Obituaries

Charles K. Lyons

Died: 2017-02-16
Resided in: Danvers, MA
Viewing type: Visitation
Viewing location: Mackey FH Rt 114, 128 S. Main St. Middleton
Viewing date: 2017-02-27 / 4-7pm
Service type: Memorial
Service date: 2017-02-27 / 7pm
Service location: Mackey Funeral Home
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Cemetery: Annunciation, Danvers
Contributions: In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to the Northeast Arc Inc. 1 Southside Rd., Danvers MA 01923
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Mr. Charles K. Lyons, 81, of Danvers and Margate, FL, died peacefully on February 16, 2017 at the VIP Memory Care Pavilion in Margate, FL. Born in Danvers on August 29, 1935, “Charlie” was the youngest of 15 children born to the late Thomas and Florence (Walsh) Lyons. Charlie graduated Danvers High School and Fitchburg State College with a degree in Education. He served 4 years in the U.S. Air Force which included 2 tours in Thule, Greenland in the Strategic Air Command. Charlie was an entrepreneur and educator who is most remembered for operating Danversport Bottled Gas and C.K. Lyons Plumbing & Heating. He was a Vocational Plumbing Instructor at Salem High School, a Danvers Plumbing & Gas Inspector, and a hypnotherapist. All of this, he did with the unfailing support of his beloved wife of 54 years, Ruthanne. Loved by his family and friends, he will be dearly missed. He was affectionately known as the “ Mayor of Danversport” . In his later years, he could be found engaged in spirited conversations in Danvers coffee shops. When not working, he enjoyed traveling, fishing, camping and playing the piano. His love of music was a gift that he shared with friends and passed on to his family. The family spent many summers on Salem harbor fishing and lobstering together. In the summer of 1970, Charlie packed up a station wagon and camped in 38 states with his family. Charlie had many achievements in life. He was proud of the many successful students he had from the vocational program. Many of his students came back years later to tell him about their career path and how much of a positive influence he was in their life. He helped dozens of people to stop smoking as a hypnotherapist. Charlie was a past President of the Northeast Massachusetts Plumbing and Gas Inspectors Association. He ran a very successful family plumbing business in Danvers and was a scoutmaster in the 1970’s. He will always be remembered as the guy who would fill your barbecue tank on the weekend. His work ethic, stories and desire to please kept people coming back for two generations.

Charlie is survived by his wife, Ruthanne (Sirois) Lyons; his son Thomas Lyons and his wife Carolyne of Peabody; his daughter Pamela DiTomaso and her husband John of Peabody; his daughter Theresa Bunn and her husband Jimmy of Oklahoma City, OK; his six grandchildren, Thomas Lyons, Katie DiTomaso, Michelle DiTomaso, Margaret Bunn, Madelyn Bunn, and Elizabeth Bunn. Charlie was predeceased by his sons, Robert Wright and Charles K. (Chuck) Lyons Jr.

A Memorial Service will be held at Mackey Funeral Home, 128 S. Main Street, Middleton, MA, on Monday, February 27, 2017 from 4-7 PM with a service at 7pm. In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to the Northeast Arc Inc. 1 Southside Rd., Danvers, MA 01923

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I have such fond memories of time spent with Charlie and Ruthanne. Dances, dinners, Cookouts, cribbage, hypnosis before flying to Florida, and so much more. Frank and I always felt as though we were part of a large extended family when with our "brother" Charlie. He was always full of stories and lots of advice. I will miss him ❤️
My deepest sympathy to you and your family Pam. May God give you the strength and love to help you at this most difficult time. Christine King
Ruthanne, So sorry to hear of Charlie's passing. He was such a great, happy guy, and anyone could see how much you two loved each other. Loved seeing you guys at Leslie's Retreat on Friday nights, really looked forward to it. Sincerely, Sandy Corbett Innis
So sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. With sympathy Denise Faraca
I am very sorry to hear of Uncle Charlies passing. He was a great man, very generous and lots of fun to be around .He will be missed by many. Prayers being sent to all of his family during this difficult time. His niece, Mary Trayers Aerne
We all have the fondest memories of uncle Charlie and your family. that station wagon and some of the trips you all took. Visiting nana on a hot summer day when she was up from Florida. At Christmas you all would come over my house on central court in Beverly and sing songs. Thanks for always being part of my family. We all miss uncle Charlie and know we'll see him again. Till then xoxo Debbie Wright
I am very sorry about Charlie .
I am very sorry about Charlie Kathleen murphy
Life has sent me to many stops including PA, LA And others. Whenever I got to return "home" to recharge, it included a stop to see Uncle Charlie ... really my dad Jim's cousin. Charlie welcomed me in like the prodigal son every time and as time went on, he met and treated my wife and kids with such love and kindness it was wonderful. Glad to have a need for gas or seafood or sneakers as an "excuse" to stop in. But, I knew no reason was needed. His smiles were free as was his laughter and love and kindness. Loved that man ... and love his family! Happy thoughts and prayers from Bob Walsh
Theresa, Pam, Tom, and Mrs. Lyons, I am saddened to hear of your dad and husband's passing. I always enjoyed talking to Mr. Lyons whenever I was hanging out with Theresa. Just recently I was thinking of him and his hypnotist work and having a chuckle ( I'll fill you in another time Theresa) And every time I am back in Danvers, driving past where you used to live, I always tell my boys "this is where my friend Theresa lived, and her house was in her family for generations, but it's not here any more." They get tired of me telling them that ;) I just wanted to let you know that I'm thinking of you all. Karen Mourikas
Theresa! I am so very sorry for your loss! I remember many times hanging out in your family's kitchen in the Water Street house and just talking and laughing with your parents. Your dad was always so sweet and funny and I always had a fondness for him. One thing in particular that I never, ever forgot was attending Chuckie's funeral and your dad playing "I Just Called to Say I Love You" and singing along with it at the cemetery . . . that memory has just never left me and I can still see him in that moment. Beautiful and heartbreaking at the same time. I hope all of your beautiful memories of your amazing dad help you through your grief. Love, Grace (Mitchell)
Pam, I am sending my deepest condolences to you and your family. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Your father will live on in all of you. Cherish the memories With sympathy, Joanne Generazzo
Pam, I was so saddened to hear of your loss of Charlie, your husband and best friend.I have such fond memories of Dick and I going to Danversport to get Propane or sneakers ! My prayers to you and your family at this saddest of times.May he rest in peace. Margie Walsh Reynolds
Pam, I am so saddened on hearing of your loss of Charlie, your husband and best friend. I have wonderful memories of talking with him when Dick and I would get our Propane at Danversport. He always had great stories and a beautiful smile ! My prayers are for you and your children during this saddest of times. May he rest in Peace ! Marge Reynolds

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