It is with great sadness that the athletes, coaches, parents and committee of Middlesbrough AC (Mandale) have to announce the untimely passing of Charles Frederick Stuart on Friday 3rd March. Charles died peacefully at home after a short illness at the age of 76 years young.
Loving husband of Chris and father of Louise, Duncan and Jamie and much loved Gramp, father in law, brother, brother in law and friend.
Charles was a true gentleman of athletics. His life enriched many of those he came into contact with both inside and outside of the athletics fraternity. He held many posts in athletics, being a chief starter at numerous championships in the North East over the years. Following a 20 year association with Middlesbrough and Cleveland Harriers, Charles was also Chairman of Middlesbrough AC (Mandale) for the last 9 years until 2016, presiding over the time when the club moved from its former home at Clairville Stadium to its present one at Middlesbrough Sports Village.
Charles was also a very effective and well liked coach. Coaching and officiating at the very highest levels, Charles has guided many international athletes during his time including his own daughter Louise Collins (nee: Stuart) who competed for Great Britain at the 1988 Seoul Olympics in the 200 metres.
Charles was always encouraging to athletes both young and old, officials and coaches alike. With always a kind word for everyone. His knowledge and love of the sport was also evident for all who had the privilege to know him.
Our thoughts are with his wife Christine at this time and the rest of Charles’ family.
A celebration of Charles’s life will be held at St Peter and Pauls Church, Stokesley on Friday 24th March at 2.30pm and then at Stokesley Sports club on Broughton Road, Stokesley. Everyone is Welcome.
Donations in Lieu of flowers if desired to: Herriot Hospice which provided outstanding care for Charles at home in his final few days.
Friday 24th March at 2.30pm. St Peters Church, Stokesley.