Charles Blake Godbout, 88, passed away on April 16, 2013. He is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Avis, his children Blake J. Godbout, Esq. and his wife Paula J. DeGiacomo of Winchester, MA; Dr. Brett P. and his wife Maryanne of Bethlehem, PA; Scott M. and his wife Mckay of Norfolk, VA, and Mary Avis Thompson and her husband Charles of Saco, ME, and eight beloved grandchildren.
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Charles was born in Whitehall, NY on February 25, 1925, the youngest of four children of James Burdett and Cora Godbout. In 1931 his family moved to Suffern, NY. Charles enlisted in the United States Navy in 1943 and became an officer in the Naval Air Corps. In 1950 he graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute as a mechanical engineer. That same year Charles married his beloved wife, Avis, and joined Carrier International Corp. The Godbouts resided in Hartsdale, NY until 1971 when they relocated to Skaneateles, NY.
As Director of Carrier's International Refrigeration division, Charles was at the forefront of the use of industrial refrigeration on the international level. He was a leader to his worldwide team and respected for his integrity and creativity.
After 34 years at Carrier, Charles and Avis retired to Dublin, New Hampshire where they spent 23 years. Charles volunteered as a driver for the Jaffrey Adult Daycare and was a longstanding member of St. Peter's Parish of Peterborough where he served on the Knights of Columbus. Charles was a private pilot, an avid golfer and skier, and a devoted garden enthusiast. His beautiful landscape creations and goldfish pond were a delight to all his family and friends.
Mr. Godbout's funeral Mass will be held on May 25, 2013 at St. Peter's Church, Peterborough, NH at 11:00 a.m. with burial to follow. Donations in his memory may be made to St. Peter's Church Building Fund, Peterborough, NH.
Published in The Monadnock Ledger-Transcript on May 21, 2013