Charles H. Corbett went into the hands of Our Lord on April 8, 2008 at his home in Hebron.
Charles was born in the Bronx on July 14, 1913, the son of Charles and Harriet Corbett.
Charles was a third generation firefighter and member of the New York City Fire Department. Many other Corbett men were also firefighters. Upon his retirement in 1958, he and his family moved to North Hebron. Never one to be idle, in January 1959, Charles joined the Telescope Casual Furniture workforce, in Granville, where he was employed for the next 30 years, until his second retirement. Always a worker, he was content having something to keep himself busy. He was an avid donor to the Red Cross Blood bank, having donated over fifteen gallons of blood in his lifetime, 13 gallons in the Granville area alone. Never wanting to be in the limelight, he was active behind the scenes in many fire department related organizations.
Charles was a faithful member of St. Mary’s Church in Granville. He was also a retired member of the N.Y.C. Fire Department and a member of the Fire Department Holy Name Society. An honor of distinction for Charles was being named the New York State Health Facilities Association Inc. Volunteer of the Year. He also received the New York State Health Facilities Association award on a district level with his wife, Rose Mary. This honor was bestowed upon him for his outstanding service at the Indian River Nursing Home where he volunteered for over 20 years on a nearly-daily basis, managing to be there when even paid staff found the going inclement.
In addition to his parents Charles was predeceased by three brothers Frank Corbett, Edward Corbett and Alfred Corbett and an infant great-grandson, Aidan J. Villano, who died in childbirth and will be greeting his great grandfather in the House of the Good Lord.
Charlie is survived by his wife, Rose Mary (Moeller) Corbett. They would have celebrated 67 years of marriage on May 1. Also surviving are his five daughters: Catherine M. Archambault and her husband, William, of South Glens Falls, Margaret R. Unsell of Herkimer, N.Y., Sister Patricia Anne Corbett of Amsterdam, Elizabeth M. Wickerham and her husband, David, of Saratoga Springs, and Linda T. Labas and her husband, Michael, of Granville; One brother ,Walter Corbett and his wife, Agnes, of Highland Falls, NY. In addition, 12 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews
According to his wishes, there were no calling hours. A funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, 23 Bulkley Ave., Granville, on April 11, with the Rev. Thomas Zelker presiding. Interment followed at the St. Mary’s Cemetery in South Glens Falls.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Washington County Hospice, and Wildwood Foundation, 2995C Curry Rd. Ext. Schenectady, NY 12303 (Autism direct care).
The family wishes to express their gratefulness to the Hospice of Washington County. Their exceptional assistance and knowledge helped make Charlie’s final days easier for everyone.
Arrangements were under the direction of the Robert M. King Funeral Home at 23 Church Street in Granville.