The Arc of Essex County Remembers Charles Thomas

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It is with great sadness that The Arc of Essex County announces the passing of our beloved Charles “Charlie” Thomas. Charles Thomas, affectionally known as “Charlie,” was the Man of the West Caldwell (Beechtree) group home. He had lived at Beechtree for almost 17 years. During that time, Charlie could be seen hanging outside, waving to the neighbors in the community and chatting with the postman. He was known for his feistiness, charming ways, and being full of energy. He loved spending time outside, in his bedroom watching Mass, playing board games, discussing baseball, or dining out at his favorite eatery, the Cheesecake Factory. As the only man in the Beechtree home Charlie took the responsibility of taking out the trash nightly, letting all male staff know he was the head of the household. He loved celebrating his birthday, and enjoyed spending time decorating the home for each holiday of the year. Even at the age of 86 Charlie enjoyed getting up 5 days a week and attending his Day Program at West Caldwell Hub. The staff and peers cherished him there as well. He will be missed by his Arc family, but never forgotten.

If you would like to make a donation to The Arc of Essex County in Charlie’s memory, please visit our tribute donation page.  Please note that your donation is in memory of Charles Thomas; an acknowledgement of your tribute will be sent to his family members.