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Charles W. Dee Sr.

third-generation funeral director and former president and treasurer of Dee Funeral Home, Concord, Massachusetts, died July 29, 2012, at age 88. Dee was affiliated with the family-owned and -operated firm for 64 years. He served as a sergeant in the Army Air Corps 492nd Bomb Group, Eighth Air Force, serving in the European Theatre of Operations. He received six bronze battle stars and the French government awarded each member of his group, “The Carpetbaggers,” the Croix de Guerre Citation. After the war, Dee returned to Concord and joined his father and grandfather in the operation of the business, then known as Joseph Dee and Son Funeral Home. He served his apprenticeship and graduated in 1948 from New England Institute. In 1955, he was elected to the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery Committee, serving for 24 years and as chairman for several of those years. He was also member and chairman of the Preservation of Parks and Monuments Committee, as sealer of weights and measures and as registrar of veterans graves and burial agent. Dee was founding director of the Thoreau Foundation and life member of the Thoreau Lyceum. He was past president of the Rotary Club and a Paul Harris fellow and formerly served as a board member of the Concord Chamber of Commerce and as a corporator of Middlesex Savings Bank. Dee also served a term on the district board of the Massachusetts Funeral Directors Association. In 1997, he and his late wife, Nancy, were selected as Concord’s Honored Citizens in recognition of their service to Concord throughout the years. He is survived by daughters Sherry and Susan, son Charles, five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.