Charles Alfred Derosier

Charles Alfred Derosier, longtime Southold resident, passed away June 9, 2018, at San Simeon by the Sound in Greenport.

Charlie was born in Park Slope, Brooklyn, on Oct. 4, 1940. He graduated from the School of Industrial Design and attended The Cooper Union in New York. He began his advertising career at Macy’s flagship store, where, serving as fashion art director, he formed some of his most important, lifelong friendships. Charlie was a talented graphic artist and wordsmith, which served him well in a career at some of the largest New York advertising agencies of the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s, including the Marschalk Company and F. William Free, where he worked on campaigns for clients including Valentino, Coca-Cola and American Express.

A lifelong love of the coast and bracing salt air — discovered as a teenager working a summer job in North Haven, Maine — led him to the East End, first to Southampton as a part-time “weekender” with his family, and later settling permanently on the North Fork, over 28 years ago. A skilled craftsman with a meticulous eye for detail, Charlie spent his later years working as an independent carpenter and contractor for private clients, Southold Historical Society and Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor.

A downhill skier in his 20s, fisherman, watercolorist, baker, furniture maker and gardener, Charlie was also (as everyone who knew him knew so well) a lifelong Mets fan. Of all his pastimes, his favorite was, by far, walking the shorelines of his favorite Southold and Orient beaches in all seasons.

Charlie is survived by his daughter, Kate, of Ann Arbor, Mich.; his sister, Lois Derosier, brother-in-law, Trevor Rowe, and niece, Isabella Rowe, all of Southold; his former wife and lifelong friend, Jane Derosier, of Vineland, N.J.; as well as countless friends on the North Fork who meant so much to him.

Following his wishes, there will be no memorial service, but his family will gather in the fall at his beloved beach to honor and celebrate his life. He left this world filled with love and peace for and from those closest to him, and he is greatly missed.

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