Charlie is survived by his wife of 27 years, Trish True; their son, Conner True; his eldest two sons, Travis (Rebecca) True and Cory True; stepchildren, Sheaffer Palermo and Walker Fletcher; his sister, Nancy Lee Kennedy; and six grandchildren.
Charlie was born December 20, 1936, in Lake Wales, Florida, to Henry and Emma Lee True. He graduated with a civil engineering degree from Vanderbilt University and was a member of the Kappa Alpha Order fraternity. A lifelong Professional Engineer, Charlie contributed to the design and development of many of Central Florida’s leading communities and landmarks. His leadership contributed to Isleworth, Lake Nona, Keene’s Pointe, Tuscawilla, Stoneybrook, Interstate 4, West Orange Trail, Winter Park Village, Grande Lakes Resort and the Mall at Millennia among countless others. Prior to his retirement in 2010, he spent 24 years as Sr. Vice President of Donald W. McIntosh Associates based in Winter Park.
Charlie was an avid volunteer with the Town of Windermere, leading their architectural and engineering review boards for more than 30 years, including time as chairman of the town’s Development Review Board. He was a member of several Orange County advisory boards over the years, including the Road Construction, Development and Responsible Development boards. He proudly served on the board of directors of Health Central Hospital for over 10 years.
Golfing, traveling and fishing were just a few of his greatest passions. Charlie was a voracious reader, inquisitive about all things new and a true Renaissance man. Over the past 10 years, Charlie and Trish loved spending time at their summer home in Linville, North Carolina. Charlie was a loving husband, father and friend to so many who will miss him greatly. Charlie’s generosity was overflowing and visible, not only to his closest friends and family, but to all who knew him.
A celebration of Charlie’s life will take place Tuesday, July 28, at 2PM at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Orlando. Charlie’s family will receive friends after the service at St. Luke’s Fellowship Hall.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions in Charlie’s memory be made to Orlando Health Foundation benefiting Health Central Park.