Lake Worth, FL - Walter passed away suddenly at his home on March 29, 2018. Walter was born in Boston on July 10, 1929, son of Walter and Nina (Sharpe) Charles. Walter grew up in Revere, Mass. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1948 and served in Korea until his discharge in 1953. Before his retirement in 1991, he was a Teamsters Union truck driver. He was also a volunteer fire fighter for the Town of Groveland, Mass.
Walter was a longstanding member of the Haverhill Lodge of Elks #165 B.P.O.E. He devoted himself to the charitable actives that the Elks sponsored. He was very active with the National Hoop Shoot and most notably co-chairman of the handicapped bowling league for children of all ages. In recognition of his service he was selected to be Elk of the Year in 1978.
Upon his retirement he enjoyed 26 years going to Florida for the winter, golfing, playing cards and bowling in a league.
On March 6, 2018, he celebrated 64 years of marriage with his loving wife Carole (Benson) on a Caribbean Cruise with the many friends they have made in Florida.
In addition to his wife Carole, he leaves three devoted children, Paula Wood and husband Stan of Methuen, Dennis Charles and wife Janet of Indianapolis, and Walter Charles and wife Terrie of Lake Worth, Fla. Six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He was a kind, and loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend and will be greatly missed.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, May 18, at 11 a.m. At St. Monica’s Church, 212 Lawrence St., Methuen. Graveside services with military honors will be held following the Mass at Riverview Cemetery on Main St., in Groveland.
Published on  May 16, 2018