Charles Gardner Depew

Charles Gardner Depew died on Nov. 2, 2019, in Akron, Ohio, due to congestive heart failure. He was surrounded in life and at his death with the love and support of Heloise Gilmore Depew, his wife of 63 years, his children and their families.

Charles had great energy and spent his 89 years determined to execute his vision which included a devoted family, a loving home, success professionally and a belief in God.

Charles was a graduate of Wittenberg University and the University of Michigan where he earned an MBA after service in the Coast Guard. He then joined Owens-Illinois and embarked on a career that carried him and his family around the country and world until they settled in Toledo, Ohio, in 1969.

After he left Owens-Illinois, he worked at the Edison Industrial Systems Center. He enjoyed his work very much. He also proudly served on the board of the National Sanitation Foundation in Ann Arbor, Mich., for many years.

Throughout his time in Toledo, Charles was involved in many aspects of civic life including lay leadership at Christ Presbyterian Church, board service with the Toledo Symphony and membership at the Toledo Club.

Charles and Heloise retired to Freedom, N.H., in 1999 where Charles had the time he always longed for to tend his beloved blueberries and get involved. He was most proud of the work done to preserve a pristine area in Freedom called Trout Pond, now permanently protected as part of the Freedom Town Forest.

Charles was happiest on the water. He loved swimming, sailing and most other kinds of recreation in water. His favorite afternoons were spent with his family in Broad Bay, teaching how best to do the breast stroke, modeling the best way to do a dock start and racing Sunfish.

Charles is survived by Heloise, their four children and their families, Mark and Brenda Depew and their children, Nathaniel, and his wife, Katelyn; Emily, Caroline and Jonathan of Hudson, Ohio; Jane and Vivek Thappa and their children, Andrew and Sarah, of Rockford, Ill.; Anne Depew and Jack Pirozzolo and their children, Isabella, James and Margaret of Brookline, Mass.; and Henry and Terrielynn Depew of Charlotte, N.C.

Charles also is survived by his sister, Elizabeth Spaulding and her family and the family of his brother Frank who predeceased him. Charles also was predeceased by his parents Harlan Armstrong and Mary Louise Gardner Depew and Heloise’s parents James and Frances Gilmore.

A memorial service is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 5, in Hudson, Ohio, and the family plans to celebrate his life in various formal and informal ways always.

In lieu of flowers, donations are welcome to the Freedom Town Forest, P.O. Box 227, Freedom, NH, 03836 in support of his beloved Trout Pond.

Arrangements by Johnson-Romito Funeral Home (, 330-650-4181) in Hudson, Ohio.

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