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Charles Powden Jr.

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Charles Powden, Jr. 1920 - 2009 WILDER Charles G. Powden, Jr., 88, passed away peacefully on Thursday, March 5, surrounded by family. He leaves Doris "Dee", his beloved wife and best friend for over 60 years, and a large and loving family; daughter MaryMargaret Hitchcock and her husband, John, of Wilder; sons, Charles and his wife, Cheryl, of Hinesburg, Michael and his wife, MaryBeth, of Mooresville, N.C., Robert and his wife, Raylin, of Jacksonville, Fla., Christopher and his wife, Beverly, of Goffstown, N.H., Thomas and his wife, Cindy, of Groton, Conn., and Timothy and his wife, Patricia, of South Londonderry; 15 grandchildren, one great-grandchild, as well as several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, Charles and Margaret; by his brothers, William and Russell and by his sister, Hazel. Born on April 13, 1920, in Waltham, Mass., and grew up in Bristol, N.H., from where he left to proudly serve his country during World War II, including nearly three years overseas in the Pacific Theater of Operations. Upon his return, he met and married his bride, began a family and a 30-year career in the jewelry and watchmaking business. When he retired, he was the owner of White River (later Powden's) Jewelry, long a mainstay in the retail fabric of his adopted hometown. During retirement, he and Doris enjoyed time with family, travel in their RV, several winters with fellow "snowbirds" in Florida, their cottage on Newfound Lake in Bristol, N.H., as well as reviving a long-dormant golf game and devoting countless hours honing his truly outstanding woodworking skills. He was always the quintessential gentleman and left the world a better place by his presence. He will be missed. FUNERAL NOTICE: Friends may call at the KNIGHT FUNERAL HOME in White River Jct., Vt., on Sunday, March 15, from 3 to 5 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday, March 16, at 10 a.m. at St. Anthony's Church in White River Jct. Burial will be at the convenience of the family in the Homeland Cemetery in Bristol, N.H. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Anthony's Capital Improvement Fund, 15 Church Street, White River Jct., VT 05001, or the Upper Valley Humane Society 300 Old Route 10, Enfield, NH 03748.
Published in Bennington Banner on Mar. 10, 2009
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