July 8, 1935 ~ January 4, 2020

Born in: Putnam, CT
Resided in: Marshall, NC

Charles Eldredge Stoddard, Jr., 84, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, January 4, 2020.

Charles was a native of Putnam, CT, and current resident of Asheville, NC, for more than 15 years. He was a son of the late Edith Elizabeth and Charles Eldredge Stoddard, Sr.

He was a graduate of Putnam High School and a proud alumnus of University of Connecticut, continuing to watch women’s basketball games and frequenting the UCONN Dairy Bar for chocolate milkshakes. He saved middle and high school graduation programs and Christmas and birthday cards from his siblings, grandchildren and friends. Traveling to Germany over 8 times was his passion, which resulted in his being fluent in German. German, Latin, and most recently French were some of the many languages he learned while attending UNCA. Charlie, Eldredge, Grampa or Papa will be remembered as a master bridge player, avid golfer, lover of horticulture – especially beech trees – charitable giver, Central Connecticut librarian, mentor and lifelong learner. He enjoyed eating hotdogs and beans with vinegar and ketchup, stewed tomato casserole with lots of cheddar cheese, mushroom soup, Rum Raisin ice cream and anything sweet. Charles would never pass up an opportunity to visit a Dairy Queen, park, or Spades card game. Charles had a passion for life, was a free spirit, and had a terrible habit of never showing up on time, but he was loved and will be forever missed.

Mr. Stoddard is survived by his daughter, Susan Johnson and son-in-law Bradley Johnson; son, David Stoddard and daughter-in-law Cindy Stoddard; sisters, Helen Stoddard Smith, Carolyn Crafts and brother-in-law Bryan Crafts; brother, Joseph P. Stoddard and sister-in-law Cecile; grandchildren, Sarah, Adam, Lauren and Danielle; great-grandchildren, Logan and Addison; and former daughter-in-law, Cheryl Stoddard.

His family will receive friends in Asheville on Wednesday, January 8, from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. at Groce Funeral Home on Patton Ave.

His family will receive friends in Connecticut on Saturday, January 11, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at Gilman Funeral Home in Putnam.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Asheville Bridge Club, Attn: Paul Beebe, Room 800 Fairview Rd. #C1, Asheville, NC 28803.

Charlie would have wanted to say goodbye, Au Revoir, Auf Wiedersehen, until we meet again.


Visitation: January 8, 2020 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Groce Funeral Home - Patton Ave.
1401 Patton Ave.
Asheville, NC 28806


Visitation: January 11, 2020 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Gilman Funeral Home
104 Church St.
Putnam, CT 06260

(860) 928-7723

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  1. My thoughts and prayers go out to the Family of Charley. He was truly one of a kind. His Christmas card just two weeks ago said that he had a new Hobby-collecting coins. He had already found 2 quarters, 2 dimes & 17 pennies on the street, followed by a “smiley face”.
    Yes Charley, we will miss you! Joyce J

  2. To Charlie’s lovely family,

    It always brightened my day when Charlie would stop by our desk in the library to say hello. We had so many lovely conversations over the years about lots of subjects, from libraries to plants to travel to women’s basketball (even though we agreed to disagree on who to root for!). Thank you for sharing such a lovely spirit with us, and my thoughts are with you all.

  3. Our sincere condolences to the family of Charles. I met him in NYC in the summer of 1989 when we were planning a professional exchange of jobs. It never came to that, but we became lifelong friends. He was as interested in German and Germany as I was in the US. He invited my to Cromwell, CT and later visited me several times in Berlin. He loved to travel alone in the big city and talk to people. One day I advised him which ticket to buy for public transport. He wanted to drive around Berlin and the surrounding area all day, which he did. In the evening I asked him if he could buy the right ticket from the bus driver. He showed me the ticket with pride: it was a ticket for a short trip of 5 stops. He was charming enough that every bus driver let him ride with this ticket. We had a lot of fun and a wonderful time together. I will miss him, it is too sad. Steffen and family from Berlin, Germany

  4. My deepest condolences are with Charlie’s family through this difficult loss. I first met Charlie in the 1990s in a German class at UNCA and we have been friends ever since, meeting weekly to practice our German. Charlie was such an inspiration to me with his voracious appetite for learning, his wonderful stories and his sense of humor. I enjoyed so much getting to know him over the years and will miss him greatly. I am deeply honored too have known Charlie and to have him as my friend. He was a blessing in my life and I will always carry him in my heart. Accept my deepest and heartfelt sympathy.

  5. We could always count on Charlie for a good game of spades. I envied that he could eat a whole pint of rum raisin ice cream and have more. We loved to hear him read a German letter or translate a letter. Charlie will always be in our heart and we will set a place for him at the card table. Auf wiedershen!

  6. I would like to extend heartfelt condolences to Charlie’s family on behalf of the Department of Languages and Literatures at UNCA. I think Charlie has been in classes in each of our language programs and his dedication to studying languages and cultures was admirable and inspiring. He will be missed and our thoughts are with all of you!


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