Charles Francis Hamel, 93, of Southborough, died May 14, 2013. Born June 9, 1919 in Somerville, MA, he was the son of Arthur and Alma (Descoteaux) Hamel. As a small child he attended a French-speaking boarding school in Lowell, MA after which he attended St. Charles Grammar School and St. Marys High School in Waltham. Charles graduated from New England Aircraft School in East Boston attaining his aircraft and engine mechanics certificates and worked at what was then East Boston Airport (Logan). Even though he could have deferred being drafted into the service after Pearl Harbor due to his aircraft mechanic status, he opted to attend Flight Training School. He was commissioned as a Navy pilot in 1944 and was transferred to the Coast Guard to fly PBY planes on enemy submarine patrol over the North Atlantic. He worked for General Motors in Framingham for 30 years retiring to become Southboroughs Animal Control Officer for another 25 years. Charles was an avid outdoorsman and an expert in antique firearms. He was a Charter Member of the Southborough Rod and Gun Club, a member of the Worcester Dog Officers Association, a special police officer in Southborough, and was a life member in the Southborough VFW and a member of the American Legion. He maintained a small antiques and sundries shop at his home. He is survived by his wife, Eleanor (Onthank) Hamel and six children: Carol Long of Southborough, William Hamel of Bedford, Stephen Hamel of Falmouth, Christopher Hamel of Southborough, Charles Hamel, Jr. of Southborough, and David Hamel of Brazil, 15 grandchildren and step-grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren and step great grandchildren. He was predeceased by his sisters, Clara Cahill Cohen and Lillian Hurley and his grandson, Nathan Long. Following cremation, funeral services were held at 6:00 p.m., Monday (May 20, 2013) in the John P. Rowe Funeral Home Inc., 57 Main Street, Marlborough, MA preceded by calling hours from 3-6 p.m. Burial will be private at the Rural Cemetery in Southborough. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to V F W Post 3276, 28 Main St., Southborough, MA 01772.
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Published in The Northborough Villager from May 18 to May 25, 2013