To the editor:
Recently, a man by the name of Charles Gervason died very unexpectedly, a man who should be remembered by the citizens of Bergholz.
Upon graduation of high school, he joined the Merchant Marines, serving in World War II.
Next, he became very involved in the Bergholz Volunteer Fire Department, serving as fire chief for a number of years. During this time, he became qualified as a fire instructor, serving other departments in the community.
Then, when asked, he became a member of the board of public affairs. This job demanded a lot of hours with very little thanks given. The job included repairing water breaks at all hours of the day and night, regardless of the weather.
He was very vital in keeping the water running in this town until the county took over the water system. Then, he assisted the county in any way he could. During all this time, he assisted many of our citizens in any way he could, including snake removal from their homes. As a boy, Chuck always liked snakes. During this time, he saved three lives in Bergholz, a little girl and a man who was cleaning his well. Gas fumes got him and Chuck went down into the well and carried him out. No. 3 was yours truly, when I was covered in a hole while repairing a water break and Chuck dug me out with his hands.
This man was exceptional in all ways. Chuck, we will miss you.
John R. Carson