Charles J. Earl Jr., of Montclair, died on Aug. 22, 2020, of complications from bladder cancer. He was 88. 

Mr. Earl held a bachelor of science degree in public relations and writing from Columbia University and a master’s in the teaching of English from Teachers College, Columbia. 

He wrote for several organizations in New York City for 17 years before joining the faculty of Virginia Community College, Portsmouth, as a teacher of writing, where he enjoyed his many friends and colleagues. 

Upon retirement in 1995, he and his wife resided in Montclair. 

As world travelers they visited every continent except Antarctica. 

He is survived by three sisters, Mariana Strauch, Carolyn Tierney and Michele Earl, all formerly of Montclair; a cousin, Ruth Murray; four nieces; three nephews; two grand-nieces, and many great-nieces and nephews throughout the country, as well as many lifelong friends and wonderful neighbors, including Rebbie Lockett and the Jesus Mercado family.

He was predeceased by his wife of 54 years, Elizabeth (Betty) Hallahan Earl; his parents, Charles J. Earl and Mary Flanagan Earl, and two sisters, Alicia O’Hare and Frances Flanagan Earl.