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Touching Gently: A Memoir

Touching Gently: A Memoir

by Charles I. Hargrove
Touching Gently: A Memoir

Touching Gently: A Memoir

by Charles I. Hargrove


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The story begins with Charles Hargrove's childhood in the city of Redlands, California during the Great Depression. He paints vivid, moving portraits of the people who influenced his life: his wise father, his strong and loving mother, and his talented Uncle Jack. His personal story conveys a larger picture of the time and place, and the culture, from which he sprang.

Charles tells of his coming of age, his delight in becoming an Eagle Scout, his relationship (and continuing obsession) with the game of golf, and the hardships of life on a destroyer during the Korean War. And he writes most lovingly of his wife, Joan Van Euer, sharing their story from their youthful courtship to her heartbreaking death from Alzheimer's. Charles writes plainly and truthfully of life’s twists and turns, paths considered but not taken, the precious victories and bitter losses, the pain and dark places, and the simple but exquisite joy of being human.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781734045628
Publisher: Ambler Publishing Company
Publication date: 05/01/2020
Pages: 144
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.31(d)

About the Author

Charles Hargrove was born in Redlands, California, in 1928. He currently lives in Pasadena, California, with his wife, Andrea, and their toy French poodle, Sophie. Between then and now he has lived a full life.

Professionally, Charles worked most of his career for Bank of America, from which he retired as a Vice President and Regional Trust Officer in Southern California. Following his retirement from the bank, Charles became a successful entrepreneur, forming his own fiduciary business. He served in the Armed Forces and pursued acting on stage and screen. He was on the Board of the Otis Art Institute, on the Investment Committee for Los Angeles Children's Hospital, and on the Finance Committee for Descanso Gardens.

Charles loved golf from the time he was seventeen years old; many years later he became a five handicap player. And at a young age he met, then married, the love of his life. From such plentiful source material, and eagerly encouraged by friends and family, he produced his book, Touching Gently, A Memoir.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Come sit a while, and visit

Chapter 2. School Years

Chapter 3. Going to Work

Chapter 4. The Discipline of Kindness

Chapter 5. Girls

Chapter 6. The Woods Are Full Of Big Hitters

Chapter 7. Enter Joan

Chapter 8. Settling In

Chapter 9. Greetings: You’re In The Navy Now

Chapter 10. USS Halsey Powell DD686

Chapter 11. Settling In, Again

Chapter 12. A Time for Change

Chapter 13. I Live Alone With Joan

Chapter 14. Our Grandchildren

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