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Charles L. Pugh

September 25, 1947 ~ April 30, 2022 (age 74)

Obituary

Charles L. “Charlie” Pugh of Tamworth 

Born September 25, 1947; died Saturday April 30, 2022 at home after a struggle with cancer.  Predeceased by his stillborn daughter Maggie, Charlie leaves behind his wife of 48 years, Rebekah (Staples) Pugh and daughter Alison Pugh as well as siblings David Mansfield and wife Ramona Mansfield, Regina Levine and husband David Levine, Christopher Pugh and wife Debra Donald, Alice Pugh and husband Kenneth Vierczhalek, and Thomas Mauhs-Pugh and wife Carrie Mauhs-Pugh as well as numerous nieces and nephews, in-laws, and many friends. 

Charlie was an extraordinary person who touched the lives of many through his years as an educator, athlete, farmer, entrepreneur, and public official.  Throughout his life he read history and literature voraciously and wrote non-fiction stories he shared with family and friends.  His 30 years experience as a K-12 teacher and administrator began as an English teacher in Alton, NH.  However, he spent most of his career in Moultonborough, first as a Title I reading and math teacher, then as a grade 4-6 classroom teacher, and then as assistant principal. In addition, he spent 14 years as assessment coordinator for the district and 10 years as a member of the New Hampshire Technical Advisory Committee.  He also worked as a consultant for K-12 schools throughout the State. Patient, thoughtful, and wise, he delighted in learning and sought to pass both the passion and the skill onto others.    

Charlie was a lifelong athlete.  Before being paralyzed in a bicycle accident in 1977 he was an avid runner, backpacker, canoeist, and downhill skier.  He was a founding member of the Mount Washington Valley Cycling Club and a licensed bicycle racer and USCF bicycling race official.  Most people probably knew him, however, as a hand cyclist.  For 43 years Charlie pedaled extensively throughout the Mount Washington Valley and beyond.  He owned and rode one of the first hand cycles produced in the United States.  Riding was one of his great passions.   

Others knew Charlie as a farmer.  For almost 40 years he and his wife Rebekah owned and operated Hillside Farm in Tamworth, where they raised turkeys, chickens, ducks, and pigs.  Producing approximately 700 turkeys annually, Thanksgiving was a busy and festive time at Hillside Farm.  Always willing to give back, Charlie served as an advisory team member for the University of Maine Cooperative Extension. 

Charlie also co-founded Jogalite Corporation.   Since 1977, Jogalite has been an industry leader in high visibility products for sport, industry and the military.  

His service as a public official included 10 years on the Tamworth School Board, 3 years on the town Finance Committee, and 4 years as the School District Moderator.   

Charlie’s collective achievements point to a busy life, certainly, and a life any one of us might look back on with pride and a sense of accomplishment.   What makes it extraordinary is that almost all of the above accomplishments came after he was paralyzed from the mid-chest down in the 1977 cycling accident. Our family and community are deeply diminished by his death.  Charlie lived his life guided and nourished by the love that he grew up with.  Although greatly missed, his continuing presence in our hearts guides and nourishes us. 

Join us as we gather to remember Charlie.  Sunday, May 15th 11:30am at the Pizza Barn in Ctr. Ossipee, NH.  With respect to the rise in Covid infections we ask you to bring masks and wear when appropriate. 

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Visiting Nurse Home Care & Hospice (VNHCH) PO Box 432, North Conway NH  03860.

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Services

Memorial Gathering
Sunday
May 15, 2022

11:00 AM
Pizza Barn
Rt 16
West Ossipee, NH 03890

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