Charles Senick Jr., big kid at heart

November 18, 2023

Charles Senick Jr., 76, of Millsboro, formerly of Philadelphia, Pa., passed away peacefully Friday, Nov. 17, 2023.

Charley was born May 2, 1947, in Philadelphia, son of the late Charles Senick Sr. and the late Emma R. (Mills) Senick. He proudly served his country in the United States Army during the Vietnam War.

Charley continued serving his community as a Philadelphia police officer, retiring in 2001 with 31 years of service. After retiring from the police department and moving to Slower Lower Delaware, Charley soon got bored with retired life and once again served his community as a funeral director’s assistant with Melson Funeral Services from 2003-23.

Charley will be remembered for his quick wit and great sense of humor. He was truly a big kid at heart as he and his beloved wife Mary loved vacationing at Disney World. Charley loved spending time with his family, whether simply sitting around the dinner table playing cards with coffee in hand, shopping with his coupons at the local grocery stores or going fishing. He was famous for his breakfast that he would make for his family and friends. Charley loved Christmas and baking cookies and making fudge for everyone. At any chance Charley got, he was happy to brag about how proud he was of his kids and grandkids.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Flossie (Senick) Bilotti. Charley is survived by his loving wife and best friend of 37 years, Mary P. (Magee) Senick; a son, Charles Senick III (Katie) of Richmond, Vt.; daughter, Kelly Kawalek (Eric) of Titusville, N.J.; three grandchildren, Dylan Kawalek, James Senick and Lucy Kate Senick; two brothers, Martin Senick (Barbara) and George Senick; a sister-in-law, Madeline Magee (John Austin); a brother-in-law, Kevin Magee; and several nieces and nephews.

On behalf of Charley’s family, they want to send their heartfelt appreciation to all of the staff of Delaware Hospice for the love and care they provided to Charley in his final days.

A funeral service will be held at 12:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 20, at the Long Neck Chapel of Melson Funeral Services, 32013 Long Neck Road, Millsboro, where friends and family may call after 11 a.m. Interment will follow at the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Millsboro.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions in Charley’s name to the Tunnell Cancer Center, c/o Beebe Medical Foundation, 902 Savannah Road, Lewes, DE 19958, or by visiting

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