Born in Long Island, New York, June 21, 1922. The son of Elizabeth Sullivan and Charles G. Wilson, Sr., he was one five children, the second oldest, with three brothers and one sister.
He enrolled in the Navy in July of 1940, at the age of 18. He served from 1940-1946. He was deployed on the USS San Francisco, and saw action at Pearl Harbor. He was one of the oldest and few remaining Pearl Harbor survivors. In August of 1946, at the age of 24, he concluded his military service and returned to San Francisco, where he lived and worked for a majority of his life.
Charles made a career in the food industry, working at several restaurants in San Francisco. He spent some of the most enjoyable years of his career as an assistant manager at the Olympic Club, where after 13 years of service, he retired and was honored with a lifetime membership.
He and his wife Norma moved to Los Altos in 1975, and eventually retired there. Charles was an avid reader. He also enjoyed traveling with Norma, taking trips to Palm Springs, and taking cruises to various locations. Charles loved to play and watch golf. Although Charles had access to one of the most prestigious golf courses in the area, he made a rule of never playing golf while he was working. One of his most memorable experiences was working the 1987 U.S. Open at the Olympic Club.
The family would like express their gratitude to the staff and doctors of the VA in Palo Alto, and especially the staff and doctors of the VA in Menlo Park. He was always treated with the utmost respect and kindness.
There will be a public closed-casket visitation on Wednesday, November 15 from 2-4pm with a rosary at 3:00pm in the Los Altos Chapel at Spangler Mortuary 399 So. San Antonio, Los Altos, CA 94022
There will also be a Funeral Mass Thursday November 16 at 10:00am at St. Williams Catholic Church 611 S. El Monte Ave. Los Altos Hills, CA 94022 followed by a graveside service at 11:30am at Gates of Heaven Cemetery 22555 Cristo Rey Dr. Los Altos, CA 94024
A reception will follow at Bella Vita Restaurant 376 1st. St. Los Altos, Ca 94022
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Charles’ honor to the Veteran’s Association. More information can be found at https://www.paloalto.va.gov/