Charles William Filipowicz, 91, died peacefully Dec. 21 at his home in Portland, due to complications from COVID-19.

Mr. Filipowicz was born June 15, 1929, in Bellows Falls, Vermont, to John and Helen Filipowicz, née Koronkiewicz. He was number ten of eleven children in the household spending his first three years in Bellows Falls before the family moved to Manchester, New Hampshire.

At 17, with his father’s permission, Mr. Filipowicz enlisted in the United States Navy and served during the last year of World War II. After being honorably discharged, he moved back to Manchester, where he met the love of his life, Barbara Jean Anderson, on a blind date in 1950. They married in September 1952 and moved to Southern California in January 1957, where they raised their four children. He worked in the aerospace industry as a production control manager, retiring in 1991. The couple moved to the small coastal town of Florence, Oregon where they enjoyed a beautiful life for the next 22 years.

Mr. Filipowicz was a quiet man, a man of faith who loved his family and church. He had a great sense of humor, loved music and especially loved to sing. He was a choir member at St. Mary’s Our Lady of the Dunes in Florence and at St. Ignatius Parish in Portland. He passed on that love of music to his children and grandchildren, who are passing it on to his great-grandchildren.

Mr. Filipowicz resided at Whitewood Gardens residential care facility for the past six months and The Courtyard at Mount Tabor independent and assisted living facilities for the previous five years, both in Southeast Portland.

He leaves behind his children, Stephen, John, Christina and Regina, two grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, as well as many friends in Florence and Portland.

Mr. Filipowicz will be interred beside his beloved Barbara Jean Jan. 8 at Willamette National Cemetery.

A memorial service of Resurrection will be held at St. Ignatius Catholic Church followed by military honors at Willamette National Cemetery, date and time to be determined.