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Charles Magnuson, former Jamestown mayor
Sept. 6, 1924 -- Jan. 29, 2007

Former Jamestown Mayor Charles B. Magnuson died Monday in the Lutheran Social Services facility here. He was 82.

He served as mayor of Jamestown from 1968 to 1969, during which time the new City Hall was built. A Republican, he ran for re-election in 1969 but was defeated by Democrat Stan Lundine.

He also ran unsuccessfully for Chautauqua County executive against Joseph Gerace in 1974.

Mr. Magnuson, born in Jamestown, he was a 1942 graduate of Jamestown High School and attended Tennessee Military Academy and the University of Buffalo and received a degree in human services administration from Empire State College.

He owned and operated E.H. Magnuson Insurance Agency in Jamestown for many years, first working for his father and later working with his son.

After leaving the insurance business, he worked for a number of years at Lutheran Social Services and for the Resource Center on Foote Avenue until his retirement.

Mr. Magnuson served in World War II in the South Pacific as a boatswain's mate second class in the Navy Seabees. He served on Guam and Engebi. He was a longtime member of Ira Lou Spring Post 149, American Legion.

He was a member of First Lutheran Church, serving several times as chairman of the board, and sang in the choir for more than 65 years. He was an accomplished musician, noted especially for his fine bass baritone voice. He played trombone in both the First Lutheran Band and the Jamestown Concert Band.

Mr. Magnuson was also an artist, in both oil and watercolors. He had a great love of gardening and especially loved growing and tending roses. He also built and refinished furniture. He loved cooking and served as a chef for many community functions.

He was an avid fisherman and woodsman all his life and spent much of his later life exploring the woods and natural world of the Chautauqua County area.

Mr. Magnuson was past president of the Optimist Club and Norden Club and served on the board of directors of the Jamestown Automobile Club and the Jamestown Insurance Agents Association, the Little Theater of the Jamestown YMCA and Chautauqua Lake Lutheran Camp. He was a troop leader for Boy Scout Troop 145 and an Indian Guide leader. He was a past member of Mount Moriah Masonic Lodge and the Jamestown Consistory.

He was the widower of Harriet Rosalia Magnuson, his wife of 52 years.

He is survived by two sons, Peter B. and Timothy B.

A service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday in the nave of First Lutheran Church, 120 Chandler St.


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