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Charles Hall Acton

Obituary
CHARLES HALL ACTON
Charles Hall Acton, born March 27, 1917 at Shawinigan Falls in the Province of Quebec, Canada, son of the Edward Harker Acton and Yeoli Stimson Acton. He graduated from The Phillips Exeter Academy of Exeter New Hampshire in 1936 and moved on to the School of Arts and Sciences at Cornell University. At Cornell, he was a member of the Chi Phi Fraternity. He enjoyed playing on the hockey and lacrosse teams. Acton graduated from Cornell in 1940 with the rank of Second Lieutenant obtained in the ROTC Program and joined the 26th Yankee Division of the US Army. He served his country as Captain of an anti-tank company, fighting in the WWII European theatre under George Patton. His service included fighting in the Battle of the Buldge. He was honorably discharged at the end of the war with the rank of Major.On January 31, 1942, he married Mary Jane Webb of Cleveland Heights, Ohio, whom he met while attending Cornell. They lived successively in University Heights, Ohio, Moorestown, New Jersey, Doylestown, Pennsylvania, and Ithaca, New York.Acton's professional life was spent as a production control supervisor for several metal and metal parts manufacturing companies. But his real love was for the great outdoors, taking his family on camping trips throughout the US and Canada. A budding interest in photography began with these trips and continued throughout their travels documenting historical sites, wildlife and family gatherings, resulting in many slideshow presentations. He was also an avid do-it-yourselfer and was quite adept at building accessories for the home as well as toys for his children. With his wife, he enjoyed entertaining visitors and friends, raising family pets, gardening and attending the theatre and symphony. He was very active in the Boy and Girl Scouts.When the children were out on their own, Charles turned his attention to volunteerism. He served on the Vestry of Trinity Episcopal Church in Buckingham, Pa., the board of the Buck's County Historical Society and Mercer Museum in Doylestown, Pa. He especially loved organizing and participating in the annual Mercer Museum Folk Fest. He assisted the Doylestown Hospital with financial matters. He and Jane also loved travelling and visited much of Europe, Scandinavia, East Africa and the British Commonwealth.Chuck and Jane had enduring happiness raising four children, Carolyn Foucaud of Northford, CT, Hall Acton of LaCanada, CA, David Acton of Chittenango, NY and Hilary Acton of Cayuga Heights, NY; seven grandchildren, Nicole, Christopher and Leann Foucard, Danielle Foucaud Forgione, Brion and Garth Acton, and Kenyon Acton. In addition to his loving wife and family, he is survived by his sister, Ruth Spendelow; and brother, Edward Acton; and many nieces and nephews.A service of Thanksgiving for the life of Charles Acton was held at Kendal at Ithaca on February 1. Anyone wishing to remember him might consider making a contribution to the Tompkins County SPCA, 1640 Hanshaw Rd., Ithaca, NY 14850-1640. Arrangements by Bangs Funeral Home.

Published in Ithaca Journal on Feb. 5, 2003
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