the Hopedale history email that I send out twice a month, beginning with the one sent on August 1,
2006, and then from August 15, 2006.
Here's something I've been wondering about lately. Maybe one or more of you can satisfy my curiosity.
It's about an article I ran across while going through scrapbooks at the Bancroft Library.
December 7, 1944 - T-Sgt Charles Clarence Stewart, 23, turret gunner and engineer, foster son of Mr.
and Mrs. Louis J. McVitty, 50 Greene Street, has officially been reported killed in action, Sept. 14, by
the War Department and his parents were so notified this morning. A telegram, listing him as missing
over Germany, was received Sept. 27 and today's news confirmed his foster parent's worst fears.
That, in part, was the Milford News article on the matter. So...why isn't his name on the war memorial
at Hopedale Village Cemetery?
Charles Stewart update. Last time, I asked if anyone knew why Charles Stewart, killed in action in
1944, according to a Milford News article at the time, wasn't listed on the veterans' monument at
Hopedale Village Cemetery. It turns out that the report of Stewart's death was greatly exaggerated.
After several phone calls, I found out from Tracey Liberatore that Stewart is alive, well, and living in
Shrewsbury. (Tracey's mother-in-law is Stewart's foster sister.) I called him and here's a bit of what he
told me. He was a turret gunner and engineer on a B-24 in September 1944 when his plane was shot
down near the border of Germany and Czechoslovakia. He parachuted out and very shortly after
landing was taken in by partisans in the area. He was with them during the rest of the war and never
ended up in a POW camp. Evidently, lists of prisoners were being exchanged, but since he wasn't on
them, it seems likely that the War Department eventually concluded that he must have been killed and
notified his foster parents, the McVittys.
Charles C. Stewart, 91, of Auburn and Shrewsbury died Monday, January 7, 2013 surrounded by his
His wife and best friend of 62 years, Doris A. (Hanlon) Stewart died in 2010. He leaves his four
children, Charles Kevin Stewart and his wife, Thea of Oxford, James F. Stewart and his wife, Fay of
Shrewsbury, Paul Matthew Stewart and his wife, Katherine of Uxbridge, Mary Ann McGuire and her
husband, Michael of Minnesota; ten grandchildren and eight great grandchildren; several nieces and
nephews. He was predeceased by two brothers, George O. Stewart and Freeman McVitty and a sister,
Catherine M. Liberatore.
Charles was born in Boston; he was the son of Louis and Gladys (Chapdelaine) McVitty. He attended
Charles served proudly during W. W. II, stationed in Chergenola, Italy with the Unites States Army Air
Corp, flying with the 15th Air Corp, 454th bomb group, 739th wing. He participated in many
spectacular flights and bombing missions and awarded the Air Medal, Purple Heart, 3 Oak Clusters
and other Citations for his bravery.
Through the years, Charles and his family had lived many years in Framingham, Southborough, and
finally settling in Shrewsbury in 1993. He made his living in real estate, having started as one of the
founding members of Five-Star Realty in Natick. He later owned and operated Charles Stewart Realty
in Framingham from 1965 until 1973. Later in 1973, Charles starting working as an appraiser, this is
something that he did for many years, before retiring in 1997.
He was a member of Saint Marys Parish in Shrewsbury.
Relatives and friends are invited to visit with Charlies family on Thursday, January 10, 2013 from 6-8
PM in the Britton-Shrewsbury Funeral Home, 648 Main St., Shrewsbury. His funeral will be held on
Friday, January 11, 2013 from the funeral home with a funeral Mass celebrated at 10 AM in Saint
Marys Church, 640 Main St. Shrewsbury. Burial will follow in Saint Josephs Cemetery in Medway.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donation can be made to VNA Care Network, 120 Thomas Street,
Worcester, MA 01608.
Published in Milford Daily News on January 9, 2013
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