Charles Warner Gale Passes Away June 14 at 90 of Heart Failure After a Short Illness

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will be remembered for his easy manner, his positive outlook, and his sense of humor

Charles Warner Gale died June 14, 2018, of heart failure after a short illness. He was 90 years old.

BREVARD COUNTY • COCOA BEACH, FLORIDA – Charles Warner Gale died June 14, 2018, of heart failure after a short illness. He was 90 years old.

Charlie lived a full and interesting life. Born Klaus Werner Gallewski on August 14, 1927, Charlie began his life in Trebintz, Silesia, Germany. In 1938, his family escaped the Nazi menace by emigrating.

They lived in Cuba while they waited for their number to be called and in 1941 they were able to immigrate into the U.S. At that time, Klaus became Charles Gale. He was drafted into the Army in 1945. Upon discharge, he attended the Ohio State University on the GI Bill, earning an MBA and graduating with honors.

Charlie began his career in retail, specializing in women’s’ wear, and moved several times climbing through the ranks to manage larger and larger stores. However, he eventually ended up on the manufacturing side when he moved to San Francisco in the seventies to become the director of manufacturing and marketing of the women’s’ wear division for Levi-Strauss.

In 2006, Charles retired to Cocoa Beach, Florida with his partner and life companion of 35 years, Anna Lynn Wagner. There he lived out the remainder of his life surrounded by a large group of family and friends.

Charlie was an enthusiastic duplicate bridge player, becoming a Life Master twice. In retirement, he continued to play bridge several times a week, even winning a tournament pairs game in Gatlinburg in the month before his death.

A selfless and kind man, he volunteered with Meals on Wheels in Cocoa Beach for several years. He enjoyed traveling and spending time with his children and grandchildren.

Charlie will be remembered for his easy manner, his positive outlook, and his sense of humor. He never met a stranger, and would often strike up a jovial conversation with those around him.

Left behind to celebrate his memory are life partner, Anna Lynn Wagner; daughter, Julie Gale Cason; son, Steve Gale; grandchildren, Bill and Brian Lehmann; and two great-grandchildren. Additional family includes Terri Wagner Cooper, David Wagner, Jeffery Wagner and 6 grandchildren.

Donations may be made to the Brevard Zoo, Meals on Wheels or Salvation Army.

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