HANCOCK - In 45 years at The Daily Mining Gazette, Charles "Chuck" Gauthier sold many advertisements and made many people laugh.
The longtime DMG advertising sales representative passed away Sunday at the age of 72 at the Houghton County Medical Care Facility, but his memory will live on.
"He gave 110 percent to his job and was a valued employee. He took pride in the job he did and it showed," said Yvonne Robillard, DMG advertising director. "There was never a dull moment when Chuck was around. He had a great sense of humor. He will be missed by the DMG family."
He made countless people feel like family during a sales career that included 18 years in the Calumet office and the rest in Houghton, and only illness cut "short" his 45-year career.
Barbara Mills, who worked with Gauthier for about 15 years, recalled his personality and gift of "schmoozing" that put everyone at ease.
"He took very good care of his customers up on (the Calumet) end, and they all liked him," Mills said. "... Chuck was always there for me when I needed him. He was my rock."
Gauthier was a stabilizing force for decades at the DMG, and his work ethic and humorous personality were evident well before he was employed in the advertising department.
"I knew him from Houghton High School, where we both attended," said DMG co-worker Carole Makela. "He was older than I was, but he liked to tell people the opposite - his sense of humor continued with him until the end. He was a very nice man who loved his wife and family deeply. His belief in God was deep."
Gauthier, whose wife Alice preceded him in death on July 2, 2011, served in the U.S. Army from 1963-64 and was a member of Hope Fellowship in Houghton. He is survived by two sons and six grandchildren.
Funeral services for Gauthier will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday at Hope Fellowship. Visitation takes place at 11 a.m. For more information, see Gauthier's full obituary in today's Daily Mining Gazette.