Charles E. Worth
October 9, 2009
Charles E. Worth, a longtime resident of Aspen, died Oct. 6, 2009.
Charles was born in 1925, in Boston, Mass. He graduated from Boston Latin School and cum laude from Harvard in 1948.
He moved to Aspen in 1950, where he ran the Ski In hamburger stand beneath Lift One. In 1956, he married Ann Gaskill near the waterfall on Castle Creek and they honeymooned at Pierre Lakes. In 1961, he built their house on Red Butte Drive, where they continued to reside.
Charlie was an avid outdoorsman. He rafted many rivers in Alaska, Canada and the western United States. He, with his family and friends, explored rivers including the Black Canyon, Grand Canyon, the Yampa, the Green, the Salmon, the Nahanni, the Tatshenshini and the Noatak in Alaska. Family vacations included rafting down the Glen Canyon before it was swallowed up by Lake Powell, backpacking and adventuring throughout the world.
Charlie was a diligent student of the Bible and served as an elder in the Aspen Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Until his untimely death, he actively used his geological training. Charlie was also a skilled and active fisherman, hunter, builder, gardener, chef, and was well read on many subjects.
He is survived by his wife Ann; daughter Christine; son Peter; grandchildren Katie, Ana, Jacob and Laura; great-grandchild Isabella; and many, many friends.
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A memorial will be held at the Aspen Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses Oct. 10 at 1:30 p.m.
In the words of Robert Service, one of Charlie’s favorite poets, “Men of the North, fierce mountains love you, proud rivers leap when you ride their breast. See, the austere sky, pensive above you, dons all her jewels to smile on your rest.”
His dandelion wine will be missed by all.