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Charles A. Yasi

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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Mr. Charles Anthony “Charlie” Yasi, 85, of North Adams, died Thursday, May 18, 2006, in North Adams Regional Hospital.

He was the husband of the late Christa H. (Mehnert) Yasi. Born in Swampscott, he was the son of the late Tony and Mary (Calviello) Yasi. Raised in Swampscott, he was a graduate of Swampscott High School, class of 1939. He graduated from Becker College in Worchester in 1941.

Charlie then entered military service, serving in the United States and Europe from 1942 to 1946. He served in the United States Army as a staff sergeant with the 29th Infantry Division, landing on Omaha Beach in Normandy. He continued his service to his country as the senior civilian manager and director of U.S. Army contracting in Europe from 1946 to 2005.

He enjoyed a close personal relationship with European governmental, commercial and civilian communities and exercised supervisory responsibility for award of contracts exceeding $1 billion annual total value. Charlie retired on Aug. 31, 2005, after 64 years of service.

During his career Charlie received numerous U.S. government awards for outstanding performance, including two awards of the Department of the Army’s highest award for civilians.

He is survived by his son, Christopher Yasi, and wife, Mary, and three grandsons, Vincent, Anthony and Leo Yasi, all of Pownal, Vt.; and his brother-in law, William Mallett of Salem. He was also the brother of the late Jeanne Mallett.

His funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday in St. John the Evangelist Church, Swampscott, at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited.

Interment will follow in Swampscott Cemetery.

Arrangements by the Solimine, Landergan and Richardson Funeral Home in Lynn. For directions and a guest book, visit www.solimine.com.
Published in Bennington Banner on May 19, 2006
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