ROCKPORT — Charles “Charlie” Salminen, 79, passed away Friday, Dec. 23, 2022, with his family by his side at the Sussman House in Rockport.

Born in Rockland, May 15, 1943, he was the son of Arnold and Louise Fields Salminen. Charlie attended local schools in the Rockland area until joining the Army. After the Army, he went on to further his education at Southern Maine Vocational Technical Institute, the University of Maine at Farmington, and the University of Maine at Orono.

Charlie started his career at Sears, eventually becoming the manager of the automotive department until his first retirement. He and his wife Peggy then purchased the Rockland Roller Skating Rink. They enjoyed hosting fun events and he was known to attempt the limbo and hokey pokey on occasion. He ultimately finished his working career at the Department of Health and Human Services with his second retirement in 2013.

He loved to watch and play sports, especially the Red Sox, Patriots and Celtics. He enjoyed a good meal at local restaurants including; Chez Michel, Moody’s, The Helm, and Bullwinkle’s just to name a few. He would always order a coffee, water and a beer when possible. Charlie loved lobster. He enjoyed his 1986 red Chrysler convertible, just driving aimlessly around town listening to music. He enjoyed swimming in the ocean whether it was Glen Cove or Old Orchard Beach.

Other than his father and mother, Charlie was predeceased by his brother-in-law Robert “Bob” Kelley. He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Peggy; his daughter Kelly and her husband Chris of Manchester, Maine; sister Yvonne Kelley and her four daughters, Debbie Trail, Cindy Sexton, Kim Jones and Brenda Clickner.

The family would like to thank the Sussman House for their great care in Charlie’s final days. Additionally, they would like to thank all the previous Sears employees and coworkers for their support throughout the years.

Family and friends are invited to join us for one hour of visitation on Thursday, Jan. 5, 2023, at Burpee, Carpenter and Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock St., Rockland. Immediately following visitation, a funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. For those unable to attend in person, Charlie’s service will be webcast on his Book of Memories by clicking on the Photos and Video’s tab, and then on the Watch Webcast Link.

Those who wish to leave a story or memory for Charlie’s family may do so on their Book of Memories at

Arrangements are in the care of Burpee, Carpenter and Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock St., Rockland.