Charles F. Lamson
Charles F. Lamson
(1923 – 2011)
ANDOVER — Charles Forbes Lamson, 88, died peacefully at his home on December 30, 2011, surrounded by the family who loved him.
Charlie was born in Andover on January 16, 1923, to Joseph and Christine Forbes Lamson. The doctor was called to the family farm for the delivery, but was unable to arrive until three days later due to heavy snow, which left the roads impassible.
He attended the Peaseville School, a one-room schoolhouse, and Chester High School, graduating in 1941. When not in school, he was generally seen hunting, fishing or trapping.
Charlie was a World War II veteran. He enlisted in January 1942 at the age of 19. He served as a paratrooper and was stationed in several locations, including the Pacific, New Guinea and the Philippines. When he returned home, he worked at the Staissni dairy farm and at the family farm in Andover.
In 1956, he married the love of his life, Gertrude Pohjonen Orchitt. He established his own family dairy farm, purchasing the Tupula farm on East Hill Road, where he lived for the rest of his life.
Along with milking cows, cutting wood and sugaring, Charlie drove school bus and was the Andover town constable. For many decades, Charlie also served as tax collector and sexton for the town of Andover.
Charlie was a lifelong member of American Legion Post 67 of Chester, the Elks of Springfield and the Grange.
Charlie was predeceased by his wife, Gertrude, in 1993; son Robert in 1974; daughter Rachel Gentile in 2009; and son-in-law Michael Gentile in 2011. He is survived by his siblings: brother John Lamson of Lebanon, N.H.; sister Marion Copenhaver of Hanover, N.H.; and sister Dorothy Baker of St. Albans, Vt. He is also survived by his children, daughter Margaret Grout and son-in-law Alden of Arlington, Vt., daughter Bernice Smith of Andover, Vt., son John Orchitt and daughter-in-law Mina of Anchorage, Alaska, son Bruce Orchitt and daughter-in-law Karen of Chester, Vt., son Daniel Lamson and daughter-in-law Erin of Chester, Vt., son Joseph Lamson and daughter-in-law Nina of Windham, Vt.; 15 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at the Andover Community Church on Saturday, January 7, 2012, at 1:00 p.m. There will be no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions in Charlie’s name be made to the Chester-Andover Family Center.
Adams Funeral Home & Cremation Service of Chester is entrusted with the arrangements.