Charles Buhagiar

Charles Joseph Buhagiar Jr.

Wednesday, April 21st, 1948 - Saturday, December 7th, 2019
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71 of Fort Gratiot, MI, passed away on December 7, 2019, after a long battle with pancreatic cancer, with his wife Joy, of 42 years, at his side.

He was born April 21, 1948 in Detroit, MI, the son of Charles Joseph Buhagiar, Sr., and Ethel (Price) Buhagiar.

Charles graduated from Chadsey High Schoolin Detroit, focusing his studies in the Commercial
Foods Department. He went on to earn a Bachelor of Science in Education degree at Wayne State Uni-
versity, and degrees of Master of Arts, Masters +30, and Early Childhood (ZA) Endorsement from Central Michigan University.

Charles discovered his love of running at Chadsey where he ran Cross Country and Track. He went on to run Cross Country and Track at Wayne State University where he also wrestled. A life-long runner, Charles continued competing in all distances of road races, including the Boston Marathon.
Charles found his life calling in teaching and coaching. Charles taught Elementary PhysEd for the Port Huron Area School District, calling it “the best job in the world”, retiring after 41 years. He began his coaching career at Port Huron Northern High School, coaching Men’s and Women’s Cross Country and Track, and Women’s Volleyball. He coached Volleyball at Fraser High School before bringing all of his mentoring skills to Grosse Pointe North High School, coaching Men’s and Women’s Cross Country and Track and Women’s JV Volleyball for 32 years. He was inducted into the Grosse Pointe North Coach’s Hall of Fame in 1995.

Charles filled his summers working as a Camp Licensor for the State of Michigan for almost 30 years, and proudly visiting all 30 MLB ballparks with his wife and best friends Todd and Vicky Summerer.
Charles married Joy Ellen Sinischo on June 10, 1977. They were fortunate to make their home, and raise their children, on Lake Huron, enjoying the sunrise, the sound of the waves, and many years of family fun and memories.

Charles loved reading, fine art and architecture, traveling, food, cooking, hiking at South Mountain in Phoenix, and music- especially Motown.
Charles is survived by his wife Joy; 3 children, Christian Buhagiar of Seattle, Rachael (Jason) Bowen of Noblesville, IN, and Connor Buhagiar of Chicago; 3 grandsons, Finnegan Buhagiar, and Max and Miles Bowen; 2 brothers, Joseph (Cathy) Buhagiar and Michael Buhagiar; 1 sister, Toni (Mike) Gorris; and many nieces and nephews.

Charles was preceded in death by his parents and brother Stephen.

Visitation will be Friday, January 24, 2020, from 2pm-8pm, and Saturday, January 25, 2020, from 10am-11am, followed by a memorial service at 11am at the Smith Family Funeral Home on Hancock Street in Port Huron.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Rogel Cancer Center Fund at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
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  • Visitation

    Friday, January 24th, 2020 | 2:00pm - 8:00pm
    Friday, January 24th, 2020 2:00pm - 8:00pm
    Smith Family Funeral Home - North
    1525 Hancock Street
    Port Huron, Michigan 48060
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  • Second Visitation

    Saturday, January 25th, 2020 | 10:00am - 11:00am
    Saturday, January 25th, 2020 10:00am - 11:00am
    Smith Family Funeral Home - North
    1525 Hancock Street
    Port Huron, Michigan 48060
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  • Service

    Saturday, January 25th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Saturday, January 25th, 2020 11:00am
    Smith Family Funeral Home - North
    1525 Hancock Street
    Port Huron, Michigan 48060
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email


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Pat Wilson

Posted at 09:27pm
Charles was the man who recommended me for the boys track and cross country job at GPN. While we did not know each other before I started at North, we quickly became the best of friends. He and I shared so much over the years. I will always keep him in my heart.
Pat Wilson

Craig Dahlke

Posted at 09:29am
Charlie and I became friends back in the mid seventies, even shared a cottage on the Lake the year before and up until he and Joy married. Always enjoyed bumping into him, his smile and conversation always left me feeling good. But the last time I saw him, I knew something wasn’t right. Thoughts and prayers to Joy and family.


Posted at 03:35pm
Coach Buhagiar lived and displayed what he expected from us athletes: class, integrity and character. He was my cross-country and track coach at GPN. Coach Langadock was his assistant and just as dedicated. Buhagiar was very disciplined, tough but fair. He treated us all equally with dignity and respect, even when he was disappointed in our performance sometimes. He gave his best for us, and expected our best also. He believed in each one of us runners and pushed us to believe in ourselves and our abilities. He encouraged us to develop our full potential and equally prioritized both academic and athletic excellence. What an inspiring leader and role-model! I still run because of his influence. I admired his faith too. He prayed with us before every race: "God grant us strong minds that we may run an intelligent race, strong hearts that we may run a valiant race, and strong legs that we may run a swift race". Coach, as I grieve your passing, your memory is forever ingrained in my heart!! May you rest in peace and may perpetual light shine upon you!

Jill Bloom

Posted at 09:43pm
Coach B was my track and x-country coach at GPN and I will never forget one day at practice, when we were not doing our he read the quarter mile times...... 2 years, 9months, FOUR DAYS LATER come bellowing out from him. I still use that today when my kids are dragging in the morning and I love him for all the amazing life principles he taught me. I was able to live out a dream and coach with him 20 years ago before he retired from GPN! It was so inspiring to work with him every day for those three seasons. I still have the relay baton from 1984 when my sister, Amy Dornbrock, Stacie Williams and Sue Roland broke the school record in the 4x200 at State Finals. Thank you Coach for all you did for me and every athlete you came in contact with! You gave everyone a reason to never quit! Rest in peace!

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