HUNTINGTON – Charles D. Graton, 60, of Huntington, passed away suddenly September 15th, 2023 at Noble Hospital in Westfield, after an unknown medical event at home.
Charlie was born April 13th, 1963, in Holyoke MA to Julien and Gloria Graton. He married Michelle (Wasserman) Graton September 7th, 1996. They had celebrated 27 years married just one week prior to his passing.
Charles leaves his parents, Julien and Kathleen Graton of Chicopee MA, his wife Michelle and their daughters Madelyn Graton and Brandy Kellogg, his granddaughter Sadie, grandson Jonathan, all of Huntington MA, his brother Donald Boivin and wife Paulette of Chicopee MA, brother Michael Graton of Georgia; brother Steve Pszczola and wife Toni. He also leaves behind many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews.
Charles is predeceased by his mother Gloria M. (Bernard) Graton of Southampton, his maternal grandparents Marguerite and Omer Bernard, and his paternal grandparents Marcel Graton and Lillian Graton.
He attended Hampshire Regional High School, and later achieved his GED. Charles began working for TurboCare in Chicopee in 1995, which later became EthosEnergy. Starting in the machine shop, and traveling the world working on power plants, he climbed his way up to a supervisor position, and weathered many changes in the company over 28 years. He was most recently the Product Service Manager.
Charlie will be remembered by family and friends for his witty sense of humor, captivating storytelling, honor, loyalty, integrity, curiosity, and ability to figure out how to fix almost anything in the most creative way possible. His smile and laughter were contagious, and he made such a powerful impact on everyone he encountered.
He was a Harley Davidson guy, whether it was working in the garage, or riding, he loved his motorcycles. His 1974 Shovelhead was his true bonus child, and he enjoyed a lot of campouts with the friends he made while learning the ins and outs of that bike. In addition, he loved reading, taking family vacations to the beach, Fridays with the boys, watching his grandsons sports practices and games (often bringing his granddaughter along), taking his lunch breaks at his parents’ house; he had recently purchased a camper and began kayaking with his wife. He would always do anything to make the kids happy, he was such a proud Pe’pere.
A kind and gentle soul, family and friends meant everything to him. Charles was always there for anyone, whenever they needed anything, at the drop of a hat. He is and will be sadly and greatly missed.
A Memorial Service and Celebration of Life for Charles will be held Sunday, October 8th, at 12:00 p.m. at Strathmore Park, 950 Westfield Road in Russell, MA 01071. Graham Hilltown Community Funeral Home, 27 Russell Road, Huntington, MA has been honorably entrusted with Charles’ arrangements.