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Thursday, March 21, 2024

Charlestown icon Charlie Beck died suddenly

Charles W. Beck, May 18, 1950 ~ March 19, 2024

Charlie championed electronic waste recycling 
by hosting free drop-off days every few months in the
Mini-Super parking lot. He started that in 2014 when the
CCA's Town Administrator Mark Stankiewicz cancelled
free drop-off at the town's transfer station. Pick up was 
done by Charlestown local business Indie Cycle.
Charles W. Beck, 73, “The Unofficial Mayor of Charlestown, RI” died suddenly on Tuesday March 19, 2024, at Rhode Island Hospital.

Born in Hartford, CT on May 18, 1950, he was the son of the late Charles J. and Elenor (Kautz) Beck.

Charlie graduated from Roberts Wesleyan University in Rochester, NY. In the 1980’s he became co-owner of the Charlestown Mini Super and was still working at the time of his passing.

Mr. Beck was an active in the Town of Charlestown civic affairs and had been past President of the Charlestown Town Council. He was currently Charlestown's Town Moderator. He also was a long-time member of the South County Tourism Association.

Charlie loved playing golf and had played his last round on Monday afternoon at Pinecrest Golf Course. He was a member of the South County Umpires Association officiating at many baseball and softball games.

Charlie will be remembered for good character, sense of humor and his unwavering selflessness.

He was the proud loving father of his two sons, Calvin Beck and Cooper Beck. He also leaves his sisters and brother, Deborah Berry of Bloomfield, CT, Timothy Beck of Charlestown, RI and Kathleen Beck of Westminster, MA. He was the longtime dear friend and companion of Darlene DeSantis. He also leaves his former wife Wendy Beck.

A celebration of Charlie’s life will be held on Friday March 22, 2024 at 11:00 AM at St. Andrews Lutheran Church, 15 East Beach Rd, Charlestown, RI. Calling hours are respectfully omitted.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Charlie’s memory may be made to St. Andrews Church, Food Pantry.