Charles K. Sweeney, Jr., 52, passed away peacefully at home on September 29th in the company of his adoring family. Husband, father, son, brother, and friend – Charlie is now at peace in heaven.
Born December 26, 1968 in Trenton, NJ, Charlie spent his childhood in Yardley, PA. As a child, Charlie enjoyed playing sports and rooting for his hometown Philadelphia Eagles. He graduated from Bishop Egan High School and Penn State University with a BS in Insurance and Real Estate.
Charlie made a career in New York City as an equity trader on Wall Street, beginning at Merrill Lynch and leading the Equity Trading business at several other banks throughout the years, most recently at JMP Securities. Admired and respected by his peers, Charlie regularly led recruiting efforts and took great pride in being a mentor to young people.
Charlie had a love for golf and could often be found playing a round with his wife, kids, or friends at Plainfield Country Club. He loved the ocean and enjoyed spending summers in Sea Girt and on Long Beach Island. A consummate host, Charlie welcomed friends stopping by and was always ready to fire up the grill and pour a cocktail paired with one of his renowned playlists. In the winter months, Charlie looked forward to ski trips out west, experiencing different mountains with his family each year.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife and soulmate, Kendra, and his children, Caitlin and Patrick; his parents, Charles Sr. and Beth; his brother John and wife Jeanette; his sister Mary Beth and husband Brian; his nieces and nephew, Taylor, Jordan, Anna and Danny; and his dog, Murphy, who spent day and night at his side. He is also survived by aunts, uncles, cousins and friends who love him.
Charlie strongly believed in the words of Stuart Scott, “You beat cancer by how you live.” Charlie lived passionately, full of love, and in service to those around him. In that sense, he beat cancer every day. We are better people because Charlie lived, and he will live on through us as we honor our love for him.
The family would like to thank Charlie’s friends who prayed relentlessly and continuously provided love and support, his medical team led by Dr. Diane Reidy-Lagunes at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, who gave us the gift of more time together, and Monsignor Joseph Calise and Sister Carmella DeCosty, who have set our hearts and souls at ease.
Visitation for Charlie will be held on Wednesday, October 6 from 4:00-8:00pm at Lawton-Turso Funeral Home, 633 Washington Street in Hoboken, NJ (Corner of Washing and Seventh Streets, parking on Seventh Street). A funeral mass will be held on Thursday, October 7 at 12:30pm at St. Ann Catholic Church, 704 Jefferson Street in Hoboken, NJ. A celebration of life will follow from 3:00-7:00pm at Plainfield Country Club, 1591 Woodland Ave in Edison, NJ.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Charlie’s memory can be made to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in support of Dr. Diane Reidy-Lagunes’ young onset colorectal cancer research. Checks can be mailed to: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Office of Development, Attn: Community Fundraising, PO Box 27106, New York, NY 10087. Please indicate “In memory of Charles Sweeney” on the check memo line. If you prefer to donate online, please visit http://mskcc.convio.net/goto/CharlesSweeney