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Charles Malaher Lyons III

1938 - 2014 | Obituary Condolences
Charles Malaher Lyons III Obituary

Charles Malaher Lyons III, 75, of West Hartford passed away unexpectedly at home on February 13, 2014. He was born in Coronado, CA on April 18, 1938, the eldest son of the late Rear Admiral Charles M. Lyons Jr. and Ruth Hartnett Lyons. He is survived by his beloved wife of fifty years, Kathleen (Ford) Lyons; son, Charles M. Lyons and his wife Deborah (Booth) Lyons of Salt Lake City, UT; daughter Kristin (Lyons) Tostarelli; grandchildren Mark Bouchard, Hope and Jenny Tostarelli, Cassady and Ava Lyons; sister-in-law Diane Lyons of Boston, MA; and son-in-law Michael Tostarelli of Ellington, CT. He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Richard Lyons and Robert Lyons. Chuck led an interesting early life, living in places all over the world, including England, Italy, and Turkey. He spent most of his later youth on the east coast, in the Boston area. As a teenager he sold hot dogs at Fenway Park and became a lifelong Red Sox fan. He met his life mate Kathy in the summer of 1959 at Boston University and they were married in 1963. They loved traveling together to the Caribbean each winter, staying with their son's family in Salt Lake City for Christmas, and they particularly enjoyed vacations spent with extended family in British Columbia, Italy, France, Alaska, the Cape and the California coast. Two summers ago he helped stage a family reunion/coup in the Dordogne region of France. It was a great time remembered by all. Chuck graduated from Moses Brown in Providence, RI, and earned his A.B. from Brown University in 1960. While at Brown University he was a member of the ROTC. He then served with the Fleet Marine Force, Pacific, as 1st Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps. In 1967 he received his LL.B. degree from Suffolk University Law School in Boston and was a member of the Massachusetts, Connecticut and American Bar Associations. He worked as in-house counsel for The Hartford Steam Boiler Inspection and Insurance Company from 1968 until his retirement in 2012. Chuck loved going to work. He was respected by his co-workers for his expertise in human resource issues and his colleagues deemed him "The Chairman". He was fond of telling detailed and entertaining stories, and will be missed by many at HSB. Chuck loved crossword puzzles, right-wing politics, traveling, and spending time with his grandchildren. He was especially proud of his grandson, Mark, who is currently an aspiring "socialist" poet and musician attending the University of Chicago. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday, February 20, 2014, 10:00 a.m. at St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 872 Farmington Ave., West Hartford. Burial will follow at Fairview Cemetery in West Hartford. Friends and family may call at the Taylor & Modeen Funeral Home, 136 South Main Street, West Hartford on Wednesday from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Semper Fi Fund, 852 College Blvd Suite 102, PMB 609, Oceanside, CA 92057, For online condolences please visit

Published in The Hartford Courant on Feb. 17, 2014
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