Wit Defined, A Life Well Lived: The Legacy Of Charlie Gravett

Wit Defined, A Life Well Lived: The Legacy Of Charlie Gravett

Wit Defined, A Life Well Lived: The Legacy Of Charlie Gravett

Courtesy of Sally Minty-Gravett, Jersey.

2020 was certainly an unexpected year with many lives lost, dreams dashed, and opportunities crushed. Sadness reigned, frustration global, and depression dominant.

For International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Swimmer Sally Minty-Gravett, 2020 was a year of incredible emotion, especially when she lost her husband and fellow Hall of Famer honoree Charlie Gravett. She writes, “I have lost my fun soulmate, but we had the best time together. He had a fantastic life and lived it; He fought until the end and for that I am so grateful and so honoured that We shared 34 great years together.” As 2021 is around the corner, Minty-Gravett said with a renewed conviction, “I am looking forward to having a positive focus again. [My next English] Channel [swim] (her 6th consecutive decade solo crossing) will be for Charlie and in his honor and very possibly my retirement swim. I talked to Charlie about this in January and February – and his response was, ‘Well, you can always come out of retirement’. Charlie always encouraged me to follow my dreams and ambitions. For that, I am so eternally grateful and blessed. He will always be with me. Forever.” The International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Contributor, Gravett was a larger-than-life personality with a quick, profound wit and a warm smile from Jersey. He passed away on July 6th this summer at the age of 77.

Ned Denison writes, “Charlie was a big personality, extraordinarily generous with his time, and a leader in the sport for more than 50 years. He’ll be missed by so many.”

As a swimmer, Gravett’s six-man 115.86 km relay in 44 hours in 1962 from Anima Bernie in southern Turkey to Kyrinia, Cyprus was included in the the Guinness World Records.

From 1987, he served as an escort pilot for the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Organization Jersey Long Distance Swimming Association in the Channel Islands. Courses that Gravett guided included the 66 km Around Jersey and the 26 km Jersey to France crossing.

During these trips, Gravett and all crews acted in a volunteer capacity – with all swim funds used by the Jersey Long Distance Swimming Association to promote open water swimming in Jersey, especially amongst children.

Gravett is shown above with his wife and fellow International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honoree Sally Minty-Gravett.

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