In loving memory of Charles Richard McMullen
Charles Richard McMullen was born on November 18, 1952, in Sidney, NY to Charles V (Ella) McMullen. He peacefully passed away after a long battle with several health issues on September 11, 2021, in Cooperstown, NY. Charles resided with his wife, Janis, in Oxford, NY.
Charles, better known as Charlie or "The Reverend" by his life-long friends, lived a full and exciting life that was marked by his dedication to volunteering, helping others and his community. As a boy living in Oxford, it was evident early on that Charlie loved life, and wanted to share that love with others. Charlie grew up and eventually moved down to Florida where he became an avid Miami Dolphins fan. He held various jobs during this chapter of his life, of which his favorite stories came from working as a security guard at myriad stadiums and meeting some of his favorite athletes.
Charlie had battled with alcoholism for a while. His love of his family and his desire to be a positive force of goodwill and redemption helped him to eventually win his battle, swearing off alcohol for the rest of his life. In 2000 he received a liver transplant. His gratitude compelled him to become an advocate for the life-saving attributes of organ donation and turned his attention to doing good in the community. Charlie founded The Taste & See soup kitchen in Oxford, NY to help the less fortunate in his community. Charlie's other volunteer credentials include becoming a board member for the YMCA, Dollars for Scholars, United Way, amongst other various projects. Charlie also crafted splendid holiday meals for his community, with a larger focus on Thanksgiving. He also focused on his love of sports and became a referee/buster for the Gus Macker annual events. He was such a huge fan of his hometown Oxford Blackhawks (of Oxford Academy and Central School) that he kept score for their wrestling team. He especially looked forward to the Clyde Cole tournament every year. Charlie had become a community wide name and his many awards and accolades for his selfless dedication to the public were featured in the local newspapers. Charlie continued his community service until 2016 when he became ill. Charlie's love of life, family, and community will not soon be forgotten.
Charlie is survived by his wife, Janis McMullen; his three daughters Amber (Rielly)McMullen, Meghan (Stephen) McMullen, and Colleen (Greg) Miller; stepdaughter Paula (Shane) Crawford; his brothers Michael (Sioux) McMullen and Thomas (Joan) McMullen and one sister Sharon (Sony) Rosenkrans; his several nieces and nephews; and his nine grandchildren.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Behe Funeral Home Inc. 21 Main Street, Oxford, NY.
Services for Charles will be held at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Oxford on Saturday, September 18, 2021. Calling hours will be held at the church from 10:00AM-11:00AM. Funeral mass will begin at 11:00AM followed by a luncheon. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions and donations in Charles memory can be made out to Behe Funeral Home Inc. to help alleviate funeral costs. Friends and family may share memories and condolences by visiting www.behefuneralhome.com