TEWKSBURY - L. Charles “Charlie” Priest, Jr., age 76, a U.S.A.F. Veteran and a well known member of the Tewksbury community, died unexpectedly on Wednesday, October 15, from an apparent heart attack. He was the beloved husband of Janette L. (Costello) Priest, with whom he had celebrated a 54th wedding anniversary this past September 4th.
Charlie was born October 25, 1937 in Cambridge, the son of Lucian Charles and Alice M. (Corwin) Priest, and was raised in Cambridge and Charleston. He graduated from Boston English High School, and earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Northeastern University’s Engineering School.
Charlie was a proud Veteran of the U.S. Air Force,
His work as a manufacturing engineer began at Honeywell in Lowell, and he also worked at Digital Equipment Company in Acton and Salem, NH, before moving to Eptac in Manchester where he retired as a technical teacher. He also taught several courses at U-Mass, Lowell.
He was past President of the Tewksbury Lions Club, and was also Past President of the American Society of Quality Control Association.
His favorite pastime, was time spent on his porch at his “cabin in the woods” in Francistown, NH.
Charlie was predeceased by his son, John C. Priest in 2008, and leaves a niece, Susan Candelora and her three children, Jessica, Thomas “T.J.” and Christopher; a sister-in-law, Barbara Costello of FL; and many cousins and beloved friends throughout the Merrimack Valley and Southern New Hampshire.
Relatives and friends will be received Sunday, Oct. 19, from 1:00 until 4:00 in the Tewksbury Funeral Home, corner of 1 Dewey and 975 Main Sts. (Rte 38) TEWKSBURY CENTER, Ph. (800 in MA or 978) 851 2950. His Funeral service will follow on Sunday at 4:00 in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Mass., 9 Erie Dr., Suite 101, Natick, MA 01760 or visit www.lls.org will be appreciated tewksburyfuneralhome.com