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DrakeCharlesEdwardCharles Edward Drake
May 3, 1935 ~ March 30, 2017 (age 81)

As written by Charles E. Drake:  The intention of any obituary might be to outline and highlight one’s achievements in life.  Who better than the deceased to do that?  It also is a worthwhile task for one to perform while still alive.  Certainly, it makes me appear rather humble after realizing the few meaningless things accomplished in a lifetime.  I’ve always felt a good writing assignment for high school seniors would be to write their own obituaries.  Then they might live their lives differently!  So be it!!

Brantingham- Charles E. Drake died on Thursday, March 30, 2017, at his home.  He was 81 years old.

The oldest and last survivor of the Drake triplets, first to be born in Syracuse in 1935.  His brother, Henry died in 1990 and his sister, Alice in 1974.

Charlie attended Nottingham High School and the Manlius School and graduated from Brown University in 1958.  At Brown, he had joined the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity.  For eight years, he served in the Naval Reserve.  On September 1, 1962, he married Audrey Riebennacht at the Turin United Methodist Church.

A native of Syracuse, he worked for the Eastman Kodak Company for twenty-five years, mostly in the Albany, New York, and Washington D.C. areas.  In 1985, he and his wife, Audrey, purchased the Travel Bug of Manlius.  They sold the business in 1995, retiring to the Adirondacks.

A Rotary Paul Harris Fellow, he had, once, served as president of the Fayetteville Manlius Rotary Club.  In addition, he served on various Town of Greig committees and joined the Brantingham Golf Club and Trinity Episcopal Church.  Indeed, a lector and acolyte at Trinity, he, very much, loved his church.  Moreover, he enjoyed skiing, playing tennis, boating, and golfing.  During his lifetime, he, even, scored five holes-in-one.

Charlie is survived by his wife, Audrey R.; two daughters and sons-in-law, Jennifer and John Guichelaar, of Indianapolis, Indiana, and Janet and John Cannon, of Dover, New Hampshire; a son, Peter Drake, and his fiancée, Lora Handley, of Spencerport, New York; six grandchildren whom he loved and of whom he felt a great sense of pride; and a sister, Marilyn Osmun, of Syracuse; as well as nieces, nephews, and cousins.  He is predeceased by his sister, Alice Dickson, as well as by his two brothers, Henry Drake and Earl C. “Ducky” Drake.

A memorial service will be held on Monday, April 3, 2017, at 11:30 a.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church with Rev. Ed Murphy officiating.  Calling hours will be on Sunday, April 2, 2017, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the family home, 8160 Turtle Bay Road, Brantingham, New York 13312.

Contributions may be made to the Trinity Episcopal Church, 5411 Trinity Ave, Lowville, New York 13367; the Lewis County Humane Society, P.O. Box 682, Lowville, New York 13367; or the Brantingham Greig Reading and Technology Center, 5186 Greig Road, Greig, New York 13345.

Iseneker Funeral Home, Lowville, New York, 2017.