- It is with a heavy heart I tell family and friends of the passing of the love of my life and a wonderful man, Charles Lawrence Ring, Jr., on October 4, 2017. He was born August 12, 1945 in Bangor, to Charles Lawrence and Eunice (Bowden) Ring. After high school, Charlie was drafted during the Vietnam War and was stationed in Germany delivering supplies to different bases.
As I sit and try to describe this strong man, I find words can't possibly do him justice but with honesty and respect I have tried. Words that speak of him the best are loving, kind, generous, honest, loyal, caring, teasing and last but not least courageous. Charlie fought cancer for nine years, two months and 22 days with every fiber of his being. He was determined that this insidious disease would not get the best of him and prevent him from living his life to the very fullest. Charlie set a goal for himself of camping in every state in the lower 48 of the USA after his diagnosis and he accomplished this amazing feat while battling cancer.
Mostly Charlie treasured the gifts he was given of his children, the wonderful people they would eventually marry and the great gift of the grandchildren they gave him. Nothing gave him more happiness than spending time with all these precious, beyond price people. He is survived by son Curt, his wife Katie and their sons Michael and Garrett; by son Kendall, his wife Dawn and their daughters Ella and Alexa; by son, Eric, his daughter Alicia and sons Zack, Nathan and Isaac; and by daughter, Rachel, her husband Jimmy Hanscom and their daughter Kourtney and husband Nate Chandonait. Charlie is also survived by two recently "adopted" grandchildren, Trevor and Cole Rego. My sincere hope is that they all will remember forever the gift Charlie gave them of unconditional love.
Also surviving Charlie's passing is his wife of 47 years, me, Esther (Tibbetts) Ring. We were partners in all life's adventures, the good and the bad to the very end. By a miracle I will forever be thankful for, we found each other and built an amazing life together. I will be grateful for all the years together until I join him again one day.
Charlie is also survived by a sister Diane Drew and her husband Gene Pellon; a sister, Robin Smith and her husband Dana; a sister JoJo; a sister-in-law, Joan Mulligan and her husband Terry; and a sister-in-law Carol Jipson and her husband Wally. He has one aunt, Sally Ring; many nieces and nephews, cousins and friends surviving him. Remember Charlie when you think of him with love and laughter. He was predeceased by his father Charles and mother Eunice. Beyond the legacy of children and grandchildren he leaves an example of what a son, brother, husband, father and grandfather should strive to be. Charlie, like the rest of us, was not perfect (now wouldn't that be boring) but always always he tried to do the very best he could in how he lived his life.
A graveside service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, October 14 at the Lincoln Cemetery. Conducting the memorial will be nephew, Matthew Mulligan, with music by The Stewarts. In lieu of flowers, Charlie would want donations made to Cancer Care of Maine, 33 Whiting Hill Road #21, Brewer, ME 04412. Rest in peace, my love.
Published on  October 5, 2017