Brothers of Mercy Resident Shares His Creative Gifts

For as long as he can remember, Chuck Wind has been pursuing interests of all kinds.

“I’ve just always wanted to do everything that I could,” he says with a smile.

In his 88 years, Chuck’s pursuits have included earning his pilot’s license (as a teen), flying his own plane to Texas and back, patrolling the Mediterranean for 4 years on the Navy’s largest ship, growing a small dry-cleaning business into a successful 5-chain operation, and raising 7 children!

In addition to pilot, sailor, entrepreneur and father, Chuck can also add artist to his resume. Born and raised in Medina, NY, Chuck attributes his artistic talents to his mother, who was an avid painter. He counts her landscape and floral paintings as some of his most cherished possessions, and they grace different corners of his apartment alongside paintings of his own.

Chuck has lived in the Senior Apartments at Brothers of Mercy for 5 years, and has shared his creative gifts here in multiple ways. A few years ago, he provided an opportunity for residents to explore their artistic sides by teaching a free oil painting class. His constant coaching and encouragement led one student to win 1st prize in the art show, which he considers one of his “proudest triumphs.”

His latest hobby is rosary making.

When asked how he got started, he replies, “I was always a fan of rosaries and then I started fixing them. It really grew from there…I’ve got replacement beads for over 1,000 different types!”

His assortment is endless – beads of every shape and color, which he nimbly wires with various types of jewelry pliers. Chuck’s craftsmanship is as precise as ever, and he’s become so adept that he can create 1 rosary an evening.

Chuck recently donated over 90 of his handmade rosaries to the Brothers Campus, to be distributed to anyone in need! These lovingly crafted, one-of-a-kind treasures have been shared with residents, family members and employees. What fuels this generosity?  He says his number one motivation is “to be of service.”

If you’re in need of a rosary repair, you can reach Chuck at (716) 759-8150.

If you’d like to be the recipient of one of Chuck’s beautiful rosaries, contact Kelly Wurster at (716) 472-4492.

Two of Chuck’s oil paintings.