GOSHEN - Charles P. Mollison, 82, of South Main Street went peacefully home at home on Monday, Feb. 10, 2014 after a very short illness.
He was born in Goshen, Oct. 30, 1931, the son of J. Stewart and Emeline (Tompkins) Mollison.
He attended the local schools, worked the family farm and drove trucks until he joined the Army
in 1952. He spent 18 months as a firefighter
in Korea. When he returned from Korea he worked a short time for his brother George in Manchester, MA. When he returned to Goshen,he worked for Charlie Brooks at his garage, before he worked building roads and excavating at Hammond Acres development in 1956. He then worked for Daniel O'Connell Construction for a short while before he went to Smith College working for 31 years as the heavy equipment operator until his retirement.
He helped build the original Goshen Firehouse; he was town constable for many years as well as field driver, dog officer, and fence viewer.He was the founder and caller of the Village Squares square dance club in Williamsburg and called at many other clubs in the area and surrounding states.
After he retired he enjoyed building wooden crafts, selling and donating items to various functions. He enjoyed building ATV trails and Snowmobile trails on the property he was born and brought up on with his son Dave. He was a member of the Goshen Highlanders Snowmobile Club, and he snowmobiled at his own pace also receiving the 2013 Legend of Snowmobiling Award. The last few years he enjoyed sitting in his front yard in the afternoon and watching and waving to friends pass by on their way home from work, and the landscaping of his and Helen's hard work.
Charlie spent his 57 years of marriage with his beloved wife and friend Helen, farming beef animals, working the land and being with his family. He loved visiting family and friends in many parts of the country and especially family vacations in the summer at Lake Armington, NH, Maine's coast in the fall and Texas in the spring at his brother-in-law's.
He is survived by his ever loving wife, Helen (Fournier) Mollison, his three children, Debra, husband Tim Hogan of Northampton, David, wife Doreen, grandson Dustin of Goshen and Donna, husband Charley Ellis, grandsons Patrick, Matthew,Benjamin, and granddaughter Bridgette of Maiden, N.C.
He also leaves three sisters Esther Korowski, Ruth Dresser and Lois Bacon all of Goshen and several nieces and nephews including Joel and Lee Mollison and Nina Pinger who visited him fairly often.
He was predeceased by sister Elizabeth and brothers George, James and Harold.
At Charlie's request there will be no calling hours, or funeral. There will be a memorial service in the spring.
Donations in Charlie's name may be sent to VNA and Hospice ofCooley Dickinson,
168 Industrial Drive, Northampton, MA 01060 or the Highland Ambulance, PO Box 842 Goshen MA 01032.
Williamsburg Funeral Home was entrusted with his cremation.
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