Charles E. Jodrey

  • Died: December 26, 2017
  • Location: Newton Corner, Massachusetts

Eaton & Mackay Funeral Home

465 Centre St
Newton, MA 02458
Tel. (617) 244-2034

Tribute & Message From The Family

Charles E. Jodrey (63) of Newton, MA, passed away peacefully on December 26, 2017, the brilliant Christmas star still radiant in the pre-dawn sky. His heroic battle with an incurable illness reached its finality with his son by his side.

Known by family and friends as Charlie, he was born in Waltham Hospital and, except for brief terms of residence outside of Massachusetts, he lived and worked in Newton, which has never been a doubt, his home.

All things boat and automotive describes Charlie's occupational and creative interests. This began when he was just a boy sharing in his Dad's love of automobiles and nostalgic memorabilia. A collector by nature of all things Americana kept his spirits alive to share detail rich stories about his treasured findings. His "picking" activities became so much more than a hobby that he was visited in late 2014 by the hosts of American Pickers (History Channel) and their interview with him immortalized him as it aired on Feb. 11, 2015 titled "Let it Go".

Keeping in the family, he continued to maintain his Dad's business, Art's Texaco, in
Nonantum, MA, after his father's death in 1982 until its 54-year operation came to an end in 2005. Among his many varied activities, he carried on his father's snow plowing business each winter as well.

Charlie's love for nature began as a child where the Jodrey Family set up camp on Swain's Lake in Barrington, NH. He continued the family tradition over the course of his lifetime, treasuring the lake and scenery and maintaining the grounds for his family to enjoy.

Aside from his incredible mechanical skills, he was a talented cook and baker, especially of the coveted heirloom recipe of Mama's Apple Upside Down cake.

Charlie was an eclectic personality with a love for adventure and a lust for life. His heart of gold never left a friend in need, leading him to a life surrounded by many friends and loved ones.

He was especially proud of the fine individuals his son and daughter had grown to become along with his title of Grandpa.

Son of the late Arthur E. Jodrey and the late Madeleine A. (Tolman) Jodrey, Charlie is survived by his son, Charles A. (Sam) Jodrey of Brighton, MA; his daughter, Rachel E. (Jodrey) Mulvey and her husband Shaun, their son Tyler and soon-to-be-born second son, of Palm Coast, FL. Charles is also survived by his Brother, A. David Jodrey of Natick, MA and his children Michelle and Christopher Jodrey; Sister, Lin (Jodrey Loomer) Gurney of Waltham, MA; the mothers of his children; Linda Hassell Jodrey of Palm Coast, FL (formerly Newton, MA); Karen Petitti Harker of Vandalia, OH (formerly Newton, MA); Kristen Ferrier, her husband Daniel and their three children, Penelope, Vincent, and CharliAnna of Belmont, MA, and, an abundance of friends and acquaintances in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.
Visiting hours will be in the Eaton & Mackay Funeral Home 465 Centre St Newton Corner on Monday, January 8th from 4-8 PM. Words of remembrance will be shared at 8 PM. Relatives and friends are kindly invited.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Merry Christmas Charlie. your missed kid. Gary YounkerVAAPU

Posted by Gary Younker - Waltham, MA - Friend   December 25, 2021

I remember charlie well from the station as well as bob comeau. my bpss

then across the street joel diamond at diamond auto provided gas for our

delivery cars.... I went there a lot I lived on adams st then allston.

this is sad. he may already know but joel moved the store to Waltham.
ill call him n ow

Posted by steve andrews - somerville, MA - Friend   January 24, 2018

I'm sad to hear about your passing Charlie. I'll always be grateful to you for letting me sell my Maine shrimp from the parking lot of your garage, when no one else would. We had a lot of fun hanging out, and joking around, for a lot of years. Rest in peace, bud.

Posted by Bill Wallace - Lyman, ME - Friend   January 06, 2018

Rest In Peace, Charlie. You were always ready to lend a helping hand, whether it was providing a tool when our stone wall fell, or giving a lift to a total stranger trudging back from the neighborhood sledding hill. And we will always remember our amazement the morning the American Pickers paid you a visit!

Posted by Greg Cline - Newton Corner, MA   January 06, 2018

Going to miss you Pal, a huge loss to everyone who knew you. We stayed in contact all these years, was hard to watch you suffer @ the end. Have soooo many stories of great times we had, I'm sure I've forgotten more than I remember. At least you are no longer in pain & anguish, the only comfort today. R.I.P. my friend, Steven

Posted by Steven Corbere - Los Angeles, CA - Friend   January 04, 2018

I am so sad ! You were a great friend to me and memories of the years camping in New Hampshire, hanging at gas station and the big house in Newtonville are fond ones! Thank you for all you've done and all the fun we had with the whole gang!

Posted by Ann Vachon - Falmouth, MA   January 04, 2018

You were always there for Jimmy Pillion and our family. Working on Jimmy's truck with Chip Andersen.
Seeing you in the White and Red truck plowing in the winter, and the red car in the summer. Wonderful man. Seeing the truck from the Pickers in front of your house, and you could not say a word. Jimmy thought I was lying. The memories will be cherished.

Posted by Patricia Pillion - Winter Park, FL - Friend   January 03, 2018

Rest In Peace Charlie. Our neighbor, family friend, and a resident of the treasured Newton Corner. From Mike Trumble and Nancy Trumble Barden.

Posted by Nancy Trumble Barden - Sarasota, FL - Neighbor   January 02, 2018

Rest In Peace Charlie. From Nancy and Mike Trumble.

Posted by Nancy Trumble - Sarasota, FL - Family Friend   January 02, 2018

We want to extend our siincere condolences to Charlie's family.Our brother,Stephen
Gardner was a good friend of Charlie's.We remember the stories of Charlie and his dad's many iconic cars!

Posted by Jeanne How nt - Easton, MA   December 31, 2017


I have so many fond memories of times in NH over the last almost 50 years. Charlie will surely be deeply missed.

Posted by Carol Freitas (Trueira) - GURNEE, IL - Friend   December 31, 2017

So sorry charlie was a great person and a great friend

Posted by Robert pratt - Hopkinton, MA - Friend   December 31, 2017

Fond memories of years of friendship. Camping in New Hamshire with the Edsel, the big house in Newtonville and hanging out at the gas station! Peace, Charlie!

Posted by A friend   December 31, 2017