CHARLES WORTHINGTON MANSFIELD

Posted Sept. 25, 2008, at 11:16 p.m.

CHARLES WORTHINGTON MANSFIELD YARMOUTH – Charles “Charlie” Mansfield, 62, died unexpectedly Tues-day, Sept. 30, 2003, at Mercy Hospital in Portland. He was born Feb. 26, 1941, in Newburyport, Mass., a son of Frances Ames Mansfield and the late Robert Worthington Mansfield. Charlie served in the U.S. Navy between 1960 and 1964. He retired as Sales Manager from Water Treatment Equipment Co. of Yarmouth in 1995. Most recently he had been an educator/instructor for Northeast Technical Institute of Scarborough. He was also active in raising money for the Trucking for Kids Program. His love in life was his family, friends, boating and teach-ing/coaching/directing barber-shop quartet singing as a member of the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barbershop Quartet Singing in America (The Barbershop Harmony Society). Charlie joined the Society in 1969 and was the chorus director of the Boston Chapter for a year. He became a member of the Portland Chapter of the Society in 1970 and was its chorus director for 21 years. In 1988, he was chosen to direct a 600-man chorus at the Hatch Shell in Boston to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Barbershop Harmony Society. He had been named Barbershopper of the Year for the Northeast District of the Society, was active in the Young Men in Harmony Program, served on the International Education Team traveling in the U.S. and Canada to teach Chorus Directing. He had coached many successful quartets and engineered a course entitled “How to Have Fun in Spite of What You are Learning.” In his spare time he enjoyed restoring and piloting his beloved 34-foot wooden boat, “The Afterglow,” was an instructor for the local chapter of the U.S. Power Squadron and was a long time member of the Northeast District Barbershop Society competition and convention team. Charlie was also a member of the Northeastern District’s Honors Society, “NEWCANEWENG.” Charlie served as director of the Yarmouth Clam Festival for four years in the early 1980s. Charlie was a member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Brunswick and had served as Junior Warden, Vestry Member and was a licensed layreader and chalice bearer. Charlie is survived by his loving wife of 33 years, Nancy Lamb Mansfield of Yarmouth; his daughter, Wendy Lamb Corning Polstein and son-in-law, Matthew Alan Polstein and two baby grandsons, Max Henry Polstein and Samuel Reid Polstein of Millinocket; his mother, Frances Ames Mansfield of Yarmouth; a brother and sister-in-law Robert and Judith Mansfield of Bath; a sister and brother-in-law, Joanne and Rolf Eysell of Germany; and a niece, Wendy Donovan and her husband Timothy and their daughter, Alison of Wiscasset. Coming from a family of doctors, Charlie had a great love and respect for doctors and medicine, and his body has been donated to the New England College of Osteopathic Medicine. A memorial service will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, 2003, at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Pleasant Street, Brunswick. In lieu of flowers, donation memorials may be sent to, The Pine Tree Society or the Pine Tree Camps, P.O. Box 518, Bath, ME 04530, or to Northeastern District’s Youth Outreach Program; “NED” – “Harmony Explosion Fund” care of Dan Robillard, District Treasurer, 95 Lindell Ave., Leominster, MA 01453-5435 or to Trucking for Kids, 364 Maine Mall Road, P.O. Box 814, South Portland, ME 04106, (Supports Camp Sunshine, D.A.R.E. and Officer Friendly, Operation Liftoff of Maine).

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