Obituary Details

Charles William Felix

June 26, 1929 - October 3, 2018

Birthplace & Residence

Information withheld per family request

Visitation

Location:
St. Mary of the Angels Chapel at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church
Date:
Friday, October 5, 2018
Time:
2:30 PM to 3:30 PM

Mass

Location:
St. Mary of the Angels Chapel at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church
Date:
Friday, October 5, 2018
Service Time:
3:30 PM

Cemetery

Information withheld per family request

Notes

On Wednesday, October 3, 2018, Charles William Felix passed away at his cabin on the property of Saint Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Raleigh, NC. He was 89 years old.

Charlie was born on June 26, 1929 in Bridgeport, Connecticut and grew up with his brother, Jerry, in Meriden, CT. On December 8, 1954, Charlie was ordained a Catholic priest in Rome, Italy. He served as a priest for 18 years at Missionaries of Our Lady of La Salette.

After leaving the priesthood, Charlie married Kathleen Skelley Felix on June 30, 1967 in New York, NY. He earned a Master of Public Health from Yale University in 1969, and served 30 years at Foodservice & Packaging Institute where he was the founder and editor of Environmental News Digest, and a founding member of the National Conference for Food Protection. Following these roles, Charlie launched Charles Felix Associates which provided consulting services and also published newsletters Food Protection Report and Food Talk. He and wife Kathy led this sole proprietorship for 12 years before a successful sale. Charlie was an active member of Alcoholics Anonymous through which he co-founded several meeting groups, and attained 43 years of sobriety.

Charlie enjoyed dessert (always!), photography, writing, public speaking, and travel, including a notable two week public health exchange trip through the former U.S.S.R. in 1986. He wrote a private memoir titled, “The Times of My Life” in which he passed along the following advice, “happiness comes of doing the right thing. It’s as simple as that. If you do the next right thing that life and your conscience calls you to do, you will be happy.”

Charlie was preceded in death by his parents Ann Walsh Felix (1983) and Charles Emile Felix (1984) and and wife Kathleen Skelley Felix (2013). He is survived by his son, Charles Andrew Felix; daughter-in-law, Kendall Bambrough Felix; grandsons, Kelley Canon Felix and Cosmo Canon Felix (Raleigh, NC); brother, Jerome Felix (Ocala, FL), and many extended Felix and Skelley family members.

Memorial services are being held on October 5, 2018, at St. Francis of Assisi in Raleigh, NC and on October 11, 2018, at St. John the Apostle in Leesburg, VA. He will be buried at Union Cemetery alongside wife, Kathy and his parents.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Duke Homecare & Hospice, which provided end of life care for both Charlie and Kathy Felix.
Duke HomeCare & Hospice, https://dhch.duhs.duke.edu/make-donation

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Visitation

St. Mary of the Angels Chapel at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church
11401 Leesville Rd
Raleigh, NC 27613
919-847-8205
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Mass

St. Mary of the Angels Chapel at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church
11401 Leesville Rd
Raleigh, NC 27613
919-847-8205
View Website

Cemetery

Unknown Location