Charles E.'s Story
Mr. Charles E. Works, 97, of Gloucester, passed away at home on Monday morning with his loving family at his side. He was the loving husband to Mary A. Heffernan Works with whom he shared 71 years of marriage. Charles and Mary resided in Gloucester since 1967 after previously residing in New York.
Charles was born on December 16, 1919, in Humboldt, Kan. He was the youngest son of the late George Clayton and Amelia Mary (Tholen) Works.
He graduated from Humboldt High School and Kansas State University where he served as a chaplain and studied agriculture.
Charles sustained a life of love for Our Lord and practiced his faith daily.
In his youth, he was an altar boy at daily Mass and sang with his two brothers as the choir, accompanied by their mother playing the organ.
Charles was a communicant at Our Lady of Good Voyage Church. He always sought to bring peace to conflict situations. In his later life, he suffered serious physical challenges without complaint.
In his almost 98 years, he lived his life honoring God and generously helping others whenever he could - truly the Good Samaritan.
As well as being a devoted father, grandfather and great-grandfather to his family, he is known and loved for his humble, strong and gentle heart. He had a calming nature, a great wisdom, and a capacity to give of himself unconditionally.
He never spoke ill of anyone and he constantly reminded friend and family alike that “God runs the show.”
Charles was a WW II veteran serving as a Lieutenant in the Navy. Although eligible for agricultural deferment, he volunteered and became one of the "90 Day Wonders" - men who were made officers in 90 days at Midshipman School at Columbia University in NYC. Volunteering for Patrol Torpedo Boat training, he was assigned Captain of PT 250 in a squadron of 10 PT boats stationed in the Solomon Islands of the South Pacific and then the Philippines. After the war was over, Charles served consecutively as Commanding Officer of the USS DEFT Mine Sweeper, Operations Officer for Admiral Struble's staff, and Commanding Officer of the USS AMCU 11 in New London, CT - an experimental ship contracted with GE to develop underwater radar.
Before becoming owner of Works Chevrolet-Oldsmobile in Gloucester, Mass., Charles was a General Motors’ Regional Manager in Massachusetts and New York for many years. He was an active member of the Gloucester Rotary, the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce, and local business and community groups.
In addition to his loving and dedicated wife, Mary, Charles is survived by his three daughters, Betsy Works of Gloucester, Nancy “Mimi” Works-Corrigan and her husband, Mark of Boston, and Jane Tholen Works of Belmont; and his grandchildren, Sage Ellis Cooke, Meghan Elizabeth Joseph, Alexandra Amelia Works Corrigan and Robert Nicholas Works Corrigan; and his great grandchildren, Henry Schiffman Joseph and Samual Works Joseph. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews, including John Lee Works, Robert Works, Dick Works, Joseph Works, Virginia Works Peterson, and Fred Works.
Charles was predeceased by his daughter, Cynthia Conroy, and his brothers, John Robert “Jack” Works and George Henry Works.
Charles’ Funeral Mass will be celebrated in Our Lady of Good Voyage Church, 142 Prospect St., Gloucester, on November 25, 2017, at 11 a.m. There will be a time of visitation that day in the Church beginning at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to Our Lady of Good Voyage Church. For online condolences and register book, please visit www.pikenewhall.com.
The Pike-Newhall Funeral Home, 61 Middle St., Gloucester, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Published on  November 21, 2017