CHARLES DAVID KEARNS


Wilmington - Charles D. Kearns died peacefully in his home after a lengthy illness on November 15, 2017; formerly of Yardley, Abington, and Wyomissing, PA. Born in July of 1943 in Pittsburgh, PA. Family was the most important thing in Chuck’s life. He was beloved husband of Joan (nee Warrington Chadbourne), loving father of Colleen (Joseph), Timothy (Michelle), Jeannine, and Kimberly and a devoted grandfather of Anna, John, Aidan, Grace, and Finn. He is predeceased by his parents Walter S. and Catherine (nee Conway), and siblings Steve and Sandy. He is survived by his first wife Isabel Kearns (nee Keenan), mother of his four children, and siblings Rita (Boughrum) and Walter, Jr. and their spouses. Also survived by many nieces, nephews, and cousins. They were all a source of love and support in the cancer he fought for 20 years.


Graduate of Cardinal Dougherty High School, Philadelphia, in 1961 where he earned letters in Track and Cross Country and Golf which became a lifelong sport. While working to support his growing family, Chuck earned a bachelor’s degree in Business and Marketing from La Salle University in 1967.


Chuck worked in retail for many years, rising from shoe salesman in Center City, Philadelphia to store manager and executive management positions for John Wanamaker’s and Vanity Fair Corp. His wonderful gift for connecting with people contributed to his success.


Cancer took his voice at age 57 and he courageously created a new, satisfying life of serving and loving. He was active in St. David’s Episcopal Church, volunteering for any task that needed helping hands. He enjoyed the church book group called Wisdom Seekers and the Laugh and Learn bible study group, so named because Chuck made them laugh so much. He took pride in renovating his Claymont home, gardening, and was a lifelong learner and lover of music.


Visitation is Saturday, Nov. 25 at 12:30pm, followed by a memorial service at 1pm at St. David’s Church, 2320 Grubb Rd. Wilmington, DE 19810. Interment will follow the service in the Memorial Garden at St. David's.


In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent in his memory to St. David’s Legacy Fund/Memorial Garden, c/o St. David’s Church or Sunday Breakfast Mission, Box 352, Wilmington, DE 19899.