Dr. Charles Westgate, Ph.D
July 19, 1940 - October 22, 2022
Visitation: Wednesday, 10AM-1PM, Devlin Funeral Home of Cranberry, 2678 Rochester Rd., Cranberry Twp., PA 16066
Service: Wednesday, 11AM, Devlin Funeral Home of Cranberry, 2678 Rochester Rd., Cranberry Twp., PA 16066
Dr. Charles “Roger”, Ph.D
Age 82, of Cranberry Twp,, formerly of Binghamton, NY, passed away peacefully on Saturday, October 22, 2022. Beloved husband for 56 years of Gloria (Strail); Loving father of Gloria Jean Westgate-Scaraggi, Katherine Westgate Vargo, Liam Archer Westgate and the late Charles Westgate, Jr.; Proud grandfather of Patrick Allyn Blackstock and Sgt. Daniel Ryan Blackstock; Brother of Katherine Dianne Guilford, Susan Hendery, William Westgate, Jean Addington, the late Harold Westgate, and the late Raymond Westgate; Roger is also survived by many loving relatives and friends, especially his “Adopted Son” Robert S. Fields.
Roger leaves on this earth an expansive legacy derived from a life well-lived. Born the second eldest of seven in Upstate New York, Roger’s life would ultimately remain defined by a kind of steadiness and fidelity to family and responsibility that could effortlessly shape mountains.
Roger arrived in this world with an innate brilliance that would reveal a path to destinations otherwise unimaginable: valedictorian of his high school; full scholarship to an undergraduate degree at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; a PhD at Princeton University; a multi-decade career as the William B. Kouwenhoven Professor of Electrical Engineering at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD; and later as the appointed dean of the Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science at SUNY—Binghamton in New York.
Yet Roger’s brilliance as an accomplished scholar was tempered with a beautiful universe that lived inside of him. He possessed a humbleness that drew him to meditative hikes across the Appalachian Trail, to track thousands upon thousands of miles on his bicycle, and that compelled him to sit beside cool peaceful waters where he would cast his line to fish.
Among his greatest accomplishments is the enduring love shared between Roger and his wife of 56 years, Gloria. Roger and Gloria’s chance meeting at a church social in Baltimore would forge an abundant path and future together that would bring with it their four children, Charles, Gloria, Katherine, and Lee. They were also the proud grandparents of their grandsons, Patrick and Daniel. Roger and Gloria together would emulate the kind of love and commitment to one another that is both precious and rare and is only possible between soulmates.
Roger remains now and forever a husband, father, brother, uncle, teacher, mentor, and friend to countless souls upon this earth. It is impossible to trace the corners of this world left untouched by him. Roger leaves us now with but one final request, “When I am gone make sure to take care of the next generation.” It is with the utmost love and intention we receive this call to be good stewards of this earth as we honor the beauty of his legacy that forever lives on in our hearts.
Friends will be received Wednesday from 10AM-1PM with a memorial service being held at 11AM at DEVLIN FUNERAL HOME of CRANBERRY, 2678 Rochester Rd., Cranberry Twp., PA 16066.Send Flowers Shop Gifts Print Obituary Share Obituary