February 26, 2014
Charles Winslow Lee was born Sept. 12, 1955, in Port Townsend, as the eldest son of Larry J. and Betsy McCurdy Lee, of Seattle.
Chuck was a graduate of Roosevelt High School (1974) and the University of Washington (1980). He was a Beta Theta Phi and an ardent Husky supporter, and his deep and abiding friendships with his Beta brothers and a few lucky Fijis endured throughout his life.
Chuck leaves behind Lisa, the love of his life of 30 years, and his sons Winslow and Turner, who are his proudest legacy. His family joyously and playfully shared their life together in Sammamish. Chuck dearly loved his parents and his sister Cassandra (McGee) and his brother Jason, who preceded him in death. The family created incredible memories together in Port Townsend and Glacier Park, Mont., where they have deep family roots.
Chuck is widely known as an educator and as a coach of basketball and lacrosse. No one loved going to “work” more than he did.
He taught with the perfect balance of passion, discipline and a caring spirit, and he in-spired students to value effort over everything else. His other passion was basketball, and he played in many leagues, including one of his own creation, “The Sunday Morning Church of the Hardwoods.”
Chuck’s perpetual optimism carried him and his family through his heroic battle with cancer with more dignity than is imaginable. He passed away on Feb. 6, 2014.
A celebration for friends and family will be held Saturday, March 8, from 6-8 p.m. at the Mercer Island Community Center, 8236 S.E. 24th St., Mercer Island, where the Marshall Tucker Band will be played loudly, as this was, in Chuck’s opinion, the only band worth listening to. See www.caringbridge.org for more details.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you support Chuck’s passion for kids with donations to the Redmond/Sammamish Boys and Girls Club of King County, 825 228th Ave. N.E., Sammamish, WA 98074.