Updated August 2, 2011

Dear Friends -

By now, most of you know, on April 23rd, 2006, Kim Eastep, Derek and I suffered a loss beyond
comprehension...our son and brother Charles drowned in the Maury River at Jordan's Point; a City of
Lexington, Virginia park. A senseless loss with very little being done by the City of Lexington's City Officials.
This makes four drownings in the last five years at this dangerous swimming area.
We have struggled to make sense from it, but to no avail. Our son Charles was an avid diver (seven NAUI
certifications), and planned to study Marine Biology, Law, with his practice limited to Environmental Law. He
carried a 3.9 GPA, National Honor Society, Jazz Band, Spanish Club, Tennis Team, JV Baseball, Fly
fisherman, Sailing Enthusiast, an avid reader, a writer, snowboarder, in-line skater, and he loved the ocean
and all it offered. I could go on for hours, but what is important now is that we fix this serious problem!
It is your loss as well as ours. He was an awesome kid, who protected the weak, challenged the strong and
was fair to all.

Thank you for all of your support.

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Charles Oliver Volpe Memorial Web Site
Born in Miami, Florida,
October 18, 1989,
Charles was a lover of
sports, and the water.
He was an
accomplished NAUI
certified diver,
spending summers in
the British Virgin
Islands honing his
diving skills and
obtaining seven NAUI
certifications. He spent
two summers in Big
Pine Key at Seacamp
and the summer of
2005 in Tortola at
Seatrek, BVI. His love
of Marine Biology and
his need to protect our
resources, took him
towards law, where he
had planned to practice
environmental law in
his Uncle Tim's law
practice in
Jacksonville, Florida.
He leaves behind a
legacy of "protecting
the weak, challenging
the strong, and being
fair to all". His motto
was, "Love to live, live
to love, no regrets" He
followed that each day
and had the  ability to
see the positive in
each new challenge.
His positive attitude
will be missed by many
and the world will be a
lesser place without
his presence in it. He
will be missed by his
family and friends.
Charles Oliver Volpe
10/18/89 - 04/23/06
Updated January 1, 2010