Charles Benson Bloss of Aquebogue died Dec. 15, 2018 at Oasis Rehabilitation. He was 78 years old.

He was born Dec. 20, 1939 in Utica, New York to Charles and Florence Bloss.

He graduated from Riverhead High School in 1957 and SUNY Farmingdale in 1961. He worked for Young and Young before becoming the supervisor of the Riverhead Highway Department.

In 1965 he married Patricia Maks. In his spare time, he joined many civic organizations. He was a member of the Riverhead Fire Department serving as a captain of the Washington Engine Company #2, a commissioner of the department for 10 years, a member of the Ironman Drill team and was awarded Fireman of the Year in 1977.

He was a past president of the Riverhead Lions Club and past president of the Suffolk County Highway Superintendent Association. He coached both Pop Warner and Little League. He played saxophone and clarinet for the Polka Boys and the Polka Chips. After retiring, he and his wife enjoyed traveling.

He is survived by his wife, Pat, his children, Charles (Laura), James (Erika) and Penny Hubert (Mike), his sister Jean and his beloved nine grandchildren, Kurt, Alexa, Samantha, Corale, Jared, Rachel, Tori, Ava and James Jr.

The family will receive visitors Dec. 19 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. at McLaughlin Heppner Funeral Home. A funeral service is scheduled for Dec. 20 at 10:30 a.m. at the funeral home. Interment will follow at Riverhead Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research or a charity of choice.