Chef Charles created a physically and emotionally healthy environment in our cafeteria through his work. Whether connecting with a student or colleague in the lunch line, or dreaming up visions to deliver the best nutritional quality, Chef Charles was a model citizen for our community and his impact is simply immeasurable. Chef Charles' contributions to AGBU Manoogian-Demirdjian School represented more than a job. His work was a vocation, and his enthusiasm for our students unmatched. Indeed, Chef Charles could often be found at the gym cheering on our Titan athletes and encouraging their discipline, teamwork, and sportsmanship. He grew up in Brussels, Belgium, acquiring a passion for the culinary arts by working in his father's chocolate factory. After majoring in Culinary Arts at Ceria, Brussels and Hotel Management in Luzern, Switzerland, he traveled and worked around the world before blessing our Canoga Park campus starting in 2008 with his many talents as an artist, role model, and leader.
May his soul rest in peace, and may his legacy continue to inspire and remind us of how precious each and every day is. May the love that guided Chef Charles' heart resonate with our entire community.
He is survived by his three children, Bruno, Morgan, and Cheyenne; his ex-wife; and of course the entire AGBU MDS family that loved and admired him. Further details will be provided when available.
To celebrate the life of our beloved Chef Charles Draps, and in the spirit of Thanksgiving, we will hold a memorial dinner in his memory on Tuesday, November 21st at 4:00pm in the school cafeteria.
Prior to dinner, there will be a memorial prayer led by our Parish Priest Fr. Shnork A.K. Demirdjian. We will also have a short program for anyone wanting to share fond memories of Charles. He will be missed dearly but not forgotten.
We have also established a memorial fund in his name to help cover his final expenses and repatriation to Belgium. Should you wish to participate, kindly write your checks to AGBU School, and mention “Charles Draps Memorial Fund” in the memo.