Celebrating the life of

Charles B. McGough

Passed away on November 06, 2020

Charles B. McGough

Charles (Chuck) B. McGough, 87, died peacefully at home Friday November 6th with his wife Elizabeth (Liz) and son Michael by his side.

Chuck was born in Duluth, MN, the son of Justin and Ruth (Brownell) McGough. He graduated from O’Dea High School in Spokane, Washington, and went on to receive a BS in Chemical Engineering from Gonzaga University, and MS and PhD degrees in Chemical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh.

In 1956, Chuck married the former Elizabeth Hemmes of Pittsburgh. They had five sons, Michael (Gloria) of Skidaway Island; Steven (Peggy) of Houston, TX; Mark (Arleen) of Westlake Village, CA; Timothy of Merrimack, NH, and Gary, deceased.

Chuck retired after a 40-year career which included nuclear engineering research and development and as the lead US technical representative for an advanced nuclear exchange program with Germany. He also led the thrust chamber engineering team for the Gemini 11, Saturn and Apollo Rocket programs. Later he led several companies in the development of advanced laser technologies. In addition, he invented, patented and commercialized several products including the Plantastic houseplant watering system to tend to Liz’s houseplants, while they were on their many worldwide travels.

He was an active parishioner at St. James Catholic Church in Savannah and an enthusiastic golfing member of The Landings Club on Skidaway Island.

In addition to his wife and sons he leaves behind seven grandchildren, Gregory, Emily, Brian, Sarah, Christine, Hannah and Kelley. He was predeceased by his brother Jack, sister Patricia O’Brien, and sister Sister Mary Charles O.S.B.

The family will be holding a private memorial service in the coming days.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests a donation in Chuck’s memory to The College of Saint Scholastica, 1200 Kenwood Avenue, Duluth, Minnesota   55811.





We're soooo sorry to hear about Uncle Chuck's passing. Love and hugs being sent.

- Dan & Susy Durso , Greensburg, PA

Mike & Gloria, you know our hearts are with you. Chuck was one of those really great guys that you can be proud to have as a relative and a friend.

- Ladd Tomlin, Gainesville, FL

My condolences to the McGough family.

- Morella Guitian , Miami, Florida

My condolences to the McGough family. Sending prayers of peace and strength your way. Un fuerte abrazo for Arleen, Mark, and the girls.

- Maité (Alvarez) & Rick Villena, Miami, FL

Aunt Betty Ann, Our love and prayers to you and your family. Uncle Chuck will be missed.

- Bill and Wendi Stover, Niceville, FL

We are very sorry for the loss of your father. May the memories and good times of time together put a smile on your face.

- John & Krista Nichols, Vancouver, British Columbia

Your Dad lived an amazing life. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. David and Sally Curley

- David Curley, Savannah, GA

We are incredibly sorry for your loss. Our love and prayers are with you all.

- Greg and Tracey Maloof, Savannah, GA

Liz and family, we are so sorry to hear about Chuck. He was such a brilliant and personable man. We enjoyed our times together with you both. Hugs, Susie

- Wayne and Susie Morgan, Richmond Hill, GA

Heartfelt condolences & prayers to Liz & the entire McGough family. We are blessed to have shared fond memories with Chuck that we will cherish. Sending big hugs to Mark, Arleen, Emily, Sarah & Hannah. May you take comfort knowing that there is one more angel above us. Grandpa is sharing laughs with Abuelo in heaven! We love you.

- Carolyn (Iglesias) & Percy Naranjo, Yardley, Pennsylvania

My sincere sympathy to the entire McGough family on the sudden and unexpected loss of Charles. His son Tim is a close friend and colleague of mine.

- Ward M Hamilton, Amherst, NH

We are sorry to hear the loss of the McGouch family. We are friends to Chuck’s son, Steve, and heard about Chuck’s great career achievements as well as a wonderful role model. Our hearts are with you.

- Dongjun Fu, Sugar Land, TX

Services under the direction of:

Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel

  • A Private Service Will Be Held