Charles W. Fortier

charles fortier
Charles W. Fortier, 83, of 53 Candler Knob Road, died Wednesday, September 1, 2010, at his home. Mr. Fortier was born in Stratford, CT, and was a son of the late Charles W. Fortier, Sr., and Mary Murphy Fortier. He was also preceded in death by a son, Paul Fortier. He served in the Pacific Theatre with the US Navy and received the American Theatre Medal, the Asiatic Pacific Medal, the Philippine Liberation Ribbon and the Victory Medal. Mr. Fortier worked for a number of years as a psychiatric aide at Fairfield Hills Hospital in Newtown, CT. He had lived in Asheville for 20 years where he was a member of St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church. He is survived by his wife, Evelyn Verna Renner Fortier; four daughters, Lynn, Charlene, and Marian Fortier and Jodi-Ann Blakely and husband, Doug; sons, Charles W. Fortier III, Mark Pugner and wife Maryanne; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. The Rev. Frank Seabo will lead a Vigil Service at 6:00 p.m. Friday at Groce Funeral Home on Patton Avenue. The family will receive friends following the service. Private interment will be at the Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to CarePartners Hospice, PO Box 25338, Asheville, NC 28813 or to St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, 768 Asbury Road, Candler, NC 28715.

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  1. May God bless Charlie with eternal life for his faithfulness to his parish, his wife Evelyn and the whole family. I remember him as one who rarely complained, at least to me, about the crosses he was given to carry. I will remember him and his family in my prayers and at Mass. God bless you Evelyn as you continue to live in the Lord each day! May God’s peaceful presence be yours now in your sorrow and as time goes on for you.
    Fr. John M. Pagel

  2. Hello Daddy!! Haven’t said the word Daddy in years… It is good to know that the door of silence is now open, only sad that it took your death to open that door.
    Love Always, and in All Ways,
    Your daughter, Lynne

  3. We are sorry to hear of your loss. We met Mr. Charlie and Evelyn some years back and enjoyed their company and friendship. May God bless your family and keep you strong in your time of need.

  4. To my Poppy although it has been years since we had spoken I have always missed you, and needed you. I will always remember you..
    Love Cindy Jo

  5. Dear Evelyn and Family, I am saddened to hear of Charlie’s death and your loss. I have such fond memories of our years working together. Charlie was such a quiet, dependable man…. someone we could always count on. And he had the most beautiful smile.

    You are in my thoughts and prayers.

    Love, Chris

  6. Evelyn, I’m so sorry to hear about Charles’ passing. I understand how you must be feeling. Charles was a very kind and sweet man and I know how close you were. The pain and sadness do abate with God’s help and support from friends and family. I’m praying that God gives you peace beyond understanding. I love you and take care.

  7. I’ll always remember Charlie as a caring guy you could count on. A cornerstone in the foundation of Fairfield House. Thinking of you at this time Pug. Dan


  9. Dear Dad, I am sad that so many years have pass, before you would give me a chance to speak to you, but now I can tell you how much you were loved. The man I will remember is the one who stop his car at the side of the rode on a dark winter’s night to help his wife delivery their third child a daughter. This is the man who with his own hands built a home for his family.
    You were the one who worked two-three jobs to keep the family going. As tired as you were you dad still found time to help me build a small house for a school project. I can still hear you sputtering “they always tell me at the last minute” while you helped me make a dragon mask for my first school dance. It was you dad who sent comfort through me when you come home after work in the middle of the night. When I had a bad dream the smell smoke in the house made me feel safe. My early years are full of memories such as these and no matter how hard everyone tries no one will never take these away from me. I loved you then and always will. Your loving daughter Charlene

  10. Just another note to add Dad left behind in CT. 9 Grand Children: Ashly,Lindsey,Micheal,Michelle,Katjeh,Jesse,Cindy Jo,Melisa,Joey, and 7 Great Grand Children: Zac,Julia,Jacob,Lily,Amber,Sarah,and James

  11. I found out last night that both Charlie and Evelyn have passed away. I’m so very sorry. I’ll remember them always. We all worked together at Fairfield Hills. I remember their devotion to each other. Charlie was a quiet man,a gentleman and a good co-worker.May God bless them.

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