Charles “Charlie” Mosiejewski, known for his helpful demeanor at Port Washington’s Ace Hardware, died of bladder cancer at 52 on Dec. 22.
Mosiejewski was born on Oct. 31, 1970. He graduated from Herricks High School in 1989.
Friends of Mosiejewski, Meghan Nevins Brown and Jason Ruggiero, created a GoFundMe campaign in October after his diagnosis. Since then, they’ve raised over $7,000 of their $25,000 target.
The funds were intended to offset his medical expenditures as he did not have health insurance at the time of his diagnosis. Now the funds will now assist his family, including his mother, who is described as being in poor health.
“Charlie is a dear friend to the community. He has always been one to show up to support every cause, every fund-raiser, supporting musicians, events and activities around Port and the surrounding areas,” the campaign said. “Charlie consistently shows up hours ahead of start time to help Jason set up for karaoke, to ensure that it runs smoothly and that everyone has a fantastic time.”
Despite Mosiejewski’s diagnosis, he eventually went back to work at Ace Hardware, carrying two urostomy bags while in chronic discomfort.
His death drew the attention of friends, family and other community members on social media. Posts remembered him for his passion for sports and his loved ones and for being a helpful presence at the hardware store.
“Charles Mosiejewski was the type of person while he was battling cancer asking others how they were. You will be deeply missed,” posted Jennifer Lentini, a friend. “He was messaging me Monday and Tuesday making sure I was OK. Couldn’t wait for the next Islander viewing party and to play pool with his friends again.”
Gift cards for meals are also requested in addition to donations. They can be dropped off at Sullivan’s Quay Restaurant at 541 Port Washington Blvd. in Port Washington.
Mosiejewski was not married at the time of his death. His mother, Madeline Mosiejewski, survives him.