February 18, 1955 – September 16, 2020
Charles “Chuckie” Joseph Rey was born February 18, 1955 to Alicia and Guillermo Rey at Sun Valley Hospital in California. He resided in Burbank, California at Birmingham Villa. He is survived by his father Guillermo Rey; brothers Billy and wife Lori, Arthur and wife Jeanette, Edward and wife Donna, and Richard and fiancé Jeanine; sisters Sylvia and Robert, Armida, Dolores and husband Frank, and Rosie and husband Kevin. Charles is predeceased by his loving mother Alicia and brother David.
Chuckie attended Avon School in Burbank and was a Client at The Campbell Center in Glendale. Roxie Valera, long time staff member at TCC, said, “Charles was a very gentle soul, a hard worker, and a helper. He always looked out for ways he could help others whether it was while working at TCC, volunteering, or simply holding the door open for others. In addition to looking out for others, he loved to work and be productive. As the Client Representative for the Board of Directors, he took his position very seriously and dressed up for every board meeting. But he did know how to let loose and have fun: when we held parties, he would always be the star at the center of the dancefloor. He had a kind heart and he will be sorely missed.”
He participated in Special Olympics for many years and was the recipient of many medals (one of which was presented to him by Ethel Kennedy). Charles loved bowling, music, dancing, karaoke, shopping, going out to lunch, travel, Sprite, and Fritos. He had a gift of illuminating a room and made a point of befriending everyone in it. He had a silly sense of humor and a remarkable knack for remembering names of people, songs, and musicians. Charles’ heart was pure, his zest for life infectious, and his compassion permeable.
When asked how he wanted to be remembered, Charles shared, “Happiness. Love. I’ve been nice to everybody.”
The family would like to express their most heartfelt gratitude to his current and past caretakers. Because of you he led a beautiful, full life to the unexpected age of 65.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Charles’ name to The Campbell Center.
*Due to Covid 19 restrictions, the family will have a small ceremony and burial on October 1st.