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WOODFORD -- Charles F. “Charlie” Collett, 78, a resident of Route 9, Woodford, and a former resident of Hamden, Conn., died unexpectedly Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2005, at his home.

Born in Hamden, Sept. 7, 1926, he was the son of the late Robert M. and Myrtle (Wallace) Collett. He received his education in the Hamden schools.

A World War II Navy veteran, Charlie was a member of the U.S. Navy Armed Guard WW II Veterans.

He married the former Barbara Neidt on Feb. 18, 1950, in Mt. Carmel, Conn. In earlier years, Charlie worked for various construction companies in the Hamden and North Haven areas. He later worked for the town of Hamden highway department and at the time of his retirement in the early 1980s he held the position of highway superintendent. In 1984, Charlie and Barbara moved to Woodford where they purchased the Twin Brook Motel and General Store which they affectionately referred to as the Woodford Mall. They retired from this business in 1996.

Charlie was a member of American Legion Post 76 in North Haven, Conn., and a life member of VFW Post 1332 in Bennington. He was a 32nd degree Mason at Day Spring Lodge No. 30, F&AM in Hamden and was past patron of Alice Chapter No. 76, Order of Eastern Star in Hamden.

Charlie had also served as a deputy sheriff in North Haven. He especially enjoyed woodworking, genealogy and fishing. Charlie was especially proud of the record brown trout, weighing 12 pounds, 11 ounces, which he caught in Somerset Reservoir in 2001.

Survivors include his wife, Barbara Collett of Woodford; five children, Betty-Lou Collett of Meriden, Conn., Bob Collett of Bennington, Sue-Ann Roy of Meriden, Edward Collett and his wife Mary Ellen of Northford, Conn. and John Collett and his wife Lena of Bennington; 10 grandchildren and one great-granddaughter; a brother, Robert M. Collett of Yecca Valley, Calif.; a sister, Betty Pageau of Cloivis, N.M.; several nieces, nephews and cousins. Charlie was predeceased by two sisters and a brother, Florence Alden, Mildred Conroy and James Collett.

At Charlie’s request private funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Should friends desire, contributions in Charlie Collett’s memory may be made to the Bennington Rescue Squad through the office of the Mahar & Son Funeral Home, 628 Main St., Bennington, VT 05201.
Published in Bennington Banner on Feb. 26, 2005
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