CHARLES A. DELISLE
Charles A. DeLisle was born on the eastside of Detroit. He earned his Bachelor and law degrees from the University of Detroit. He served as a bridge officer on the USS O’Bannon, a destroyer which was struck by kamikaze pilots in the South Pacific. The O’Bannon was the only destroyer in Naval History to survive a running broadside gun battle with a battle ship. It is no surprise that Charlie was a bridge officer on that ship.
After the war he worked with the Internal Revenue Service as an auditor until ultimately he left government service to form his own firm. That firm became the first floor tenant of Bellanca and Beattie at their new location in Harper Woods in 1974.
Shortly after his tenancy, Charlie became a member of the firm and, ultimately, a partner. His tax expertise and probate experience fit like a glove for the firm, but more than that, Charlie became a member of the firm’s family.
One of Charlie’s greatest gifts to the firm is Angela Gerbino, who began working for Charlie before he joined the firm, at age 18. She continues to be part of our firm’s family.
He retired from the firm in 1991 and left this good Earth in June of 1994. In summarizing his life, The Detroit News obituary said the following, “Charles A. DeLisle’s family says he reminded them of a line in an Irish folk song, “. . . we may have good men, but we have never had better”.
Those of us who had the privilege of working with Charlie wouldn’t have had it any other way.