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Charles V. Reynolds Jr.

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Charles V. Reynolds Jr. Obituary
Charles Vaughn Reynolds, Jr., businessman, historian, and father of six, died peacefully on Friday, January 25, 2013, surrounded by his family, following a long battle with Alzheimer's Disease. He was 83. Mr. Reynolds, known as Charlie to his friends, was born in Canton on March 27, 1929, the son of Charles Vaughn Reynolds, Sr. and Eileen Kennally Reynolds. The elder Mr. Reynolds, who died in 1941, founded with his brother Edward the construction firm Reynolds Brothers, which the younger Mr. Reynolds would go on to own and operate with his own brother, William until 1960. Charles Reynolds, Jr. graduated from St. Sebastian's School in 1946 and earned a bachelor's degree at The College of The Holy Cross in 1950. During the Korean War, Mr. Reynolds served in the US Navy as Gunnery Officer and Navigator on the USS Sturtevant. He then returned to Canton and later settled in Wellesley. He was the treasurer of Reynolds Brothers, Inc. from 1955 to 1960, and the treasurer of Ponkapoag Realty Corporation from 1960 to 1986. Both businesses were based in Canton. He also served as Director of the Canton Cooperative Bank for 50 years. Midway through his career, he returned to school to pursue his lifelong passion for history. In 1967, he was awarded a Master's Degree from Boston College in International Politics and, in 1978, he received a PhD in History from Boston University. He taught for 33 years, first at Boston State College and later at Massachusetts Maritime Academy. He specialized in American History and US Maritime History. In 1994, Mr. Reynolds spent six months teaching at Xavier High School, in Truk, Federated States of Micronesia. In his retirement he was an avid supporter of the Holy Cross Equestrian Team and a regular volunteer at St Francis House in Boston. A life-long horseman, he completed 100-mile trail rides and was often seen driving his Morgan horse and buggy from Canton to Wellesley. Over his life he received many sportsmanship awards in trail rides and sailing regattas: Mr. Reynolds was known to all as a gentleman, a scholar, and a wonderful sport. He was married to the former Jean M. Sullivan, who died in 1986, and is survived by his six children, Marianne W. Reynolds, (Marnie) of Westport, CT; Ellen R. Meckel (Polly) and her husband, Timothy, of Wellesley; Betsy R. Powers and her husband, Richard, also of Wellesley; Alicia R. McGrath and her husband, James, of Falmouth and Boulder, Colorado; Jeanne S. Reynolds of Hingham; and Charles V. Reynolds III and his wife, Andrea, of Edmond, Oklahoma; and 13 grandchildren. He also leaves his brother, William P. Reynolds of Westwood and his sister Margaret R. Charles, of Cohasset. The family wishes to extend special thanks to the staff and nurses of Whitney Place for their exceptional care and kindness. A Funeral Mass was celebrated for Charles at St. Paul Chuch, Wellesley on Tuesday January 29, 2013. Interment was held in St. Mary Cemetery, Needham. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Francis House, 39 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116. Funeral arrangements by George F. Doherty & Sons Funeral Home, Wellesley. For online guestbook, gfdoherty.com.

Published in The Wellesley Townsman from Jan. 28 to Feb. 4, 2013
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