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This Article Last Updated: Mar 24th, 2012 - 14:15:09
Charles Herbert Dole, 97, youngest son of James Drummond Dole and Belle Dickey Dole, great-grandson of missionary William Patterson Alexander, beloved father, brother, grandfather, great-grandfather, former coach of University of Hawaii sailing team, died peacefully at home in Hawaii on March 10, surrounded by his family.
Charley leaves three children: Charles H. Dole, Jr., Elizabeth (Ted) Hughes, and Bird (Colin) McIver; Olive’s children Cotta (Tina) Schoenberg, Jim Schoenberg, and Karen (Armon) Schoenberg Cooper; grandchildren Anne Crozier, Joan Moreau, Hugh Hughes, and Edward Hughes; 17 great-grandchildren; his sister Barbara Dole Larsen; his former wife Barbara Jamieson Dole; and numerous nieces and nephews. Charley was blessed with many close friends and loving competent care givers.
Born in Honolulu, Charley graduated from Punahou in 1932, Stanford University in 1936, and Harvard Business School in 1938. He was an accountant at Price, Waterhouse and Co. and Castle and Cooke, then a trust officer at Cooke Trust Co. and First Hawaiian Bank. He helped numerous civic organizations and is a past-president of the Honolulu Stock Exchange.
|Charley's friends, especially his University of Hawaii varsity sailing kids from the 1980s who are now in their 50s, arranged for him to sail his J-24 while they crewed for him, up until Thursday night races at Kaneohe Yacht Club stopped for the winter (too dark). For about three years he almost didn't live through the winter, with only an occasional Sunday race, but, come spring and weekly sailing, he was a new man. |
Charley competed in sailing in any boat available, but was especially active in Star and J-24 fleets. He was a member of the Pearl Harbor, Waikiki, and Kaneohe Yacht Clubs and past Commodore of Waikiki and Kaneohe Yacht Clubs. He competed in Star boat world-championship competitions in the U.S., Germany, Portugal, Brazil, and three in Cuba. He was active in the Stars during the 1950-60's and was one of the leaders of the Hawaiian fleets, being 8th District Secretary from 1955 until the district was last listed in the 1988 Star Log. When Star racing died out in Hawaii, he took up J-24s.
In retirement, Charley continued racing nationally and internationally. He coached the University of Hawaii sailing team from 1980 to 1990. He was a US Sailing Judge and an IYRU International Judge, and was elevated to the College Sailing Hall of Fame in Annapolis, one of two “smartest things I ever did.” His devoted sailing friends helped him continue racing his J-24 until shortly before his 97th birthday.
A Celebration of Life will be held from 11 P.M. to 1 P.M. on Saturday, June 9 at the Waikiki Yacht Club following the scattering of ashes off Waikiki at 9 A.M. Whoever wishes may share memories at that time. Memorial contributions may be directed to University of Hawaii Foundation, for varsity sailing.
|His crew (and more), especially "the BIG L,” the big guy at second left of the photo (Mick Meierdiercks) EVERY Thursday night arranged for a crew, a ride to and from the club, and let him steer and make the calls. |
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