Charles Thomas York

12/15/1925 - 02/14/2017

Charles Thomas York, age 91, of Sandy Springs, GA, passed away on Tuesday, February 14, 2017. Mr. York was born in New York City, graduated from Queens College and Columbia University. He was a decorated veteran of the U.S. Army who served in combat in the Battle of the Bulge in World War II where he received a Bronze Star for heroic achievement. After teaching history at Queens College, he had a 32 year career as a Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Department of State serving in Italy, Australia, Yugoslavia, England and Germany. Through additional graduate work Mr. York developed an expertise in Slavic studies, economics and national security. He was the acting Ambassador in Belgrade and the Minister Counselor for Economic Affairs in London and Bonn. He represented his country with distinction and pride. Mr. York retired to Ogunquit, Maine and later moved to Atlanta. A devoted husband and father, he enjoyed reading, bridge and the NY Giants. He was a member of All Saints Catholic Church for 10 years. He was an inspiration to his family and will be deeply missed. Mr. York was preceded in death by his parents, Charles T. & Ella J. York and his sister Claire Goldsmith. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Ida York whom he met in Trieste, Italy and married in Melbourne, Australia. He is survived also by Charles T. York (Jennifer); Chris York; Tony York (Laura); daughters, Elaine York; Silvia Yurkevicz (Gerry); and 9 grandchildren. A viewing will take place at Crowell Brothers Funeral Home in Peachtree Corners at 11:00 AM Monday, February 20, 2017, followed by a Mass at 2:00 PM at All Saints Catholic Church, Dunwoody. A graveside service will be held on a later date at Georgia National Cemetery, Canton, GA. In lieu of flowers a donation to the Senior Living Foundation ( would be appreciated. Please sign the online guestbook at Arrangements entrusted to Crowell Brothers Funeral Homes and Crematory, 5051 Peachtree Industrial Blvd, Peachtree Corners, GA 30092. (770)448-5757.


2:00 PM  2/20/2017
All Saints Catholic Church
2443 Mt. Vernon Road
Dunwoody, GA 30338


11:00 AM  02/20/2017
Peachtree Corners Chapel of Crowell Brothers
Funeral Homes & Crematory
5051 Peachtree Industrial Blvd.
Peachtree Corners, GA 30092


Georgia National Cemetery
Canton, GA

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Sending love and prayers to you all.
- Liz York
2017-02-20 05:27:05
Elainebr rnbr rnSorry to hear of your dads passing. He was one of the greatest generation. God bless him.
- Steve Pelland
2017-02-18 10:37:27
My deepest condolences for the loss of your dear loved one. While nothing will completely take away your grief by meditating on Gods promises found in the Bible you can find real hope and the strength to keep going. My family and I have found the scripture at Isaiah 258 to be especially comforting. Here it promises that God will swallow up death forever and the Sovereign Lord Jehovah will wipe away the tears from all faces.
- F. Fields
2017-02-18 04:00:36