Charles “Charlie” A. Bagley was born April 22, 1948 to Gerald and Beth Bagley in Hardwick, Vt. He passed away in his sleep the night of March 25 in the home he built in Waldoboro.
He moved to Maine in 1975 and soon became a beloved member of the community, known by many as “Charlie on the turn.” He arrived here as a quarry worker but soon tried his hand at clamming, lobstering, scalloping, seining, landscaping, carpentry, lawn mowing, house painting and cottage caretaking. He was a hard working man, reliable and faithful to all of his customers.
Charlie’s passion was hunting. He had a sense of how things worked in the woods, what the deer would be doing during a snow, when the next flight of woodcock would be showing up in the alder runs, or how far ahead of the beagles the rabbit was running. He had a real nose for game and instinctively knew how to get close to the animal he was after without spooking it. He was part Native American, so hunting was more than just a casual endeavor for Charlie. For him it was a major component of life; when the days shortened and the morning frost was in the air, life was good. It was time to get out there.
So it is no wonder that November was Charlie’s favorite month. He was never happier than when he was in the woods. He put a lot of time into deer hunting and was good at it. Very few Novembers passed without Charlie putting deer meat into the freezer for the family. He was an expert shot, having honed his skills as a boy in rural Vermont with his .22 rifle, shooting every chance he got.
He liked to hunt deep in the woods, where most people wouldn’t go. It was nothing for him to walk 45 minutes to an hour just to get to his stand. He shot several large bucks over 200 pounds through the years, but he was just as happy with a nice tender doe or crotch horn for the table.
Amazingly, there were times when he would predict the very day he was going to shoot a deer. It was from spending so much time in the woods, knowing how the weather and the needs of the animals dictated their patterns. He could tell when the perfect day had arrived. The people that were fortunate enough to roam the woods with Charlie learned more from him than any book or video about hunting could ever teach.
He was predeceased by his parents; younger brother, Gary; and granddaughter, Evy Pejouhy.
Charlie leaves his wife, Gloria Kenniston Bagley; biological children, Tina Daily, Michael Bagley, Charles Bagley, and Nathanael Bagley; step-children, Angela Pejouhy, Melissa Jameson, Kelly Delano, and Tony Delano; brother, Stuart Bagley; sister, Carol Hodgdon; and faithful friend and hunting companion, Mark Barbour. He had many grandchildren and he was a great “Poppy” and friend to all of them.
There will be an informal graveside service at 1 p.m., Sat., April 23 for friends and family at Blake Cemetery in North Warren. There will be a rain date of Sat., April 30 at 1 p.m.
You are invited to share your condolences with the family by visiting their Book of Memories at www.hallfuneralhomes.com.
Arrangements are entrusted to Hall Funeral Home and Tribute Center, 949 Main St., Waldoboro.