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MACHIAS - On Friday, July 11, 2014, I, Charles A. Dinsmore, known to most everyone as "Dinny", left this earthly world behind.

I was born May 17, 1923, the second son of Mary Jane Getchell and Charles W. Angell Dinsmore. To my great regret, I never knew my dad, as he died of pneumonia December 18, 1922 before I was born. My mother and brother, Walter, predeceased me, as did my beloved wife June Ingalls.

With much help from my mother, a Smith College Graduate, student friends, and sympathetic teachers, I was able to survive and graduate from Machias High School. I attended Maine Central Institute but illness prevented my graduation. I spent two years at the Leland Powers School of Theatre and Radio in Boston. Later in life, I graduated from Williams College School of Banking and completed courses with the American Institute of Banking.

My experiences in the working world were interesting and varied. I joined WORL in Boston after my stint with Leland Powers and worked there as announcer and disc jockey for seven years. I had the dubious honor of working with the only radio station to date ordered off the air by the FCC. After returning to Machias, I learned a bit about the logging business from the late Lester Crane and his office manager Johnny Clark. My appointment and successful reelection as Clerk of Courts and Municipal Court Recorder for Washington County was my introduction to local politics. I left that position to join the Merrill Trust Co., my employer for the next twenty-six years, and served as manager for the last ten. After retirement from the Merrill Trust I returned to the banking profession as director with the Machias Savings Bank, retiring in 1998 after serving 16 years.

I was a member of both the Rotary Club and the Harwood Lodge of the AF&AM, and was very active in local and county affairs.

The most wonderful moment of my life occurred at 7:00pm, January 1, 1944 at 14A Chauncy St., Cambridge, Massachusetts when June Ingalls smiled, looked into my eyes, and said "I do."

June and I were very, very fortunate to have sixty one wonderful years together, with both love and friendship growing each and every year. We treasured our time in the Machias community and at our cottage at Bog Lake, where we enjoyed peace, beauty, and the company of dear friends. We were blessed with two wonderful children, Cheryl D. Sweetnam, residing in Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles, and son Mark T. Dinsmore, living in Sudbury, Massachusetts with his lovely wife Dr. Andrea Kozol and our beloved grandchildren Maia and Nathan.

To all who knew me, thank you for your kindness and friendship over the years. Please don't feel sad for me now. I am with June again.

Funeral service will held on Friday, July 18, at 2:00 p.m at the Bragdon-Kelley Funeral Homes, Machias Chapel, 220 Court Street. Arrangements by Bragdon-Kelley Funeral Homes, Machias, Maine
Published on  July 17, 2014
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