In Memory Of
Charles McAlvin, beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle, entered into eternal rest with the Lord on December 28, 2021 at the age of 87.
Charles was born in Brooklyn, NY on September 16, 1934 to Mary Margaret and William Walter McAlvin. After graduating from Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School, Charles enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and was honorably discharged in 1956 as Sergeant Charles McAlvin.
In 1957, while at the Irish American Club in Mineola, Charles spotted a beautiful woman and was instantly smitten. He asked Mary Ellen Doherty for a dance and they married two years later on June 13, 1959 at St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church. They welcomed two children into the world, first a daughter, then a son. Charles and Mary Ellen bought their family home on Brook Street in Garden City in 1964 and have lived there ever since.
Charles worked dutifully at ConEdison for forty years, and retired on his 62nd birthday. While he loved his work, he was elated to have more time to spend with his family and friends.
Charles spent 60 summers with his family on the North Fork. He loved boating and fishing on the Peconic Bay, and enjoying a cold beer in his beach chair. It was in Jamesport that he taught his grandchildren, who knew him as “Poppy,” how to swim and ride a bike. Charles also spent many winters skiing with his family on some of the world’s most beautiful slopes. He could always be heard humming his favorite hymns as he slowly made his way down the mountain. When he wasn’t traveling, Charles loved being at home reading a book, helping his son Brian build model airplanes, hopelessly rooting for the Mets and attending Mass every Sunday.
Charles died peacefully in his home, surrounded by family and shortly after receiving the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick from a parish priest. His last words were to his wife - “I love you.”
Charles is lovingly remembered by his wife of sixty two years, Mary Ellen, his two children, Eileen and Brian, his son-in-law Ed, his five adoring grandchildren, Brian, Matthew, Lindsay, Alex and Emily, dozens of nieces and nephews, and countless others whose lives he touched throughout his 87 virtuous years. Charles’ life was one of duty, honor, selflessness, humility, and faith. His family will continue on with the virtues he taught them – love of God, love of neighbor, prudence, temperance, patience … and more patience.