AN ODE TO CHARLIE THE NEWS WAS GRIM, NOT AT ALL LIKE HIM. HIS LUST FOR LIFE, HE LAUGHED AT STRIFE. HIS HAPPY WAY STARTED HIS DAY. LIFE’S PLEASURES WERE PLENTY, AND HE SHARED THEM WITH MANY. HIS STORIES GALORE, MADE YOU ALWAYS WANT MORE HIS EXPLOITS ALWAYS VARIED, AND IN HIS MIND HE FOREVER CARRIED. FROM HIS DAYS OF CAB DRIVING, TO TV REPAIR FOR A LIVING. HE COULD SPIN A YARN AT THE DROP OF A DIME, MADE YOU FEEL YOU WERE A PART OF HIS MOMENT IN TIME. HIS GROWING UP IN THE ISLAND CITY, GAVE HIM STRENGTH AND MADE HIM WITTY. HIS GOOD HUMOR AND ENTERTAINING STORIES WE WILL MISS, BUT YOU CAN REST ASSURED OF THIS. HIS LOVE, PRESENCE AND NARRATIVES WILL ALWAYS REMAIN, TO ALL CONCHS, HIS FAMILY AND FRIENDS WHO REVERE HIS NAME. SO “CHARLIE GONZALEZ” INTO THE CONCH HALL OF FAME YOU GO, YOU’VE EARNED YOUR SPOT AND THIS WE ALL KNOW. SO SEE YOU LATER, GOOD BUBBA, NEVER ADIEU, THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES WE WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU. FROM A FELLOW CONCH DONNIE WILLIAMS