Orin 'Charlie' Stark, Jr.
New London, Connecticut
Jan 22, 1929 - Jun 1, 2016 (Age 87)
Orin Houston ‘ Charlie’ Stark, Jr, 87, of Mystic, passed away on June 1, 2016 at
the Fairview in Groton.
Mr. Stark was born Jan. 22, 1929 in Caledonia, Miss. To Mamie and Orin Stark, Sr.
He was married on May 21, 1954 in St. Louis to the late Violet Mae Jones Stark, the love
of his life. She passed away on Oct. 2, 2002.
Charlie started his career in the Navy for four years, later joining the Coast Guard as a
Master Chief Petty Officer serving aboard the Coast Guard’s Eagle. He retired in 1974,
receiving many awards and commendations.
Following his military career, he worked for the Coast Guard R & D, finally retiring in 1993.
Charlie was also a member of the Oxoboxo Masonic Lodge, # 116; as well as the Ancient
Scottish Rite of Free Masonry, the Sphinx Bedouin Shrine Club and Sphinx Shrine Temple.
His other memberships included life membership in the Groton Lodge of Elks, member at
large of both the Fleet Reserve and American Legion, Retired Armed Forces Assoc, and
After his retirement, Orin and his wife spent many happy years travelling in their RV and
camping with the Seaport Sams Camping Group.
He leaves behind his daughter Elizabeth Stark- Drury and her husband Thomas of Mystic,
his two grandchildren Thomas Stark- Drury and his wife Jeanette of Ledyard, Laura Violet
Montafia and her husband Jonathan of Gales Ferry and his four great grandchildren
Christopher, Jonathan, Emma and Nathaniel. Charlie is also survived by his very special
companion Irene Jarvis.
Mr. Stark had also been predeceased by his three sisters Wynola Hill, Glenda Capps and
He was a loving father, grandfather and will be sadly missed by all who knew him.
In lieu of flowers his family has requested donations be directed to the Shriners Children’s
Hospital, 516 Carew Ave, Springfield, MA 01104.
Wednesday, June 08, 2016
Byles-Groton Memorial Home
310 Thames St.
Groton, Connecticut 06340