Charles F. Niewenhous
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Charles F. Niewenhous of Weston, CT and Truro, Ma, beloved husband of Andrea, passed away peacefully in his sleep at his home in Weston, surrounded by family on March 27th after a long and courageous struggle with Parkinson Disease. Charles (Chuck) was born in New Rochelle, NY on Jan. 26, 1924. As a youth he attended boarding schools in Germany and Canada. At the age of five, Chuck was given his first camera, beginning a lifelong love and pursuit of photography. After returning to New Rochelle in 1934, he completed his primary education and began studies at New York University. At the beginning of WW ll he transferred to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy to participate in the war effort, graduating under an accelerated program with a Third Mate's license in 1943. He saw service in the Merchant Marine on Liberty ships in Europe, the Mediterranean and the Pacific, returning home after the war ended. He took many photographs during the war, including Hiroshima and Nagasaki not long after the atomic bombs were dropped. Later, he worked as a professional photographer for the U.S. Flag shipping companies. After coming ashore, he continued as a freelance photographer, as well as on assignments from "Ripley's Believe It or Not", Studio One, and Alexander's Department Stores. He gave up professional photography and moved to Weston, where he became a successful developer and builder.
In 1997 he married the love of his life, Andrea, who encouraged him to share his photographs publicly. They were featured at shows in Fairfield County and Truro, Ma. He was the author of "Sixty Years - A Photographic Journey", a book of 127 of his most compelling photographs from around the world, which was published in 2005.
Chuck was a kind, gentle, and generous person who had an abiding trust in people and a deep love of animals. He was the quintessential gentleman. Besides his wife he is survived by her children, Timothy, Tiffany and Tammy and their families, his sister Cecile, niece Sherrie and her family, brother-in-law Steve and his wife Sally, and several other nieces and nephews. Services will be held on Tuesday April 1st at St. Peter's Lutheran Church, 208 Newtown Avenue in Norwalk. The family will receive guests at the church from 11 to 12. Funeral services will begin at 12 noon. Interment will be at Hillside Cemetery in Wilton. The arrangements are under the direction of Bouton Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to Visiting Nurse and Hospice of Fairfield County or the National Parkinson Foundation.
Published in The Hour on Mar. 30, 2014