Charles Auguste Rheault, Jr.

  • Born: June 13, 1924
  • Died: January 4, 2018
  • Location: Wellfleet, Massachusetts

Eaton Funeral Home

1351 Highland Avenue
Needham, MA 02492
Tel. (781) 444-0201

Tribute & Message From The Family

Charles Auguste Rheault Jr. died peacefully after a brief illness at the age of 93 on January 4th, 2018. He was born in Boston, grew up in Westwood and raised a loving family in Dover and Wellfleet. A life well lived, a lover of books and language a graduate of Harvard set the stage for a lifetime of accomplishments. A Sergeant in the Army, he served in Europe during World War II with the 42nd Rainbow Division aiding in the liberation of Dachau, Germany. Charles received several military honors including a Bronze Star Medal. His time as an expert gunner led to an appreciation of cannons. He also had a penchant for vintage cars and sailing. His printing career included many years at the Riverside Press as well as his own small works press, Microglyphics. He was a public servant serving on the Dover School Committee, member of the Cemetery commission and chair of the Dover Board of Selectmen. He spent many hours actively supporting various church and community organizations such as Most Precious Blood Church, Chequessett Club in Wellfleet, The Bermuda Maritime Museum, Harvard Library and countless other organizations. His membership at the Society of Printers and Club of Odd Volumes were at the forefront of his passion for the written word. Charles leaves a legacy for his wisdom and wit. Charles was predeceased by his beloved wife of 67 years Maud Howe Rheault and brothers Robert and Andre. He leaves behind his son Mark, and his wife Laurie of Carver and their children Gregory, his wife, Amye of Washington D.C. and Jennifer of Middleboro. He is also survived by his son, David and his wife, Dale of Wellfleet and their children Daniel, his wife, Elizabeth of Boston and Chelsea and her husband David Gould of Bristol, RI. He also leaves behind great granddaughter Rosemary and great grandson Emmett and many nieces and nephews, two sisters in law as well as many cousins and friends whose lives he touched deeply. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held in the Church of the Most Precious Blood, 30 Centre St, Dover, on Saturday, January 13th at 10 am. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend. Interment with Military Honors to follow at Highland Cemetery in Dover.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Though late to this, I send condolences, too... Preparing to meet Harvard Lampoon friends this evening, I Googled Charlie and landed here. I first got to know him in 1965 during his long tenure as a trustee of the Harvard Lampoon. Almost 20 years later, he asked me to succeed him in that role, and thereby shifted my life trajectory in subtle and continuing ways, not least ensuring new friendships and ongoing acquaintance with dozens of additional undergraduate members (and leaders) of that organization than I would have otherwise known.

Posted by David Irons - New York, NY   October 20, 2019

I am so sorry that I was unable to attend Charlie's funeral due to health reasons. Charlie and Maudie were lifetime friends. We met in Dover over sixty years ago. My children and I will never forget their kindness in sharing the beauty of Wellfleet with us. Charlie was famous for the sign he put out in front of the home that they allowed us to use for one memorable vacation after another. He made a neat and tidy sign painted in green letters that spelled "Cullen". What a welcome sight after the nine hour journey in the car from Pennsylvania! This family time of fun and precious relaxation was such a gift!
Uncle Charlie and Aunt Maudie will always be loved and remembered by me and my family.

Posted by Hope Rood - Reading, PA - Family Friend   January 15, 2018

In working for Charles for some 30ish years I learned to always bring your
"A" game when you are doing any task, no mater how menial.
His wit,wisdom, and love of nature will be remembered always.
He was a prime example of why his generation was dubbed the Greatest.

Posted by Mark Anderson - E. Orleans, MA - Friend   January 11, 2018

This so saddens me. Charlie was one of the most upbeat, erudite, charming and thoroughly decent men on this planet.

It had to happen, someday . . . though Charlie felt like the sort of larger-than-life presence who just might be with us forever. And so he shall, in fond memory.

Excelsior, Charlie!

Dick Sheaff

Posted by Richard Sheaff - Bethel, VT - Friend   January 09, 2018

I knew Charlie from Bookbuilders of Boston meetings and served with him on the Dover Town Report committee. He was a bright, articulate, committed, engaging gentleman. Rest in peace, Charlie.

Posted by Sharon Grant - Pauma Valley, CA - Acquaintance   January 08, 2018