Charles Edward Ahearn, III died peacefully at his home in Jupiter on July 9, 2022. Born February 27, 1938 in Ocala, FL to Charles and India Matthews Ahearn, II, Charles was the eldest of three children. During his lifetime, he resided in Jacksonville, Immokalee, Tallahassee, Gainesville and Jupiter, FL. He was a graduate of Paxon High School and Jacksonville University and held master’s and doctoral degrees in educational leadership from the University of Florida. He served a full term in the U.S. Airforce Reserve while completing his post-graduate studies.
Charles was a dedicated educator, teaching high school English and serving as assistant principal in Duval County schools and principal of Immokalee High School for many years. While living in Immokalee, he was active in the community, serving as chairman of the board, First Methodist Church of Immokalee, Commissioner of the Collier County Housing Authority, and member of the Rotary Club. After being designated by the Florida Department of Education as Outstanding Principal, he assumed an executive position in the educational leadership division of the department. Upon his retirement from the department in 1996 with 33 years of service to Florida schools, he served as publications editor/manager for a major regional educational laboratory sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education.
Charles was predeceased by his parents, his brother Sean “Sandy” Alexander Ahearn, nephews: Kenneth Bryan, Kevin Bradley, and Kristopher Brett Ahearn; great-niece Brieana Ahearn, and great-nephew Seth Lasater.
He is survived by his wife of 26 years, Betty Fry Ahearn, his daughter, Elizabeth India Ahearn, his brother and sister-in-law Patrick Timothy “Tim” Ahearn and Kay Davis Ahearn, niece Kristen Brooke Lasater, and great-nephews Chase Lasater and Kaden Ahearn.
Graveside funeral services will be held at Evergreen Cemetery on July 13, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. with internment following.
Donations in Charles’ memory made be made to St. Jude’s Hospital, Southern Regional Education Board, Atlanta, GA or any educational organization of your choice.