Columbus, OH --- February 17, 1935 to December 16, 2013 Charles "Charlie" Greathouse, 78, passed away at his home in Boynton Beach on Sunday, December 16, 2013.
Charlie was born and raised in Indianapolis, IN and attended the Taft School in Connecticut from 1949-1953. He graduated from Princeton University in 1957 with a Bachelors of Arts and was a member of Cottage Club. Charlie cherished his days at Taft and Princeton and remained close with many of his friends from that time. After college, Charlie served in the U.S. Navy where he was stationed in Japan. Upon return, he lived in San Francisco where he worked in banking and married Caramia Musto in 1962. Their daughter Virginia Ribeyre Greathouse was born in 1963.
Charlie remarried to Pamela Parsons in 1967 and they relocated to Princeton, NJ. Their daughter Landis Stockton Greathouse was born in 1970. Charlie remained in Princeton until 1982 before moving to South Florida where he happily resided for 30 years. He also spent many blissful summers on Northport Point in Northport, MI, where his family had summered for generations.
Charlie was an avid sportsman and spent many of his years devoted to his great love of golf, fly fishing, horse racing and road biking. Annual summer fly fishing trips to Wise River, MT became a highlight of his year. Early in his life, Charlie developed a great passion for baseball and fulfilling a dream, became part owner of two minor league teams in New York and Montana during the early 80's. Later, in Florida, he fell in love with the excitement of harness racing and invested in horses and training for competitive racing with Don Roy as a trainer, a co-owner and best friend. Charlie was a member of the FSBOA and the USTA.
Charlie dedication to racing was unexcelled in every way. Many will miss you. Charlie was a regular golfer whose endless love for the sport fueled the ever elusive quest for the perfect backswing. Charlie had a wonderful network of friends, from childhood to present, of whom he was extremely passionate about. The family is so grateful for their great friendship and support. He is survived by his two daughters, Virginia Greathouse Baxter of Hoboken, NJ and Landis S. Greathouse of Pennington, NJ and his two grandchildren, Campbell Shaw Baxter and Diana Bonnell Baxter of Hoboken, NJ. A memorial gathering was held in January.