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Charles W. Miklovich
May 23, 1944 ~ January 26, 2024 (age 79) 79 Years Old
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Charles W. Miklovich, son of the late Francis and Winona (Webber) Miklovich, passed his soul to his maker and his memories to those who knew him on January 26, 2024, in Southbury, CT.
Charles leaves behind his wife of 57 years; Catherine (Kate), his three daughters - Carrie Colby from Windham, Maine; Amy Falk and her husband Jason from Southbury, CT, and Lori Knudson and her husband Brett from Chesterfield, MO. He also leaves behind two sisters: Frances Leuthi from Switzerland and Meg Miklovich from Montpelier, VT.
He also leaves his seven grandchildren whom he loved dearly. Blake and Makenna Colby, Emily, Travis and Kyle Falk, and Natalie and Ben Knudson. He was a wonderful grandfather who enjoyed spending time playing cards, building legos and doll houses, having bonfires and toasting marshmallows, playing with trucks and army soldiers, teaching the kids how to drive a golf cart, swimming, boating, and hosting lobster cookouts. He was always up for a vacation with his grandkids and would go anywhere with them.
Charles was an educator in Monroe and Searsport, Maine, for 34 years. He received his B.A. from Merrimack College in N. Andover, MA majoring in Biology/Chemistry. He also earned his master’s degree in Educational Administration from University of Maine at Orono, ME.
He served as a Selectman for the town of Swanville, Maine for 17 years as well as on the town's planning board, board of appeals, and budget committee. Charles also served on the board of directors of WCAP (Waldo County Action Partners) for eleven years prior to his retirement to his Swan Lake home in 2001.
Charles loved to sail with family and friends and spent many hours exploring the Maine Islands of Penobscot Bay.
If you were a member of the Searsport High School class of 1976 you might have been in Mr. Mik's 7th grade science class and been part of the tin man project. To encourage the state to pass a returnable bottle bill Mr. Mik's class collected aluminum cans. They assembled the tin man who was then transported to the entrance to the Maine turnpike where motorists crossing the Kittery Bridge were greeted by this stark reminder of what was being thrown out of vehicles with little or no regard for the environment. The returnable bottle bill passed in Maine in 1978. Who says kids with a little vision can't make a difference!
Charles (Mr. Mik) was a lifelong learner and everything he learned he passed on to his students. If you tapped maple trees and boiled down the sap, learned the names of native ferns and trees of Maine, learned to downhill ski, experienced camping in Maine (without a hair dryer), climbed Cadillac Mountain, learned to sail a 34 foot Cal Sloop from Searsport Harbor to Warren Island; and dug and ate fresh collected mussels, then you knew Mr. Mik as your teacher, advisor, or high school principal.
As per his wishes his ashes will be scattered on the lands and waters of Maine. He leaves this request; the next time you take a walk in the woods with family, friends, spouse, or favorite pet; yell “Yo Mr. Mik” and then listen in the wind.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to American Lung Association, 122 State Street, Augusta, Maine 04330 or Waldo Community Action Partners, 9 Field Street #201, Belfast, ME 04915.
Arrangements made by Munson-Lovetere Funeral Home and Cremation Services. To leave an online condolence please visit www.munsonloveterefuneralhome.com.