New Hampton---George J. Chartier, Sr., 69, of New Hampton, NH died Thursday, August 17, 2006 at his home with family.
Mr. Chartier was born July 5, 1937 in Elizabeth, NJ, the son of Helen and George N. Chartier.
George was a Master in the Art of Sikaran Phillipino Karate and the owner of the oldest karate school in New Hampshire. For twenty years, he held tournaments in Laconia to benefit the Laconia State School corrective surgery program. His students are spread across the globe and include an Astronaut, the head of Interpol, and intelligence personnel at the Pentagon. He also spent many years training swat teams and local and state police.
As a human rights advocate, he was involved with local unions, fighting for safe working conditions, adequate insurance benefits and a partnership between unions and management. Before his retirement in 2002, he was the president of the union at New Hampshire Ball Bearings, local steelworker’s union 8566.
George was a part time police officer in Laconia for 10 years and in New Hampton for 8 years where he became Sergeant of the New Hampton Police Dept.
George was a 32nd degree Mason and Past Master of Mount Prospect Lodge #69 in Holderness, NH. For many years, he was involved with the Bektash Shrine as a hobo clown, entertaining at parades, community events, and the annual Shrine Circus. He also performed as a clown on the White House lawn for the annual Easter egg roll.
He is survived by his wife of 28 years, Linda (Gibbs) Chartier, of New Hampton; seven children, George Chartier, Jr. of Laconia, NH, Teri Lopes of Fisherville, VA, Shari Arehart of Weyers Cave, VA, Daniel Chartier of Stafford, VA, Jennifer Dicey of Ft. Campbell, KY, Angeline Chartier of Manchester, NH and Darlene Chartier of New Hampton, NH; nine grandchildren and his sister, Charlotte Carlson, of Pemberton, NJ.
A memorial calling hour will be held on Sunday, August 20, 2006 from Noon to 1:00PM in the Carriage House of the Wilkinson-Beane Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, NH.
A Memorial Service will follow the calling hour at 1:00PM also at the Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Community Health & Hospice, Inc., 780 North Main Street, Laconia, NH 03246.
Wilkinson-Beane Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, NH is in charge of the arrangements.