Charles “Chuck” Augustin Fleming – Methuen, MA
Charles Augustin Fleming age 96 of Methuen passed away suddenly on Wednesday February 3, 2021. He was born in Lawrence, MA on April 17, 1924 the son of the late Oscar J. and Adeline (Donovan) Fleming. He was raised and educated in Methuen and graduated from Searles High School Class of 1941. He served his country in the U.S. Navy during WWII as a Water Tender Second Class. He received the World War II Victory Medal, Asiatic Pacific Ribbon 1-star, American Area Ribbon and a Letter of Commendation on Feb. 13, 1945. He spent more time on the islands with Marines and SEABEES than aboard ship. He was honorably discharged. Following WWII, he attended Lowell Technological Institute on the GI Bill and received a certification as a Pattern Maker.
He worked for Davis and Furber Machine Company in No. Andover as a Pattern Maker for 35 years. He had been the supervisor of the Pattern, Tin and Carpentry Departments. Chuck and the President of the company were the last two employees to walk out together when the company closed in 1981. He had also worked as a security guard at the IRS for 26 years and at Arlington Mills for two years as a Pattern Maker Apprentice as a younger man.
Chuck was a former President of the Andover Sportsman’s Club and former Chair of the Trap Committee. He was one of five co-founders of VFW Post 8349 in Methuen along with Pickles Hargraves, Gus Donovan, James Sullivan and Sumner Tuttle. They all worked at Arlington Mills in Lawrence at the same time in 1946.
Chuck was from the “Greatest Generation”, a devoted husband, father and grandfather. He was an amazing caring man, and his family came above all else. He was proud to have served his country during WWII. He was always willing to help his neighbors, fix a lawnmower, change a tire and do any handy work around the yard. He loved sitting in the backyard watching the birds and bunnies. He was a man of simple pleasures, going out to breakfast, rides to Newburyport, Plum Island and the New Hampshire Seacoast were favorite things he loved to do with his family. Oh, and the stops along the way for an ice cream sundae. Chuck and his wife loved their frequent off-season weekends in Maine at Sparhawk Oceanfront Resort in Ogunquit and the Stageneck Inn in York Harbor.
“Pop” as he was fondly called by his grandchildren, loved spending time with his family, especially with his grandchildren. He loved his many years (decades) deer hunting in Maine.
He is survived by his wife, Nora (Zuill) Fleming, his children, Christine (Fleming) Murphy, Cindy (Fleming) O’Brien and Michael Fleming and his wife, Marie (Ramey), his brother, Thomas Thomson and his sisters, Clair (Thomson) Whicher, Margret (Thomson) Reding and Shane (Thomson) Yaskoski, his grandchildren, Zachary Murphy, Eric Fleming, Jacob Fleming and Lauren Fleming. Several nieces and nephews also survive him. He was predeceased by his brothers, Francis Fleming and wife, Eileen, William Fleming and Walter Thomson, his sisters, Dorothy (Fleming) Curran and husband, Joseph and brothers-in-law, Joseph “Pete” Reding and Thomas Yaskoski.
He will be fondly remembered and deeply missed by his wife, children and grandchildren.
Funeral services and burial will be private. Donations may be made to the Disabled American Veterans, www.dav.org . Dewhirst & Boles Funeral Home, 80 Broadway, Methuen, MA
01844 is entrusted with the arrangements. Please visit www.dewhirstbolesfuneral.com to sign the online guest book.
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