Flags lowered today in honor of longtime Southborough resident and WWII veteran

The flag at the All Wars Memorial in Southborough is flying at half staff today in honor of WWII veteran and longtime Southborough resident Charles Hamel who passed away last week at the age of 93.

Mr. Hamel was commissioned as a pilot in the Navy in 1944, and was then transferred to the Coast Guard where he flew planes over the North Atlantic in search of enemy submarines. Following his time in the Navy, and after a 30-year career with General Motors in Framingham, Mr. Hamel severed for 25 years as Southborough’s animal control officer. He also worked as a special police officer in town, and was a life member in the Southborough VFW and a member of the American Legion.

Calling hours for Mr. Hamel will be held today at the John P. Rowe Funeral Home in Marlborough (57 Main Street) from 3:00 to 6:00 pm. Many Southborough residents have shared their memories of Mr. Hamel on the blog. You can read them, and add your own, in this post.

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