Charlie Hathaway – LBG #41



Charles W. Hathaway, 88, passed away at home on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016 after a long illness. Charlie was born in Wakefield, Rhode Island April 1, 1927 to Hollis C. and Barbara M. (Whaley) Hathaway. He was the husband of the late Shirley A. (Babcock) Hathaway and Dorothy (Hoxie) Hathaway. He is survived by two daughters, Jacquelyn Fournier and her husband Fred of Attleboro, Maass., and Linda H. Hains and her husband Maurice of Brockton, Mass.; four grandchildren, Benjamin C. Roth of Providence, R.I., Aaron J. Roth and his wife Nancy of Mansfield, Mass., Rachel F. Laporte and her husband Jason of Bridgewater, Mass., and Nathaniel J. Hathaway Hains of Brockton, Mass. He is also survived by five great-granddaughters, Eleanor J., Sophia A. Roth, Zoey A., Violet M. and Pheobe A. Roth. He is survived by his niece Barbara A. Jacobik of Cilfton, Va.; and many grandnephews and grandnieces. He was the brother of the late R. Janice Babcock. Charlie enlisted in the United States Coast Guard in May 1945 and was assigned to the USCGC Tampa on the International Ice Patrol stationed in Newfoundland, Canada. After leaving the Coast Guard he went lobstering on his boat the “Shirley B” out of Point Judith, fished with Clinton Babcock, and worked for the Point Judith Fisherman’s Co-op.  After marrying, he worked at the Wakefield Branch Company in various positions and was later in charge of the Lumber Department. After retiring, he moved to Gettysburg, and followed his lifelong passion of studying the Civil War, especially the artillery of Gettysburg. He became a Licensed Battlefield Guide in February of 1987 receiving Badge # 41.  programs at the Farnsworth House and Harrisburg Community College. He was a craftsman with lumber and enjoyed building furniture and models. Declining health limited his ability to guide after 2002 and his last active year was 2006. Charlie was a member of the Trinity United Church of Christ and served his church community when he was healthy. He enjoyed his many friends and family, his cats, and reading about New England and the sea. A memorial service will be held 12 noon, Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016 at Trinity United Church of Christ, 60 E. High St., Gettysburg with his pastor the Rev. Stephen Broache officiating. The Monahan Funeral Home, Gettysburg, is in charge of the funeral arrangements and online condolences may be made at

Return to Memoriam Page


In consideration of the services of The Association of Licensed Battlefield Guides®, their officers,  agents, and members, and/or all other persons or entities associated with those businesses (hereinafter collectively  referred to as “ALBG”) I agree as follows: 

Although ALBG has taken reasonable steps to provide me with appropriate equipment and experienced,  skilled guides so I can enjoy an activity for which I may not be skilled, ALBG has informed me this activity is not  without risk. Certain risks are inherent in each activity and cannot be eliminated without destroying the unique  character of the activity. These inherent risks are some of the same elements that contribute to the unique  character of this activity and can be the cause of loss or damage to my equipment, or accidental injury, illness, or  in extreme cases, permanent injury, trauma and/ or death. ALBG does not want to frighten me or reduce my  enthusiasm for this activity, but believes it is important for me to know in advance what to be aware of and to  expect and to be informed of the inherent risks as reasonably as possible. Most programs will be conducted on  the grounds of the Gettysburg National Military Park (“GNMP”). The following describes some, but not all, of  those risks.

  • Tripping, slipping and/or falling on uneven, slippery and/or brush and/or leaf-covered terrain
  • Exposure to severe weather, including but not limited to: Excessive cold, heat and/or humidity, sun,  heavy rain, thunderstorms, lightening and/or high winds 
  • Exposure to stinging insects, poison ivy and/or poison oak 
  • Traffic on GNMP and public roadways adjacent and through GNMP, which may be heavy at times and  may include, but is not limited to: automobiles, buses, motorcycles, scooters, horses, horse-drawn  vehicles, Segways and bicycles 

I am aware that outdoors programs entail risks of injury, trauma and/or death to any participant. I  understand the description of these inherent risks is as complete as is reasonably possible, and that other unknown  or unanticipated inherent risks may result in injury, trauma and/or death. I agree to assume and accept full  responsibility for the inherent risks identified herein and those inherent risks not specifically identified but may  also occur. My participation in this activity is purely voluntary; no one is forcing me to participate and I elect to  participate in spite of and with full knowledge of the inherent risks. 

I acknowledge that engaging in this activity may require a degree of skill and knowledge different than  other activities and that I have responsibilities as a participant. I acknowledge that the staff of ALBG [and the  Staff of the Gettysburg National Military Park who are publicly available to all Visitors for information at no  charge] has been available to more fully explain to me the nature and physical demands of this activity and the  inherent risks, hazards, and dangers associated with this activity. 

I certify that I am fully capable of participating in this activity. Therefore, I assume and accept full  responsibility for myself, including all minor children in my care, custody, and control, for bodily injury, death or  loss of personal property [including but not limited to automobiles, other vehicles, pets, etc.] and expenses as a  result of those inherent risks and dangers identified herein and those inherent risks and dangers not specifically  identified, and as a result of my negligence in participating in this activity. 

I have carefully read, clearly understood and accepted the terms and conditions stated herein and  acknowledge that this agreement shall be effective and binding upon myself, my heirs, assigns, personal  representative and estate and for all members of my family, including minor children.

Close and choose agree to continue with registration.