Ted Hoadley and Helen Shattuck met during World War II while both worked at General Motors Truck and Coach. However, it was not until their marriage in 1946, that they set about producing their own independent model: Charles Edward Hoadley, born in Pontiac, Michigan on March 27, 1947 (thumbing its nose at the nearby GM plant).
As a youngster in Lebanon, Indiana, Chuck showed early signs of artistic talent, a harbinger of his lifetime skill in observing and understanding the world around him, and then passing that knowledge on to others. He honed those skills as a young man in Mansfield, Ohio as a counselor at Hidden Hollow Camp and by becoming ever more active in Scouting, a passion that remained with him throughout his life. Chuck also valued individual effort and excelled in such sports as wrestling and squash.
During his years at Hiram College, he had the opportunity to spend a year studying in Spain, which led to a lasting affection for the country and its language, and he could often be found on vacation poring over a volume of Spanish literature.
After graduation, Chuck had several increasingly challenging jobs starting as an executive with the Boy Scouts before transitioning to private industry. He then chose to further develop his skills with an MBA from Ashland University before being presented with an opportunity to move east to Connecticut.
Chuck was a resident and active citizen of East Granby, Connecticut for nearly 30 years, where he and his wife, Valerie (Val), raised their two children. Chuck and Val met while working in the insurance industry in Hartford; they married at their home in East Granby on July 8, 1989. Sam was born in April of 1990, and Katie in September of 1993.
Chuck was involved in East Granby’s Boy Scout Troop 70 in numerous roles for many years, including as Cub Scout Master. Chuck could frequently be found helping the Scout Troop with their weekend campouts, teaching Scouts how to cook in Dutch ovens over campfires, as well as performing magic knot-tying tricks to everyone’s amazement.
Chuck, Val, Sam, and Katie loved spending time together as a family on vacation every year in Brooksville, Maine at Hiram Blake Camp, where they were later joined by Chuck’s brother, Tom, and sister-in-law, Cindy. Chuck was an especially devoted husband to Val, who predeceased him in 2016. Chuck was a caring and supportive father to Sam and Katie, fostering their personal growth and artistic hobbies.
Chuck loved all animals, especially his dogs throughout the years, notably, Scout and Boo. He will be remembered for his sharp sense of humor, his generous spirit, and the positive impact he had on everyone around him.
He will be deeply missed by his daughter, Katie Hoadley of Denver, Colorado, by his son and daughter-in-law, Sam Hoadley and Betsy Beltz, and granddaughter, Theodora Hoadley, all of Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, and by his brother and sister-in-law, Tom Hoadley and Cindy Lombardo of Richfield, Ohio.