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I think about my Dad every single day. So do my kids, not a day goes by that JJ doesn't say that he misses his Papa. I will forever be Daddy's little girl, just like his good ol' coffee mug used to say, "My heart belongs to Daddy". Dad's life ended too soon, but he will NEVER be forgotten. I love you Daddy-o!!!!! ❤

Posted by: Carly Brinley - South Bend, IN - Daughter   Mar 27, 2014

I am saddened to learn of Charley's passing. Charley and I went to LaSalle and learned we were both planning to attend Manchester College so we decided to be roommates at Manchester for our freshman year.
I recall that we looked at our Freshman Orientation schedule and on day one it listed breakfast from 6:30-8. The first meeting started at 8. We lived in the residence hall next to the cafeteria. We arrived at breakfast around 7:30, and the line was

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Posted by: Kent Zimmerman - Daayton, OH - Former roommate   Dec 19, 2012

I wanted to thank everyone for their kind and funny memories of Charley. I miss him terribly and will continue to miss him for the rest of my life.
I love the comments about his green Firebird and my yellow Mustang. We had quite fun back in the days!
He had a good life despite his illness, with ups and downs throughout. I will wait to see him again in heaven.
Thank you again, so much for your kind words. It relly means a lot to me.

Posted by: Sandra Brinley Mediavilla - Naples, FL - Sister   Nov 30, 2012

So sorry to learn of Charley's passing. I knew and remember Charley From St Joseph Co. 4-H Horse And Pony and Junior Leader meetings. He was always very friendly and personable to me even though I wasn't from the German Township 4-H Club. We had a few fun times together, at the fair, and riding in his Austin Healey. Has it really been 40 years ago?
I was quite taken aback for a moment to see this picture of Charley.

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Posted by: Mark Malstaff - Brush Prairie, WA - 4-H Horse and Pony Friend   Nov 19, 2012

I'm so sorry for your loss. Charley was a great guy an always fun to be around. I first met Charley my freshman year in high school. I felt so important that a sophomore would want to be around me! We became friends, and then I found out he had Type 1 diabetes like myself. He was the first "kid" I ever met who shared that experience so there was an immediate bond. I would run into Charley now and

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Posted by: Susan Szczechowski - South Bend, IN - Friend from High School   Nov 17, 2012

I was saddened to learn of Charley's recent passing. Though I had not seen Charley in over 40 years, I have many fond memories of playing together with him as young boys, including riding bikes and playing baseball out in the Brinleys open field. I will never forget the photo I have of Charley proudly standing in our driveway on Portage Avenue in his suit following making his First Communion. May God grant you peace Charley, and thanks for all the childhood memories.

Posted by: John Timmons - Maricopa, AZ - Friend/Neighbor   Nov 17, 2012

Rest in Peace Charley. We worked together in the late 70's. My dad, brother (Mark) and i all worked with Charley. He was a blast to be around. I will never forget his love of Corvettes.
Mark & Dennis Hinsey Niles, MI

Posted by: Dennis Hinsey - Niles, MI   Nov 17, 2012

My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief.
May your memories of Charlie bring you comfort.

Posted by: Tommy Leszcz - South Bend, IN - 1970 Classmate LaSalle High   Nov 17, 2012

Dear Kristi, Very saddened to read of your father's death. I was just thinking of you recently when I started my poetry unit again this year. I hope you can write a poem of reflection; even if you keep it too yourself, I know it will be sincere, emotional, and beautiful. Robin

Posted by: Robin Benevich - Granger, IN - friend/former teacher of Kristi   Nov 17, 2012

Charlie was a great guy. He had so much of his father in him. Much like Bill he would do anything for you. Now at rest---but I'll never forget him.

Posted by: David Kamierzak - South Bend - Friend/former classmate   Nov 17, 2012