Charles T. Sailer, Sr.
Charles T. Sailer, Sr.
  • April 4, 1931 - December 4, 2017
  • Danbury, Connecticut

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Charles Thomas "Buddy" Sailer, Sr., 86, of Port Richey, Fla., went to be with his Lord on Dec. 4, 2017, at the Glen Hill Center in Danbury, surrounded by his loving family.

Born April 4, 1931, in Danbury, CT, he was the son of the late Evelyn D. (Nichols) and Edward G. Sailer. After graduating from Danbury High School in 1950, he married Joan M. Montesi and joined the U.S. Marine Corps. He was stationed in Korea and attained the rank of sergeant and sharpshooter. Charles was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Loyal Order of Moose.

His engineering career included working on the nation's missile and torpedo systems while employed at Consolidated Controls. He also was an expert sign painter, carpenter and auto body and mechanic who could build a house or a car from the ground up. He enjoyed landscaping and hosting pool parties and barbecues at his Beaver Brook Road homestead.

Charles is survived by his children, Holly Sailer and partner Eugene Laurel of Danbury; Jacqueline Sigmon of New Zealand; and Jessica Tomlinson and husband Loren of Kent, CT. He also leaves 10 grandchildren: Holly Colon, Kara Mia Colon, Cody Gillotti, Elijah Sigmon, Joshua Sigmon, Abby Sigmon, Ivy Sailer, Christopher Sailer, Amber Okenquist and Jonathan Tomlinson; plenty of precious great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. He also leaves behind his partner of 17 years, Margaret (Peg) Gregoire of Port Richey, Fla., and former wives Joan Wixon of Danbury and Marilyn Melillo of Waterbury.

Besides his parents, Charles was predeceased by his son, Charles T. Sailer Jr.; three sisters, Harriet Dingee, Dorothy Mead and Marion Hottes; a brother, William Tucker; his stepfather, George Gardner; and stepsister, Shirley Northrop Tucker.

Friends will be received from 10am-12pm on Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017 at the Green Funeral Home, 57 Main St., Danbury, CT directly followed by a burial at 12:30pm on Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017 at Wooster Cemetery Veterans Section, Danbury with full military honors.

Contributions in Charles' memory may be made to Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society, Naval Submarine Base, Building 83, Box 25, Groton, CT 06349-5025 or to Faith Church, 600 Danbury Road, New Milford, CT 06776.