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Charles Hunnewell

Charles G. Hunnewell

Thursday, December 21st, 1939 - Monday, July 13th, 2020
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CANTON – Charles G. Hunnewell, 80, a resident of Farmer Street, passed away early Monday morning, July 13, 2020.

Charles was born December 21, 1939, in Embden, Maine, the son of the late Guy E. Sr. and Alice B. (Atwood) Hunnewell. Charles attended schools in Maine, graduating from Anson Academy in North Anson. He continued his education at the University of Maine, Orono, where he achieved his B.S. in Agricultural Engineering, in 1961. After college, he entered the US Army, serving with the Army Signal Corps in Missile Maintenance as they secured the New York City Harbor. Following his honorable discharge in 1964, he returned to the University of Maine, where he received his M.S. in Agricultural Business and Economics in 1967. In college, Charles was an active member of the Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity. After graduation, he moved to New Jersey where he met his future wife, Lila Green. They married on April 6, 1968, in the Community Church in New York City.

In the span of Charles’ career, he worked in agricultural engineering, market research, sales administration, and EDI for companies such as Keyes Fibre, Cunningham & Walsh, Forster Manufacturing, and Warner Lambert Co. He was also proud of starting and operating, with his wife Lila, their own business, Hunnewell Forest Products, producing Maine northern white cedar pet litter, a creative use of byproducts from fence-post mills.

Charles had a great love for singing and sang in choruses throughout his life, including the Normandy Chorale (Morristown, NJ) and the Goldenaires (Canton, NY). Charles remained active in the University of Maine Alumni Association, especially the New Jersey Chapter. He was a longtime Unitarian Universalist (New York City; Morristown, New Jersey; Waterville, Maine; and Canton, New York). An outdoor enthusiast, he enjoyed sailing, cross country skiing, and hiking and was a member of the Laurentian Chapter of Adirondack Mountain Club.

Charles is survived by his wife, Lila; his daughters and their husbands, Wendy L.H. and James A. Leynse of New Jersey and Suzanne C. Hunnewell and Colin A. Smith of England; and his grandchildren, Emma, Benjamin, Adam, Ryan, and Alex.

A graveside service celebrating his life will be held Wednesday, July 15, 2020 at 2:00 PM in Fairview Cemetery, Canton. Social distancing and masks are required.

In lieu of flowers, those wishing may consider donations to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, in tribute to Charles G. Hunnewell:

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    Wednesday, July 15th, 2020 | 2:00pm
    Wednesday, July 15th, 2020 2:00pm
    Fairview Cemetery - Canton
    Miner Street Road
    CANTON, NY 13617
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    Fairview Cemetery - Canton
    190 Miner Street
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Francois-Xavier Morgat

Posted at 11:13am
Lila, I send you our most heartfelt sympathies for Charles. Our thoughts are with you and your family. A little warm from France
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Marty Whalen

Posted at 07:48am
Marty Whalen

So very sorry, Lila - you have my deepest sympathy. My thoughts are with you and your family.

Jennifer Romeo

Posted at 12:08pm
I’m very sorry for your loss Mrs. Hunnewell and family. I will always remember him and his smile.


Posted at 10:41am
LILA and family: I wish to send my condolence to you on Charlie’s passing. Such a nice person, gifted in his many lifetime careers, and an asset to our Current Events classes at Partridge Knoll , Canton in years past. Thinking of you at this difficult time. Most Sincerely.... CHAR FRYSINGER, Canton

Beth Robinson

Posted at 01:21pm
I have such fond memories of Charlie from both the contra dances and also when he brought his visiting family to play mini golf. He was always so kind, and enthusiastic about creating and appreciating music. Please accept our condolences.

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