Charles Picken | Obituaries | The Tribune of Meadville


August 5, 1944
July 30, 2022

Charles (Chuck) Osborne Pickens of Farmington, CT passed away peacefully at home on July 30, 2022 with his devoted wife, Jean and beloved son, Eric by his side. Chuck was born on August 5, 1944, to Calvin Herbert Pickens and Doratha (Osborne) Pickens in Meadville, Pennsylvania. He grew up in the small town of Saegertown surrounded by relatives and friends, where he would go out to play in the morning, come home for lunch and dinner, walk to church and school, do sports and sometimes got into trouble! When his father died in 1957, Chuck’s family moved to Meadville for his high school years. Chuck was an exceptional athlete, dazzling fans with his behind-the-back passes on the basketball court and as a pitcher on the baseball mound. He began dating his future wife, Rella Jean (Hart) in eleventh grade and they were married in 1962. The pride of their lives were their two children, Eric Lee and Carrie Lynn and their grandchildren, Ivy Mae, Bridget Michelle and Mead Landry Pickens.
Chuck graduated from American International College in Springfield, MA with a business degree and pursued a career in information technology (IT). In 1974 he went to work for the Stanley Tools division in New Britain, CT. Chuck had an instinctive appreciation for what the new computer system could do for manufacturing. He and his team created a state-of-the-art ordering/entry and billing system. Their Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) revolutionized the way customers could order their products. The hand tool industry association. applied this model nationwide. Chuck then served as Vice President of IT at Loctite in Newington, CT. Eventually, he started his own IT consulting and long-term planning business. It was during this period that he worked at Mohegan Sun Casino on a Y2K project to convert their technology for the year 2000. Around this time he convinced the casino to let him open The Golf Shop. He enjoyed running the store until the financial crisis of 2008. Chuck served the City of Farmington as a Justice of the Peace, Municipal Hearing Officer and Deputy Registrar of Electors. He was a member of Memorial United Methodist Church, Avon, CT.
Chuck was a beginner golfer maintaining friendships from his hometown and making friends at numerous golf courses including Tunxis Plantation and The Country Club of Farmington where he was a member for 35 years. Chuck loved to cook and on many golf trips with friends he would cook the evening meal, clean the kitchen and be ready to play cards. He was the total package! Chuck enjoyed saltwater fishing and fly fishing trips on the Miramichi River in New Brunswick. He always found a place to plant a vegetable garden and invited friends over to share the bounty at harvest time. For many years he raised bees and chickens. He enjoyed using his brain to solve technical problems, play bridge and poker, board games, crosswords, read murder mysteries, and tackle many projects around the house. He designed and patented the “Mail Box Shield”. So it seems ironic that he would be diagnosed with a brain tumor in November 2021. It was the ultimate challenge for Chuck, relearning how to use the TV remote and finding ways to stay engaged in life.
More importantly, Chuck was a man of great integrity and honesty. He will be sadly missed by his wife, son, grandchildren and many relatives and friends. Chuck was predeceased by his beloved daughter, Carrie Lynn and his brothers, John and Stephen Pickens, as well as his sisters-in-law, Ann and Joye Pickens. He is survived by his brother David Pickens and his sister-in-law Jane Pickens, both of Meadville, PA. Jean and Eric sincerely thank all the medical staff at UConn and the palliative care team at Farmington Valley VNA who showed Chuck the utmost compassion and excellent care during his illness. We also thank family and friends who supported us with their thoughts, prayers and expressions of love.
A memorial service will be held Sunday, September 18 at 3 p.m. at Memorial United Methodist Church, Avon, CT with a Celebration of Life reception at 4 p.m. at the Tunxis Plantation Golf Course Pavilion, Farmington, CT. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Farmington Valley VNA, 8 Old Mill Lane, Simsbury, CT 06070 or Services for the Elderly, 321 New Britain Avenue, Unionville, CT 06085. Arrangements are made by The Ahern Funeral Homes, Inc., www.ahernfuneralhome.com.

Published on August 5, 2022

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