TAMPA — Charlie Poe died Friday night, just 22 hours after the death of his younger brother, former Tampa Mayor Bill Poe.
Charlie Poe, 85, died following complications after breaking his hip when he fell less than two weeks ago, said his grandson, Ryan Reynolds.
Bill Poe, Tampa’s mayor from 1974-1979, died late Thursday night at age 82. Charlie Poe’s wife Haven Poe, a Tampa city councilwoman, Hillsborough County commissioner and renowned advocate for children, died in February from complications of Alzheimer’s disease.
It has been a rough week for the family, having lost the two Poe brothers within a day of each other, Reynolds said Saturday.
“But you know, they wouldn’t have wanted it any other way,” he said. “It’s a very close family.”
His grandfather, Charlie Poe, was a “patriarch” in every sense of the word, said Reynolds, 29. “He cared more about his family than anything else, and his friends as well,” he said.
Charles Poe was born in Tampa on Aug. 23, 1928. He was a graduate of Hillsborough High School and the University of Florida.
In the 1970s, he bought a Plant City concrete company, which he later sold.
He was a member of the Tampa Bay Builder’s Association, chairman of the Florida Concrete and Product Association and an elder at Hyde Park Presbyterian Church, Reynolds said. Poe was also a member of Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla.
But Poe spent most of his time with his wife, their two children, Lynn and Jennifer, and their five grandchildren.
“He was a great father and great husband and a great grandfather,” Reynolds said. “He was a completely devoted family man.”
Poe loved also to be outdoors and was an avid bass fisherman, Reynolds said. He owned the Greenswamp Fishing Lodge in Polk City.
“He was such an active and caring person,” said Joanne Pistorius, a longtime friend of Poe’s daughter, Lynn Reynolds. “He wasn’t the politician and limelight kind of guy; but he was just a super sweet and very nice man.”
A memorial service will be held Wednesday at 3 p.m. at Hyde Park Presbyterian Church, 1309 W. Swann Ave.
A public graveside funeral service for Bill Poe will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Myrtle Hills Cemetery. The formal funeral service is set for 3 p.m. at Bayshore Baptist Church.