Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

February 6, 2014

Charles G. Hatch, 100


North Andover — Charles G. Hatch, 100, of North Andover, died Wednesday, January 29, 2014, at the Meadows in that town, after a period of failing health. Born in Lawence, MA, on March 5, 1913, with a twin sister, Ruth, the son of the late Charles G. and Ada (Parfitt) Hatch, he was educated in the Lawrence schools, received a Bachelor of Science degree from Bowdoin College, and LLB and JD degrees from Boston University School of Law. After his discharge from the Army he commenced the practice of law in 1946 with the firm of Rowell, Clay & Tomlinson in Lawrence. In 1951 he and his late brother-in-law, Walter C. Tomlinson, established the law firm of Tomlinson & Hatch and he practiced in Lawrence and Andover until his retirement in 1990. He was a member of the Lawrence, Essex County, and Massachusetts Bar Associations.

Atty. Hatch was active in Town of Andover affairs for many years, serving on the Veterans Housing Committee, South School Building Committee, Andover Finance Committee, and was Moderator of Andover town meeting for seven years. He served on the Board of Trustees of Andover Savings Bank, as counsel for Lawrence General Hospital, on the Board of Directors of Berkeley Retirement Home, and for 32 years on the Board of Directors of the Andover Companies. He was a past president of the Lawrence YMCA and of the Lawrence Rotary Club, and a member of Lawrence United Lodge, AF & AM.

An avid golfer into his 90's, he was a member of North Andover Country Club, Cape Arundel Golf Club in Kennebunkport, ME, and New Smyrna Beach Municipal Golf Club in Florida. He and Bette spent many wonderful summers at their home at Drakes Island in Wells, ME, and wintered in Florida for several years after his retirement. They resided at Edgewood in North Andover since 2000.

The widower of Miriam “Bette“ (Eldridge) Hatch, late of North Andover, who predeceased him in 2004, he is survived by his four sons, Charles G., Jr. and his wife, Lynn, of York, ME; J. Daniel and his wife, Britt, of Nashua, NH; Richard E. and his wife, Eve Sage, of Edgewater, MD; and Atty. Timothy P. and his wife, Kerry, of Andover. He is also survived by his devoted and loving companion at Edgewood, Audrey S. DesRoches, who was a great comfort to him in his final days. He leaves twelve grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

The family would like to acknowledge and thank the staff at the Meadows, who provided wonderful care and comfort to him.

ARRANGEMENTS: At Charlie’s request there will be no immediate services. A private memorial service will be held in the spring. Arrangements are under the care of Conte Funeral Homes. Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice. For online condolences, please visit our website at www.contefuneralhomes.com.