He was born in Camden, N.J., grew up in Riverton, N.J., and graduated from Moorestown Friends School. At Princeton he majored in mechanical engineering and was a member of Cannon Club. Upon graduation, Chuck entered the U.S. Coast Guard through the critical skills program and had active service for three months.
Chuck worked for Allegheny Ludlum Steel in the late 1950s and left to join Coward-Eastman Co. in Gloucester, N.J., to work with his father. While at Coward-Eastman, he started Waddell Engineering. While running Waddell Engineering, he became an ASHRAE Fellow and a Professional Engineer.
He enjoyed traveling the world with his wife, Elaine, playing soccer at the Moorestown Field Club, coaching and refereeing local soccer games, and sailing or swimming in Avalon, N.J.
Chuck was predeceased by Elaine, his son William Mark Coward, and stepson Nicholas R. Musulin Jr. Chuck is survived by his son Charles W. III; his stepson Rade Musulin and his wife, Bronwyn; stepson Chris Musulin and his wife, Pamela; and Lynne, his late stepson’s wife. He is also survived by Mark’s son, Weston, as well as his stepsons’ children: Julie, Kristen, Nicholas, Quinn, Bailey, Rachel, and Simon; and one great-grandchild.