John Edward Charlton, 71: Loved family road trips and antique autos

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PORTLAND — John Edward Charlton, 71, of Portland, died after a long illness on March 19.

He was born Jan. 17, 1943, in Portland.

Charlton retired from the Portland Water District in 1999. He formerly worked at General Electric, Permathane Inc. and Cumberland Cold Storage.

Charlton dedicated his young adult life to coaching both farm and Little League baseball. He loved dogs. His favorite were German shepherds. He always achieved his goal, including at one point in his life, almost single-handedly building his dream home.

He was passionate about motorcycles and cars, especially antique autos and hot rods. He enjoyed attending classic auto shows, and he loved cruising around in his convertible sports car. He purported to having owned over 60 cars in his lifetime. He loved taking family road trips, from Sunday drives along the coast, to family picnics, to long trips through the mountains. He enjoyed attending local outdoor concerts, and always made friends wherever he went.

He was predeceased by his mother, Virginia A. Biskup, and step-father, Ignatzius Biskup.

He is survived by his father, Albert Charlton, of Portland; sister, Patricia A. Crockett, of South Portland; stepbrothers, James I. Biskup, of Windham, Robert A. Biskup, of South Portland, and Michael S. Biskup, of North Yarmouth; and his children, Joseph Charlton, of Falmouth, Pamela J. Bonnvie, of Falmouth, Heath A. Charlton, of Topsham, Megan L. Charlton, of Brunswick and Mark B. Charlton, of Portland; and grandchildren Jennifer, Allison, Andrew, Ryan Julia, Autumn, Silas and Aiden.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations in his name to Mid-Coast Hospital ICU Unit at 123 Medical Center Drive, Brunswick, ME 04011 and/or Bodwell Rehabilitation through Mid-Coast Senior Health Center at 58 Baribeau Drive, Brunswick, ME 04011.

Visiting hours were held March 24, immediately followed by a memorial service at at Brackett Funeral Home, Brunswick. 

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