Charles Robert McLoud, 86, passed away peacefully in his Plymouth home on Sunday evening, September 8, 2019. Born in Thornton on May 10, 1933 he lived most of his life on Fairgrounds Road in Plymouth. He is the son of the late Merlond and Martha (Kimball) McLoud. He is a 1951 graduate of Plymouth High School and attended UNH-Thompson School of Agriculture where he met his beloved wife, Lois (Ricker) McLoud of Loudon.
His love of nature was a consistent theme throughout his entire life from his early days as a farmer to his later years when he partnered with Plymouth Elementary School with a garden learning project affectionately referred to as “Charlie’s Garden.” He and his wife Lois hosted more than 1,500 first and second graders to their home gardens providing a hands on garden learning experience spanning 22 years. He was an outdoorsman who found solace in fishing, gardening, snowmobiling and grooming the trails of Grafton County. He was an active member of the Snow Drifters Snowmobile Club.
As a US Army veteran, Deputy Fire Warden for more than 50 years, and Grafton County Trails Advisor for the State of NH Bureau of Trails, Charles was committed to his country and community. Accomplishments include NH Snowmobile Association Groomer of the Year in 1998-1999, State of NH Bureau of Trails Special Recognition Award in 2002 for his contributions and exemplary dedication to trails, and along with his wife Lois, Plymouth Citizen(s) of the Year Award in 2006. Charles’ career included working for his father at M.E. McLoud & Sons Construction Company before Charles purchased the power equipment side of the business and founded C.R. McLoud & Sons in 1961, a chainsaw sales and repair company which thrived until his retirement in 2001.
Charles is survived by his devoted wife Lois of 65 years, sister Florence Hanaford of Bridgewater, brother Leonard McLoud of Rye, daughter Debra McLoud of Concord, son Francis McLoud and his wife Karen, and son Robbie McLoud all of Plymouth. Grandchildren include Kimberly Sluter and her husband Matt of Seekonk, MA, Kelly Duda and her husband Ryan of Somerville, MA, Kurt McLoud and his wife Jen of Seekonk, MA, Alex Cusack and his wife Chrissy of Chicago, IL, Amanda Williams of Denver, CO, Chelsea McClung and her husband, Danny of Temecula, CA, Kira McLoud of Valley Center, CA and Haley McLoud of Littleton, CO. Charles is predeceased by his brother Merlond (Sonny) McLoud Jr., sister, Mae McLoud, and grandson Trevor Cusack. Charles found tremendous enjoyment in his 8 great grandchildren.
Calling hours will be held on Sunday, September 15 from 2-5pm at Mayhew Funeral Homes, 12 Langdon St., Plymouth. A celebration of life will be held at the United Methodist Church, Monday, September 16 at 10am, 334 Fairgrounds Rd. with a reception to follow. Burial will be held at the convenience of the family at a later date.
In lieu of flowers please consider a Hospice Memorial Donation to Pemi-Baker Community Health, 101 Boulder Point Dr., Ste 3, Plymouth, NH 03264.