In Loving

Charles Beresford

Aug 25, 1925 – Jan 02, 2013

CHARLES BERESFORDCharles Chuck” Beresford 87 of Louisa VA passed away Wednesday January 2 2013 at Martha Jefferson Hospital in Charlottesville VA. The son of conservationist Victor C. Beresford and Norma (Smith) Beresford Charles was born in Highland Park MI on August 25 1925. He spent his childhood in Grosse Pointe MI before enlisting as a private in the US Army September 1943. During WWII as a Combat Infantryman in the 329th Infantry Regiment 83rd Infantry Division Third Army Charles saw action in the Ardennes-Alsace the Rhineland and Central Europe and was awarded the Bronze Star. In 1948 while stationed at Fort Lee he was joined in marriage to Cadet Nurse Aideen Broach at Enfield Baptist Church Enfield NC and was appointed to Officer’s Candidate School. Commissioned 1st LT in 1956 he achieved the rank of Major before retiring in 1966. He was awarded the Army Commendation Medal for his meritorious service in the US Army Photographic Agency and was the recipient of the Army of Occupation Medal (Germany) the Vietnam Service Medal and the European American Middle Eastern Commendation among others. In 1967 Charles brought his extensive multimedia expertise to the Pentagon where he served for the next 22 years in civil service receiving the Department of the Army’s Decoration for Meritorious Civilian Service in recognition of his leadership. A true pioneer in military visual information he retired from the Office of the Secretary of the Army as the senior Information Management Specialist responsible for the formulation of audio-visual policy program objectives and priorities Army-wide and as the Army representative advising the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs on all Department of Defense audiovisual matters. Charles was a member of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers and the International Combat Camera Association. An avid lifelong photographer boater and fisherman he enjoyed his retirement at his home overlooking the waters of Lake Louisa in their pursuit. He continued to serve his community on the boards of the Blue Ridge Property Owners Association and JAUNT and never wavered in his support of our armed forces worldwide. Chuck will be greatly missed. He is survived by his wife of 64 years Aideen Broach Beresford of Louisa VA; a son Victor Charles Beresford II and his fiancé Laurel of Front Royal VA; and a grandson Christopher Charles Beresford and his wife Carol of Fairfax VA. He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister Kathleen Ferris; and two beloved sons Scott Winstead Beresford and John Christopher Beresford. Visitation will be Monday from 6-8 pm at the Woodward Funeral Home 200 Fredericksburg Avenue Louisa VA. The funeral service will be held Tuesday 1:00 PM at Blue Ridge Shores Baptist Church. Burial will be at a later date in Arlington National Cemetery where Major Charles Beresford US Army Retired will be laid to rest with full military honors. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the U.S. Army Wounded Warrior Program (AW2) 200 Stovall Street Suite 7N57 Alexandria VA 22332-5000; please contact [email protected] for further information. Visit to sign the online guestbook.