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Charles W. Tighe
October 15, 1926 - January 20, 2013
Charles W. Tighe
Charles William Tighe, known as Tig to family and close friends, and Charlie to friends and associates, 86, of N. Ft. Myers, FL, passed away Sunday January 20, 2013 at Hope Hospice in Cape Coral, FL. He was born October 15, 1926 in Grafton, WV to William M. and Virginia Tighe. Turk (his nickname while growing up) graduated from Grafton High School in 1944, where he played trumpet in the band. He attended West Virginia University for a year before enlisting in the United States Army where he served in the Philippines during World War II. He was honorably discharged as a Staff Sergeant with the Criminal Investigating Dept in 1946.
After returning home, he worked as railroad security in Chicago, IL and Washington, DC. He entered the West Virginia State Police Academy in 1953, where a fellow cadet set him up on a blind date with his sister. On Feb. 25, 1953 he married the love of his life, Ann Brammer. He retired from the WV State Police in 1973 at the rank of 1st Sergeant, and began a new career with Gibraltar Mausoleum Corporation, and resided in Kokomo, IN. where he and Ann enjoyed camping, fishing, and boating, spending time with family and friends at Indiana Beach. In 1986, he was promoted to Vice President of Gibraltar Mausoleums, Florida division and relocated to Fort Myers, FL.
His hobbies included hunting with family and friends in his home state of West Virginia. He enjoyed golf, fishing, and taking cruises with Ann. He loved spending time with his many nieces and nephews, and bragging about his grand-dog Jazmine. He was a Kentucky Colonel, and an Admiral of the Cherry Rive Navy. He was a member of the Grafton Elks, Eastern Star, Scottish Rite, Shrine, Fraternal Order of Police, West Virgina State Police Retired Members Assoc., American Legion, and the International Association of Turtles.
He is survived by his daughter Vicki Tighe and grand- dog Jazmine, along with very special nieces, nephews, grand nieces and nephews, cousins.
He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 49 years, Ann; his parents, William M. & Virginia Tighe and an infant sister.
Keeping with his wishes, he was cremated. A family gathering will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to:
Hope Hospice, 9470 Health Park Circle, Fort Myers, FL 33908.
A family gathering will be held at a later date.
Memorial donations have been requested to Hope Hospice, attn; Cape House, at 9470 HealthPark Circle, Ft Myers, FL 33908 or visit www.donate.hopehcs.org