Suscavage, Charles Joseph

December 28, 1942 - October 23, 2014

A funeral  mass for Charles Joseph Suscavage, 71, of Dallas, will be held at 11:00 A.M., Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at All Saints Catholic Church 5231 Meadowcreek Dr., Dallas, Texas 75248.

Charles was born on December 28, 1942 in Mt. Carmel, Pennsylvania to the late Joseph and Mildred (Kowaleski) Suscavage. He was a graduate of Villanova University in Philadelphia and he proudly served our country as a lieutenant in the United States Army. He had a long career in public relations and worked at Frito Lay and retired as Vice President of Public Relations at Interstate Batteries. He was an active member of All Saints Catholic Church and also volunteered at the school. Charles enjoyed traveling with his family and he had an extreme love for cars.

He is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Joann Suscavage; beloved daughters, Carol Ann Suscavage of Dallas and Stacy Ann Talkington and husband, James, of Murphy with their children, Tristan, Eva, and Preston.

The family will receive friends before the service starting at 10:00 A.M. In lieu of flowers please make donations in Charles’s memory to All Saints Catholic Church of Dallas.

Arrangements are under the direction of
ARIA Cremation Service and Funeral Home
19310 Preston Road
Dallas, Texas 75252

9 replies on “Suscavage, Charles Joseph”

Matt & Teresa Fairbrook says:

Joann, Carol and Stacy,

We are so saddened by your loss. We will all miss him dearly. Such a nice, warm, smart and caring father and husband to you all.

Our deepest sympathies to you during this mourning period.

Matt & Teresa Fairbrook

Donna Gratch says:

Dear Carol, Joann and Stacy-
I am so very sorry to learn of your loss. May his memory always be a blessing to your family.
Donna Gratch

Donna Gratch says:

Dear Carol, Joann and Stacy-
I am so very sorry to learn of your loss.
May his memory always be a blessing for your family.
Donna Gratch

Tara M. Simun says:

Dear Aunt Joann, Carol and Stacy,

We are very sorry for your loss. We are thinking of you all from our home in New Jersey at this time.

All our love,

Tara, Rich, Amara and Luke

Brad Todd says:

JoAnn: I was shocked and saddened to see Charlie’s handsome, smiling face pointed out to me in last Sunday’s paper. I had totally missed it, and unfortunately his services. I do hope you and the “girls” are holding up under the loss. I know how much Charlie adored all of you. What a sweet, caring and creative sole. He was a great colleague and friend and I only wished that we had stayed in closer contact. I know you are proud of the man, husband and father he was. And I am proud to have know him. God Bless you. Brad

Staci Mirau says:

Joann, Carol & Stacy,

I am so saddened to hear about Mr. Suscavage. He was such a kind man. I know my Dad really enjoyed working with him at Interstate.

Praying for you all.

Staci Mirau

Alex Bell Jr. says:

As Villanova football coach Alex Bell’s son, I have many fond memories of Charlie and the three years from 1962 to 1964 when Charlie was the star quarterback on my dad’s teams. Back then, Charlie went by the nickname “Big Play” because on several occasions when the game appeared lost, Charlie scrambled and pulled out a win with one of his long “hail mary,” Roger Staubach-like pass plays. In addition to his cannon of a passing arm, Charlie could execute dazzling quarterback runs and was known for employing stiff arms that opponents characterized as battering rams. My dad felt Charlie could have played in the national Football League but Charlie was committed to serving his country in Vietnam, where I’m told by a member of his Army Rangers platoon, that his heroics on the battlefield exceeded even those on the football field. All of us here at Villanov will miss Charlie and we cherish his memory.

Don Coqtoast says:

I was a sergeant in Charlie’s U.S. Army ranger platoon in Vietnam and was saddened to learn of his passing. I will always remember Charlie’s stellar leadership and coolness under fire in the heat of battle. Our platoon’s job was to team up with south Vietnamese soldiers and cross over the DMZ ahead of U.S. troop divisions and ferret out Vietcong ambushes. I’ll never forget one occasion when scouts we had sent out in each direction returned and told us that large groups of enemy soldiers were closing in on us. The south Vietnamese sergeant immediately began jabbering to his soldiers. Charlie asked his translator what the sergeant said and was told that he asked his corporal to get him his red pajamas so that if he was hit by enemy fire that his men wouldn’t be able to tell and would keep fighting. Typical Charlie, always cool under fire, used his wry sense of humor to calm everyone down by asking me to get him his brown pants. In spite of our precarious position, we all cracked up and then managed to escape back across the DMZ to fight another day. I’ll never forget Charlie’s bravery and stellar leadership.

A. Morrison says:

My sister and I and the rest of the Morrison family are forever indebted to Charlie Suscavage for spearheading the successful effort to obtain a full pardon for our brother Jim Morrison of The Doors from Governor Charlie Crist and the state of Florida Clemency Board for his unjust conviction for indecent exposure at a Doors concert in Miami in 1970. Charlie was a huge fan of the Doors and traveled across the country in the late 1960s and 1970 to attend many of the Doors concerts. In fact, Charlie, who was the same age as Jim, was in the front row at the Miami concert and knew that the indecent exposure charge was patently false. It took Charlie five years and dozens of phone calls to Florida state officials but Charlie finally succeeded in obtaining Charlie Crist’s agreement to pursue a pardon for Jim. We both continue to mourn the passing of this devoted fan of Jim Morrison and The Doors. Charlie’s highly successful career came as no surprise to us. Hopefully, they are hanging around heaven with each other and a bevy of lovely groupies.

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