Charles Britten Shuford I
It is with the heaviest heart that I write to share the passing of my father, Charles Britten Shuford I. He passed April 6, 2013 at the age of 89.
My father was a man of many accomplishments including Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Aeronautical Engineering from University of Texas, a law degree from Northrop University and a broker-dealer (securities trading) license. In addition, he valiantly fought in the War of Guadalcanal in 1942 during World War II as a Marine and was involved in two other wars in strategy/intelligence for our great country. Charles held executive positions for aerospace companies for most of his career.
Charles was the symbol of perseverance, determination and faith. When Charles was two months old, his father passed away and he was raised during the Great Depression in Texas. Charles' single mother raised him in a very poor household with strong values. He studied and worked hard, which earned him acceptance to University of Texas. When going through tough times at points in his life, Charles' favorite saying was "Keep Plugging Along", meaning keep working towards the goal one step at a time.
Charles was highly disciplined, deeply principled, remarkably well read and a true intellectual. As a strongly independent and contrarian thinker, he looked at situations from every possible perspective and reached his own conclusions even when this meant standing alone on an issue. Charles always believed in equitable solutions. If anybody in any situation was not being treated with respect or fairly, my father was always their advocate.
Charles was undoubtedly the most thoughtful, caring and engaged father possible. He and I spoke nearly every day for 37 years. For many years, he would call to wake me at 4:30 am for work and was affectionately known as "the human alarm clock". The reality is that we both valued starting each day with our unique father-son connection.
While I am devastated with my father's passing today, I am equally extremely grateful and appreciative for our time together. He was always my closest confidant. My father dedicated his life to being an amazing father to me, in both childhood and adulthood.
As time passes in life, it becomes increasingly clear that sincere and unconditional bonds such as the one shared by my father and me are rare. Perhaps it occurs a handful of times in a lifetime.
It was an honor and privilege to fully experience life with my father through the years and also to go to the edge with my father in the final stage of his life.
A Celebration of Life will be held Friday, April 12, 2013 at 10:30AM at Rice Chapel, 5310 Torrance Bl., Torrance, CA 90503 with reception to follow in the Lighthouse Reception Room of Rice Chapel.
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