Hardwick - Charles L. “Charlie” Lowell, 78, of Hardwick, died on Wednesday, April 15, 2020, at the Holyoke Medical Center following a brief illness.
He leaves his loving wife of 57 years, Alice M. (Goodfield) Lowell; two daughters, Susan D. Kenney and her husband Jason of Ware, and Brenda J. Lowell of New Braintree and her partner Jim Jenkins; two sons, Michael J. Lowell and Andrew L. Lowell, both of Hardwick; four grandchildren, Christian J. Williams Lowell, Ella May Lowell, Annabella Grace Lowell, and Juliet Rose Coates. He also leaves his sisters, Frances Surles and her husband David of Hernando, FL, Mary Alice Pollard of Gilbertville, and Katherine Tyler and her husband Greg of New Braintree, and many nieces and nephews. He was born in Ware, son of the late Chester M. and Marion L. (Aldrich) Lowell.
Charles worked as an Operations Manager for IBM for 27 years, and then as an Office Manager at Hardwick Kilns for 14 years before retiring in 2010.
Charlie was very active in the Hardwick Community. He was a long-time member of the Eden Lodge of Masons in Ware where he served as Master of the Lodge twice. He was a Selectman in the Town of Hardwick for 9 years, a member of the Fire Department for over 50 years, an EMT for the Hardwick Ambulance Squad and the Town of Ware Ambulance. He also worked for Prudential as a Sales Agent after his retirement from IBM, and remained active in the Boy Scouts of America. He and Alice enjoyed many warm winters in Lakeland, Florida, where they volunteered at the Fun & Sun Exposition as part of the Early Birds and Raiders, and made many friends while there.
Mr. Lowell is a United States Air Force Veteran of the Vietnam War Era. He was stationed at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio and was part of the 17th Airborne Missile Maintenance Squadron as an Air Launch Missile Guide Technician until 1965.
At his request, services for Charlie will be held privately, and a memorial service will be planned for a later date. In remembrance, memorial donations may be made to The Eden Lodge of Masons, 80 Pleasant St., Ware, MA 01082, or to Shriners Hospitals for Children, 516 Carew St. Springfield, MA 01104.
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Shriners Hospitals for Children
516 Carew Street, Springfield MA 01104
The Eden Lodge of Masons
80 Pleasant Stree, Ware MA 01104