Charles Callahan

Obituary of Charles E. Callahan

Charles E. Callahan, age 76, passed away peacefully from a lengthy, chronic illness on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 at the Life Care Center in Acton. Born on November 20, 1943 in Arlington, Charlie was the son of the late Edward “Teddy” Callahan, and Bernice (Hunt) Callahan. He was raised in Bedford and lived here 73 years, connecting with many in the community. A proud U.S. Navy veteran, he served from 1961-1964 while stationed in Rota, Spain, and explored many European countries on shore leave. He worked as an airplane engine mechanic in the Navy and for various aerospace companies, and as a draftsman for many years at Megapulse in Bedford. Charlie was an avid motorcycle and car enthusiast, was fun-loving, and had countless adventures with friends and family — most recently a road trip across the country with his cousin, Wayne. Family gatherings always involved stories of these escapades, to the merriment of all. He was a generous person, always figuring out what people needed, and trying his best to provide it. The many causes to which Charlie contributed include the Humane Society, Audubon Society, and MSPCA, Sierra Club, PBS, National Geographic Society, Arbor Day Foundation, Nature’s Conservancy, and local scout troops. Charlie was intensely loyal to the family, sheltering his parents in his home for a very long time. He was a beloved older brother to Eileen of Westford and Dan and his wife Elizabeth of Princeton. He is also survived by nieces and nephews: Lisa and her husband Chris of Vermont; Mathew of Westford; Patrick and his wife Kelsey of Boston; and Michaela of Medford. Due to current coronavirus restrictions on gatherings, a private ceremony for immediate family was held, followed by burial in Shawsheen Cemetery, Bedford. Once it is deemed safe for all guests, a memorial celebration will be held in Charlie’s honor to which all family and friends will be invited (date to be determined). In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to one of the organizations mentioned above.
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