FLORENCE – Charles E. Kott, Sr., 72, of Florence, passed away Friday, Aug. 9, 2013, at home, surrounded by his loving family.
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He was born Nov. 5, 1940, in Keene, N.H., to the late Edward and Gladys (Smith) Kott.
Charles graduated from Keene High School in New Hampshire and served in the United States Army.
Charles was married to the love of his life, Joyce (Damboruckas) Kott for 52 years. He owned and operated several service stations for 20 years in Florence and Northampton; he then worked as an optical technician for Kollmorgan and retired from there after 17 years.
Charles enjoyed and loved his time at his camp in New Hampshire, and was nicknamed "Captain Horn Blower" by friends and family. He also enjoyed boating and snowmobiling, but most of all, he adored his family, grandkids, and his many friends.
Besides his loving and devoted wife Joyce of Florence, he is survived by his son David Kott of Florence; his daughter Kimberly Kott Hewes and her partner Jason Daysh and his daughter Bridget Daysh of Easthampton; grandchildren Steele Kott and his fiancée Amy Lapointe of Florence, Brittany Kott of Easthampton, Kayla Hewes and her mother Cheryl Hewes of Florence; great-grandchildren Lucas Laclair and Kaelyn Leary; brother George Kott and his wife Sandi of Boston; and niece Amanda Damboruckas of Florida.
He was predeceased by his sons; Charles Jr. and Edward Kott.
The family will receive friends and family Saturday, Aug. 17, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Drozdal Funeral Home of Northampton. Burial will be at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to VNA & Hospice of Cooley Dickinson, 168 Industrial Drive, Northampton, MA 01060 or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
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Drozdal Funeral Home
120 Damon Road
Northampton, MA 01060
Published in Daily Hampshire Gazette on Aug. 16, 2013