LIVERMORE FALLS — Charles “Donald” Southern, 94, of Livermore Falls, passed away Monday, Oct. 9, at his home surrounded by his loving family.

He was born Oct. 7, 1923, in Strong, the son of William Southern and Doris T. (Bean) Southern. Don attended school at the Perkins School in Watertown, Mass., where he tested the prototype of the Perkins Brailler designed by his teacher and mentor, David Abraham. He then continued his education at Newton Trade School.

Don worked as a close-tolerance machinist at United-Carr Fastener Corporation and TRW Carr Division, both in Cambridge, Mass. He retired after 32 years. On Sept. 30, 1967, he married his loving wife of 50 years, Joan Hardy. They returned to Maine following his retirement and settled down near his mother and sister in Livermore Falls.

He enjoyed woodworking, metal lathe turning, ham and CB radio operating, lapidary, birds and nature, and was known for his dry sense of humor.

He is survived by his wife, Joan H. Southern; his daughters, Lyn L. Southern of Massachusetts, Jessica D. Whitney of Washington and Lisa J. Darnell of Virginia; his sons, Ronald W. Southern, Charles D. Southern II and Walter E. Southern of Massachusetts; as well as 13 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his twin brother, Ronald Southern; his parents; and his sister, Verna Southern.

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