Charles W. Chesnutt, 83: Navy man who served at the South Pole

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BRUNSWICK — Charles Willard Chesnutt, 83, of Brunswick, died Jan. 3, at Mid Coast Hospital with his family by his side.

He was born May 28, 1935. in Salem, Massachusetts, a son of Willard and Jennie (Crosman) Chesnutt.

Chesnutt grew up in Pugwash, Nova Scotia, Canada, but enlisted in the U.S. Navy when he was 18. He served for 26 years, achieving the rank of chief petty officer. During several tours of action he served in the South Pole on Operation Deep Freeze. Following his retirement from the Navy, Chesnutt worked for the Maine Department of Agriculture.

He was predeceased by his parents, a brother, Curtis Chesnutt, and a daughter, Debra Orr.

Survivors include his wife of 11 years, Shirley A. (Skidgell) Chesnutt, of Brunswick; two sons, Willard, of Marlborough, Connecticut and Michael, of Las Vegas, Nevada; a daughter, Karen, of Topsham; a stepdaughter, Tammy Aloisio, of Salem; four grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held in the spring in Rogers Cemetery in Topsham.

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