Reynolds, Charles Freeman

Charles Freeman Reynolds, 98, of Farmington CT, died peacefully on Sunday, August 28, 2016.  Born on May 30, 1918 in Binghamton, New York, the son of Marion and Barbara Reynolds, he moved to Connecticut many years ago and lived for 65 years in Farmington.

He was an Army Veteran of World War II:  attended OCS, and served in the Pacific.  He was awarded a Bronze Star Medal with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster, the Asiatic Pacific Service Medal with Bronze Arrowhead, the American Service Medal, the Philippine Liberation Medal with 2 Bronze Stars and the World War II Victory Medal.

On his return from the War, he began working at O.F. Stengelin Co. in Hartford with his father-in-law.  He became the co-owner of the business with his wife and retired at the age of 70!

He was an active member of the First Church of Christ, Congregational in Farmington, serving the church :  including but not limited to:  Sunday School teacher, bell ringer and unofficial greeter every Sunday, usher, the Building Maintenance Committee, classroom painter, gardener, as well as Senior Deacon.  He was also an active member of the Connecticut Conference United Church of Christ Department of Lay Life and Work and the statewide Men’s Fellowship, and continued to be an avid supporter of the Silver Lake Conference Center.

Mr. Reynolds was scout master of Cub Scout Pack 48 for many years as well as participating in local scouting organizations.  He received the Silver Beaver award, the highest honor accorded volunteer Scouters.

He was also a founding/charter member of the East Farms Volunteer Fire Department and served as Chief for at least 10 years.  Other Town of Farmington activities included the Board of Tax Review, the Farmington Senior Center, and he was past commander of the American Legion Post.  On his 90th birthday he was the Grand Marshall of the Memorial Day Parade.

Mr. Reynolds was predeceased by his wife of 62 years, Gwendolyne Tillmanns Reynolds, a brother M. Allen (Jupe) Reynolds and his sister Eleanor Reynolds Payne.  He leaves a daughter, the Rev. Cynthia Reynolds, a son, the Rev. Carl Reynolds, 3 granddaughters:  Marinda Reynolds, Julia McAleer, and Katrina Casey, and 2 great grand daughters:  Amelia and Meadow McAleer.  He also leaves numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins around the country.


Calling Hours

A Memorial Service will be held at the First Church of Christ, Congregational at 75 Main Street in Farmington on Saturday, September 10 at 10:30am.

Funeral Service


Memorial Contribution

 In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to First Church, Farmington, are welcome.

2 Responses to 'Reynolds, Charles Freeman'

  1. Gary and Babette Lubben says:

    We are very sorry for your loss.
    I am sure he was very proud of both his son and daughter.
    It is wonderful he gave you the church and Silver Lake.

    Best Regards,

    Gary and Babette Lubben

  2. ralph westerberg says:

    so sad to hear of my neighbor when i lived in south road in later years he and my dad would sit poolside an discuss what was right or wrong with any and everything . i was in cub scouts when he was the leader

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