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On September 27, 2017 on a beautiful warm fall day, Charles Joseph Cressman, age 82, was promoted from his earthly home to his heavenly home. Charlie was born November 26, 1934 in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, the youngest of 5 children. He grew up in a science and math minded family and after a little college, some fun racing stock cars and 2 years in the Army, Charlie graduated from Tri-State College (now Triune University) in 1959 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. After graduation he moved to the Philadelphia area and worked for Philco. He worked on contracts for NASA and the Navy where he shared a patent for the cooling system design used in the NORAD installation in the Cheyenne Mountain Complex. While in Philly, he met his lifelong love, Shirley. They married on August 30, 1963 and had 3 children, David, Beth and John. In 1968 he took a job at Honeywell and moved his family to Florida, a state he tried his whole career to leave. He worked in the Honeywell Military Avionics Division until he retired. There he had the exciting opportunity to work with navigational units for space shuttles and military aircraft. He retired in 1997 and they moved north to Vermont to enjoy the mountains, cool weather and to be near family. His greatest joys in life were tinkering on projects and cars (his motto was “you can fix anything with duct tape and a stick”), helping his neighbors with mowing or plowing and visiting with his family - especially his grandchildren, in person and via Skype, when he felt he could no longer travel. He is survived by his wife Shirley and son David Cressman of Underhill; daughter Beth Wilbur, her husband Edward Wilbur Jr., grandson Riley, granddaughter Audrey of Essex; son John Cressman, his wife Valarie Cressman, granddaughters Jaiden, McKenna, Eliana, Bridget, Morgan, grandson Righter of Knoxville Tennessee; brother Robert Cressman and wife Caroline of East Greenwich, Rhode Island; brother Paul Cressman of Chicago, Illinois; and sister Mary Shearer of Orlando, Florida, as well as many nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his parents Charles and Charlotte Cressman and his brother Father Richard Cressman. The burial will be Tuesday October 3, 2017 at 11:00AM at the Vermont Veterans Cemetery in Randolph. Services will be held Tuesday October 3rd at 6:00PM at Living Hope Church in Williston, Vermont. There will be light refreshments following the service. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the The Samaritans Purse Charles Cressman Memorial for Hurricane Irma Relief at: https://www.samaritanspurse.org/our-ministry/memorial-giving/

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