Monday, May 30, 2011

Charlie Lotz

Charlie Lotz is a great example of an older gentleman who loves life.  Born in Brooklyn, NY in 1922, Charlie and his wife Gert moved to Vermont in 1952.  Charlie had spent nine years in the U.S. Coast Guard during and after the war and began his engineering career with General Electric in Burlington.  During our conversation I found out Charlie worked with my Dad (also an engineer) at GE and they knew each other pretty well.

Charlie's work took him to England, France, The Netherlands, Egypt and the Caribbean, to name just a few places.  He recalled a surprise boat trip on the Seine in Paris for Gert's birthday one year.  It sounds like they took full advantage of the opportunities for travel during Charlie's career with GE.

Charlie and Gert lived in Charlotte for about 45 years and now live in Shelburne.  Charlie remembers the local team efforts starting and publishing the Charlotte News back in the day.  He's still their favorite cartoonist emeritus and I'm including a recent Mothers' Day drawing.

I caught up with Charlie at the Charlotte Senior Center where he visits a couple of times a week and hosts some of the gatherings.  He also enjoys getting together with other retired friends from GE.  Charlie is friendly and relaxed and likes to stay in shape playing tennis and golf.  In fact, he couldn't chat long because he was off to play tennis right after our photo session.

Charlie and Gert have three children - Steve who lives in Shelburne, Wendy from Hinesburg and Patti who lives in Australia.

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