Beloved Boscawen farmer remembered fondly for his neighborly behavior

  • Charles Jaworski —Courtesy

  • Long-time Boscawen residents Beverly Lacoy and Charlie Jaworski shuck corn in the town hall parking lot in 2018 to prepare a meal for people working on election day. Jaworski intended to stop by the town hall just to vote, but he ended up sitting in the parking lot for an hour peeling the husks off 36 ears of corn. Monitor file

Monitor staff
Published: 2/1/2022 4:02:40 PM
Modified: 2/1/2022 4:01:13 PM

Charlie Jaworski always loved the simplicity of his life on the farm. But his connections went far deeper than anything he planted on his land in Boscawen.

There was his faith, his commitment to his neighbors and the small interactions that would leave their mark wherever he went.

“He was visiting here constantly, just touching base with certain people,” said Barbara Gibeau, the volunteer coordinator at the Merrimack County Nursing Home in Boscawen, where Jaworski worked in maintenance before continuing on as a volunteer. “And he liked congregating with people on a special day, and just reaching out to these people and singing. He loved the singing. They would do this in the chapel, and he was just an awesome person. I truly do miss him.”

The Boscawen native passed away in a logging accident on Dec. 29. After attempting to cut down a tree, Jaworski stumbled and hit his head on a rock. He was given CPR on the scene but was pronounced dead at the hospital, according to Boscawen Police Chief Kevin Wyman.

Rhoda Hardy, an organist and pianist who often volunteered at the Merrimack County Nursing Home with Jaworski, remembers his unceasing willingness to put others before himself.

“It was wonderful to work with him because he is such a wonderful person,” Hardy said. “He didn’t have a selfish bone in his body. But he was always thinking of someone else.”

At 74, Jaworski remained a proud part-time farmer at Sunrise Knoll Farm, the farm he ran. There he enjoyed raising cattle and trading old farming equipment. He shared duties with his wife, Kathleen, as well as various young workers who would aid with the care of their animals.

Throughout his life, he sought ways to help his community, whether it was assisting the Boscawen Ladies Aid Society shuck corn at town halls, running the local Old Home Day barbecues or assisting aspiring farmers.

Josh Marshall, the communications director at the New Hampshire Farm Bureau Federation and a fellow Boscawen farmer, has fond memories of times he and his grandfather spent with Jaworski.

“When my grandfather was alive, he had a couple of old tractors similar to what we currently had – some old Farmalls – and (Charlie) would come by,” Marshall said. “He was one of the first people to stop by, say hi, and check them out … just always a really positive and happy guy.”

John Porter, a local vegetable farmer and dairy specialist at the University of New Hampshire, met Jaworski after moving to Boscawen around 1975. They served on various overlapping conservation and farming committees and became good friends. He remembers the genuine heart and unselfish energy his friend lent to him on many occasions.

“He was always willing to help anybody that needed help,” Porter said. “One time my Skil saw cord broke. And I went up to his house and in no time, he grabbed a cord off the wall of his shop and installed it in my saw, in typical Charlie fashion, because he wouldn’t charge you anything. And he was helping people out, willing to either loan them things or give them his time.”

The selflessness didn’t stop with his generation, Porter added. He believes that Jaworski’s wealth of knowledge with farming and life can live on through others.

“He was working with some boys, a little bit as a mentor,” Porter said. “He was really good about kind of mentoring people and showing them what to do, and passing on some of the skills that he had.”

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