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Charles Bryant

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Old 12-21-2013, 11:21:07 PM
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A fine man & sponsor on Harry's died today in his home state of Maine. Charles was involved in the engine hobby in his retirement years from Missouri to Maine & beyond. He was also awarded a very high aviation reward for his employment in that field.
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Obituary for Charles R. Bryant

Augusta – Charles Raymond Bryant, 86, of Jay, a Maine farm boy who as an adult traveled the world professionally and was awarded a lifetime achievement award from the Federal Aviation Administration, died Saturday, Dec. 21 at the Alfond Center for Healthcare in Augusta.

He was born November 11, 1927, a son of Walter and Elizabeth Bryant and raised on a farm on Macomber Hill in Jay. As a teenager, he participated in the Civil Air Patrol, scanning the sky for enemy airplanes during World Ward II. He graduated in three years from Wilton Academy and joined the Sixth Engineering Battalion of the US Army where he was stationed in Korea with the occupation troops when Japan surrendered. After his service, he married Evelyn Crane and settled back in Jay, but his love of planes motivated him to pursue a career in aviation. With much planning and a strong conviction, he and his beautiful wife left Maine for 52 years to live his dream.

Over the course of five decades, he became an expert in the mechanical function of planes and specifically the Sabreliner jet. He worked for North American Aviation, later renamed North American Rockwell, diagnosing and solving mechanical issues and providing technical assistance and training to maintenance personnel. IN the course of his work, he met astronaut Frank Borman, traveled to President Lyndon Johnson’s ranch, and delivered a jet to Jordan for King Hussein.

In 2004, he returned to his roots….back to Maine, where he relished the simple life on the family farm where his wife grew up. The move afforded him, the time to become reacquainted with old school chums, relatives, as he explained in a small town, everyone seems to be related in some way, and to meet new neighbors and make more friends. He was a member of the Jay Historical Society, where he was frequently seen mowing the grounds of the Holmes-Crafts Homestead. He also was an avid collector and restorer of the old farm engines and shared his interest with fellow members of the Maine Antique Power Association.

He is survived by his wife, Evelyn of 65 years; two daughters, Elaine Wedgewood of Irving, Texas and Gail Osterman of Pleasantville, NY; four granddaughters; six great grand children; two sisters, Lois Allen of Carmel and Joyce Belanger of Crossroads, TX; numerous nieces and nephews.

Mr. Bryant was active until the week of his death. When he received his diagnosis, with dignity, he thanked the doctor for his diligence and proclaimed that he had had a wonderful life and a glorious career….never once having a day of work that he did not enjoy.

Memories and condolences may be shared on his memorial wall at www.wilesrc.com

Bryant – died at Augusta, Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013, Charles R. Raymond, 86, of Jay. A celebration of his life will be held on Thursday at 1:30 p.m. at the Wiles Remembrance Center, 136 High Street, Wilton. Interment in the spring at Lakeview Cemetery, Wilton. In lieu of flowers, the family hopes that family and friends would help keep the history of Jay alive by supporting the Jay Historical Society, 340 Main St., Jay, ME 04239.
Charles, Thanks for the friendship & memories, GOD BLESS YOU
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Old 12-21-2013, 11:31:37 PM
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Over the years, I made a number of trips to Charlie's home in St. Peters, Missouri and I've bought some engines in that area and at his home. He gave me the grand tour of many collectors in the area. One year, Charlie came to the Florida Flywheelers' Swap Meet here in Florida and after collecting a bunch of fire ants in his pants, was welcomed to use my motor home to shake the critters out. We met him at many Portland swaps thereafter. Life is short! I never did get up to Maine to visit him there at his original homestead. God bless this kind hearted soul.
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