Charles William "Charley" Faas of Montclair, NJ, passed away on May 4 in Myrtle Beach, SC. Born in Montclair on March 18, 1939, to Frances (nee McElroy) and Albert Faas, Charley attended Montclair Public Schools and graduated from Montclair High School in 1957. In that same year, he enlisted in the US Army, training at Fort Bragg and serving as a Quartermaster Supply Specialist in France and Germany until 1960.
From the Army, Charley began a 35-year career in the US Postal Service, rising from the position of letter carrier to Postmaster, a position he held in Maplewood and then Kearny-North Arlington. In retirement after 1995, Charley began a second career as the Mail Supervisor at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, where he retired in 2007.
Charley met Sharon Pier in 1967 and they later married in Puerto Rico in 1975. Together, they raised two children, A.J. and Leanne. Charley and Sharon realized a long-held dream of retiring to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina in 2012. Charley and Sharon were long avid travelers and they further cultivated their spirit of adventure in retirement, traveling extensively around the United States, Europe, Latin America, and the Caribbean in recent years.
Charley was a proud and active Life Member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. He was most active in the West Orange Lodge (no. 1590), where he served as Exalted Ruler in 1968 and was recognized as Elk of the Year for 2010-2011. Charley not only supported the civic and charitable activities of the Elks, but he and Sharon also contributed personally to Project Children and hosted youths from conflict-affected Northern Ireland in their home for five consecutive summers in the 1990s.
He is survived by his loving wife of 42 years, Sharon; daughter, Leanne Passalacqua of Kinnelon, NJ; son A.J. Faas, of San José, CA; two granddaughters, Aria and Avery Passalacqua; brothers, Thomas and Ronald, sister Ethel Cobb; and many nieces and nephews. As is well known, Charley was a friend to many and will be missed by both family and his large circles of friends in New Jersey, New York, South Carolina, California, Ireland, and beyond.
Services will be held at McMillan-Small Funeral Home in Myrtle Beach on Thursday, May 10, 2018. Visitation will begin at 10am, with services following at 11:00am. A reception will follow immediately after the service at the funeral home. Friends and family are encouraged to make contributions in Charley's name to Elks Club Veterans Fund or the West Orange Elks Handicapped Children's Fund.