CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) – Charleston music fans mourn the loss of Charlie Tee.
âA very spiritual guy. A very smart guy. Incredibly caring, âsaid Carpenter Ants guitarist Michael Lipton.
Charleston’s music community has lost one of its best-known singers to COVID-19. Charlie Tee of the Carpenter Ants died Saturday night at the age of 68. He sang and played saxophone with the band for 30 years.
His classmates Michael Lipton and Ted Harrison said that Charlie was like a brother.
âSadly, some of it comes to light after someone has died, how many people it has touched and how many people it has touched,â Lipton said.
âHe was a wonderful friend and a good brother,â said Harrison. âWe talked, talked, talked, talked, about all kinds of things. ”
They said Charlie loved his family and got along very well with people and children.
When Charlie first contracted COVID-19, his friends and family thought he would be better after a few days. He was fully vaccinated and had his booster.
âHe wasn’t kidding,â Lipton said, Charlie was one of the first to get his shots and his booster. “It wasn’t ‘he neglected to take care of himself.”
But a kidney transplant two years ago left Charlie with a weakened immune system and his health deteriorated. He lost his fight on Saturday night.
The Carpenter Ants have played without Charlie before, but they always knew he would come back. This time it’s different.
âWe’re figuring out how to do it because neither of us wants to stop. And part of that, I think you could say, is you know, I mean we know he wouldn’t want us to stop, âLipton said.
âAnd I’m so grateful that we were able to record and that will be our legacy and especially for Charlie as well, how a wonderful and strong singer he was,â said Harrison.
Charlie was from the Bronx and a huge fan of the Yankees. He retired from the Kanawha County Library System and leaves behind his wife Lynn, six children and 32 grandchildren.
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