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Jay C. Pownall Veteran
March 02, 2018


Jay Pownall

Jay Pownall, 100, died peacefully with family by his side, at the Overlook Masonic Home, Charlton, MA on Mar. 2nd, 2018. Surviving are his daughter, Phyllis Pownall of Cambridge, MA; son, Ron Pownall and daughter-in-law Darlene DeVita of Chelsea, MA; grandsons Ben Pownall of Salt Lake City, UT and Amos Pownall of Denver, CO. He was the patriarch of the Pownall clan which has had yearly reunions for nearly 40 years. He was pre-deceased by his wife of 71 years, Claudia Pownall.

He grew up on the family dairy farm near Lancaster PA; graduated from Penn State; and, served in the Navy during WW2. After the war, he & Claudia started a wholesale garden supply business in Wilmington DE; they retired to FL in 1982 and “re-retired” to Charlton MA in 2006 to be near their children and grandchildren; they summered on Pine River Pond near Ossipee NH.

Jay, born and raised a Quaker, was a lifelong member of the Religious Society of Friends. He was superintendent of the Wilmington Monthly Meeting of Friends and a trustee of Wilmington Friends School.

Jay was active in many charities and organizations, including: the Wilmington Parking Authority; Lions Club; Boy Scouts; Free Masonry; Meals on Wheels; Habitat for Humanity; FISH (Friends In Service Helping); and, Overlook General Store manager (until age 97). He was an avid gardener, golfer and Red Sox fan.

He will be remembered for his Life Motto: Volunteer • Help Others • Stay Busy • Laugh and, have one CC Highball every evening!

A celebration will be held on Sunday,
March 11, 2018 at 2PM in the
Performing Arts Center,
The Overlook,
88 Masonic Home Rd,
Charlton, MA 01507.

There will be a burial service in August 2018 at Eastland Friends Meeting,
Little Britain, PA

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to:
Wilmington DE Friends Meeting
Masonic Angel Fund – Charlton MA

Robert J. Miller – Charlton Funeral Home 175 Old Worcester Rd Charlton MA. Is assisting the family with arrangements.
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Robert J. Miller Funeral Home - Charlton
175 Old Worcester Road
Charlton, MA 01507