April 10, 1963
PORTSMOUTH NAVAL SHIPYARD
Robert E. Charron was born and spent his early boyhood in Haverhill, Mass. He was graduated from Haverhill High School in 1938, where he was a member of the Science Club. During his school years, Robert's hobbies were photography, and the reading of scientific journals, a hobby he pursued long after leaving school.
He followed his chosen career of electronics upon graduation from high school, and attended both the Massachusetts Radio School and Boston University,.
Robert then accepted a position with the U. S. Naval Shipyard at Portsmouth, N. H., where he was employed as an electronic engineering technician with the Test Department of the Planning Division. It was while acting in this capacity that Robert was lost at sea in the submarine Thresher.
Active in community and church affairs, Robert was a member of the Knights of Columbus, the Holy Name Society, the Saint Jean de Baptiste Society, and was also a Third Order Carmelite, a Catholic religious order. He was also active in scouting, even though his own sons had passed the age limit for scouting.
He is survived by his wife, Ruth, and five children; Robert E. , Paul F., Anne-Marie, Theresa A., and Peter J. They now reside in Newburyport, Mass. He also leaves his widowed mother, Mrs. Hattie Bell of West Palm Beach, Fla.; and a sister, Mrs. Bernice Olsen of Tarzana, Calif.