German, Charles


German, Charles, 76, died Tuesday, February 28, 2023. He was the beloved husband of his high school sweetheart Anne Iris (Chorney) German for 52 years. Born in Kiel, Germany, he was a son of Holocaust Survivors, the late Sam and Bella (Kroter) German and son-in-law of the late Maurice and Bernice Chorney and a strong, steady shoulder for Maurice’s surviving wife, Suzy. Having grown up and lived in Providence, RI, he spent the past 40 years residing between Narragansett, RI and Golden Beach, Florida. Charlie was a US Army Veteran, and a graduate of Bryant University and member of its Chi Gamma Iota (XGI) Fraternity. For four decades, he was the owner of Cut Price Pools, Maple Corner Development and Patriots’ season tickets. A longtime Freemason, Narragansett Lion, and member of The Aurora Civic Association and The Golden Beach Security Committee, there was not a single day he didn’t run into a friend or make one. He enthusiastically collected cars, motorcycles, seaside naps, inside jokes, and wild stories from traveling the globe far and wide.

Well known for his charismatic smile and unmatched wit, his signature mustache, his ability to fix anything and his love of a perfect bagel and lox spread, he’s equally as celebrated for his loyal friendship and fierce, legendary devotion to his family: best friend and superlative dad to Brooke German of Manhattan, NY and Miami Beach, FL; cherished big brother of the late George German and his surviving wife, Kathy; and iconic uncle, proud mentor and jokester to Josh and Sarah German, Allison Goldmann and Michael Beerman, and Andrew Lowenthal.

Funeral services will be held Friday, March 3, 2023 at 10am. in SHALOM MEMORIAL CHAPEL, 1100 New London Ave., Cranston. Shiva will be observed at 56 Caswell Street, Narragansett, RI from 1-3pm.

To view the pre-recorded service, please click here

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee: 220 East 42nd Street #400 NY NY 10017 or to The Bryant University Hillel: 1150 Douglas Pike Smithfield, RI 02917


  1. RJ Byckingham
    Mar 2, 2023

    Rest in peace my brother .

  2. Richard Komita
    Mar 2, 2023

    Brother Charlie,

    You always brought a ray of sunshine when I was in your presence. You will be so sorely missed! Condolences to Anne and the German family.

    Rich “Stretch” Komita

  3. Steve Chorney
    Mar 2, 2023

    Annie. I am so sorry for your loss. My family sends their thoughts and prayers to and for you during these difficult times.

  4. james gray
    Mar 3, 2023

    .my deepest condolences go out to the German family. He was a friend to all. Rest in Peace Brother.

  5. Pravin Shah
    Mar 3, 2023

    Ou heartfelt condolences to German family
    I will surely miss my friend Charlie

  6. Esta & Paul Avedisian
    Mar 3, 2023

    Dear Anne & Brooke,
    To say sorry, isn’t enough. 60 years of knowing Charlie, isn’t enough. The void from Charlie’s passing, that is too much.
    Loved him and will always miss him.
    Paul & Esta

  7. Dave Marques
    Mar 3, 2023

    Charlie, you were not only a nice man you were a good man. Thanks for caring brother. You will be missed by many.

  8. Jon Sikorski
    Mar 3, 2023

    My prayers to Charlie’s family. A wonderful man n a great Fraternity Brother . May you rest in peace, YITBOS
    I am sure he is having a Dog all the way w side of white beans at Haven Bros in heaven.
    Jon “Hondo” Sikorski, Bryant 1974

  9. Patricia Orr
    Mar 3, 2023

    Dear Anne & Brooke
    So very sorry to learn of your loss.
    Charlie was such a enjoyable personality. The years have gone but Several years ago I ran into him having lunch. His charisma was delightful. Cherish the love & memories. Regards, Pat Orr

  10. Pamela Cohen
    Mar 7, 2023

    Charlie and I sat side by side in homeroom for 3 years, we were German and Gershman. Always enjoyed his company to start the day.
    Sorry to hear of his death.
    Pamela Gershman Cohen Hope’64

  11. Lou Widawski
    Mar 7, 2023

    Dear Anne and Brooke,

    Donna and I were truly saddened to hear of Charlie’s passing. The number of people attending his funeral reveals how much he was loved and respected. Charlie and I were friends for over 70 years. He was a true Mensch.

    May his memory be a blessing. He will truly missed.
    Lou and Donna Widawski

  12. Frank and Mary Reis
    Mar 9, 2023

    Dear Anne and Brooke,

    Mary and I send our deepest condolences to the both of you and to the German family. Charlie and I pledged together at Bryant and remained close friends throughout our lives. The brothers’ honor guard at his funeral was a most moving event and tribute to the love that the brother’s had for Charlie. He will be missed but not forgotten. YITBOS, Brother

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