Charles Brabson Sanders II (more affectionately known as Chuck, Ceebs, CB, East Chop Charlie and Gompy) died peacefully on July 3, 2014 in the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital, following a battle with leukemia. He was 90.
He was born in Montclair, N.J., to Louise G. and James W. Sanders on December 11, 1923. He graduated from The Lawrenceville School and then attended Yale University, until he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Air Corps. While in the Corps he piloted a B25 bomber, co-piloted a C47 transport and attained the rank of Major. While home on leave he and Katherine A. Eavenson married in Montclair, N.J., on December 23, 1945. Following his years in the service he was a salesman for American Baby Foods and then worked for Dillon-Beck Manufacturing Company for several years prior to purchasing it.
Along with being the father of four, a husband, and the President and CEO of his company, Chuck made the time to found the Urban Redevelopment Coalition of Montclair the sole purpose of which was to relocate the underprivileged from a poverty stricken section of Montclair and rebuild their homes. For seven years he was president of the Friends of Sengekontacket whose mission statement is the preservation of watersheds, primarily those of Sengekontacket Pond and the adjacent barrier beaches.
Chuck was also on numerous boards such as the Schuman Foundation, Public Broadcasting Service, Chemical Bank, Horizon Bancorp, and the Montclair Golf Club. In addition, he was President of Community Hospital in Montclair, a deacon/elder at Central Presbyterian Church in Montclair and chaired the the ministerial committee at Union Chapel in Oak Bluffs. Chuck was an avid golfer, hunter, and fisherman, as well as a self-taught wood craftsman, which earned him the nickname of Geppetto.
Chuck is survived by his daughters Lynn Pizzirusso, Debby Lewis, and Heidi Bryan and his son Bruce Sanders. He also had 10 grandchildren: Jennifer Walsh, James Pizzirusso, Kelly Gereski, Erin Milbury, Megan Hwang, Weston Bryan, Lindsay Rose, Katie Bryan, Kelsey Sanders and Tyler Sanders and 12 great grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to Friends of Sengekontacket, Union Chapel, or First Congregational Church of West Tisbury. A celebration of Chuck’s life will be held at 10 am, Saturday, August 30, at Union Chapel in Oak Bluffs.
The family wishes to extend its heart-felt gratitude to the staff and physicians at Martha’s Vineyard Hospital (including the lab and Infusion Center) and Hospice of Martha’s Vineyard.