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COOPERSTOWN _ Charles Clinton Root, of Cooperstown, died peacefully at home Monday, May 16, 2011.
Charles (Charlie to his friends, PaPa to his grandchildren) was born July 13, 1923, in Cooperstown, a son of Kenneth Weeks and Harriet (nee Harriet Elizabeth Bundy) Root.
He attended Cooperstown Central School where he was an avid three season athlete and member of the baseball, football and basketball teams. After his graduation in 1940, he attended Syracuse University until he left school to join the Armed Services.
Just recently he received a Certificate of Appreciation for his service in the United States Army on behalf of the partnership between Catskill Area Hospice and the Veterans Administration.
When he returned from the service, he attended Hartwick College where he became a brother in the Alpha Alpha Chapter of the Alpha Kappa Pi fraternity.
At Hartwick College he met the love of his life, Ruth Helen Graunke, of Sayville. They were married on Aug. 6, 1946.  Charles and Ruth Root ranRoot Hardware on Main Street in Cooperstown until 1956.
He then worked at the Carrier plant in Schenectady until he joined the Cooperstown Post Office. He walked the Main Street route until he became a rural letter carrier, where he remained until his retirement in 1987.
Charles was an active member of Cooperstown Fire Department, serving as a Foreman with Engine Company No. 2, and was a past Captain of the Cooperstown Emergency Squad. A devoted Freemason, he was Raised March 17, 1953, in Otsego Lodge No. 138, Free and Accepted Masons, and served as the 94th Worshipful Master of the Lodge in 1962. He was also a member of Otsego Chapter No. 26, Royal Arch Masons, in Cooperstown.
He attended the Cooperstown United Methodist Church with his entire family  where he served faithfully asan usher. He was a member of the Clark F. Simmons American Legion Post No. 579 in Cooperstown, and the Leatherstocking Golf Club.
He loved to watch movies, play golf and sail, go camping and to travel. For their 50th Anniversary Charles and Ruth took a cruise up the inland waterway in Alaska.
Much beloved by his grandchildren, he remained proud of them all and was involved in their lives until the day he died.
Charles is survived by three daughters, Janis Susan Root Tobin married to the Rev. Roger M. Tobin, of Miami, Fla., Nancy Ellen Root Cooper married to Marc Cooper, of Oneonta, and Kathy Anne Root Carbonello married to John Carbonello, of Londonderry, N.H.; five grandchildren, Nathaniel David Tobin married to Maryann Tatum Tobin, Jonathan Daniel Tobin and Emily Allongo of Miami, Fla., Michelle Elizabeth Cooper and fiance Alex Diaz of Miami, Fla., Christine Carbonello Kleinman married to Michael Kleinman, of Chestnut Hill, Mass., and Michael John Carbonello married to Caitlin McKoy Carbonello, of Somerville, Mass.; a brother-in-law, Raymond Graunke married to Betty Bennett Graunke of Sayville; a sister-in-law, Vera Elaine Mitchell and Pat Blackmon of Purcelville, Va.; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 64 years, Ruth G. Root, who died Dec. 13, 2009; his father, Kenneth W. Root, who died Sept. 27, 1945; his mother, Harriet B. Root, who died Nov. 29, 1968; his two brothers, Kenneth W. Root Jr., who died Nov. 24, 1968, and Malcolm Lee Root, who died June 4, 2001; and his sister, Susan Root Fryling, who died June 23, 1997.
The family would like to extend their gratitude to the Rev. Sundar R. Samuel, to Catskill Area Hospice and Palliative Care, and to all of his caregivers. Angels could not have taken better care of our father. We will never forget any of you.
A Memorial Service in Celebration of the Life of Charles C. Root will be offered the morning of Saturday, July 2, 2011, at the Cooperstown United Methodist Church, with the Rev’d Sundar R. Samuel, pastor, officiating.
The Masonic Memorial Service will be conducted by Brothers from Otsego Lodge No. 138, F. & A.M. at the beginning of the services at the church.
Following the service a light luncheon will be served in the Fellowship Hall, hosted by the United Methodist Women.
The Service of Committal and Burial with Military Honors will be private in Lakewood Cemetery, Cooperstown. There will be no visiting hours.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that gifts be given to the Cooperstown Fire Department, P.O. Box 1, Cooperstown, NY 13326; the Memorial Fund at the Cooperstown United Methodist Church, 66 Chestnut St., Cooperstown, NY 13326 or Catskill Area Hospice and Palliative Care, 1 Birchwood Drive, Oneonta, NY 13820.
Arrangements are under the guidance of the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home in Cooperstown.
Published on  May 19, 2011
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