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PORTLAND - Charles Whitney Redman Jr., 94, died peacefully at his home in Portland after a long illness.

Charles was born in Corinna, Feb. 15, 1920, the son of Charles and Carrie Mae Redman.

Soon the family moved to Bangor, where Charles attended Bangor public schools. He graduated from Bangor High School in 1938 as President of his class. He graduated from Bowdoin College in 1942, where he was a member of Alpha Delta Phi Fraternity, and went directly to Officer's Training School, graduating as a Lieutenant, J.G.

He was ordered to the South Pacific Theater of Operations during World War II, where he served for nearly two years, mostly on the Destroyer USS Bennion. After returning to the States in 1945, he married Wilma Parker; and they lived in Norfolk and Boston, MA.

After his time in the Navy was completed, Charles joined the Milliken Tomlinson Company and worked for a time in each of the company's branches, returning to Portland in 1956. He rose to become President and served in that role until the company was sold, after which he retired.

After retiring, Charles was appointed by the city as a Director of the Portland Fish Exchange. He served enthusiastically with the Exchange, bringing some of his business techniques to its administration. The Exchange building on Commercial Street in Portland is named in his honor. He enjoyed many friendships among the members of the fishing community as a result of his service in the Exchange board.

Charles was also a founding director of the Maine Cancer Research Foundation.

He enjoyed tennis, skiing and bird hunting. Some of his happiest days were spent at Old Home Gardens, the family farm in East Cornith; Shangri-la, his hunting camp on Second Musquacook Lake; and at Sheldrake Point on Little Sebago Lake.

Charles is survived by his wife, Wilma, and two sons, Joseph P. and his wife, Jayne and son, Julian; and Charles III and his wife, Melissa and three grandchildren, Rebecca, James and Michael. He is also survived by his sister, Lucy Mae and her husband, Bruce Munger, and their children, as well as many beloved nieces and nephews. Charles was predeceased by a brother, Chandler, and his wife, Marjorie; and his sister, Mary Jane, and her husband, Robert Whittier.

The family would also like to acknowledge the loving and nurturing care given to him by Charles' caregivers, Bonnie Randall, Judith Caparratto, Tonya Arsenault, Anastasia Belova and Linda Quimby, as well as his Hospice Nurse, Ann Marie Chandler.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Alumni Fund Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine 04011 http://www.bowdoin.edu/support-bowdoin/makeagift/ or, Portland Stage Company Endowment Fund, Box 1048, Portland, Maine 04104 https://portlandstage.ejoinme.org/MyPages/NEWAnnualFundOnlineDonation/tabid/537973/Default.aspx

Services will be private, with a celebration of Charles' life planned for later this Summer.

To sign Charles' online guest book, please visit www.jonesrichandhutchins.com
Published on  July 5, 2014
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