Charles Giffen
January 21, 2023

CHARLES GIFFEN: 83 of Squirrel Hill, passed away peacefully on Saturday, January 21st with his family by his side.

Chuck loved the adventure of life. With his loving wife (Barbara) of 60 years, by his side, he would get in the car or on his Harley and see where the road would take them. They passed this love of adventure on to their children and grandchildren. Chuck loved his Harley, and with Barb on the back, they traveled with friends all over the United States.  Chuck learned to ski in his 30s and fell in love with the sport and quickly taught Barb and his kids to ski. Chuck's favorite run was Born Free at Vail Resort where he would sing at the top of his lungs the whole way down. Chuck and Barb loved the beach, skied, bowled, and rode their bikes on just about every stretch of the Great Allegheny Passage Trail.   Many days of joy were spent at Seven Springs with family and friends as well as their favorite annual trip to Vail with their friends. Chuck also served his country in the Navy on the USS Joseph K. Taussig.

Chuck is preceded in death by his beloved wife Barbara, and is survived by three daughters who loved him dearly, Becky Havyer (Brian), Caryn Miller (Alvin IV) and Joni Ferrara (Joe),  six amazing grandchildren that "Pappap" passed on his love of adventure to Carly, Jenna, Rena, Casey, Alexander and Ryan as well as countless family and friends. Everyone who knew Chuck loved his spirit and sense of humor. He will be missed deeply by all who knew him.  

No funeral or memorial service is immediately planned. Family will notify loved ones in the future when a service is planned. Please honor Chuck's memory by singing out loud while participating in an activity that brings you joy.

Arrangements entrusted to Ralph Schugar Chapel, Inc., family owned and operated.


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Dear Becky, Caryn & Joni, May your fathers memory always be a blessing to you. Your parents were such lovely people.

By Paula Fingeret Rulin - January 29, 2023

So sorry to hear of your loss. Sending my condolences dear friend.

By Ronda Fingeret - January 29, 2023

We loved Chuck and will miss him so much!!!!

By June Stover and Clyde Leri - January 28, 2023

Barbara, my deepest sympathy to you and the girls on the passing of Chuck. I have very fond memories of you as our neighbors. I know he and Janie will be watching over all of you

By Rachel Boreman - January 27, 2023

Our thoughts and prayers are with you. He was a wonderful man.

By Dana and Bruce Gelman - January 27, 2023

Becky, Caryn and Joni, please accept my deepest sympathy on the loss of your beloved father. He and your mother truly lit up the street and we miss them terribly.

By Mindy Fleishman - January 26, 2023