Charles L. Brown Jr.

WARWICK — Funeral services were held on Wednesday, Nov. 22, at Witty’s Funeral Home in Orange for Charles L. “Charlie” Brown Jr., 93, of South Holden Road, who died Nov. 15, at Heywood Hospital in Gardner.

The Rev. Dan Dibble of the Metcalf Memorial Chapel in Warwick officiated, and family and friends offered words of remembrance. Interment with military honors followed in Warwick Center Cemetery. The bearers were Walter Herk, Ben Herk, Richard Herk, Tim Herk, George Hunt Jr., Randy Herk and Brad Herk. Military honors were provided by the United States Navy Honor Guard, which played “Taps” and folded and presented the American flag to Charlie’s wife, Elaine. Following the committal service, a reception was held at the Orange American Legion on Daniel Shays Highway, Orange.

Witty’s Funeral Home, 158 South Main Street, Orange, was honored with directing the arrangements.

WARWICK — Charles L. “Charlie” Brown, 93, of South Holden Road and life time resident and historian, died Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017, at Heywood Hospital in Gardner.

Charlie was born in Warwick on April 7, 1924, a son of Charles L. Sr. and Ester M. (Crandell) Brown and grew up in Warwick and graduated from Orange High School in 1942.

Charlie enlisted in to the United States Navy on June 24, 1943, and served during World War II as a Motor Machinist’s Mate, Third Class. He was honorably discharged on May 8, 1946. He lost his best friend, Winifred Fellows, during the war in 1944.

On Oct. 28, 1950, Charlie married the love of his life, Elaine (Herk), and they just celebrated their 67th anniversary.

Charlie worked for the Torrington Company in Orange for many years until the company moved and then he went to work at the Millers Falls Tool Company before retiring. He had also worked at the Northfield Mount Hermon School.

Charlie loved Warwick and had researched and helped write the “History of Warwick,” having handwritten hundreds of pages of his memories. He was well known as the source to go to if you needed any information about Warwick.

Charlie enjoyed tinkering in his shop, keeping his yard in tip-top shape, having a garden, hunting and fishing. He and Elaine loved to travel and had visited Amish country twice a year for over 20 years. They also enjoyed going to the New Hampshire beaches, England, Holland, Germany and Finland. On their 50th anniversary, they traveled crosscountry, going the northern route and returning the southern route.

Charlie was very involved in Warwick and was a trustee of the Unitarian Church, member of the Veterans Committee, member of the Warwick Historical Society, and member of the Warwick Taxpayers’ Association and several other committees. He had done the research on the Veterans’ Memorial and was very proud when it was completed. Charlie had also been a member of the Athol-Orange Lodge of Elks #1837.

Charlie had enjoyed visits to the Warwick Community School to talk about the town’s history.

Survivors include his beloved wife, Elaine Brown of Warwick; brothers-in-law, Richard Herk (Mariann) of Orange, Arthur Herk (Sandi) of Athol and Elliott Thompson of Winchester, N.H.; sisters-in-law, Nan Hunt (George Sr.) and Susan Herk, all of Orange; and many nephews and nieces and grandnephews and grandnieces.

A calling hour will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 22,  from 9:30 to 11 a.m., at Witty’s Funeral Home, 158 South Main St., Orange.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 22, at Witty’s Funeral Home in Orange, with Rev. Dan Dibble of the Metcalf Memorial Chapel in Warwick officiating.

Interment with military honors will follow in the Warwick Center Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to either the Town of Warwick for the newsletter or the Warwick Historical Society, both at 12 Athol Rd., Warwick, MA 01378.

Witty’s Funeral Home, 158 South Main St., Orange, is directing the arrangements.

You may offer your sympathy online at www.wittyfuneralhome.com.

WARWICK — Charles L. Brown Jr., 93, of South Holden Road, died Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017, at Heywood Hospital in Gardner.

Funeral arrangements are pending with Witty’s Funeral Home, 158 South Main St., Orange.

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