BIDDEFORD - Biddeford, Maine, native and resident, Charles W. Garnache, 86, passed away on Jan. 1, 2013, at the Gosnell Hospice House in Scarborough. Charlie wore a smile and kept his wonderful sense of humor through to the end.
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Charlie is survived by his wife Kathryn (Freeman) Garnache; daughter Christina Roberts; stepchildren Donald Newton and Tammy (Newton) Desrosiers; brother Richard Garnache; and sister Priscilla Kelley; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, grandchildren, and friends. Charlie was predeceased by his brothers, George Garnache and Paul Garnache; and sisters Dorothy Meredith, Helen Stetson, and Muriel Evans.
When Charlie was asked what was the most important thing he wanted people to know about him, he replied, "That I was a good man." And that he was.
Charlie loved flying. Enlisting in the Army in 1943 as an aerial engineer during World War II, Charlie received a number of decorations, including Good Conduct and Victory medals.
A good-natured, sensitive, and caring man, Charlie spent his life as a crusader, promoting a greater understanding of natural law. Charlie was a regular contributor to the local newspaper with letters to the editor and received a Horatio Bunce Award for his essays on liberty. In the 1960s, Charlie was editor and publisher of the N.H. Conservative, chairman of Americans for Conservative Action, and integral to the successful elections of a number of New Hampshire politicians.
Charlie held several positions over his lifetime, including that of a truck driver, stock car driver, insurance salesman, and commercial lobsterman. He also served as treasurer of the Southern Maine Lobstermen's Association and past vice president of the Biddeford Pool Fishermen's Association. Of Charlie's many endeavors, he beamed when speaking of being a Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance best-selling author with his book "The Killer Monument" - one of his six manuscripts.
In discussing his life, Charlie said, "There is no need for anyone to shed a tear over my death, as I have lived the most fulfilling life one can live." At Charlie's request, there will be no services.
Published in Union Leader on January 7, 2013