SUN CITY, Ariz. — Charles (Chuck) Reginald Savage, 86, of Sun City, Arizona, formerly of Somersworth, and Dover, passed away peacefully at his home on July 12, 2012, with his family at his side after a brief and gallant battle with cancer.
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Chuck was born in Chelsea, Mass. on Jan. 21, 1926, the second child and oldest son of Leighton and Margaret (Strachan) Savage. He was raised and educated in Melrose.
A Veteran of World War II he enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard in 1943 and served on the USS Cepheus (AKA-18) as a member of the Amphibious Landing Group. During World War II the USS Cepheus was assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater supporting the Invasion of Normandy and then to Asiatic-Pacific Theater taking part in the Battle of Okinawa.
After his discharge from the Coast Guard, Chuck attended East Coast Aero Tech, graduating as an Aviation Master Mechanic.
On Sept. 6, 1947, he married Delcie Jean Clark of Cliftondale, Mass., with whom he shared more than 61 wonderful years.
Chuck worked for General Electric from 1952 until his retirement in 1987 the majority of this time being spent at the Somersworth plant. During his 35 years with GE Chuck received numerous awards and citations for contributions he made to the success of the Meter & Control Business Department.
Chuck was an avid golfer a former member of Cochecho and Rochester Country Clubs playing twilight and weekend leagues and frequently traveling to North Carolina for Spring golf. Up until his illness he was a member of the Willow Creek Bandits in Sun City getting in one or two rounds a week. On June 6, 2007, he shot a hole-in-one at Willow Creek #5 at the age of 81.
After his retirement, Chuck and Delcie moved from Dover to Sun City, Ariz., where they became active members of the Congregational Church of Sun City. Chuck was a Deacon of the church, Moderator, vice-chair of the Columbarium Board and Men's Club Treasurer. He and Delcie were presented with the "Lifetime Achievement Award" by the National Association of Congregational Christian Churches for their volunteer activities. Chuck was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.
He is survived by his two sons, Chuck Jr. and his wife Mary of Hollis and Phil and his wife Debbie of Litchfield Park, Ariz.; grandchildren, Jessica DeStefano of Florida, Diana Croswell, Phil Savage, Brandon Savage, Brianna Savage, Cassie Casper, Tammy Baughman, and Shawna Crouch of Arizona; fourteen great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; his brother and sister-in-law, Albert and Lorraine Savage of Stoneham Mass.; sister and brother-in-law, Mary and Buddy Dugan of Malden, Mass.; brother-in-law, Raymond Clark Jr. of West Wilton; nieces; nephews; cousins; and many dear friends.
He was preceded by his loving wife, Delcie; his brother, John; sister, Marietta; and his parents.
Arrangements are under the care of the Neptune Society. There are no calling hours. Interment will be at the convenience of the family at the Congregational Church of Sun City columbarium.
We wish to extend our sincerest thanks to the members of
for the kindness and great care provided to Dad in his time of need and excellent support they provided to the family.
If desired memorial contributions may be made in his name to
, 1510 E. Flower Street, Phoenix Ariz., 85014-5656 or Congregational Church of Sun City, 18401 North 99th Avenue, Sun City, Ariz. 85373.
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Published in Fosters from July 17 to July 19, 2012