Swampscottt, MA — Charles H. Popp Jr., age 94, of Swampscott, died Saturday, February 22, 2014, at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Bedford. He was the husband of Bettie Lou (Hartford) Popp, and the son of the late Charles H. and Edith (Richardson) Popp Sr. Born and raised in Saugus, Charles was a graduate of Saugus High School. He was a United States Navy veteran of World War II, having served in several campaigns including Pearl Harbor. He married Bettie Lou and moved to Swampscott where he lived the rest of his life. He worked for the town of Swampscott as the Director of Maintenance in the schools. Later he worked as the Veterans Administrator for the town. Charles was an avid tennis player. He spent most summers at his family cottages in Dennisport on Cape Cod. He enjoyed fishing, lobstering, walking the beach and inventing different ways of improving things. He had an analytical mind and enjoyed playing with numbers. A huge Bruins fan, Charles was influential in the formation of the original Swampscott Youth Hockey Program. Besides his wife, Bettie Lou, of 64 years, Charles is survived by his son, Dennis Popp and his wife, Diane, of Swampscott; his grandchildren, Melissa Reardon and her husband, John, of Marblehead, and Meredith Popp of Swampscott. He also leaves his great-grandchildren, John and Charles Reardon, and Leonard Popp and his sister, Evelyn “Dolly” Sim of Arizona. He was the brother of the late Roy, Frank and Harold Popp, Theresa Wakefield and Virginia Hart.
ARRANGEMENTS: A funeral service will be held in the Solimine Funeral Home, 67 Ocean St., (Route 1A), Lynn on Saturday at 10 a.m. Interment will be in Swampscott Cemetery. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. Visiting hours will be Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 480 Pleasant St., Watertown, MA 02472. Directions and guest book, www.solimine.com.