Charles Dutton III, 71: Bath native through and through

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BRUNSWICK — Charles Carlton Dutton III, 71, of Brunswick, died unexpectedly July 9.

Born Nov. 25, 1941, to “Barney” and Theresa Pecci Dutton, he was a Bath native through and through, despite living in Brunswick in later years. He attended Bath schools and always joked he could claim an affiliation with multiple graduating classes.

On Sept. 27, 1968, he married Sharon Weed. Their marriage was a typical Bath-Brunswick relationship, as they met at Fat Boys Drive-In restaurant. Many years later, his kids learned that when they went to Fat Boys, they always parked on the “Bath” side of the parking lot.

Dutton worked at Chadwick BaRoss Inc. in Westbrook, starting as a mechanic and working his way up to service manager. After 14 years, he left to start his own business repairing trucks and heavy equipment. Being self-employed allowed Dutton to meander his way through Bath, visiting his family and friends. He became a morning fixture at Bath restaurants after retiring from Dead River, meeting his many old friends and making new ones.

His extensive knowledge of all things mechanical and his willingness to share both his knowledge and opinions were legendary. When he discovered the Internet, his knowledge grew even more. Dutton spent many hours researching various medical topics so he could discuss his health care with his doctors.

Dutton collected antique oil lamps and enjoyed repairing watches with the Balzer family in Freeport. He was a member of the Bath Fire Department Box 19 Club, and had the pleasure of helping restore its 1941 Mack fire engine. 

He leaves behind his wife Sharon, of Brunswick; daughter and son-in-law Darcy Dutton and Jim Morgan, of Dresden; daughter and son-in-law Carey and Dave Douglass, of Topsham; two grandsons, Maxwell and Grady Douglass; his brother Bill Dutton, of West Bath; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

A memorial gathering was held at Kennebec Tavern in Bath on July 13. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Coastal Humane Society.

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