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Remembering a Community Hero

Updated: Aug 11, 2021

In Memoriam of Charles Ocepek of Claridge PA, who passed away in 2019

A year ago today, Charles Ocepek of Claridge, PA passed away. Charles was a wonderful man who cared deeply about his community and wanted to protect it from fracking. While Charles is not with us anymore, his legacy remains. In memory of this dear man, we’d like to share from Charles' neighbor, Jim Tummolo. 


Charles knew this community like no one else. He was with the American Legion for 70 years and a postmaster in Claridge for 35 years. Charles never bragged about anything.

We talked almost every day. He would ask me what was happening in the community, especially with the fracking wells. Charles never complained about anything, but he was highly concerned about the fracking coming into the community. One day, he looked at me and said, “Mark my words - I won’t be here in 20 years, but they’re going to regret all this.”

Charles liked to sit by his front window and look out. My grandkids used to sit with him sometimes. He often told me, “From our view, not a lot has changed over the years.” Charles loved his community and wanted to preserve it.