May 6, 1922 - October 24, 2013

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HAYWARD, CHARLES L., 91, of Chelsea, died October 24, at Rowan Court Health and Rehabilitation Center in Barre. He was born May 6, 1922, in Chelsea, the son of Harry and Evelyn (Sprague) Hayward. He attended school at the West Hill one-room schoolhouse and in 1940 graduated from Chelsea High School. After high school, he enrolled in the Vermont School of Agriculture in Randolph Center and graduated in 1943. He enlisted and served in the U.S. Army during World War II. Charles worked on his family’s dairy farm and part time at Emslie’s Florist in Barre. After selling the cows in 1967, Charles worked full time at Emslie’s Florist, before retiring in the 1980s. Charles remained active in his retirement. He worked for Wayne Hook, of Chelsea, and rebuilt his house. On Nov. 3, 1991, he married Suzanne Whitney, of Chelsea, in the West Hill Methodist Church. They spent many years at his family’s homestead. Suzanne died June 11, 2007. He was a member of the West Hill Methodist Church, the Coburn-Eastman Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8451, and the American Legion Post 61, all of Chelsea. Charles enjoyed woodworking, rebuilding John Deere tractors, taking long walks, reading (especially history) and vegetable gardening. Some people will remember him as the man that washed the dishes at the West Hill Church’s annual Chicken Pie Supper. He is survived by his nieces and nephews, Robert “Punk” Eastman and his wife, Frances, Andrew Hayward, Jean Barnaby and her husband, Steve, and Alice Doyle and her husband, Andy, all of Chelsea, June Danforth and her husband, Ron, of Corinth, and Donald Eastman and his wife, Linda, of LaCrosse, Va.; and several great- and great-great-nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his wife, Suzanne, and his brother, Merrill Hayward.

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