Charles Athanasia

October 8th, 2021

Charles Athanasia, formerly a long-time resident of Wilmington, passed away on October 8, 2021, at the age of 90.

He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Florence, and his three sons and their families, Charlie, his wife Sandra, and their children, Sarah and Matthew, Dean, his wife Sherri, and their children, Gabrielle, Samuel, and Christopher, and Chris, his wife Lisa, and their child, Kalista.

Charlie was the son of Thomas and Florence Athanasia. He was born and grew up in Alston, Massachusetts with his late brother Anthony Athanasia and his sister Dolores Anthony. After graduating high school, Charlie joined the Army and was stationed in Japan as a Sergeant in the Military Police. He used this time not only to serve his country, but also to amass a good number of stories to entertain his three sons later in life — tales of his friend, “Pineapple” from Hawaii, their nemesis, the elusive Johnny Squirrel, his dog Kudo and many others.

When he returned to the United States, Charlie attended Northeastern University, where he met the love of his life, and his partner in life, Florence. What began with the line, “Hey, who’s little girl are you?” grew into a long and meaningful relationship of over sixty years. They shared the love and laughter of a marriage, the good times and, of course, the bad times too, and most importantly, the total dedication to each other and to their family.

Charlie was an educator, spending many years in the classrooms of the Everett school system, and eventually becoming a guidance counselor before he retired. He felt so much pride in his work, touching the lives of so many children over the years. He was tough. Strict. Old school.

But, most important to Charlie was his family, and especially his three boys. Whether it was through sports, work around the house, playing games, or just having dinner, Charlie was an educator first and foremost, teaching all the life lessons his children would need throughout their lives to be happy, successful, and — when the time came — good fathers to their own children.

At some point, Charlie became “Papa,” and together with “Mimi,” so enjoyed their six grandchildren. They shared in their lives, watched them grow, develop, and become young adults. Papa was ever present, never missing a birthday or special occasion, and always there with all of the love, guidance and support he could offer. Although he rarely talked about it openly, he expressed great pride in seeing his sons and grandchildren being able to achieve things in life beyond what he ever thought he could. We will all miss him dearly and will hold him in our hearts each and every day.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, MA, on Saturday, October 16th at 8:00 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, MA, at 9:00 a.m. Interment with Military Honors will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett, MA. Visiting Hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Friday, October 15th from 3:00-7:00 p.m.


12 Entries in Guest Book for “Charles Athanasia”

  1. Mary-Alice Cavens says:

    So sorry for your loss. He was such a nice man. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

  2. Cheryl (Olson) Blaisdell says:

    Charlie, Dean and Chris, we are so very sorry for your loss. We had the good fortune of meeting your dad (separately) but not the pleasure of knowing him. But knowing the 3 of you, we certainly could tell the kind of man he was, and for sure how much he will be missed. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Cheryl and John Blaisdell.

  3. Gayle says:

    My name is Gayle orlanzo and I’m a cashier at market basket your dad was one of my many favorites who came shopping most Fridays always enjoyed talking to him. I’m very sorry for your loss.

  4. Rick Barry says:

    Florence, Charlie, Dean, and Chris;
    I’m so sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. I hope your mother is doing ok. I know you all will be there to help her through these tough times. If I close my eyes and think about Sunday Mass at St. Thomas, your mom and dad are the first people I see. Their devotion to God, their family and friends showed every day in you guys! Your dad just beamed with pride when talking about Charlie, Dean And Chris!
    I beg your forgiveness for not being able to make the wake and funeral of your dad. Please extend my condolences to your mother (talk about another great human being)!
    Rick Barry

  5. The Cullivan Family says:

    We are so sorry for your loss. Your Dad was wonderful. Kevin has a lifetime of memories and so much respect for him and your family. Please let us know if there is anything we can do. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
    Love, Kevin & Rosemary Cullivan

  6. Kristin (McCowan)Stanganelli says:

    Dear Mrs A and sons,
    Thinking of you at this difficult time. We extend our deepest condolences to you all. Mr A will always be fondly remembered.
    Kristin and Steven Stanganelli

  7. Campbell family says:

    We are so very sorry for your loss. Your father will be remembered as a proud, dignified man, who raised 3 wonderful sons. We are honored to have known him

  8. Ken and Aggie McCowan says:

    We think the obit says it all, the guidance Charlie and Flo gave their sons had a lot to do with their success. Neighbors become friends, so when we look across the street we feel sadness, a void if you will. We will miss you including our children.

  9. Jimbo McHugh says:

    Mrs. Athanasia, Charlie, Dean, Chris
    So Sorry to hear about your your Families Loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time.

  10. Gina f Cerbone says:

    I am so sorry for you Florence and family. I became very friendly with your dad and mom at the 99 restaurant. He would call Saturday nights to see if I was working so I could wait on them. I have never met his children or grandchildren but, all the stories he told me he was proud of each and everyone of his boys, daughter -in-laws and grandchildren. I have not seen Charlies since probably January of 2020. I thought about him every Saturday nights since we went back to inside and outside dinning. I am truly sad and sorry for your loss. Your husband, father and papa was a special gentleman. I am so glad I had the pleasure of meeting him and I will truly miss him.

    God bless you all

  11. Stephen Raso says:

    We are deeply saddened by the loss of our dear Mr. A (aka Big Chuck). Our thoughts and prayers are with Mrs. A (Florence), Charlie and Sandra, Dean and Sherri, Chris and Lisa and the grandchildren Gabrielle, Sam, Christopher, Sarah, Matthew and Kali.

    Mr. A was much more than a neighbor and friend to us on Nathan Road. He was a strong father figure and one of my first mentors. Growing up with Mr. A usually involved some type of lesson in the form of building a strong work ethic along with some fun. For example, whenever I’d go to the Athanasia house to see if the ‘boys could come out and play’, the next thing I knew he’d have me working on his car or clean up the work area or load something to somewhere before I could “go see the boys”.

    Every night at dusk, you could hear Mr. A’s whistle reverberate throughout the neighborhood to let Charlie, Dean and Chris know it was supper time. No matter what we were doing, it ended as soon as we heard that whistle. It was so punctual that my Mom told my sisters and me “you come home too when you hear Mr. A whistle”.

    Mr. A often referred to me as his ‘adopted son’, a sentiment I will continue to carry as a badge of honor.

    Our dear Mr. A may no longer be with us but he will live on through our remembrance of him.

    Stephen and Kelly Raso

  12. Wayne Vokey says:

    Florence, Charlie Dean Chris and Family,

    Mary and I are very sorry for you loss. I have many great memories of Charlie from the first time I road my bike on Kenwood Road in Everett when I was 6 and catching my first fish at your camp in NH. I also have many memories of attending many family parties with my family at your house on Nathan Road and up in NH. Our prayers are with you in this difficult time.


    Wayne and Mary Vokey

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