Charlie J. West of New Paltz, NY passed away unexpectedly at his home on March 16th, 2022.
Son of Charles J. and Alice West, he was born in Brooklyn, NY on February 2, 1958. Soon after the family relocated to Tuckers Corners. Charlie graduated from Marlboro HS in 1976.
He is survived by his wife Le Lin Lardiere (New Paltz), his daughter Cayla West of (Ohio) and her partner Kit Adair, his brother Tom and sister-in-law Diane West of (Poughkeepsie). His nephew Dylan West of (Montana) son of Michael. His son Rory Boice and his wife Alyssa of (Port Jervis) and son Kevin Boice of (Kingston). And his grandchildren Riley, Wyatt, and Ella, of whom he was so immensely proud.
He is predeceased by his parents, his sister Rose, and his brother Michael.
Charlie worked in many different fields for many different people, touching hearts along the way. Among his favorite things was a HUGE love for Jerry Garcia, the Grateful Dead and noodle dancing, building puppets for the Village Puppet Parade at Halloween in NYC, hiking these hills, Nascar and the Blue Ridge Mountains.
He greatly enjoyed working in his abundant garden. He was incredibly involved in the preservation of the Purple Martin Colony close to his home as well as the nearby rookery of Blue Herons. (He happily assisted others in the beginning of their own Purple Martin Colony.)
Charlie was a free spirit, a giving and humble man who was also stubborn, exasperating, and one of the most resourceful, kind beings, on this planet. He would help anyone in need without hesitation.
“Charlie West is the definition of crazy and chaotic. He could make people feel loved and supported but at the same time drive us all insane”dw
Cosmic Charlie, what a long, strange trip it’s been.
You are much loved and will be greatly missed.
Charlie’s Simply Memories Memorial will be held on Thursday, April 28th, 2022 at Copeland-Hammerl Funeral Home, South Putt Corners Rd, New Paltz, NY from 11am to 4pm. This will be a casual visit between friends and family who love Charlie. All, I hope, will have memories and stories to share.