer Rowe, Sr. and was raised in Wilmington, Del. After his discharge from the military he attended the University of Delaware and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in chemistry.
His business career began with Atlas Powder Company in the Product Development Department. He held many positions during his career including Marketing Manager of Food Chemicals, Assistant Sales Manager of the Chicago Region, Sales Manager of the New York Region, Vice President of Sales for the Fleischman Division of Nabisco Brands and completed his career as Vice President of Marketing and Sales for the Rheon Automatic Machinery Company.
Mr. Rowe was volunteer at FISH in Williamsburg for over 10 years, served on the board for five years and then became the President of the FISH board. He also was a volunteer for Meals on Wheels for many years.
He is survived by his loving wife of 32 years, Mary Ellen; son, Charles S. Rowe, III and his wife, Wendy; grandson, Charles G. Rowe; granddaughter, Kelly Rowe; and he is survived by Leonard McGee, III and his wife, Georgia and their son, Leonard McGee, IV, Greg and Eleanor Mast and their sons, Pete and Will and Jim and Jennifer Liggett and their daughters, Kylie and Eleanor.
A funeral mass will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 27, 2013, at St. Bede Catholic Church.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to FISH, Historic Triangle Community Services Center, 312 Waller Mill Road, Suite #800 Williamsburg, VA 23185 or St. Bede Catholic Church, 3686 Ironbound Rd. Williamsburg, VA 23188.
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