Charles J. Cralle’

February 5, 1940 - June 30, 2012
Charles J. Cralle’

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Charles J. CrallÈ, beloved husband, father, grandfather, and brother, died on Saturday, June 30, 2012, from complications that arose while treating recently diagnosed acute myeloid leukemia (AML). He was 72.

He is survived by his wife, Jane, his son, Michael CrallÈ, of Virginia Beach, his daughter and son-in-law, Meg and Brent Fraim, of Norfolk, and two grandchildren, Patrick and Julia Fraim. He is also survived by his brother and sister-in-law, Maury and Christine CrallÈ, of Burke, and sister, Patricia Richards, of Williamsburg.

Born in Cheyenne, Wyoming to an Army family, Chuck lived abroad in the Philippines and France, before attending the University of Virginia and eventually settling in Virginia.

A respected insurance executive for more than forty years, Chuck retired earlier this year after a long and successful career. He was a mentor and friend to many in the industry and served as Chairman of the Independent Insurance Agents of Virginia from 1997-1998.

He believed deeply in supporting his community and was an active member of Kiwanis through the years, first in Norfolk, then later in Williamsburg. In January 2009, he joined the Board of Directors for the Foodbank of the Virginia Peninsula and then in June 2010 he joined the Executive Committee, serving as Vice-President of Administration. During his tenure, he assisted the Foodbank with securing substantial donations and advised its Management team on insurance needs during construction of its new facility.

An avid golfer and auto enthusiast, Chuck especially loved boating and fishing. The week before he began treatment for AML, he was fortunate to have one last fishing trip with his brother Maury on the New River in Southwest Virginia. He described it as the ìbest fishing trip of his lifeî and even caught a Virginia Citation Smallmouth bass.

He was a member of Bruton Parish Episcopal Church, where a memorial service will be held at 11 am on Friday, July 6. The family will receive friends at the Parish House following the service.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Bruton Parish Church, P.O. Box 3520, Williamsburg, VA 23187, the Foodbank of the Virginia Peninsula, 2401 Aluminum Ave., Hampton, VA 23661 or to the Kiwanis Club of Williamsburg Foundation, P.O. Box 5533, Williamsburg, VA 23188.

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  • July 03, 2012
    Jim Day says:
    Jane, It's so hard for me to wrap my mind around Chuck's passing. He was a great guy, good friend and our GRIP group will not be the same without his wit and charm. Love, Jim Day

  • July 04, 2012
    Julie Yerks says:
    We will miss you Uncle Chuck - i still cherish my memories of visiting you and Aunt Jane in Va. Beach. Aunt Jane would play the piano for us, and Uncle Chuck took us water skiing. You will remembered as a happy, smiling, uncle! Rest in peace.

  • July 10, 2012
    Harold & Betty Slemp says:
    We were very sad to learn of Chucks passing. Over the many years that we enjoyed our association he was a good friend. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. Harold and Betty

  • July 04, 2012
    Carol and Dick Linehan says:
    We send you our sincere sympathy at your loss. We have many fond memories of our friendship of 35 years. Chuck was great guy with a wonderful sense of humor. We are planning to attend the memorial service on Friday. Dick and Carol Linehan

  • July 03, 2012
    Reid and Mike Abell says:
    We are so sorry for your loss. Chuck will be missed by everyone he touched.