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Charles R. Hastings Obituary
YORK Charles R. Hastings died Tuesday, January 1, 2013, at York Hospital. He was born in Holyoke, Mass., on March 2, 1926, the son of Robert Street and Helen O'Neil Hastings. He leaves his loving wife, Susan, with whom he celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary in May, 2012. He is also survived by his son, Robert and companion, Nancy of Jamestown, Colo.; daughter, Kathleen Carbone, son-in-law, Peter, and grandson, Chaz of Jamestown, Colo.; son, Christopher, his wife, Christina, and grandchildren, Doran, Isabelle, and Charlie of S. Salem, N.Y.; daughter, Susan Reidinger of Dover, and grandaughter, Crystal Reidinger of Lancaster; son, Mark, his wife, Elizabeth, and grandsons, Eli and Matthew of St. Augustine, Fla.; sisters, Dorothy Hastings and Katherine Funke, both of So. Windsor, Conn., and Helen Pesci of Fulleton, Calif.; and several nieces and nephews. Charles attended elementary schools in Holyoke, Mass., and high school in Hartford, Conn. In 1943, on his 17th birthday, he left high school and joined the U.S. Navy. He attended boot camp in Samson, N.Y., and became a radioman at the Bedford Springs Hotel Radio School. After Radio School he was assigned to the U.S. Navy Armed Guard, sailing on merchant ships carrying supplies to our allies overseas. His first ship, the Liberty Ship John T. Holt, took him in a convoy across the Arctic Circle to Murmansk, Russia, to deliver munitions, two P38 fighter planes, and two PT Boats. He also served on tankers carrying aviation fuel to England and Scotland. His last ship was the M.S. Weltevreden, a Dutch ship carrying troops to the Philippines and carrying troops back to the U.S. He often said that the Navy took him across the Arctic Circle, the Equator, and the International Date Line, exposing him to worlds not too many people had seen. For his service he was awarded the European-African, Middle-Eastern Medal; Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal; World War II Victory Medal; Phillipines Liberation Medal; Russian Victory in the Great Patriotic War Medal; Combat Action Ribbon; Arctic Service Ribbon; and Good Conduct Medal. In 1946, along with thousands of the " Greatest Generation" and under the sponsorship of the G.I. Bill, he enrolled in college at the University of Connecticut, where he earned a B.S. degree in 1950 and an M.A. degree in 1955. He was an adjunct Professor of Marketing at the University of Hartford and at Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea. Ohio. His business career took him to New Departure Div. of G.M. in marketing; to Chase Brass & Copper Co. in Waterbury, Conn. and Cleveland, Ohio; to Superior Wire Cloth Co., Shrewsbury; and to Keystone Seneca Wire Cloth Co., Hanover. Upon his retirement from business he spent 15 years as a food manager at Our Daily Bread in York. He was a co-chairman of the South Central Chapter of the Armed Guard Veterans' Association. He had been a volunteer driver for the Disabled American Veterans and Lebanon Veterans' Hospital. He was one of the founders of the York Boys Ice Hockey Club in the early 1970's and for several years he was Secretary in the York Chapter of the National Kidney Foundation. He was a faithful member of St. Patrick's Church and had served on the Parish Council and was a Special Minister of the Eucharist, most recently bringing weekly Communion to the Catholic guests at Colonial Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. A viewing will be 10 to 11 a.m. Friday at St. Patrick Church, 231 S. Beaver St., York. A Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 11 a.m. at the church with the Rev. Samuel Houser as celebrant. Burial with full military rites will be at 2:30 p.m. Friday in Indiantown Gap National Cemetery. The John W. Keffer Funeral Homes and Crematory, Inc. 902 Mt. Rose Ave., York, is assisting the family. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Disabled American Veterans, Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301; or to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. KefferFH.com
Published in York Daily Record & York Dispatch on Jan. 3, 2013
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