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Charles Brian Panton, 93, Andover


ANDOVER – Charles Brian Panton, 93, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family on Tuesday (May 18, 2021.)

            Mr. Panton was born on February 9, 1928 in Emporium, Pa. to Charles Davenport and Edna Viola (Brown) Panton. He soon became known as “Brian” to all. He was a veteran of the United States Army where he served from 1950 to 1952. On August 24, 1950 in Olean, he married Rhea M. Perry who preceded him in death on April 10, 2005. Rhea was the one and only love of his life, and what a great love it was.

            Brian was known by many for his expertise in mechanical repairs and was a master mechanic in the pipeline industry. Twenty years of his career was given to Joyce Pipeline. Afterward, he worked for other individuals and companies that sought out his vast knowledge in the industry.

            Brian is survived by his four children, Lynn E. Panton of Rochester, Sara J. Panton of Tomball, Tx., Michael B. Panton of Andover and Timothy B. (Audrey Apalling) of South Dayton; a grandson, Brian F. Panton of North Adam, Mass.; a granddaughter, Kristen Renwick of Skyesville, Pa.; a great granddaughter, Sofia Gilewicz of North Adam, Mass; a great grandson, Alexander Welch of Skyesville, Pa.; and his committed aides who became best friends and whom he considered almost family, Christy, Evelyn, and Sharon. During his lifetime, he was loved by numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.

            Brian was an avid NASCAR and Cleveland Browns fan. He also enjoyed various other sports and he was an enthusiastic horse racing fan. Going to the Modern Diner was a favorite outing, especially for the desserts. He and his wife loved their pup-dogs dearly and they cherished many throughout their lives. He also delighted in talking to the grand-pups, and “Pickles” was the favored one. Brian was a firm believer in doing things right. He was a dear friend to many and the “Best Father ever.”

A treasured memory of his was the renewing of his wedding vows with Rhea during their 40th Anniversary celebration. The event made him feel “Just Married” again. In his retirement Brian was by Rhea’s side as her health declined, helping to care for her until her passing.

 Brian’s family will honor him at a graveside service with full military honors on Wednesday (June 2, 2021) at Valley Brook Cemetery in Andover officiated by Rev. Christian Mattison. Arrangements are under the direction of Baker-Swan Funeral Home in Andover and online condolences may be offered at

 Memorial contributions in Brian’s name may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 6215 Sheridan Drive, Suite 100, Amherst, NY 14223. © 2021 Baker-Swan Funeral Home.

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