Ernest (Ernie) F. Baldasaro passed away at home on Saturday, July 24, at the age of 75, surrounded by his loving family, after a long battle with COPD.
Ernie was born on February 2,1946, in Charlestown, NH, to Guy and Nelda (Williams) Baldasaro. He joined his brother David Baldasaro to complete their family. He graduated from Charlestown High School in 1964. If you knew Ernie in his youth, you will remember he enjoyed driving fast and taking chances and was known as the class clown.
Ernie went to vocational school in Boston for CNC education and worked as a machinist for many years. Ernie went on to own retail stores in Claremont, including “She”, Dan’s Footwear, and The Locker Room. He considered himself a savvy businessman and always had an epic work ethic. He went on to hold various jobs through years and finally found a role that made him happy in driving for Thomas Transportation which he did until February 2020. He loved driving the Keene State sports teams and Swamp Bats to their games.
Ernie was an active member of the Charlestown community, serving on the Charlestown Fire Department for more than 20 years, including a role as Asst. Fire Chief. He loved to make (and eat) the donuts, help with the BBQ Chicken fundraisers and even provided CPR to a cat on one of their fire calls. He was as a member of the Finance Committee, Master of Ceremonies for Old Home’s Day, and volunteer coach for his daughter’s basketball team.
When his body was healthy enough, Ernie was an avid pheasant, deer and turkey hunter, a love he learned from his dad and shared with his son and daughters. He enjoyed fishing, trips to Foxwoods, and most of all cooking. He was beyond proud of his meatball and red sauce recipe which he shared with is oldest daughter, Lisa, on the day of his passing.
He was predeceased in life by his father and mother, Guy & Nelda and his brother David.
Ernie is lovingly remembered by sister-in-law, Shirley Baldasaro of Claremont, NH. His daughter, Lisa (Baldasaro) Carlton and granddaughter, Ella Jean Rose of Lincoln, RI. His daughter, Johnna (Baldasaro) Shortsleeves and husband, Scott of Parsonsfield, ME, and granddaughters, Paige, Natalie and Sophie. His son, Michael Baldasaro and wife, Teal of Hillsborough, NH, and granddaughter, Isobel and grandson, Giovanni. His daughter, “his rock” and caretaker, Samantha (Baldasaro) Aubin and husband, Shawn of Charlestown, NH, his grandson, Owen and granddaughter, Mia. With special mention to his bonus grandson, Liam Aubin. Ernie’s children and grandchildren were the true loves of his life.
Visitation will be held at Charlestown Memorial Chapel on Monday, August 2nd from 4-6PM.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Catherine’s of Sienna Church in Charlestown on Tuesday, August 3rd at 11am with Father John officiating. Interment will take place at St. Peter’s Cemetery in Drewsville following the mass.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to COPDFoundation.org and if you are still a smoker, please consider quitting.
The Stringer Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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