Published in The Palm
Beach Post from June 21 to June 28, 2012
Charles "Chuck" W. Doehler, Coach and Mentor, passed away early
Tuesday morning at age 77. Chuck recently told one of his daughters, Julie
to go out and make her mark, he believed all his children and grandchildren
should "make their mark". There is no doubt he made his mark
professionally and personally.
Born June 23, 1934 to John and Louise Doehler in Orange, NJ, he stayed
in New Jersey until 2008 before making Palm Beach Gardens his permanent
He was a most loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.
Always a hard worker, he had his first job at age 13 at the local A&P.
A year later at age 14, he was asked by Mrs. Ruth to participate in "the
Babe's" funeral. As a member of the local Babe Ruth league, he placed
a ball in Babe Ruth's coffin that said "Safe at Home". This
story is memorialized in Chuck's words in the 1998 HBO documentary on
Babe Ruth. This experience galvanized his love of baseball. Chuck's baseball
career continued at Seton Hall Prep and Seton Hall University before being
drafted by the Boston Braves.
As part of the 1952 Eau Claire Bears, his team mates included Hank Aaron
and Wes Covington. Chuck was inducted into the Seton Hall Prep Hall of
Fame in 1988 and the SHU Hall of Fame in 1997.
As the SHU freshman baseball coach for 15 years, Chuck compiled one of
the highest winning records among present or past SHU coaches at 95 percent.
He also played an instrumental role in the development and success of
the baseball program at SHU, as well as the young athletes. He is credited
with preparing John Monteleone, Jack Tracey and Dan Coombs as they went
on to great major league careers.
As past president of the alumni association, Chuck probably knew and remained
connected with more SHU alums than any other single alumnus other than
Monsignor Sheeran. He was the first planned giving director at the University
and a successful life insurance sales representative and sales manager.
Chuck founded Doehler and Associates, in the 1960's. He "made his
mark" in the insurance industry for 30 years receiving many awards
and honors. Chucks passion for fund raising extended to many charities
and organizations. He was past New Jersey Metro Chapter Red Cross, Touch
of Red Honoree. He was very proud that the largest New Jersey Chapter
of the American Red Cross is home to the "Chuck Doehler Education
Center" in Fairfield, NJ.
Tommy McEvoy recently wrote as he was about to accept an award, "all
I could think about was how Chuck influenced my life, and had a great
deal to do with why I was being recognized. At the end of the evening
as I walked around and talked with others, I realized how many people
in the room shared the same Chuck experiences. There were so many highly
successful people there that owed a lot of their success to Chuck".
"He lived a thousand lives in his time here and influenced his part
of the world by touching others in a tremendous way. He also did it with
class, dignity, and certainly his own flare. I will always remember his
big smile, his courage, his sunny disposition, his compassion, but most
for his friendship. At the end of "It's a Wonderful Life" there
is a close up of a dedication from a copy of a Tom Sawyer book. It has
a handwritten note from Clarence the angel that said 'No man is a failure
who has friends.' Based on that, Chuck Doehler was the most successful
person I knew."
He is survived by his loving wife, Joyce; his children from a former marriage,
Cynthia Kott, William and wife, Renee and Lynn Rose; grandchildren, Amanda
and husband, William, Erik and wife, Staphanie, Blake, Sarah, and Melinda.
A great-grandchild, Liam. Chuck was blessed again and loved his children,
Brian, Julie and husband, Kevin; grandchildren, Courtney, Casey and Liam.
A Memorial Service in Florida will be Friday, June 22, 2012 at the Howard
Price Funeral Home in North Palm Beach 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM. A Memorial
Service will be held in New Jersey on June 29,2012 at the Chapel at SHU
at 10:00 AM.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Seton Hall Prep, Seton Hall
University or the Hospice of Palm Beach County.