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Charlie's Celebration of Life

Saturday, July 27, 2024

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Life Story

Charles (Charlie) Michael Abrams
March 14, 1941 – June 3, 2024
Boise, ID

On June 3rd, 2024, the world lost a remarkable soul as Charles Abrams, affectionately known as Charlie, peacefully passed away at the age of 83. His journey began on March 14, 1941, in New York City, born to Harry and Alice Abrams, surrounded by the love of his five younger siblings. 

Charlie’s life was a testament to dedication and love. He married the love of his life, Mary “Janet” Walker, on July 9, 1966, and together they built a family rooted in love and resilience. They nurtured their three sons, starting their adventure in Alexandria, VA, before settling in the welcoming community of Walnut Creek, CA, where they crafted a home for over four decades.

A brilliant mind, Charlie earned his Civil Engineering degree from Manhattan College and further honed his expertise with a Masters in Civil Engineering/Transportation from Texas A&M. His career flourished in Washington D.C, first with the federal government and later as the founder of Abrams Associates Traffic Engineering, Inc. in Walnut Creek, CA. His professional legacy, marked by integrity and innovation, spanned decades until his well-deserved retirement in 2018.

Beyond his professional achievements, Charlie’s dedication to public service shone brightly. Elected to the Walnut Creek City Council in 1996, he served with distinction for over a decade, including multiple terms as Mayor. His leadership extended to the Contra Costa Transportation Authority, where he chaired with pragmatism and a touch of humor, leaving an indelible mark on his community. His passion for sports was evident in his enduring commitment as a coach for Walnut Creek Little League and as a referee for the Walnut Creek Soccer Club, dedicating over a decade to each long after his own children had moved on.

Charlie’s generosity knew no bounds. Alongside Janet, they opened their hearts and home to friends in need, embodying compassion in every action. Their joy doubled with the arrival of grandchildren, whom Charlie cherished and delighted in at every opportunity.

In retirement, Charlie found joy in his passions, becoming an accomplished Life Master in Bridge, and forging lasting friendships in Boise and Portland through spirited tournaments and club gatherings. His zest for life and laughter endeared him to all who crossed his path.

Charlie is survived by his loving daughter, Tina Hartman (Cap), whom he joyfully reunited with in 2020, and his devoted sons, Stephen (Christine), Andrew (Michelle), Peter (Karmel) and his brothers and sisters Michael Abrams, Wally Abrams, Rita Greene, Irene Carnahan and Joe Abrams. His legacy lives on in his grandchildren and in the hearts of all who were touched by his kindness and wisdom.

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In lieu of flowers, contributions in remembrance of Charles Abrams can be directed to the Lesher Center for the Arts

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