Our beloved Charles Robert Sears, Sr. passed away at age 80 at home surrounded by loved ones and went to his heavenly father in the early morning hours of December 4 after a long illness.


Our beloved Charles Robert Sears, Sr. passed away at age 80 at home surrounded by loved ones and went to his heavenly father in the early morning hours of December 4 after a long illness.

He was preceded in death by his parents Hayes and Bessie Sears of West Virginia. Brothers Wintfred and Lacy Sears. Sisters Virgie Diorrio, Mary Leggio, Zillah Mae Bailey and Anne Gonzales.

Charles is survived by his loving wife of sixteen years, Bonnie Sears of Hartly, DE. His sister Lee Paoli of Newark, DE. Joseph and Dominick Paoli, Sister Nancy Jannuzzio and all their children and grandchildren also of Newark, DE. His mother in-law Patricia Fenton of Dover, Sons Charles Sears Jr. of San Francisco, Ca. and Craig Sears and wife Diane of Hartly, DE. Daughters Cheryl Fry and husband Lance of Scranton, Pa., Cindy Rose and husband Paul of Havre de Grace, Md., Carolyn Messina husband Charles of Hartly, DE.  He also leaves behind sister in-laws, nephews, nieces, 9 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren and his two beloved dogs Mollie and Madison Sears.

He worked as a pipefitter for local 74 for many years. He was a member of the American Legion. He was a member of Unity Masonic Lodge in Newport, DE in 1960 then served as a senior deacon of Masonic Lodge No. 35, A.F. & A.M in New Castle, Delaware where he worked his way up to Worshipful Master for that Lodge in 1966 to 1967. He was a veteran of the US Army where he loyally served as a special forces Army Ranger in Germany during World War II where he earned his rank of sergeant and was honorably discharge on August 30, 1954. In 1957 Charlie learned to fly at Joe Jenkins Airport and built his own Airstrip, The Flying C. He bought his first air plane, a Mooney.  He became a member of the International Flying Farmers up until his death. If you saw the outline of a V-Tailed plane flying high above you it more than likely was Charlie Sears in his Beach Craft Bonanza. You could see Charlie flying high in the skies over Delaware for many years until he gave it up when he sold his beloved red and white C-35 Beach Craft Bonanza aircraft in 1997.

Charlie lovingly served on the board of director of Delaware Electric Cooperative for 17 years. Charlie greatly loved his co-op, its entire staff and all of the members that make up Delaware Electric Cooperative but his greatest loves were God and flying his plane to many distant destinations. Charlie will be sadly missed here on earth for many years to come but we are curtain that he has earned his own wings and is flying high in heaven above. We love you Charlie Sears.

Memorial services will be held 2 p.m., Saturday, January 7, 2012 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 237 Lebanon Road, Dover.

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