Charles Andrew Babikian, Jr, (“Chuck”), 86, passed away peacefully on December 14, 2016. Charles grew up in Leonia, NJ as the son of Charles, Sr. and Irene Babikian. After graduating Leonia High School, Chuck was a proud Marine serving at the end of the Korean War as a First Lieutenant in the amphibian tractor battalion brigade. He went on to graduate Wagner College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business while playing football as a defensive end and the team captain for the Wagner Seahawks.
He applied his belief in teamwork and hard work, combined with a knack for personally connecting with people, to run his real estate company, CBS Realty in Harrington Park, NJ. Charles never considered retiring right to the end as he was asking his four children to return calls as he was entering hospice. His belief in working hard and playing hard was displayed in all forms including his love of skiing with his family at Mad River Glen, Vermont, and playing tennis for the past 40 years with numerous foursomes followed by their ritual happy hour.
He loved seeing his family together and would use every holiday as an excuse for a family barbeque. Charles is survived by his four children, Jeffrey (and Eileen) Babikian of Ramsey, NJ, Glenn (and Barbara) Babikian of Sugar Loaf, NY, Carol (and Scott) Haegele of Succasunna, NJ, and Karen (and Jeff) Lupinacci also of Succasunna. He also leaves behind his sister, Alice Philibosian of Ft. Lee, NJ (the much better looking of the two), his eight grandchildren: Ryan, Lauren, Michael, Brendan, Matthew, Brooke, Brian and Kyle and his beloved nephews and niece, Emil, Alan, Chip, Anita and Stephen.
Charles’ life will be celebrated at a funeral service for family and close friends at the Armenian Presbyterian Church in Paramus, NJ, on Tuesday, December 20th, at 10:30 a.m. followed by a private burial. The family will receive friends at the church from 10-10:30 am. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to the Armenian Presbyterian Church, 140 Forest Avenue, Paramus, NJ 07652, would be appreciated.
Arrangements are by the Davis & Hepplewhite Funeral Home, 96 Main Street, Succasunna 973-584-7264 (davishepplewhitefh.com)