Charles D. Symonds


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Essex - Charles D. Symonds, 78, of Essex, husband of the late Valerie L. (Burbank) Symonds, passed away Saturday, July 20, 2019, surrounded by his loving family. Born in Ipswich, Mass., on January 21, 1941, the son of the late Raymond Francis Jr. and Mary "Evelyn" (Doucette) Symonds, Charlie was a lifelong resident of Essex. He loved the small town, the river and the opportunities it provided such as clamming and fishing for those willing to work hard. He often said there was no better place to live or grow up. He graduated Gloucester High School in 1959, and was a member of the GHS hockey team. He continued his education in refrigeration and HVAC, working in this field for 60 years. A quiet and thoughtful man with a dry sense of humor and entrepreneurial spirit, Charlie believed a person could accomplish anything if they set their mind to it. He and his wife founded Essex Service Company in 1968, a family-owned Refrigeration and HVAC company, now in its second generation. First focusing on refrigeration for North Shore businesses, he expanded his expertise to include marine refrigeration. He serviced fishing boats in the New England area, as well as Louisiana and Mexico. He built three skating rinks in the New England area, the first of which he and his wife owned and operated in Essex from 1972-1985. Known for being the coldest rink with the hardest ice, the Chaval (CHArlie-VALerie) Rink was a memorable part of life for many. Charlie loved the stock market and was a loyal fan of Jim Cramer's "Mad Money" TV show. Over the years he read many books on finance, stocks, charting, and business. Although not computer savvy, he realized the potential of internet-based businesses such as Facebook and Netflix. He enjoyed cruises, trips to Las Vegas, Foxwoods, and Aruba. He valued time with family, hosting cookouts and clam bakes, where backyard croquet games showcased his competitive spirit. He enjoyed wildlife, keeping seagulls, backyard birds, squirrels, chipmunks and even turkeys well fed. He touched the lives of many, will be remembered and greatly missed by all who knew him. Charles is survived by his four children, Christine Corrao of Gloucester, Kenneth Symonds and his wife Christine of Princeton, Mass., Michael Symonds and his wife Wei of Gloucester, Jennifer Holloran and her husband John of North Andover; six grandchildren, Kyle and Nicole Corrao of Gloucester, Matthew and Hannah Symonds of Princeton, Mass., Marissa and Julia Holloran of North Andover; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by two brothers, Raymond "Skip" Symonds III, and John Paul Symonds.

His funeral service will be held in the Greely Funeral Home, 212 Washington Street, Gloucester, on Thursday, July 25, 2019, at 11 a.m. Burial to follow in Spring Street Cemetery, Essex. A visitation will be held prior to the service on Thursday from 9 to 11 a.m. Relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his name to Care Dimensions, 75 Sylvan Street, Suite B102, Danvers, MA 01923.
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Daniel Potenza
Jul 29, 2019
I am very sorry to hear of your family's loss. You have my deepest condolences. - Potsy
Sharon Jenkins
Jul 25, 2019
So sorry to hear of your dad passing.I am sorry about not making the services.I am so grateful for what your parents did for me when I was growing up.My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Erik Maki
Jul 25, 2019
Symonds family, I am so sorry for your loss. Deepest sympathy. -Erik
Linda Crist
Jul 24, 2019
Jen and family-sorry for your loss. My condolences to you all, I’m sure you’re Dad will be truly missed. Sorry I cannot make it in person...
Peggy Holloran
Jul 24, 2019
Sending prayers and condolences to his family.
Jud, Tina and Lane family
Jul 23, 2019
Valerie and Charlie will be sorely missed. I will be forever grateful for their hard work in building and running Chaval Rink which provided so much enjoyment for the community. Essex was lucky to have this resource and I was blessed to be able to take advantage of it and get to know the whole Symonds family. Within the last year I was able to have dinner with Charlie and family and reminisce about our fond memories of the rink and Charlie was in good spirits and showed his sense of humor sharing stories that evening. This is how I will remember him. RIP Val and Charlie
Judy Reed
Jul 23, 2019
I am so sorry to learn of Charlie's passing and also to learn of Valerie's. My husband Harold and he were close friends from childhood on. We had good times with both of them while we lived in Essex. I had just sent an email to them 2 days ago, not knowing this information until hearing this sad news today.My condolences to his family. They will both be missed.
Jim and Carol Knowlton
Jul 23, 2019
Very sad to hear of Charlie's passing. So many wonderful and fun memories with Valerie and Charlie through the years. Big hugs to the family. Our prayers and thoughts are with you.