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Charles H. Willett

July 27, 2012

LINCOLN - Charles H. "Chick" Willett, 97, passed away Wednesday, July 25, 2012 at Epoch Senior Health Center, Providence. He was the beloved husband of the late Stella (Ben) Willett and the devoted father of the late Robert D. Willett.
Born in Pawtucket, a son of the late Lazarus H. "Pete" and Christina B. (Kinniburgh) Willett, he had lived in Lincoln for the past 57 years. He attended Pawtucket schools and was a 1932 graduate of Pawtucket High School.
Mr. Willett was a truck driver for over 50 years, working for Colonial Freight Company, for Standard Transportation Company for 35 years and Coutu Trucking Company for 15 years. He was a member of Teamsters Local #251 and Local #251 Retirees.
He was a World War II Navy veteran and was called back for the Korean Conflict. He was a member of American Legion Post #14 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #10213.
A Mason for 64 years, he was a Past Master of the former Barney Merry Lodge #29, F. & A.M., Pawtucket, now St. John's Lodge #1, F. & A.M., Providence. He was a member and Past High Priest of Pawtucket Royal Arch Chapter #4, a member and Past Master of Pawtucket Council #2, RSM, and a member and past treasurer of Holy Sepulchre Commandery #8, KT. He was a member of the York Rite College. A Shriner for 54 years, he was a member of the Rhode Island Shrine, AAONMS, Cranston, a member of the Palestine Temple Guard and a past Captain of the Arab Patrol. He was a member of Gaspee Order #99, Swords of Bunker Hill. He was the treasurer of the "100 Club" for 33 years and was awarded a Meritorious Service Award from the Scottish Rite in 2000 when he as made a life member.
He is survived by one brother, Thomas Willett of Johnston; several nieces and nephews; and several great nieces and great nephews. He was the brother of the late Ralph W. Willett, John K. Willett and Robert D. Willett.
His funeral service will be held TUESDAY, JULY 31 at 11 A.M. at BELLOWS-FALSO FUNERAL CHAPEL, 160 River Road, Lincoln. Burial, with military honors, will be in Highland Memorial Park, Johnston.
Relatives and friends are invited and may call MONDAY 5-8 P.M. A Masonic Memorial Service will be held MONDAY at 7:30 P.M. in the Funeral Chapel. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Mr. Willett's memory to Shriners Hospital for Children, 516 Carew Street, Springfield, MA 01104-2396 or Shriners Hospital for Children, 51 Blossom Street, Boston, MA 02114-2601 would be appreciated. For Directions and Guest Book, please visit
www.bellowsfalso.com.

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