Remembering Charlie

Remembering Charles “Charlie” Cecil Sine.

Charlie was born February 4, 1933, to Ethel and Charles Sine in Philadelphia, PA.

Shortly after the birth of his brother Jim, their father was killed in a terrible train accident and their mother moved the family to Washington D.C where, with her two sisters as partners, she opened a beauty parlour. A hard working and dedicated woman, Ethel secured a good education for both her sons at The Saint James School in Hagerstown, MD from where they would both go on to graduate and receive their high school diplomas.

While at St James, Charlie excelled in athletics and did in fact captain not only the football team but also the tennis and soccer teams, all at the same time.

Charlie was very well liked and throughout his high school years he made lifelong friends that he remembered and cherished, going on to return for the school reunions year after year.

After his graduation from high school Charlie joined the army and proudly served his country in the Korean war before returning home to attend the University of Virginia.

His love of sports remained a constant in his life and while at the U.Va, Charlie excelled as a boxer, taking several heavy and welterweight division championships.

However, as much as he loved his boxing, he still had time for tennis and it was on a tennis court in Washington DC that Charlie would soon meet the love of his life, Maris. Marriage was soon on the cards and for the next 62 years, Charlie and Maris never left each other’s side.

Soon after their wedding, they moved to Laurel Maryland where on a 27-acre property, they built one of the largest boarding kennels for dogs and cats on the east coast.

Running the kennels was hard work, far from the usual 9-5, but to Charlie and Maris it was a labor of love and together they dedicated the next 40 years to caring for their boarders.

At the time of his passing, Charlie also had 4 grandchildren and one great grandchild.

After their retirement, Charlie and Maris settled down in Palm City, Fl.

Both equally passionate about animals and never much for letting the grass grow under their feet, they founded and opened Domino's Cat Rescue League, a no kill cage free rescue for cats abandoned in the Palm City Area.

Along with Maris, Charlie as a co-founder and President devoted his later years to the growth and development of the organization and as time went by, Charlie’s dedication and hard work helped save the lives of more than 1000 cats and kittens.

Domino's is still vibrant and growing but Charlie will be sorely missed.

Charlie passed away peacefully on Thursday, May 12 with his wife and children by his side.

We will be holding a Memorial service on Saturday, June 18, 2022, at 3 to 5 pm at his home in Palm City.

Please come and celebrate his life with us.

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