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City loses community leader

DEL MAR — Charles “Chuck” Newton, a community advocate and beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, passed away at his Del Mar home Sept. 30 with Dorothy, his wife of 67 years, by his side. He was 93.
Chuck was born Sept. 1, 1917. He met Dorothy while attending high school in Glendale, Calif. They later married and had four sons.
A graduate of the University of Missouri journalism school and a veteran of World War II, Chuck had a career in business communications, working in advertising, public relations, art direction, promotions and consulting.
He was the founding editor of The Sandpiper, Del Mar’s community journal, and a community leader who volunteered for city boards and commissions. Chuck, who saved rainwater, also served as a director for the San Diego County Water Authority.
“Chuck was a pro on water issues,” former Del Mar Mayor Bill Arballo said.
He enjoyed reading, community theater, looking for a good creek to fish and working in his yard. Skilled and knowledgeable in everything from old-fashioned techniques to modern technology, Chuck could make adobe bricks, set type and send e-mails to his grandchildren.
“I can say from personal experience that he was an amazing man,” his grandson Tyler Newton wrote in an online guestbook. “I believe he was the wisest man I knew, which is a shame that the world lost another one. There was so much to learn from him. I will miss him greatly.”
In addition to his wife, Chuck is survived by his sons Tom and John, daughters-in-law Mary Sullivan and Julie and Kate Newton, five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his sons Terence and Stanley.