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Charles G. Solar

July 31, 2020

Charles G. SolarCharles G. Solar, 98, passed away at his home in Clayton Friday evening, July 31, 2020.

He was born in Clayton on May 24, 1922, son of John E. and Ida May (Orvis) Solar, Sr. and he graduated from Clayton High School in 1941. On October 31, 1942 he entered the US Army, serving with the 825th Engineer Aviation Battalion. Charles received the European African Middle Eastern Service, Good Conduct, and World War II Victory Medals and was honorably discharged on December 31, 1945 as a Corporal.

On September 28, 1947 he married Gertrude M. Riches at the Alexandria Bay Methodist Church with Rev. Lisle B. Caldwell officiating. Mrs. Solar died on April 27, 2019.

Before his service to his country, he was a truck driver for Cowers Motor Express. After his service Charles was a pick up and delivery driver for NY Central Railway Express and then in 1960 worked for Lou Leonard Plumbing and Heating.

Charles loved his native village. In 1965 he began working for the village of Clayton. He retired in 1984 as the Superintendent of the Village of Clayton Department of Public Works. He had served as the town constable, as a village trustee for seven years, and was the village crossing guard after his retirement until June 2011. He also was on the Clayton Cemetery board for many years. Charles was honored to be the first Citizen of the Year in Clayton in 1970 and in 2011, he was named honorary dock master in recognition of his dedicated and outstanding service to the Clayton community.

Charles served in the Clayton Fire Department since April 7, 1941. He served as president, vice president and chief.

He was a member and past trustee of the Clayton United Methodist Church. Charles was a member of Clayton American Legion Colon-Couch Post 821 and was an Independent Order of Odd Fellows Lodge 328 member since 1941. He enjoyed gardening and wood working.

Charles is survived by his two sons, William C. Solar, Clayton and Robert G. and Sandy Solar, Sr., Lovingston, VA; seven grandchildren, Brian and Pam Solar, William II and Beth Solar all of Clayton, Kristi Bice of Watertown, Erin Solar and companion, Barry Morgan of Altoona, PA, David Solar of Lovingston, VA, Robert Jr. and Sarah Solar of Schuyler, VA; Mikey and Bekah Solar, MA, eleven great-grandchildren Dylan and Kassidy Bice, Kristen, Katelyn, Lexi, Cooper, Gretchen, Edwin, and Franklin Solar, Trevor and Chayse Harkinson; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his loving wife, he was predeceased by his daughter-in-law Cheryl Solar, his four brothers, Walter H., Wallace A., Richard L., and John E. Jr., and his three sisters, Annette D. Badour, Rose Johnston, and Mabel Solar.

Calling hours for Charles will be held at the Clayton Fire Department, 855 Graves St., Clayton on Saturday, August 8, from noon to 4:00 PM. Masks and social distancing are required. The funeral service will be at the fire department on Sunday, August 9, at 1:00 PM with Pastor Earl LaLone, Clayton United Methodist Church, presiding followed by burial in Clayton Cemetery. Arrangements are entrusted with Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Clayton and online condolences to his family may be posted at www.cummingsfuneral.com. In lieu of flowers, donations in Charles' name may be made to the Clayton Cemetery Association, c/o Bruce Cerow, 221 John St., Clayton, NY 13624.


#20 Leonard and Debra 2020-08-04 09:10
So sorry for your loss. From what I have heard from Bob and Sandy it sounds like he was a very special man. I’m sorry I never got to meet him. Prayers for strength, comfort and peace for the family. May you feel the presense of God during this difficult time.
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#19 Lou/Rosie Montante 2020-08-04 08:05
Sorry to hear of Charlie's passing. He will be remembered for his helpfulness and generosity. Our condolence.
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#18 Clarke 2020-08-04 00:10
Rich & I send our sincere condolences to all of Charlie’s family & friends and wish him a most peaceful journey to the other comforting side - he is well deserving.

Georgeen Marshall Clarke
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#17 Cheryl Mowatt 2020-08-03 23:19
Charley and Gert were our neighbors when we lived in the Baptist Parsonage from 1967-1979. The Solars were the epitomizes of Good Neighbors, always friendly and willing to help in some way. We felt so lucky to have known these neighbors.
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#16 Russ Waterson 2020-08-03 15:09
One of my greatest memories of Charlie was riding shotgun in the GMC going mutual aid to LaFargeville one night. He knew that truck like the back of his hand. I learned a great deal about the GMC and Brockway from Charlie. His eyes would light up big and bright when we talked about those trucks. His eyes were the biggest and brightest though when he talked about his family.
Charlie was the most honest and honorable human being I have ever had the privilege of knowing. One of the last of the greatest generation. Godspeed Charlie!
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#15 Stella Carnegie 2020-08-03 14:01
Bill and family,
So sorry please accept my condolences, Glad Anthony and I got him to Grindstone for his tour,
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#14 Cindi Collins 2020-08-03 10:28
I will miss him sitting on his swing in front of the house. God Bless.
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#13 Terry Ierlan 2020-08-03 10:03
Loved seeing him work in his flowers and drive his scooter up and down the road. I would stop to talk to him and your Mom. It always made my day. He will be greatly missed in this village.
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#12 Mike and Sandy Ivey 2020-08-03 09:04
Bill and Bob: Our condolences to you and your family Charlie will be missed dearly he was the best.community member and a friend anyone could ask that is if he " liked you" again our regards.
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#11 Chris Carlisle 2020-08-03 08:58
As I had always called him Uncle Charlie as he was my grandpa Wally's younger brother . He will be very missed in the family and community . A True Staple .
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