Charles J. "Charlie" Laubenstein

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LAUBENSTEIN Charles J. "Charlie" of Gloucester formerly of Hyde Park & Humarock, April 18, age 88. Beloved husband of Doris (Clifford) of Gloucester and the late Phyllis (Paul). Devoted father of Paul C. and his wife Lisa of Naples, Florida, Keith A. and his wife Doreen of Walpole, Robert F. and his wife Diane of Foxboro, Jane M. D'Amico and her husband Anthony of Wrentham, Brian E. and his wife Patricia of New Orleans, LA, Pamela J. Highlands and her husband James of Port St. Lucie, Florida. Cherished brother of the late Lucille Flynn and her late husband John. Stepfather of Dennis Latham and his wife Patricia of Gloucester, Denise Ekborg and her husband Dennis of St. Johnsbury, VT. Loving "Grampy" of 20 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. Also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, in-laws and friends. Funeral from the Carroll-Thomas Funeral Home, 22 Oak Street, HYDE PARK, MA Thursday morning at 9 followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at Most Precious Blood Church, Hyde Park at 10. Visiting hours Wednesday evening from 4-8. Children's room available. Relatives and friends invited. Interment at St. Joseph Cemetery, West Roxbury, MA. A Memorial Service will be held at a later date in Gloucester. Charles was a former newspaper editor, public relations executive, and parking lot proprietor. He attended Boston Public Schools, Newman Preparatory School, University of Missouri and graduated from Suffolk University. He volunteered to service in the U.S. Submarine Service in WWII. His submarine, the U.S.S. Flounder, sank the U-537, a German U-Boat in the Pacific. Laubenstein started his newspaper career as an office boy at the Boston Record-American. He also worked on the staff of the Cape Cod Standard Times, Worcester Telegram, Brockton Enterprise, Boston Traveler and the Boston Herald. He started Owl Public Relations in 1960. Among his clients were the Boston Carmen's Union , Local 25 Teamsters Union , Cambridge Municipal Worker's Union and many political figures and organizations. He also worked for the Boston Red Sox for 67 years, as well as The Boston Braves, New England Patriots, Boston College, Harvard University as an usher and ticket taker. Laubenstein was a sustaining member of the Republican National Committee and the Massachusetts Republican Party. He was past Vice President of the Boston Republican Committee and Chairman of Hyde Park Ward 18 and Gloucester Ward 4 Republican Committee. He was Republican Candidate for Governor's Council from Hyde Park in 1972. Appointed to the Mass Bicentennial Commission in 1974, he formed the recreated British Fifth Regiment of Foot. The group took part in many recreated battles and events of the Revolutionary War in 6 states. The Fifth served as honorary guard for Queen Elizabeth during her visit to Boston in 1976. In 1982 he started Owl Parking Co., with his son Keith. A devout Catholic, Laubenstein was a member of the Cardinal's Guild. For directions and guestbook, please visit CARROLL-THOMAS FUNERAL HOME 617-361-3216

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Published in Boston Herald on Apr. 20, 2014
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