In memory of
Charles Wood Bowles died on February 2, 2019, at the Elaine Center at Hadley. He was 66 years old. Charles was born on July 26, 1952 in Durham, NC, to Lewis and Mildred (Sears) Bowles. Charles married his wife Donna Clayton on May 26, 1973. Charles had a long list of successful business ventures over the course of 41 years, including Interskate 91; Carburs in Hadley; The Depot, The Tunnel Bar in Northampton; Fedoras, Windows on the Common and Fast Freddy's in South Hadley; Studio 91 in Easthampton; and Spaghetti Freddy's in Northampton, Springfield and Norwood. After a long career in the restaurant industry, in 2000 Charles pivoted to real estate development in the Pioneer Valley. His projects included the Garden House at Look Park, the Northampton Chamber of Commerce, the Three County Fairgrounds, the Taste of Northampton and the Rotary Club. Charles was elected the Hadley town moderator in 1991. Charles' voice was commonly heard over the years on WHMP endorsing local business endeavors such as Toys for Tots and Northampton Lumber. Charles leaves his wife Donna, sons Michael (Miyuki), Chris (Kellie) and their son Easton, brother Michael (Lee Yates), as well as several nephews and nieces. Charles is predeceased by sister Betty Ann Johnson. A Celebration of Charles' Life will be held at the Garden House of Look Park in Florence on Sunday, February 10, from 1-4 PM. Czelusniak Funeral Home is assisting in arrangements.
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