After a courageous battle with both Parkinson’s disease and eye cancer, Charles Raiford Foster III, 67, of Warrenton, passed away peacefully, surrounded by family at his home on August 25, 2021. Known as “Chuck,” he was full of humor and good spirits until his last days.
Chuck was born in Bethesda, Maryland, on April 9, 1953, and grew up in a military family often relocating. Chuck graduated in 1971 from W.T. Sampson High School on the naval base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. In 1974, Chuck and Bonnie were married in Corpus Christi, Texas, and ultimately moved back to Virginia, settling in Warrenton in 1980.
Chuck worked for many years in the energy industry, where he started by installing solar panels and other types of heating and air conditioning equipment in Northern Virginia. He eventually completed his bachelor’s degree in economics from George Mason University and subsequently attended law school at George Mason as well.
Chuck held positions with the Potomac Electric Power Company and the Edison Electric Institute, where he advised power companies about energy efficiency issues. Chuck also worked as an Assistant Attorney General where he tried cases before the Virginia Supreme Court. In 2000, Chuck proposed and helped create the Fauquier landfill’s gas to energy project.
As a Scottish descendent, Chuck played the bagpipes and attended bagpipe school in Scotland. Chuck will be missed for his dad jokes, positive attitude, and unconditional love for family.
Chuck is survived by his wife Bonnie, their three children, Raif, Caitlin and Chelsey, as well as his parents Charles Foster Jr., Elizabeth Foster, siblings Harry Foster, James Foster and Susan Foster, and grandchildren Eli and Barrett.
To honor Chuck’s memory, the family asks that you consider making a donation to either the Ocular Melanoma Foundation
or The Michael J. Fox Foundation
for Parkinson’s Research.