We are getting reports from several reliable sources that our pal, and good friend Charles Mistele passed away last night. We are still not sure of what, but it was sudden. I had just spoken through email with Charles a couple days ago as we would every now and then. Charles is a true gentleman, and a HUGE part of the joy of our small community. To say he will be missed is an understatement.
He had told me he was going to miss Dora this year because he was having his eyes worked on. But was planning on some other events. Miss America IX is currently being worked on and getting ready for the season.
Charles and his ..as he says, Diane, his “Trophy Wife” are very familiar to many and Lake Dora this year will not be the same without his morning wake the lake runs. UGH, I am crushed.
Charles and I received the Hagerty Hall Of Fame Award the same year and from that point on, always talked and laughed about the passion and his and my life. Stay tuned for more updates as we get them. I just spoke to Terry Fiest and we are planning some sort of moment at Lake Dora for Charles.