Charles W. Elser Jr., 68 of Charles St.,Auburn passed away peacefully early Sunday morning January 26,2020 at Auburn Community Hospital, surrounded by his loving family.
He was born in Auburn the son of Elizabeth T. Share and the late Charles W. Elser, and had been a life resident. He was a Mt. Carmel High School graduate, Class of 1969 and received an associate's degree from Auburn Community College. ‘Chuck or Charlie’ as he was affectionately known by his family and friends was an Auburn Police Officer and Union member for over 23 years, retiring in 1995. Charlie enjoyed retirement and had several hobbies that kept him busy, including antiquing , traveling , bowling, playing cards , and was a longtime member of Highland Park Golf Course and has recorded 10 holes in one, with most of them being at Highland. Retirement, couldn’t hold Charlie back from becoming a special deputy officier at the Cayuga County Office building from 2007 until 2014. Charles was an avid sports fan and especially liked the Buffalo Bills, New York Yankees and Syracuse University basketball and football. Charlie could often be found , mowing or maintaining his yard in a near perfect, precise operation, snow blowing his and the neighborhood sidewalks, or washing and waxing his truck or prized Camaro to pristine, almost new condition. To say, Charlie was meticulous, would be an understatement. After he was done taking care of his home, he could often be found enjoying a late night snack of milk and cookies. Charlie will be remembered for always putting others first and his heart of gold. To know Chuck, you would always know that throughout life, he did it ‘His Way’!
He is survived by his life long partner Jessie Mazzeo of Auburn, his mother Elizabeth T. Share of Auburn, three brothers Gary M. ( Donna) Elser of Henderson,NV., Robert C.( JoAnne) Elser of Auburn, Daniel J. ( John Romero) Elser of Dallas,TX., nephews Charlie B. Elser, Spencer J. Elser, Andrew McCulley, sister-in-law Mary (Mick) McCulley of Liverpool, niece Amanda ( Michael) Palese, great-niece Gabrielle Palese, two step- sisters Stephanie St. John , Robyn Puzo, as well as numerous friends.
In addition to his father Charles, he was predeceased by his step-father Robert Share and niece Elisa McCulley.
Calling hours are this Thursday from 10:00 am until 12:00 pm with a service to immediately follow at 12:00 pm, all inside of St. Mary’s Church, 15 Clark St.,Auburn. Burial will be in St. Joseph’s Cemetery .
In lieu of flowers, any contributions may be made in Charles memory to Golisano Children's Hospital, 1 Children's Circle, Syracuse,NY 13210.
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