Charles L. Greenwood

Charles L. “Chuck” Greenwood, 69, of Exeter, NH, and formerly of Pelham, NH, died peacefully at home Friday, January 26, 2018, surrounded by family.

Chuck was born on June 12, 1948, in Vernon, CT and grew up in Lyndonville, VT. He graduated from Rockville (CT) High School, attended the Connecticut School of Broadcasting, and served as a medic in the United States Air Force from 1967 until his honorable discharge in 1971.

After moving to NH in 1979, Chuck worked at Barlow Signs and Mass Machines before joining his wife Nancy working for Digital Equipment Corporation in customer service. He remained with them through the changes to Compaq and then Hewlett-Packard. After leaving, he worked in various customer service jobs until his retirement.

Chuck was well-known for his booming voice, sense of humor, great hugs, and bragging about his family to anyone who would listen. He loved music, especially Peter, Paul, and Mary and the popular songs of the 50s and 60s. He shared his bass vocals singing Barbershop with the Granite Statesmen, in the church choir, and in the car with “The Greenwood Family Singers.” He loved children and treasured being a dad, uncle, grandfather, and “extra dad” to an assortment of his daughters’ friends and church kids. When asked recently what he liked to do, Chuck replied, “I do something every day to make someone smile. Sometimes it means acting like an idiot.”

He was predeceased by his father, Charles; his mother, Ione; and his sister, Marcia.

Chuck is survived by the love of his life and wife of 40 years, Nancy Cates Greenwood; his son Emilio Greenwood, of Wytheville, VA; his daughter Beth Simmons and her husband Matt of Bennington, NH; his daughter Katie Walo and her husband Doug of Rockland, MA; his daughter Emily Duhs and her husband Matt of Waxahachie, TX; his grandchildren Joseph Greenwood, Lethia Greenwood, Evan Boisvert, Evelyn Simmons, Conor Simmons, Rowan Simmons, Robbie Simmons, Caleb Walo, Sam Walo, Jacob Walo, and Jillian Duhs; his brother Tim, of Florida; his sister Sandy, of Connecticut, as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins, and other extended family and close friends.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, February 3, at 1pm at the Congregational Church of Exeter, UCC, 21 Front Street, Exeter, NH. The Rev. Emily C. Heath will be presiding, and a reception will follow in the vestry. Burial will be held at the Friends Meetinghouse in East Vassalboro, ME, in the spring.

Memorial contributions in Chuck’s name may be made to the American Heart Association ( or to the NHSPCA (