Rochester, NH: Charles F. Ahlquist, 63 of Milton, NH, passed away peacefully on February 28, 2006 at home surrounded by his loving family. Son of Frederick and Mary Ahlquist, Charles was born on Nov. 16, 1942 in Portsmouth, NH and lived on Kittery, ME attending Kittery Schools. Charles worked at Dan Star Market in the 1950ís before joining the U.S. Army. He was stationed in Germany and Korea between 1962-1968. After leaving the Army, he worked many jobs to include Shop 11 shipfitter at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, bus driving for Milton School District, and paving for Colies and KC Paving.
Charles was a truly special person who captivated all audiences with his personality leaving a lasting impression on everyone he met. He enjoyed telling stories, playing cards, fishing, and spending time with his grandson, Bugzy. He loved the outdoors and spending time tending to his yard. He was a free spirited man that made the sun shine on cloudy days. He was loved by all and will be missed.
Charles is survived by his best friend and wife of 18 years, Martha Ahlquist (Coffey-Hughes), his three sons: Charles and his companion Mary Ann Hyder of So.Berwick, ME; Jason and wife, Joni of Dover, NH; Chad and wife, Jessica of Milton, NH. Also stepchildren: TSgt. Adam Hughes (NHANG) and wife, Shara of Rochester, NH; Sgt Mark Hughes (USArmy) of Ft. Bragg, NC; SSgt. Kevin Hughes (NHANG) and his fiance, Shana of Rochester, NH; Corrine and husband, Lanny Wiggins of Milton, NH; Carrie Ayer of Madbury NH. Grandchildren: Katrina, Zoe, Jasmine, Ashley, Rachel, Sarah, Jonathan, Gannon and Dominic, who is to arrive in June. Siblings: Edwin and wife, Marianne Ahlquist of Kittery, ME; Kenneth and Ruth Ahlquist of Dracut, MA Brenda and husband, Clifford Bulley of Vallejo, CA. Charles also has many special brothers-in-law in Ohio and New Hampshire as well as special sisters-in-law in Florida, Maine and New Hampshire. Finally, his sidekick Jack his golden retriever, who was faithful to the end. He was predeceased by his mother, father, brother, Robert (Jack) Joyce, and niece, Amy.
Visiting hours are to be held at the H.J. Grondin Funeral Home, 177 North Main Street, Rochester, NH on Friday, March 3, 2006 between the hours of 2-4pm and 6-8pm. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 4, 2006 at 10:00AM. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the American Cancer Society or the Milton Fire Department.