LEE - Albert "Al" Evan Charette peacefully joined the angels during a beautiful sunset on Tuesday evening, May 7, 2013, with his family and friends by his side. He was born Oct. 27, 1927 in St. Francis, to the late Josephil and Tressa (Jandreau) Charette.Al worked many jobs as a youngster, including store clerking for his sister and brother-in-law, potato picking, and working for the railroad. He joined the army
at the age of 17, serving in the Pacific Theater on Okinawa during World War II
, where he earned a Purple Heart
, and later in Korea. He married his first wife and mother of his children, Esther Duperry, June 11, 1951 in St. John, and then moved to Connecticut for many years where they raised their family. While in Connecticut, he was employed by Pratt & Whitney Aircraft and belonged to many organizations, including the Marlborough Jr. Ancient Fife & Drum Corps and Marlborough Volunteer Fire Department, where he served as ambulance captain and treasurer. He retired from Pratt & Whitney as a project manager in 1987, shortly before Esther passed away. Al retired to Maine and worked at Mt. Jefferson Ski Area, where he met the second love of his life, Irene Blake Coffin. They married May 15, 1993 at Lee Christian and Missionary Alliance Church and lived in Lee until her death in 2010. Al most recently resided at Colonial Healthcare in Lincoln, where he was a larger-than-life resident, providing candies to staff and residents alike, being known as The Candyman. Al loved all children to distraction, especially his grandchildren, stepgrandchildren, and great-stepgrandchildren. Al leaves his children, daughter, Lisa Morin of Marlborough, Conn., son, Peter Charette and wife, Myrlene, of Sebastian, Fla., and daughter, Marie Winiarski and husband, Peter, of Weatogue, Conn.; and grandchildren, Rachel Morin, Edmond Charette and Nicholas and Nathan Winiarski; former son-in-law, Michael Morin of East Hampton, Conn.; stepchildren, Judy and Dalton Thompson of Princeton, Tony Coffin and his companion, Elise Winslow, of Medway, and Gaynell and Herbert Brehaut of Winn; sisters, Alvia Jandreau of St. Francis, Lucille Thibodeau of Lee; eight stepgrandchildren, and 12 great-stepgrandchildren, and many nieces, nephews, cousins, brothers- and sisters-in-law, and family. He was predeceased by his parents, wives, Esther and Irene; his grandson, Adam Michael Morin; brothers, Valerie Charette, Fernand Charette and Roland Charette; and sisters, Ermance Pelletier and Patricia Martin. The family would like to thank all the staff at Colonial Heathcare for making Al's last years happy and healthy. Everyone was his "favorite!"
Friends may call 4-8 p.m. Friday, May 10, at Clay Funeral Home, 7 Lee Road, Lincoln. Yankees fans are welcome; Red Sox fans tolerated. Graveside services with full military honors, will be 3 p.m. Saturday, May 11, at Woodlawn Cemetery, Lee, with Pastor Mitch Bickford, of Lee Baptist Church, officiating. Memorial donations can be made to Roy B. Pettengill Ambulance Association, P.O. Box 308, Marlborough, CT 06447 or Northwoods Alliance Church food pantry, Lee, Maine. Those who wish may sign an online register and leave written condolences at www.clayfuneralhome.com