Charles E. O’Rourke of Brookline, Massachusetts and formerly of New Canaan, passed away April 17.
He graduated from Watertown High School and served in the U.S. Navy in World War II. He also was a graduate of Boston College (class of 1951) and received a master’s degree from Brown University, and masters of business administration from Fordham University.
Mr. O’Rourke was a former longtime employee of Union Carbide Corp., and Carbtrol, Inc. He was formerly a longtime resident of New Canaan, and was a member of the New Canaan Senior Men’s Club, American Chemical Society, and served as treasurer of CDA.
— an obituary from the George F. Doherty & Sons Funeral Home
He was a longtime parishioner of St. Aloysius Church in New Canaan and St. Thomas More Church in Darien.
He was the beloved husband of Marilyn T. (Burke) O’Rourke; devoted father of Christopher O’Rourke of Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts; John O’Rourke of Roslindale, Massachusetts; Timothy O’Rourke of Jamaica Plain; Stephen O’Rourke, of New York City; and Matthew O’Rourke and his wife Amy Morrissey of Jamaica Plain. He was the grandfather of Gus Morrissey O’Rourke and Gabriel Morrissey O’Rourke of Jamaica Plain and b rother of the late Gerard “Gary” O’Rourke.
A funeral Mass will be held at 12 noon on Friday, May 3 at St. Ignatius Church, 28 Commonwealth Ave., Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. Interment will be private.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Charles’ memory be made to Boston College Financial Aid, Boston College, 140 Commonwealth Ave., Chestnut Hill, MA 02467. Attn: Cadigan Alumni Center.