Norwich - Charles T. Fessenden, 79, passed away on Wednesday, April 2, 2014, at Norwichtown Rehabilitation Center in Norwich.|
Born in Athol, Mass., on March 3, 1935, he was the son of Dr. Raymond and Mary Fessenden and brother of Frederick Fessenden. He graduated from UMass, Amherst in 1958, majoring in physics. In 1963, he received a master's degree in electrical engineering with honors from UConn, Storrs. He began his career in 1958 as an electrical engineer at the Naval Underwater System Center, NUSC, in New London and Newport, R.I.
He was recognized over the years for his many submarine antenna inventions, for which patents were pursued. He progressed to management and retired as branch head of the Submarine Antenna Division after 40 years with NUSC. In 1958, he married Lillian Sherwood of Royalston, Mass. and they moved to Preston, where they had four sons: Thomas, who married Lee Ann Onderdonk of Preston, Andrew, who married Lisa Osga of Griswold, Gregory of Westerly, and Paul of Griswold. They have four grandchildren, Joshua, Nicholas, Jacob, and Katie Gates and one great-grandchild, Brent Fessenden.
The family's favorite travel destinations included Nubanuset Lake, N.H. and biking on Cape Cod. Charles loved baseball, especially the Boston Red Sox. He played baseball in high school and college, and coached little league teams on which his sons played. A longtime member of the Preston Congregational Church, Charles sang in the choir, served as moderator, deacon and church clerk for many years. He was one of the persons responsible for the expansion of the Sunday School addition to the church in 2001.
Calling hours will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday, April 6, at the Preston Congregational Church. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, April 7, at the Preston Congregational Church.
In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the Preston Congregational Church Memorial Fund, 321 Route 164, Preston, CT 06355.
Labenski Funeral Home in Norwich is in charge of arrangements.
Please visit www.labenskifuneralhome.com to leave an online tribute or condolence.
Published in The Day on Apr. 5, 2014