ROCKLAND — Charles “Chuck” Novicka, 70, passed away peacefully Saturday, Aug. 28, 2021, at the Maine Veteran’s Home in Augusta, after a long illness. He went to be with his brothers and sisters that, like him, were affected by war.

Born in Rockland, May 21, 1951, he was the son of Neil and Esther Monroe Novicka. Chuck graduated from Rockland District High School in 1969 and pre-enlisted in the Marines.

Directly after graduation, he left for the Marines. PFC Charles Novicka, a.k.a Hawkeye Chuck, was wounded in Vietnam, while on combat patrol with G. Company, Second Battalion, Fifth Marines at An Hoa.

He received many medals and awards including; The Purple Heart both from the U.S. Government as well as the State of Maine and The National Defense Service Medal. After a very long recovery, Chuck worked with his father and brother at the Electric Shop in Rockland. He was also a volunteer fireman with the Town of Rockport.

He became an avid gun collector and excellent marksman. He was a frequent visitor at the Winslow-Holbrook-Merritt American Legion Post #1 in Rockland, where he felt he was among his military brothers and sisters. He was also a member of the Elks, Moose Club, Aurora Lodge of Masons, Kora Shrine, VFW and a life member of the Military Order of the Purple Heart.

Chuck was predeceased by his parents and his brother Neil (Alison) Novicka.

He is survived by his son Eric Novicka and wife Jennifer, of Lexington, Tenn.; daughter Vanessa Spear of Rockland; grandchildren Aikman Spear of Rockland, Amanda Novicka Tardiff and husband Timothy of Lexington, Tenn., Peter Novicka and his partner Destiny of Weber City, Va., Vanessa Novicka Miller of Thomaston and Breanna Novicka of Winthrop; nine great-grandchildren, as well as several nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his “best girl” friend, Sheila Polky of Owls Head.

Family and friends are invited to visit from 5 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 7, at Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock St., Rockland.

A graveside service with full Military Honors will be held at noon Tuesday, Sept. 8, at Maine Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery, Mt. Vernon Road, Augusta. For those unable to attend in person, a live-stream of the service will be available on Chuck’s book of memories at Follow the link under Photos & Videos Tab then Watch Webcast.

No reception will be held, due to the recent spike of COVID-19 cases.

Memorial donations may be made to the Midcoast Shriners Club $100 Million Club, C/O Russ Thompson, 549 Flanders Corner Road, Waldoboro ME 04572.

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