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November 20, 2013

Charles W. 'Charlie' Hobbs Jr., 86


Pelham, NH — Charles W. “Charlie” Hobbs Jr., 86, of Pelham, died on Monday, November 18, at Fairview Nursing Home in Hudson, N.H., with his loving family by his side. He was the beloved husband of the late Charlotte M. “Carla” (Koehler) Hobbs, who died February 22, 2002.

Born in Nashua, N.H., on November 20, 1926, he was the son of the late Charles W. Hobbs, Sr., and the late Ruby (Guild) Hobbs. He was raised in Pelham at the “Hobbs House,” which is now known as the Pelham Senior Citizens Center, and received his education at Pelham Grammar School and Lowell High School.

A veteran of World War II, Charlie proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy as a Motor Machinist’s Mate Second Class, and was awarded the World War II Victory Medal, the American Area Ribbon, the Asiatic Pacific Area Ribbon and the Philippine Liberation Ribbon.

Before retiring, Mr. Hobbs was employed as a rural mail carrier for the U.S. Postal Service in the town of Pelham. He also retired as a volunteer Firefighter with the Town of Pelham. In addition to his regular employment, he was known to be a talented carpenter and remodeler.

Among his many activities, Charlie was a life member of the Pelham Senior Center, a member of the American Legion Post #100 in Pelham, a member of the U.S. Rural Letter Carrier Association, and AARP.

He was a member of the First Congregational Church in Pelham.

Mr. Hobbs is survived by a daughter, Carla Bordeleau and her husband, Robert, of Clermont, Fla.; two sons, Charles W. “Chucka” Hobbs III and his wife, Brenda, and Robert G. Hobbs and his wife, Cynthia, all of Pelham; seven grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; a great-great-granddaughter; a sister, Harriett LaBelle of Butler, Wis.; and many nieces and nephews. He was also brother of the late Florence Roberts and the late Frances Gilbride.

ARRANGEMENTS: Friends may call at the Pelham Funeral Home, 11 Nashua Road, Pelham, from 4 to 8 p.m., on Thursday. His funeral service will take place on Friday morning, at the Pelham Funeral Home, at 10 a.m., with the Rev. Bill Ferguson of the First Congregational Church in Pelham, officiating. Burial will be in the Gibson Cemetery. To offer condolences, or for directions, please visit www.pelhamfuneralhome.com. Those wishing, may make contributions in his memory to the Pelham Council on Aging, 8 Nashua Road, Pelham, NH 03076-2353. Arrangements by Funeral Directors James F. O’Donnell Jr. and John W. Crane, 603-635-3333.