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Charles R. Fyfe 1919 - 201242 Year Eagle Employee PITTSFIELD Charles R. Fyfe, 92, passed away Sunday at his home in Lake Placid, Fla. Born in Lambert, Scotland, on Oct. 17, 1919, he was the son of Charles and Catherine Moir Fyfe. He arrived in the United States in 1926 with his parents and two sisters, Mary and Margaret. After a short stay in Adams, the family moved to Pittsfield. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church, and in earlier years was active in the young Adult Fellowship. He graduated from Pittsfield High School in 1937. Mr. Fyfe was first employed by the Eagle Publishing Company in 1938 as office boy. After one year in the advertising department, he entered the apprentice course in printing. He enrolled in the International Typographical Union correspondence course (as did other newspaper apprentices throughout the United States) and in 1946, he graduated with a mark of 98.9 percent. Before technological advancements changed composing room techniques, a move from hot type to cold type, Mr. Fyfe held various positions: ad compositor, linotype operator, page up man (Weekly County Pages), Ludlow operator, expediter, photo unit operator and overtime boss. After the changeover, he managed the darkroom and operated its cameras. Mr. Fyfe retired from the Eagle in 1980 after 42 years of service. For a number of years, he was active in the YMCA membership drive and was secretary of the Camera Club. He was also a member of the Men's Club and the Phalanx Fraternity. His YMCA membership spanned 65-plus years. He studied art (portrait and still life) under well-known Pittsfield artist William Schultz, and was a member of the Pittsfield Art League, and was a one of the "Sketch Group" artists of years gone by. Mr. Fyfe later graduated from Famous Artists School, specializing in commercial art and illustration. He was secretary of the Pittsfield Chapter of the Order of the DeMolay and was a recipient of the Degree of Chevalier and was a charter life member of the International DeMolay Alumni Association. Mr. Fyfe was a member of the Mystic Lodge F. & A.M. in Pittsfield for 70 years. In earlier times, he was an avid ice skater, skier and a member of the Mt. Greylock Ski Club. He enjoyed photography, carpentry, oil painting and drawing, and gardening, having been a member of the Springside Garden Group. His wife, the former DeEtle C. Price, died Nov. 26, 2001. He leaves his daughter, Beverly C. Mazzeo of the state of Florida; son, Bruce A. Fyfe of West Stockbridge; two grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and his former wife, Dorothy E. Hopkins Mundell. FUNERAL NOTICE: Funeral services for Charles R. Fyfe will be held Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012 at 11:30 at the WELLINGTON FUNERAL HOME, with the Rev. Quentin Chin officiating. Burial will follow in the Pittsfield Cemetery. There will be an hour of visitation on the day of the funeral from 10:30 until the start of the service. Thoughts and wishes for the family may be emailed to condolonces@wellingtonfuneralhom.com. Donations in Mr. Fyfe's memory may be made to the First United Methodist Church of the Pittsfield YMCA, care of the funeral home, 220 East St., Pittsfield, MA 01201.

Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Feb. 14, 2012
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