Charles James Ducharme 1964-2019
Son, Husband, Father, Brother, Friend and Light
Charles Ducharme, a son of San Francisco and a citizen of Portland, passed away on October 10. Charles in his 55 years attracted a legion of friends and admirers who join today in support of his grieving family, mother Gay, wife Michele, grown children Brinley and Joseph, brothers John and Thomas and sister Ann.
Charles was born in San Francisco October 6th, 1964. He was forever a leader, even in his younger years at Stuart Hall School for Boys and later as Student Body President at St. Ignatius College Preparatory. He took to sailing as a youth and as a teenager became a sailing instructor at the St. Francis Yacht Club, where he inspired youngsters and adults alike, infecting them with his enthusiasm for life and for sailing.
Charles earned his bachelor’s degree from San Francisco State University in 1994 and in 1999 a master’s degree in Environmental Science from the University of San Francisco. Charles entered the financial services industry when he joined UBS Financial Services’ Portland, Oregon branch in 2002. He quickly distinguished himself as a hard worker and an advisor of the highest ethical standards. In 2010 he earned the Certified Financial Planner (CFP®) certification and leveraged his skills in building a robust and successful business partnership. Clients universally appreciated his enthusiasm and his wise counsel.
Having been given much, Charles also gave back to his community, supporting numerous local charities and giving of his time to coach youth football and soccer. In 2005, Charles helped co-found the Eastside Portland Lacrosse league with roughly 80 kids. By 2018 his legacy had grown to serve 397 young people, 193 girls and 204 boys, making it one of the largest lacrosse leagues in the state.
Charles was a persistent and respectable golfer. But it was on skis that Charles’ love of sport could barely be contained. He lived to lay down “first tracks” on a powder day. Charles clocked over 30 days on the slopes of Mt. Hood last season, and was thrilled to win a new pair of Line skis in a charity raffle at the end of the season.
He had an infectious enthusiasm for life and a smile that could light up any room. That light will be missed. It already is.
Remembrances in Charles’ name may be made to Camp Rosenbaum, Transition Projects or the National MS Society
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