Gloucester, MA — Mr. Charles Clinton "Charlie" Foster, 83, husband of Marilyn J. (Goodwin) Foster of Gloucester, died on Friday, February 22nd at home surrounded by loving family and friends.
He was born and raised in Gloucester, the son of the late Clinton Crowell Foster and Mabel Irene (Jacobs) Foster. Charlie was a graduate of Gloucester High School, Class of 1949, where he participated in ROTC as a member of the Rifle Team and Marching Band. He attended Burdett College where he studied business administration.
Charlie served his country as a member of the US ARMY 31st Infantry Division.
After being discharged from the army, he returned home to Gloucester where he met and married the love of his life, Marilyn. Marilyn and Charlie spent the next five decades raising a family and growing a successful family business.
Charlie’s father, Clinton, purchased the property at 103-107 Eastern Avenue while Charlie was in the army. Clinton located his business there, Foster’s Oil Company, and added a small Esso gas station - two gas pumps and a small office. Gasoline was 22 cents per gallon. Charlie joined his Dad in the business in 1952 and it began to grow, and grow, and grow! Marilyn and Charlie purchased his father’s share of the business in 1957. There were expansions and changes over the years, too many too mention. At the height of his career, Charlie owned and operated five retail gas stations, an auto repair shop, diesel stop and weekend racing tire division. Life was busy. But Charlie never lost sight of who he was and was always there to offer a helping hand to friends in need. He won numerous awards from the racing tire industry and civic awards for the lovely gardens he grew and maintained at his gas stations. Charlie was a true mentor and brought many employees up through the ranks. His work ethic and attention to detail and customer service was instrumental to many that went on to open their own successful businesses. There are hundreds of friends and acquaintances that can claim “Foster’s” as their first place of employment. For a while, it seemed working for this great entrepreneur was a rite of passage for a good portion of Gloucester’s youth, especially the boys.