Source: The Berkshire Eaglehttp://www.newschoice.com/newspapers/newengland/eagle/
Richard G. Charron, auto salesman, World War II veteran
Thursday June 17, 1999
NORTH ADAMS -- Richard George Charron Sr., 75, of 855 Massachusetts Ave. well-known retired automobile sales representative, died Tuesday at North Adams Regional Hospital where he was admitted Monday.
Born in North Adams on March 8, 1924, son of George Joseph Charron and Bernadette Bissaillon Charron, he attended North Adams schools, including the former Notre Dame Parochial School. He completed the machinist trade course at the North Adams Trade School, established by the late Charles H. McCann at Drury High School in 1942.
He was employed by General Electric Co. in Pittsfield as a machinist and tool and die maker until he enlisted in the Navy on Oct. 29, 1942. He served with the Naval Air Force in the European Theater of Operations as an Aviation Machinist's Mate Second Class on Bomber Planes in Patrol Bombing Squad No. 103, which was engaged in anti-submarine patrols in the Bay of Biscay and the English Channels from May 1944 until January 1945.
Mr. Charron successfully completed 48 missions on anti-submarine patrol and contributed to the defeat of the enemy U-boat campaign of the Battle of the Atlantic. He was awarded the Air Medal and, later was awarded a gold star in lieu of a second air medal. At the time of his discharge in 1946, he was an Aviation Machinist's Mate Flight Engineer Second Class and was awarded several medals including the American Theater Medal, the European-African-Middle Eastern Theater Medal, the World War II Victory Medal and the Good Conduct Medal.
He then returned to North Adams and was employed for a short time as a machinist and tool- and die-maker with GE. He was later employed as a sales representative for auto dealerships in the Northern Berkshire area. He began working with the former Harry Smith Ford Agency in North Adams, and later, with the former J.F. Farmer Lincoln-Mercury and Mohawk Motors dealerships, both in North Adams. When Mohawk Motors closed, he transferred to the McAndrews-King Pontiac-Buick of Adams until his retirement in 1993, with 20 years of service with the firm.
Mr. Charron also served as manager of Lopardo's Package Store in North Adams for more than 40 years and maintained his private pilot's license following completion of the private pilot training with Mohawk Valley Aviation Inc. in 1947.
He was a communicant of Our Lady of the Incarnation Church, and was a former member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks Lodge #487.
He leaves his wife of 51 years, the former Gloria M. Lopardo, whom he married June 22, 1948, in St. Anthony of Padua Church, North Adams; three daughters, Janet L. Chapman of South Barre, Patricia A. Charron of Merritt Island, Fla., and Barbara J. Charron of Orlando, Fla.; a son, Richard G. Charron of North Adams, and two grandsons.
FUNERAL NOTICE -- Funeral Services for Richard G. Charron Sr., 75, of 855 Massachusetts Ave., North Adams, are Friday, June 18, at noon at the FLYNN & DAGNOLI-MONTAGNA HOME FOR FUNERALS, West Chapels, 521 West Main St., North Adams, followed by a Liturgy of Christian Burial at 1 p.m. at Our Lady of Mercy Shrine, Massachusetts Avenue, North Adams. Burial in Southview Cemetery, North Adams. There are no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations are suggested for the Gladys Charron Piacenti Memorial Nursing Scholarship Fund through the funeral home. Among survivors are two grandsons, Alexander J. Charron and Christopher M. Charron of North Adams.