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AMESBURY, MA - Charles Edward Pike, 86, of Amesbury, passed away peacefully on January 15, 2018 at the Merrimac Valley Health Center, Amesbury. Charles was born in Byfield, MA on October 31, 1931 to Franklin and Dorothy Pike. He lived most of his life in Salisbury, MA and Hampton, NH and was a graduate of Amesbury High School, Class of 1951.
A veteran of the Korean War, he served as a "Tin Can Sailor" aboard the USS Hyman and proudly wore his veteran ball cap until his passing. Charlie retired after working over 30 years as an engineer for Raytheon. Along with his former wife, Dorothy May (Tilbury) Pike, and their daughters he owned and operated Pike's Camping Area.
He also served the community of Salisbury on various town boards and committees, and as a volunteer firefighter, and a member of St. Mark's Masonic Lodge in Newburyport.
Charlie enjoyed singing hymns and attending bean suppers at Trinity United Church, Seabrook NH. He was passionate about golfing and his New England sports teams. He enjoyed model trains, dancing, coin and stamp collecting, traveling and collecting lighthouses, as well as sharing stories with friends and family.
Charlie was extremely proud of his three daughters and their families, Shari Lee Twomey and son, Keegan of Hampton Falls, N.H.; Caryn Lee Perley, husband Jim and children Bryan and Erin of Hadley, and Tara Lee Swist, husband Ken and children, Robert, Dylan, Danielle, George and Michael of Raymond, N.H. He is also survived by his siblings: Donald, Lorraine, Bruce (Nancy) and Russell (Carol) of Salisbury, as well as nieces, nephews and many friends. He was predeceased by his infant son J. Darren Pike; the recent passing of Dorothy May (Tilbury) Pike; and his sister-in-law, Joan B. Pike.
His daughters would like to thank all those who have cared for their Dad, especially Elizabeth Calsey House, Merrimac Valley Health Center, and Brookhaven staff.
The family will receive friends and family on Friday, January 26, 2018, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Highland Chapel of Paul C. Rogers Family Funeral Home, 2 Hillside Avenue, Amesbury. St. Mark's Lodge will conduct Masonic Services during the visiting hours at 5:30 p.m. A funeral service will be held on, Saturday, January 27, 2018 at 11 a.m. at the Trinity United Church, 103 Lafayette Road, Seabrook, NH. Burial arrangements will be made in the spring. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Charles' name to The Pike School, Salisbury Massachusetts Historical Commission, 5 Beach Road, Salisbury MA 01952 or the Tin Can Sailors Tribute via its website, www.destroyers.org/Tributes/Tin-Can-Sailors-Tributes-Page.htm.
Published on January 17, 2018
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