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Mr. Charleton J. “Charlie” Herdman, 83, of Leesburg, Fla., passed away on Monday, June 26, 2017, in the Kaplan Family Hospice House following a brief illness. He was the loving husband of the late Muriel (Rowley) Herdman with whom he shared 61 years of marriage.
Charlie was born December 23, 1933, in Gloucester. He was the son of the late Charleton J. and Margaret (Rutherford) Herdman. He was a resident of Gloucester for most of his life. He and Muriel lived in Bonfire Park in Leesburg, Fla. during the winter months for over 20 years.
He was a graduate of Gloucester High School, Class of 1951. He received his bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Boston University in 1955, where he also was involved with the ROTC. Charlie received his Master’s Degree in education at Salem University in 1962.
He was a United States Army veteran. He was active duty from 1956 to 1958, and then was Active Reserve duty from 1958 to 1980 retired as a Lt.Col. He was a military marksman and received many awards and citations for his shooting.
In 1958, after returning from the service, Charlie began teaching as a classroom teacher at the Manchester Memorial School for many years. He then went on to teach science and reading at the Manchester Middle. He transferred to the Danvers public schools where he was a guidance counselor for many years until his retirement after 34 years of service.
He was a member of the Gloucester Elks, The Tyrian-Ashler-Acacia Lodge A.F. & A.M. He worked at his father's and brother's CJ Herdman Upholstery Shop delivering furniture and bidding jobs. Charlie put himself through college and started his family. One of his first jobs was peddling slush for Joe Popcorn; he was known as the “Lemonade Man.” He also enjoyed playing golf and was a member of many leagues. He will always remembered for his wonderful personality, sense of humor and was a great storyteller.
Charlie is survived by his daughter, Nina C. Story and Dan McPherson of Rockport; three sons, Dale R. Herdman and wife, Heidi of Salem, Steven J. Herdman and wife, Shari of Rowley, and Dean L. Herdman of Fellsmere, Fla.; his sister, Katherine Spinney of Durham, N.C.; his eight cherished grandchildren, Andy, Greg, Tim and Alison Story, Heather and Holly Herdman, Brian and Mark Herdman; seven precious great-grandchildren, Derek and Melanie Story and Abigail Story, Avery and Callie Herdman, Connor and Jack Herdman. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews and friends. He was predeceased by his two brothers, James and George Herdman.
Charlie’s visiting hours will be in the Pike-Newhall Funeral Home, 61 Middle St., Gloucester on Friday, June 30, 2017, from 4 to 7 p.m. There will be a Masonic Service on Friday at 6:30 p.m. His Memorial Service will be in Trinity Congregational Church, 70 Middle St., Gloucester on Saturday, July 1, 2017, at 10 a.m. Interment will be in Beechbrook Cemetery, Gloucester. For online condolences and register book, please visit www.pikenewhall.com.
Published on  June 29, 2017
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