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.
|Publisher:||Ambler Publishing Company|
|Product dimensions:||5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.31(d)|
About the Author
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