In Memoriam — Charles Specht

Charles J. “Chuck” Specht, age 63, of Franklin Township, NJ passed away on Thursday, August 5, 2021, as his residence with his loving family by his side. He was born June 27, 1958, in Elizabeth, NJ, he is the son of the late Joseph and the late Norma Specht. Chuck is predeceased by his beloved wife Eileen, who passed in 2009.

As a young boy, Chuck attended St. Michael’s Catholic School in Cranford where he was an altar server under Bishop Paul Bootkoski. Bishop Paul and the Specht family shared a special bond which included family dinners and activities at St. Michael’s. Bishop Paul remembers Chuck as a quiet boy with a lot of friends who would always volunteer for church activities.

Chuck was a 1976 graduate of Roselle Catholic High School and a 1980 graduate of Rutgers University. He married the love of his life, Eileen Barry Specht, on June 14, 1987, and together they raised three children, Daniel, Samantha, and Stephanie.

Chuck was the third-generation family owner of Charles G. Specht and Sons, Inc., General Contracting. He was a devout Catholic and the first Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus Council 15217 at Saint Catherine of Siena Church in Pittstown. The first year as Grand Knight he started and chaired the annual golf tournament which supported all our activities, scholarships, veterans, seminarians, etc. He continued to do this for eight years.

With his experience in construction, Chuck assisted with the building renovation and expansion of St. Catherine of Siena Church. He was responsible for submitting the drawings to the planning, building, and zoning departments of Franklin Township.

Chuck and I became fast friends. We shared a love for golf, the Mets, carpentry, and the Giants. We shared our faith and Chuck was a true friend in Christ. The Knights lost a great man, and I lost a dear friend. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Our brother Chuck fought a brave battle to live but,

“God saw you getting tired, and a cure was not to be. So, he put his arms around you and whispered, “come to me.” With tearful eyes we watched you, and saw you pass away. Although we love you dearly, we could not make you stay. a golden heart stopped beating, hardworking hands at rest. God broke our hearts to prove to us, He only takes the best.”

— Submitted by Bill Smith PGK, FDD