MARSHALL, Charles M.

Charles M. Marshall, 85, of Bloomfield, passed away peacefully on August 7, 2013. He was born on November 22, 1927, in Cleveland, OH, the son of McAlister and Isabel (Maurer) Marshall. He was a graduate of University School, Cleveland, OH and Amherst College, Amherst, MA. He proudly served our nation as an aviator in the United States Navy. He lived most of his adult life in Simsbury, and most recently at Seabury in Bloomfield, where he was an active and loved member of the community. He worked for the Stanley Works for more than 30 years. He also served for over 40 years as a Director of Timber Owners of New England and of Wildlife Conservation Trust, a New Hampshire land conservation organization, where he also served as President for many years. His interests were diverse. He was a life time member of the National Ski Patrol and a certified flight instructor (he loved to teach others to be safe and enjoy flying). He was instrumental in saving the Simsbury Airport from development, laying the foundation for the successful community asset that it has become today. His lifelong hobbies included winter hiking, art, poetry, music (classical, jazz and folk), history, clocks, woodworking, meeting new people, and learning new things. He found joy in the simple pleasures of life, such as walking in the woods with his beloved dog, Archie. He was an avid reader who collected and read books that expressed his variety of interests including mountain climbing, art, music, flying and history. His passion for photography was exhibited by the many pictures of his family covering the walls of his home. These pictures brought him joy and comfort throughout his later years. He was deeply involved with his six granddaughters. He was always excited to learn about what they were doing and was a frequent spectator at their various activities. He loved talking with and spending time with them and, they with him. He is survived by: two daughters: Mary Elizabeth Marshall Weaver and her husband Richard of Portsmouth, NH and Susan Marshall Yamamoto of Nashua, NH; two sons: Charles M. Marshall, Jr. and his wife Elizabeth of North Andover, MA and Edward Spear Marshall and his wife Michele of Brunswick, ME; six granddaughters; a brother McAlister Marshall of Richmond, VA; a sister, Mary Marshall Dyke of Cleveland, OH; and by the mother of his children, Joyce S. Marshall of Stratham, NH. He is predeceased by his son-in-law Hisao "Tony" Yamamoto. Donations may be made to the Robert Frost Farm Homestead in Derry, NH. He loved Robert Frost, studied under him when he taught a seminar at Amherst College, and continued to read his writings, and writings about him, all his life. Checks can be made to "Robert Frost Farm", PO Box 1675, Derry, NH 03038.
A celebration of his life will be held at a later date during the fall.

Funeral Home

Foley Funeral Home
49 Court Street Keene, NH 03431
(603) 352-0341

Published in The Hartford Courant on Aug. 14, 2013