Charles Vickers, 96, Founded Drug Distribution Company, Loved Jazz, Sang, Played Ukelele

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Charles J. Vickers, a longtime resident of Stamford and more recently Darien, died May 8, at the age of 96.

Charles Vickers obit

Charles Vickers, 96, passed away on May 8. His funeral was on May 10.

Born in 1923 in Hoboken, NJ. Mr. Vickers served as an officer in the Navy aboard Landing Craft Infantry 867 in the Pacific Theatre during World War II.

Following his wartime service, Mr. Vickers graduated from St. Peter’s College in New Jersey with a degree in chemistry in 1947.

After graduation, for a number of years he pursued a successful career in sales and marketing for companies such as Allied Chemical, Sheffield Chemical, Stauffer Chemical and Geigy.

In 1986, Mr. Vickers fulfilled a dream of starting his own company, Orbichem Inc., which became a successful pharmaceutical chemical distribution company with customers around the globe. He sold it in 1993 upon his retirement.

an obituary from Gallagher Funeral Home

A devoted and active alum of St. Peter’s, in 1997, he gave a grant to establish a lecture series in the natural sciences.

A longtime fan of music, especially jazz and Dixieland, he had a beautiful singing voice and later learned to play the ukulele. He attended many music festivals locally and across the country.

Mr. Vickers was a member of several local churches during his many years in the Stamford and Darien area.

His wife, Anne Beal Vickers, predeceased him in 2013. He leaves three children, two stepchildren, five grandchildren, a nephew, cousin, and several loyal friends.

His funeral took place on May 10. Arrangements were entrusted to Thomas M. Gallagher Funeral Home. To send condolences to the family, please visit the funeral home website.

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