Dr. Charles A. Bunnell, 82, loving husband of Joan Ward Bunnell, died peacefully, surrounded by his loving family at Waldo County General Hospital Dec. 21, 2009.

He was born April 14, 1927, to Dr. Shirley A. Bunnell and Ruth (Kearney) Bunnell.

Charlie graduated from Fort Fairfield High School, class of 1945. He enlisted in the Navy during his senior year of high school. He graduated from Bowdoin College, class of 1950, and Tufts School of Dentistry, class of 1954.

Charlie was called back into service as a lieutenant junior grade during the Korean War as a dentist. He married Joan Ward on Aug. 28, 1952. Charlie was a past president of the Belfast Rotary Club and a member of The First Church for 50 years, the Masonic Lodge 24 of Belfast and the Anah Temple Shriners. He enjoyed many summers at his cottage on Pitcher Pond in Northport. Music was a big part of his life. He played both piano and organ. Charlie loved playing the piano for the Belfast Group Home at The First Church Christmas parties every December. Most of all, he dearly loved all his family.

He was predeceased by his parents; three brothers, William R. Bunnell, Dr. Kenneth I. Bunnell and Jack K. Bunnell; and a son-in-law, David W. Bachelder.

Charlie is survived by his wife, Joan W. Bunnell, of Belfast; three daughters, Diane C. Weymouth and her husband, Ken, of Belmont, Janet L. Bachelder of Owls Head and  Andrea B. Walston and her husband, Dana, of Weymouth, Mass.; a sister, Brenda Bunnell Brown, and her husband, Burtt, of Yarmouth; five grandchildren, Adam C. Weymouth of Belmont, Liza A. Bachelder of Austin, Texas, Sally W. Carlisle and her husband, Scott, of Loganville Ga., Kevin D. Bachelder of Portland, and Lindsey E. Bachelder of Los Angeles; three step-grandchildren, Katie W. McElwain and her husband, Brett, of Lutherville, Md., John S. Walston and his wife, Colleen, of Chicago, and Beth H. Walston of Wellesley, Mass.; a great-granddaughter, Isabelle K. Bachelder, of Portland; step-great-grandchildren Connor and Maisie McElwain of Lutherville, Md.; and many nieces and nephews.

Friends may call at the Crabiel-Riposta Funeral Home, 182 Waldo Ave., Saturday, Dec. 26 from 2 to 4 p.m. A memorial service will be held at The First Church in Belfast Sunday, Dec. 27, at 2 p.m.

Those who wish may make donations to Waldo County Home Health and Hospice, P.O. Box 407, Belfast, ME 04915.

Online condolences may be placed at crabielripostafuneralhome.com.