Charles Lods, 79, passed away in Portland on April 9, 2013. He was born March 22, 1934, in Brooklyn, N.Y., son of Charles A and Verine (Villani) Lods.

Charlie graduated from high school in 1952 in New Jersey and served in the Navy from 1952 to 1956. He worked at Kallis Ford in Belfast until his retirement. Charlie was married to his wife Robina Seavey Lods on July 5, 1986.

He is survived by the “love of his life” of 27 years, Robina Seavey Lods; daughter Charlene Robertson and her husband, Bill Robertson, of New Mexico; grandsons Chad and Jenn Robertson of Colorado, Jake and Kristen Robertson of Massachusetts and Brian and Cassandra Robertson of New Mexico; great-grandchildren Jaden and Mitchell, Brycen and Makenlee; a brother, George Lods; nephews George and Michael Lods; niece JoAbby Lods Coughlin; special cousins Renee and Richard Villani; sister-in-law Robin Ashmore; brother-in-law and sister-in-law Richard and Betty Farris.

Along with his parents, Charlie was predeceased by a son, Chris Lods.

He is remembered by special friends Bruce and Linda Bryant, Dave and Dianne Cole and Ken Ryan, Jane Patten and for the smile he would always give Diane Mathieu when she entered the room.

He enjoyed spending time at Sanborn Pond with family and friends, snowmobiling with Bruce and Dave, camping and traveling.

Special thanks to everyone at Waldo County General Hospital and at Maine Medical Center for the care given to Charlie while he was at the hospital.

The grandsons, nephews and nieces remember the smile, the laugh, lobster feeds down at the cabin and snowmobiling.

His wife will always remember the wonderful years they had together, their adventures traveling; going on dead-end or dirt roads where no one else would ever go, the camp, his private jokes, his enthusiastic laugh and holding hands.

The family would like to share the following poem in his memory:

"He Only Takes the Best

God saw that he was getting tired, A cure was not to be. So He put His arms around him and whispered, "Come with Me." With tearful eyes, I watched him suffer, And saw him fade away. Although I loved him dearly, I could not make him stay. A golden heart stopped beating, Hard working hands to rest. God broke our hearts to prove to us He only takes 'the best'."

Rest in peace, Charlie, with the angels by your side.

Charlie requested no services, but there will be a celebration of his life at the VFW Hall in Northport on June 1.

Memorials can be made to the Hospice Unit at Waldo County Hospital, PO Box 287, Belfast, ME 04915, or the Maine Heart Association PO Box 3049, Syracuse, NY 13220.

Arrangements are with Riposta Funeral Home, Belfast. Please visit to offer condolences to the Lods family.