Cushing, Charles

March 26th, 2010

Charles A. Cushing, age 70, a life-long resident of Wilmington, died unexpectedly, Friday, March 26, 2010, at the Boston Medical Center.

Born on October 29, 1939, in Lowell, MA, Charlie was the dear son of the late Lawrence H., Sr. & Gertrude (Baldwin) Cushing. Charlie was a graduate of Wilmington High School, then served in the United States Navy during peacetime in the late 1950’s.

He went on to continue his education at Bryant MacIntosh School of Accounting and Aviation and completed flight training at Tew-Mac Airport in Tewksbury, MA. He then went on to Northeast Airlines Flight Engineering School where he was academically at the top of his class and trained to become a commercial pilot.

As luck would have it, when Charlie finished his training, the airlines went through huge lay offs and he had to turn to a different occupation. He then attended and graduated from Wentworth Institute as a certified welder and became an ironworker and certified welder for Baldwin Steel whom he worked for many years before continuing on into the Iron Workers Union Local #7 in Boston where he worked on the Mystic River Bridge. Charlie was very smart and a hard worker, aside from his job as a welder he founded C. A. Cushing Inc. doing business as Wilmington Forms and was responsible for many house, addition, and building foundations all over the area.

Cushing,CharlesNever losing his love of flying, Charlie was a member of the Ancient and Honorable Artillary Company 1638th Aero Squadron and the Tew-Mac Aviation Association in Tewksbury and he was the first to land a small plane on Silver Lake in Wilmington. He learned to scuba dive and was a member of the Burlington Scuba Diving Club; he enjoyed many trips with his friends in the club and outings with his cousin Jack Baldwin.   he became an avid golfer and participated in many charity golf tournaments with his family and friends. Charlie was also a strong swimmer and grew up in the Silver Lake Area, he could be found on many occasions swimming across Silver Lake with his German Shepard “Midnite”.

He was also a member of the Tewksbury-Wilmington Lodge of Elks, the Masons, Shriners, and the Ironworkers Local #7.

Charlie will be fondly remembered for his work ethic, great smile, and big heart. He was a “gentle giant” who would do anything for anyone. He was devoted to his family, friends, and neighbors, and he savored the little things in life. He enjoyed the outdoors and he had a great fondness for animals. Charlie was well known in Wilmington and he will be greatly missed.

Charlie is survived by his beloved wife of 48 years Evelyn R. (Pearson) Cushing, he was the devoted father of Sherri Berry & her husband Steven of Salem, NH, Shawn Cushing & his wife Kimberly of Logansport, IN, and Charlie Cushing & his wife Leone of Gloucester, MA, loving “Papa” of Hayden Cushing of Gloucester and PFC Christopher Berry of Ft. Campbell, KY, dear brother of Patricia Robarge & her husband Joseph “Sonny”of Wilmington, Gertrude “Pudge” Cushing of Tewksbury, John “Jack” Cushing & his wife Sandy of Wilmington, Joan Buckley & her husband Ed of Tewksbury, Gerald Cushing & his companion Diane of New Hampshire, and the late Lawrence H. “Snooky” Cushing, Jr. and James Cushing, brother-in-law of Marion Cushing, Suzi Cushing, and Ted Pearson all of Wilmington, Charlie is also survived by many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, cousins, and dear friends.

A Funeral Service to celebrate Charlie’s life will take place on Wednesday, April 7th at 11:00 a.m. in the Wilmington United Methodist Church, 87 Church Street, Wilmington. Interment Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours will be held on Tuesday, April 6th from 4-8 p.m. at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave.(Rte. 62), Wilmington.

Memorial donations in Charlie’s name may be made to the M.S.P.C.A. c/o Development Office, 350 South Huntington Ave., Boston, MA 02130.


6 Entries in Guest Book for “Cushing, Charles”

  1. Albert Petrulis says:

    I met and knew Charlie when we were active members of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts. Charlie was a great and very personable guy. I will miss him, may he rest in Peace. Al Petrulis.

  2. Ginny Johnson says:

    Sherri and family,
    I am very sorry for your loss. Your father was a fun loving man and will be greatly missed. He and Arthur had lots of laughs the night we all went out. No one can ever take away the great memories we have. love, Ginny

  3. Richie McLaughlin says:

    Evelyn & family,
    So sorry for your loss Charlie was a good friend & as a brother Ironworker we had a lot of good times. Richie & Pauline

  4. Tom and Natalie Duggan says:

    Hi Evelyn and family…. Tom and I were very sad to hear of Charlie’s passing. He was such a big hearted guy and so fun loving. Knew him most of our lives and he and Doug were such a pair of “blood-brothers”. We have so many great memories. Our hearts and prayers are with all of you at such a difficult time. Tom and Nat Duggan

  5. Karen Baker says:

    Daddy dogs will surely be missed. Keep strong that’s what he would say to you. I have lots of great memories of the cushing house and dad letting Sherri take that big white car. I will miss seeing him drive around town. He was a great man. Keep strong for him that is what he would want you to do.
    Keep Strong,
    Lots of Love
    The Baker Family

  6. Cheryl Graves says:

    Dear Evelyn and family,
    I was just told of Charlies passing. I am really sad to hear of it. I want you to know that when ever us Graves kids get together we always talk about what a great guy Charlie is. I want you to know that what you have done for my parents through all those years living next to them was AWSOME. Even after my Mom sold the house, Charlie was there with her to oversee the addition to my brothers house for her little apartment. You both have been wonderful to my parents and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for that. I am truly sorry to hear about Charlies passing. We all love him very much. I can see him with my Mom and Dad now talking about the good old days.

    Love always

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