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Charles H. Currier, 83, of Gloucester, husband of Emelia L.(Maldonado) Currier, passed away peacefully on Wednesday morning, July 6, 2016, in the Addison Gilbert Hospital with his loving family by his side. Charles was born in Gloucester, Mass., on July 8, 1932, the son of the late Edward M. and Eleanor M. (Morgan) Currier. He grew up in Gloucester and while in Gloucester High School he was a Captain in the ROTC. He was selected for the All Star football team, and co captain of the track team. Charlie won 27 medals and held state titles in track. He is on the GHS Hall of Fame.
Charlie graduated from Gloucester High in 1950 and then enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served proudly during the Korean Conflict aboard the USS Currituck AV7. It was during this time Charlie met and married the love of his life, Emelia, and soon moved back to Gloucester and began raising their family. Charlie started working for L.E. Andrews Plumbing & Heating and with the mentoring from Dick Andrews, he became a master plumber, eventually becoming the president and owner of Andrews Plumbing until retirement in 1999.
Charlie was a faithful parishioner of Saint John Episcopal Church where he sang in the choir for many years, served on the vestry and was elected senior warden. He and his beloved Emelia enjoyed traveling and did so extensively, visiting European countries, Hawaii, Disney, and many places throughout the U.S.. Dancing, piano playing, gardening, singing in the Rockport Community Chorus, and member of the Cape Ann Symphony were several of his hobbies.
He assumed leadership roles throughout Cape Ann among these were; A Master Mason of The Tyrian-Ashler-Acacia Lodge; a member of Aleppo Shriners; President of the Gloucester Rotary Club, were he was a recipient of the Paul Harris Fellowship Award; President of the Gloucester Chamber of Commerce, where he was honored with “Small Business Person of the Year Award”; a trustee of the Addison Gilbert Hospital; a board member of the Cape Ann Savings Bank, and a member of the Gloucester Elks Lodge 892. Of everything Charlie accomplished his legacy will be his pride, joy, and his love for his family and friends. A loving, giving and compassionate man, his passing will leave a void in many lives. A quote that Charlie lived by was, “Take due notice, and govern yourself accordingly.”
He is survived by his beloved wife, Emelia of 63 years; his children, Michele Sassone, Joni Rocha and husband, Michael, and Sandra Rallo and husband, Angelo; son in-law, Archie MacLeod Jr.; a sister, Judith (Currier) Clayton; grandchildren, Archie MacLeod III, Heather (Sassone) Doyle and husband, Ryan, Emily (Rocha) Haight and husband, Malcolm, Philip Sassone Jr., Meghan MacLeod and fiancé, Eric Kennedy, Angela, Amber-Rose, Marlaina and Rachael Rallo; great-grandchildren, Cynthia, Jane, Ross, Margaret, and Charles Haight, Mark MacLeod, Sheamus Doyle, Philip III and Trinity Sassone; nephew, Brett Clayton and wife, Linda and children, Ross and Alisha Clayton; nieces, Julie Clayton and fiancé, Richard Glover, Debbie Tunstall and husband, John, and Vicki Hoffecker and husband, James; and many friends. He also leaves behind his cat, Buster; his granddogs, Rufus and Patches. He was predeceased by his son, Mark Edward Currier; his daughter, Cynthia Ann (Currier) MacLeod; granddaughter, Amy Lynn Rocha; and son-in-law, Philip Sassone Sr.
His visiting hours will be at the Greely Funeral Home, 212 Washington St., Gloucester, on Sunday, July 10, from 3 to 7 p.m. His funeral will be held on Monday at 10 a.m. at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 48 Middle Street, Gloucester. Family and friends are cordially invited. Burial is at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery on Mt. Pleasant Avenue, Gloucester. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory to St. John’s Episcopal Church, 48 Middle St., Gloucester, MA 01930 or to the Cape Ann Animal Aid, 4 Paws Lane, Gloucester, MA 01930. Online condolences may be given at www.greelyfuneralhome.com.
Published on  July 8, 2016
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