Charles Auer

Charles Konrad "Charlie" Auer Jr.

Saturday, August 1st, 1931 - Wednesday, February 17th, 2021
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Grief is love with no place to go. Charlie knew that well. He never said no to anyone and was always there to offer help and a hug to anyone who needed it. Charlie was a hugger. To know him was to love him and he will be forever missed and irreplaceable. His family learned a long time ago, to share him with the rest of the world. He spread joy to everyone he met and there were thousands of people in his world. His laugh was infectious and his love for life and youthful heart were inspiring to all who knew him. And Jeepers Creepers! Has anyone ever seen him sit and eat a meal while it was still hot???

Everybody that has ever met Charlie has a unique story about him. Anyone who has ever visited the Auer Family Boathouse at the end of North Avenue can tell you that he grew up during a bygone era of Burlington. Charlie was recruited in his twenties by the New York Yankees Farm Team. He was an excellent athlete. He had already met the love of his life by then and chose to stay and raise a family in the state he loved, Vermont. He had a reputable career in the National and Civilian Guard, and The Mountain School, and was actively part of them well after retirement. He was proud to be a member of the The Elk’s Club, The Eagle’s Club and The American Legion, and loved socializing with his friends there.

Charlie’s Angels, his four daughters, know how blessed they are to have the very best DAD ever. Through his selfless love and support, we had the most wonderful childhood imaginable. Growing up at the Auer Family Boathouse was a treasure beyond compare, especially Hot Dog Sundays with Grandma, Grandpa and all of the family.

Charlie was welcomed home to heaven by his loving wife Norah, his infant son Charles K. Auer III, his parents Charles Sr. and Ida Auer, and his siblings Vernon Benoit, and Julia (and her husband Pete) Hamiwika and many other family members.

Charlie is survived by his loving daughters Kimberly Auer and her sons Chad and Drew Abramovich, Terri and her husband Dave Mitchell and their children Mallory, Bailey and Schuyler, and great grandson Rowan, Wendy and her husband Geoff McLoughlin, Kerry-Ellen Rock and her daughter Mia, his beloved beagle Mama, sister Christine Hebert and her husband Ken, his sister-in-law Bea, and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

There will be no services at this time, due to Covid. We will have a service and celebration of his life this summer and will post then to keep people informed. Arrangements are under the care of LaVigne Funeral Home and Cremation Service. Condolences can be shared with the family at and

Donations can be made in Charlie’s name to The Franklin County Humane Society, in honor of all of the loving beagles Charlie has adopted from there, (Including precious Mama) throughout the years.
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Jack Scully

Posted at 11:02pm
Condolences from Jack, Mike, and Wendy Scully. Every summer we would visit Charlie at the Boathouse and enjoy the pleasure of his company. he brought joy adn friendship to everyone who crossed his path. Burlington has truly lost one of its greatest citizens.

Robert Trudo

Posted at 12:28pm
Kim, Chris and all the family, I have known Charlie since high school and no one ever had a better friend. I recall a bus tour to NYC which to my surprise Charlie & Nora were also on. A stop in Middlebury at McDonalds for coffee. Charlie being himself volunteered to get the coffee and while he was returning to the bus coming across a traffic lane divider he slipped and fell on his back side with the coffee going all over (he was uninjured except for his pride) and getting a little wet. Well it was a little funny just the way it happened and we all had a good laugh when he got back on the bus. We had a great time in NYC .
Bob & Carol Trudo

cindy carey

Posted at 12:02pm
So sorry to hear about this - he will be missed at the Eagle Club's 250 Club dinners.

Steve Cook

Posted at 01:09pm
Dear Wendy,
My Dad and I are so sorry to hear of your Dad's passing.He was a special man.At the bowling alley,he would come over to my Mom and kiss her on the head every time he saw her.She was in a wheelchair with alzheimers.He was so easy to talk to.Dad and I loved chatting with him.When he got a strike,he would do this little dance.He touched so many lives.We were so happy to have known him.We send all our love to you.Steve and Paul Cook

Matt Roy

Posted at 04:23pm
Chuck, as we all knew him, was one of the sweetest men ever. If you met him for the first time and didn't know him you had a friend instantly. We will miss our chats with him that we had periodically and we will miss bringing him our yearly meat pie at the holidays that we didn't get to do this past year because of Covid. He always greeted us with a huge hello and we never left without a hug and a kiss on the cheek. Whether it was our Maple syrup, duck eggs, Meat pie at the holidays or just little treats he was always grateful and always had a story. He called our house on St. Patrick's day and was singing to us Irish songs and of course he filled the machine as we were out boiling syrup when he called. He was laughing and singing and oh how we laughed when we heard the lengthy message. What a wonderful wonderful man. A quick visit to drop off treats usually turned into a couple of hours as he loved to chat. We loved listening to music with him and talk about the boat house, hunting, and whatever else came up. We sure will miss him and our chats, especially during the summer months when we could go visit him at the boat house to hide away from the noise of the world. Rest Easy Chuck, give Bob a big hug for us and tell him we miss him too! Love Matt and Mary Roy

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