Charles “Charlie” Arthur Pons, 93, a lifelong resident of Forestville, passed away peacefully on Friday, March 25, 2016. He was the loving husband of Catherine (Murray) Pons with whom he had celebrated 50 years of marriage, until her passing in 2000. Born on July 9, 1922 in Bristol, he was the son of the late Leo A. and Mary C. (Walsh) Pons.
Charlie began his life of helping others starting in the Civilian Conservation Corps in Split Rock, WY in 1939. Following the CCC, he proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II as a part of the 10th Armored Division and fought in the Battle of the Bulge. He was a recipient of the Purple Heart. After the service, he joined the Bristol Fire Department and dedicated himself to this profession until retiring as a Lieutenant in 1972. Following retirement, he continued to work for nearly 10 years at Superior Electric. When he wasn’t working, he remained active in the Bristol DAV and at St. Matthew Church. His passion for game birds was known throughout the neighborhood, as he raised numerous birds, such as peacocks and fancy pheasants, as pets, in his backyard. He was a big fan of the UConn Women’s basketball team and he enjoyed clearing the snow from the driveway with his Sears snow blower. He loved to pass along his favorite jokes to friends and family at holidays. More than anything else, he loved his family and will be so dearly missed by all those who knew him. He was a hero to his family, his friends and his country.
He leaves his daughter Eileen Driscoll and her husband Allan, of East Hartford; his sons Kevin Pons and his wife Melody, of Yankton, SD and Brian Pons and his wife Rita, of Canton; his grandchildren Regan Driscoll and Bryan Dixon, Davitt Driscoll and Rebecca Gorskey, Dr. Maureen (Pons) Kuhrt and Roger Kuhrt, Dennis Pons and Hea-Jin Kim, Brendan Pons, and Bailey Pons; his sister Irene P. Ryan of New Jersey; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Sheila A. Pons, brothers Armand, Leo and Edward and sisters Margaret, Lorraine and Mary.
A celebration of Charlie’s life will be held on Wednesday, March 30, 2016 beginning at 9:00 a.m. from the O’Brien Funeral Home, 24 Lincoln Ave., Forestville/Bristol and will proceed to St. Matthew Church for a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 a.m. Committal services with military honors will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery, Bristol. Calling hours will be held at the funeral home on Tuesday, March 29, 2016 from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Disabled American Veterans, 35 Cold Spring Rd., Suite 315, Rocky Hill, CT 06067-3102.
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