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Obituary: Charles I. Berrell

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8/30/12 ~ 9/19/03

Charles I. Berrell, age 91, passed away on September 19 following heart surgery.

He was born August 30, 1912 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Charles Irwin and Mary Wunder Berrell. As a young man, he achieved the distinction of Eagle Scout. He worked his way through Drexel Institute, now Drexel University, earning an electrical engineering degree.

He first came to Utah in 1943 as one of the major electrical contractors on the Geneva Steel Plant in Provo. After World War Two he returned to Pennsylvania. In 1951 he was sent back to Salt Lake City to expand his company's regional operation. He remained and over the next three decades his job took him to many parts of the world.

Charles served two, two-year terms as President of the National Electrical Contractors Association. He was a founding member and director of the association's Academy.

He was a 32nd degree Scottish Rite mason and joined the Shrine, affiliating with the El Kalah Temple upon moving to Salt Lake. He was also a very active Jester.

He was a long time member of Wasatch Presbyterian Church. He was a member and President of the Salt Lake Rotary Club. He also served as President of the Alta Club and was a member of the Hidden Valley Country Club.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Vivian, daughter Evelyn (John) Edwards of Salt Lake City, granddaughter Elizabeth Ann Edwards of Durango, CO and grandson Matthew Charles (Bree) Edwards of Valencia, CA. He was preceded in death by his sister Thelma B. Pechin of Upper Darby, PA.

A memorial service will be held 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, September 24 at Wasatch Presbyterian Church, 1700 South and 1700 East. Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

In lieu of flowers the family encourages donations to the Intermountain Unit of The Shriner's Hospital for Children, Fairfax Rd. and Virginia St., Salt Lake City, UT 84103 or a charity of your choice. Funeral Directors: Evans & Early Mortuary a Dignity Memorial provider.