Charles (Chuck) Donald Burnell 77 died suddenly and unexpectedly on October 13, 2009 in the comfort of his home. He died from a broken heart after his wife Nancy passed on October 8th.
He was born the son of Ethel (Smith) and Lee Burnell in Hoosick Falls, NY on December 31, 1931.
As a child the Burnells moved to the Fitchburg, MA. area where he attended local schools. Chuck graduated from St. Bernard’s High School in Fitchburg, MA. class of 1949.
After High School Charles enlisted in the U. S. Navy. He joined the Navy and served in combat during the Korean Conflict. Charles was promoted threw the ranks to Petty Officer 2nd. Class. He worked as a machinist mate and was assigned to the U.S.S. Wasp, CVA 18. While on active duty, Charles received medals and awards including the Korean Service Medal, National Defense Ribbon, United Nations Ribbon, Good Conduct Ribbon and the China Service Award. Charles was honorably discharged after completing his time of service.
Charles met and married the love of his life. He was quite taken by Miss Nancy E. Couchene. They received there vows on November 2, 1961 in Townsend, MA. The Burnells were married for 47 loving and devoted years.
Chuck had many jobs over the years. He had worked until his wife’s passing for Bond Auto Parts.
He liked to tinker with things, seeing how they worked or fixing them. He worked with his hands as an amateur carpenter. He also enjoyed helping animals and doing things with Nancy. Charles was a very private person. He enjoyed the simpler things in life and enjoyed being at home. He was one who had a big heart and liked to help others in need.
Charles is survived by one brother; Gerald B. Burnell of Fitchburg, MA. several nieces and a nephew, extended family and friends.
There are no calling hours. A military Christian service with full military honors will be held on Friday, October 23, 2009 at 3 p.m. at the Massachusetts Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery, 111 Glenallen St., Winchendon, MA. 01475. Both Charles and Nancy will be buried together. In Lieu of flowers the family has requested donations be made in the name of Charles D. Burnell to: Wounded Warriors Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS. 66675-8517.