EAST LONGMEADOW – Charles J. Lockhart, 95, passed away peacefully on December 25, 2018, at Mercy Medical Center. He was born in Chicopee Falls, Massachusetts, on February 21, 1923, the son of the late William and Catherine (Carr) Lockhart.
Charlie was a member of “The Greatest Generation” and one of the last of the Pearl Harbor Survivors. He lived in Chicopee Falls until 1938. To help support his family during the Great Depression, he quit school at the age of 15 to join the Civilian Conservation Corps camp at Mount Greylock in Berkshire County. After working a year at the CCC camp, he decided that the Army way of life was not for him, so he enlisted in the Navy. Charlie served proudly in the Navy from 1939-1946, attaining the rank of First Class Petty Officer. He was serving aboard the USS Curtiss at Pearl Harbor when the base on Oahu was attacked on December 7, 1941.
Charlie met the love of his life and future wife, Gertrude M. Scanlon, while taking a train home on leave. He managed to get her address and phone number before they parted ways that day. They corresponded during the war and were married in 1946. Gert predeceased Charlie in 1994 after a wonderful 48 years of marriage.
After the war, he began his career in the boiler room at Uniroyal in Chicopee Falls. He reached the level of First Class Power Engineer, retiring as Superintendent of Power after nearly 40 years of employment. He retired a second time after working several years as Superintendent of Power at Holyoke Gas and Electric. He received his GED in 1967.
Charlie is survived by his daughters, Mary Ellen “Mel” Lockhart (husband, Jon Carr) of Decatur, GA, Kathleen Lockhart King of Ledyard, CT, and Barbara Lockhart (partner, Mary Brennan) of Greenfield, MA; and grandchildren, Michael Carr (Katharine), Daniel King (Marie), and Jeremy King (Ken Baldwin); and great granddaughters, Penny and Nora Carr.
In addition to his parents and wife, he was also predeceased by his son-in-law, Jackson T. King; his brothers, William Lockhart and James Lockhart; and sisters, Margaret Ashe and Loretta “Dolly” O’Donnell.
Charlie was a communicant of St. Michael’s Church in East Longmeadow for 68 years. He was an active member of St. Vincent De Paul Society. Until a few weeks before his passing, he volunteered his time serving meals once a month at both the Loaves and Fishes Soup Kitchen and The Friends of the Homeless Shelter in Springfield. He also volunteered for over 25 years at Mercy Hospital in both the Medical Records and Shipping and Receiving Departments. He was an active member of the East Longmeadow Senior Center where he especially enjoyed his participation in the Trivia Club.
He was a member of the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association until they disbanded due to the dwindling number of members, America’s Young Warriors-Veterans of Underage Military Service, the National Association of Power Engineers, and Pioneer Valley Engineers.
The family invites you to pay your respects on Sunday, December 30, 2018 from 2:00–5:00 pm at Forastiere Smith Funeral Home, 220 North Main Street, East Longmeadow. Funeral services will be held on Monday, December 31, 2018, beginning at 8:45 am at the Funeral Home followed by a Liturgy of Christian Burial at 10:00 am at St. Michael’s Church, Maple Street, East Longmeadow. Burial with military honors will take place at Greenlawn Cemetery, East Longmeadow, following Mass. For more information, please visit www.forastiere.com