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Charles A Loven
May 22, 1948 ~ January 26, 2024 (age 75) 75 Years Old
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Charles A. Loven, 75, of Stephen Lane passed away Friday January 26, 2024 at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield. He was born in Boston May 22, 1948, the son of Arthur and Elizabeth (Dow) Loven.
Charlie attended Needham High School, Needham, MA, graduating in 1966. He later attended UMass Amherst, where he majored in Journalism.
Following High School, Charlie enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. He was stationed in the Azores and worked in Communications.
With his active duty concluded, Charlie returned to Western Massachusetts and attended UMass Amherst. He then joined WHAI Radio in Greenfield. as a broadcaster, a job he thoroughly enjoyed, as many music genres were an integral and much-loved part of his life. As one of Charlie's friends put it, there was no conversation with Charlie that wouldn't benefit from the injection of a well-chosen lyric from Dylan, Prine, or Petty, just to name a few.
Keeping music very close, Charlie went on to advocate for military veterans as a Veteran's Agent, based in Greenfield. He brought much compassion and positive energy to that endeavor. He also was a Purchasing Agent for the Town.
Charlie was an affable, easy-going guy with many good friends. His interests included entertaining, grilling steaks for friends and family, dining out, and listening to some fabulous jazz during any of these activities. He and his lovely wife of 34 years, Marie Lesueur Loven, loved to escape our cold winters with trips to their condominium in Grace Bay, Providenciales, Turks and Caicos. They visited Scotland, several islands in the Caribbean, and Greece.
Charlie was pre-deceased by his wife Marie. He is survived by Ann Loven of Framingham, Jo Basham of Millis, Peter Loven of Ayer, nephews Andy, James, Jeff, Matthew, Michael, and Peter, and nieces Catherine, Kristen, and Kristina, also by several great nephews and nieces.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Greenfield VA Clinic at 143 Munson Road, Greenfield, MA 01301 and follow directions to donate, or to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 840692 Dallas, TX 75284-0692.
A Memorial service will be held at a later date and time to be announced in the spring at the Mass Veterans Cemetery in Winchendon.
Arrangements are under the direction of Kostanski Funeral Home. For condolences, please visit www.kostanskifuneralhome.com.