Obituary: Charles Billings England, 76

A memorial service for Charles Billings England will be held on Thursday, June 21st at 2:00 PM at St Luke’s Episcopal Church in Darien, CT. Charlie, as he was known to all, died peacefully at his home in Norwalk, Ct. on March 17, 2018. He was 76.

Charlie was a force for good in the Darien and Rowayton communities for almost three decades. As a lifelong classic car enthusiast, he founded the annual Darien Classic Car Show, a charitable event held each Father’s Day in Pinckney Park. In his retirement he was also an active volunteer and early supporter of Aging in Place in Darien helping seniors stay comfortably in their homes. He was an active and beloved member of St. Luke’s Church in Darien serving as Senior Warden.

Charlie grew up in Glen Ridge, New Jersey, the son of Dr. Dorothy Frame England and Charles Billings England. He was the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. I.W. England of Passaic, New Jersey and the Reverend James Everett Frame and Jean Loomis Frame of Union Theological Seminary.

Charlie, known as Bill to his Glen Ridge friends, graduated from Glen Ridge High School, New York University and Columbia Business School.

Charlie had many passions: he loved to sing, ran a few marathons, adored skiing, enjoyed tennis, squash and paddle tennis with some golf thrown in. His passion for sailing lasted for over 60 years and he sailed on the New York to Bermuda race several times. He also loved cycling and completed many charity races. He loved a project and was always fixing something.

Charlie was a warm and welcoming presence in every community he lived in over his life: from Glen Ridge to New York and East Hampton, from Chicago to Locust Valley to Fairfield County, he loved making friends and was always the life of the party. Charlie genuinely delighted in helping others and had a smile and a warm hug for everyone. He never missed a day of the New York Times crossword puzzle and only used ink.

Charlie is survived by his son: Charles England of Dallas, TX and his daughter and son-in-law Blair England and Peter Carlin of New York City in addition to his sister Constance England Roberts of Mahopac, NY and four grandchildren.

The family suggests in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to WSHU public radio, the home of his beloved Sunday Baroque radio show.