Charles Query Lemmond

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Charles Query Lemmond ScotiaCharles (Charlie) Query Lemmond, 91, passed away in his sleep June 21, 2013 at the Baptist Retirement Home, Scotia, New York. He was born in Monroe, North Carolina, to Judge William O. Lemmond and Lou Vera Ethel Crowell on November 12, 1921, his father's 45th birthday, and was named after his two grandfathers. He was the first baby born at the Ellen Fitzgerald hospital, so new that a friend had to buy a baby crib and delivered it to the hospital. He and his brother, Joe, younger by one year, grew up in Monroe, mostly raised by their mother through the Depression after their father's early death of tuberculosis. Charlie stayed on in high school an extra year, to his school's inaugural 12th grade, so as to graduate the same year as his brother. Charlie then went on to Lenoir-Rhyne University before transferring to North Carolina State University, where he graduated with a degree in electrical engineering in 1943. He became a lifelong fan of his alma mater's basketball and football teams, with each new car getting an NCSU sticker. After graduation, he began 42 years of employment at General Electric. He loved his career at G.E., specializing in optics, and eventually granted seven patents for his work, including for a laser that cut diamonds and holographic filters. There he met his future wife, Beverly, marrying, he pointed out, on the one-year anniversary of Sputnik. Charlie and Beverly made their home in Glenville, raising three children and several cocker spaniels. General Electric was also where Charlie made lifelong friends with several other engineers. Outside of home and work life, Charlie enjoyed decades of fellowship in the Scotia Rotary Club and service as trustee of the Burnt Hills Methodist Church. Many anticipated his unique Christmas cards developed and printed in his own darkroom. Family was very important to him: long before the Internet made these things easier, he collected information to produce a genealogy of his family going back to pre-Revolutionary North Carolina. He seemed able to build or fix anything. In retirement, Charlie and Beverly traveled all over the United States, Europe and Africa. A weekly meet-up at the church with friend Floyd Baker to fix whatever needed fixing morphed into the Fix-its, a group of retirees that, in the absence of a project, visited over coffee and pastries at Fo'Castle Farm. For years, Tuesdays were Rotary Club, Wednesdays were Fix-its, and Thursdays were fixing tape recorders for the blind. Charlie was known for his kindness, generosity, and humor. He loved practical jokes, both those initiated by and those played on him. Charlie is survived by his wife of 54 years, Beverly Ann (Simson) Lemmond; his daughter, Jeanne Nailos (David Nailos) of Pittsfield, MA; son, Ted Lemmond (Julie Miller) of Portland, Oregon; and daughter, Martha Lemmond (Joseph Rogers) of Williamstown, New Jersey; and grandchildren, Jennifer, Stephanie (Nicholas), Christopher (Brittany), Elizabeth and Matthew. He was predeceased by his brother, Joseph Vann Lemmond. Services will be held at the Burnt Hills Methodist Church, 816 Route 50, Burnt Hills, New York, on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 11 a.m. Light refreshments will follow in Fellowship Hall. Donations may be made to the church's courtyard garden renovation project.
Published in The Daily Gazette Co. on June 24, 2013
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