Charles Joseph Jurkiewicz, 83, of Sandwich died May 17 at his home.
He was born in Bellows Falls, Vermont, the youngest of the five children of Mary (Ostrowski) and Charles B. Jurkiewicz. He grew up helping out around his parents’ grocery store.
He excelled at mathematics and pursued this interest at Tufts and Northeastern universities; subsequently he enjoyed a long career as a systems analyst in the technical industry.
Mr. Jurkiewicz was a sharpshooter in the US Army Reserve, in which he served from 1958 to 1962.
Following his military duty, Paul Hague, his best friend since childhood, introduced him to Mary Ann Buckley, the close friend of his wife. The introduction was successful, the couple was married in 1964, and three children followed: Christine, Carolyn, and Charlie Jr.
Mr. Jurkiewicz loved to tell long stories, take fishing trips with his son, and go out for breakfast every Thursday with his buddies. He pursued his interests of painting, gardening, cooking and playing cribbage.
He was a volunteer at the Sandwich Food Pantry, and gave tours as a docent at the Hoxie House.
In addition to his wife and their three children, Mr. Jurkiewicz leaves nine grandchildren and extended family.
A service will be Friday, May 31, at 11 AM at St. Anthony’s Church, 167 East Falmouth Highway (Route 28) in East Falmouth.