Charles H. Caswell Jr.
STRATHAM - Charles H. Caswell Jr., 90, of Portsmouth Avenue, died Feb. 13, 2013, in Keene.
Born June 4, 1922, in Rye, he was the son of Charles H. and Mary (Reardon) Caswell. He attended Rye schools and was a 1940 graduate of Portsmouth High School.
He started working at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in 1941 and then joined the U.S. Army
in 1943. He served in the European Theater of operation with the Second Infantry Division as a rifleman in France and Germany. He earned the Combat Infantry Badge, Battle Stars for Rhineland and Central Europe, Victory Metal, European Middle Eastern Campaign Ribbon, American Theater Campaign Ribbon, Army Occupation Metal of Germany, and the Good Conduct Medal. He was honorably discharged in 1946 holding the rank of staff sergeant.
After the war he went back to the shipyard where he was general foreman in the Shipboard Test Branch. He worked there for 36 years, retiring in 1977. Following retirement he enjoyed working as a toll attendant, for several years, for the State of New Hampshire. Charles enjoyed gardening, making furniture and clocks and playing golf. He would work in the morning so he could fish in the afternoon. He especially loved dancing at the Rockingham Ballroom for many years with his dancing partner and companion, Jane Bucklin, who died in 2004. They enjoyed traveling, long walks on local beaches and in parks, but most of all dancing.
He was predeceased by his wife Patricia (Brinkerhoff) who died in 1991, and his brothers Frank J. and Lloyd N.
Survivors include five children, Katharine Abbott and husband Stephen of Nokomis, Fla., Steven Caswell and wife Diane of Keene, Wendy Caswell of Nelson, Alan Caswell of Nokomis, Fla, and Gregory Caswell of Nelson; two granddaughters, Rebecca Benjamin of Port Townsend, Wash., and Elizabeth Wright of Keene; two great-granddaughters, Audrey and Alayna Wright; a sister, Barbara Gore of Manchester, and six nieces.
Visiting hours will be held on Sunday, Feb. 17, from 2-4 p.m. at the Kent & Pelczar Funeral Home, 77 Exeter St., Newmarket. Burial will be in the spring in Maple Lane Cemetery, Stratham. Rather than flowers memorials may be made to NHSPCA, P.O. Box 196, Stratham, N.H. 03885. Please visitwww.kentandpelczarfh.com
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