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PALMYRA – Bernard A. Charrier Sr., “B.C.”, 72, passed away unexpectedly on June 3, 2005. He was born July 26, 1932 at Skowhegan, a son of Leon and Antoinette “Toni” (Poulin) Charrier. He was predeceased by his parents, his first wife Marilyn, his aunt Eva and uncle Bob Lessard. He graduated from Skowhegan High School, Class of 1950. “B.C.” served as an Army medic and accountant during the Korean Conflict. He was a livestock dealer for over 50 years, and President of the Maine Livestock Dealers Association in 1987. He also worked for Agri Assets in Vermont as an agent for the State of Maine, and was a member of the Maine Farmers Bureau Association. He was influential in civic affairs, and was a Selectman for St. Albans, and a School Board member for SAD 54. He enjoyed card games, camping, fishing, and hunting, but nothing made him smile like his 18 grandchildren.

“B.C.” was well known across the Northeast farming community, from Pennsylvania to New Brunswick, and especially throughout Maine. He was widely respected as a superb judge of livestock. He loved the land and the people who worked it, and he thoroughly enjoyed socializing. Between visits from family, friends, and business acquaintances, his home was a beehive of activity. He had a hearty sense of humor and a quick wit, and his stories of his travels and how he “made a good trade” were informative and entertaining.

“B.C.” is survived by his loving wife Camilla; his mother-in-law Mary Bessey of Clinton; four brothers, Ronald and wife Susan of Washington State, Francis and companion Reggie of Florida, Larry and companion Duane of Skowhegan, Rudy and wife Linda of Norridgewock; one sister, Judy of Arizona; his brother-in-law Dale Gerald and wife Carol of Ripley; and his sister-in-law Carlene Bessey and companion Phyllis of Palmyra. He is also survived by five sons, Bernard Jr. and wife Sharon of Brooks, Wayne and wife Darlene of Waldo, David and companion Lancey of Detroit, Terry of Palmyra, Mark McKenney and wife Nena of Clinton; seven daughters, Debby Noonan and husband Bob of Canaan, Mary Charrier and companion Danny Mack of Detroit, Valarie Flanders and husband Dana of Plymouth, Dawn Takeuchi and husband Tim of Arizona, Lisa Boucher of Ohio, and Jean (Boucher) Blum of Arizona, Mary (McKenney) Bernatchez and husband Glenn of Clinton; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Visitation will be from 3 to 5 p.m. (rosary at 3:30 p.m.) and 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, June 7th , at the Crosby & Neal Funeral Home, 117 Main Street, Newport. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated 11 A.M. Wednesday, June 8th, at Notre Dame de Lourdes Catholic Church, Water Street, Skowhegan, with the Rev. Fr. Maurice Morin officiating. Burial will be in the family lot, Fairview Cemetery, Canaan. Donations in Bernard’s memory may be made to the Pine Tree Camp, P.O. Box 518, Bath, ME 04530. Donations may also be made at the funeral home.

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