John W. Charlton

May 3, 1940November 5, 2020

John William Charlton, 80, passed away at Cape Cod Hospital Thursday, November 5. He leaves behind his wife Jan, his two children, Eric Charlton (Valentina), and Sharon Crickmar (Glenn), and three beloved grandchildren, Alex, Erica, and Kevin Charlton. He is also survived by his sisters Jane Huey (Charles) and Kathy Hosfeld (George), brothers Thomas (Donald), James (Dorian), and Brian Charlton, nieces Lynn Johnson (Chad) and Elana Gleason (Landon Henry), and nephews Christopher Huey (Susan) and Kyle Fowler (Kristen) and numerous special friends and relatives, including cousin Pat Brandt and brothers-in-law James, Brian (Marcia), and Gregory Gleason. John so loved to wrap his arms around the Pippins family - Gregory, Deirdre, Jordan, and Haley.

John began his life in Nanticoke, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Wyoming Seminary and Union College where he was a proud member of Sigma Chi Fraternity. After achieving his Master’s degree in electrical engineering, he worked for many years in the electrical energy field at the New York State Electric & Gas Company, and was instrumental in creating an energy market for New York through his work at the NYISO. John was also a sought-after professor at Binghamton University.

John and his wife, Jan, married in 2009 and washed ashore from New York To North Eastham where they made their home. John immediately joined in his new community, becoming active in the Eastham Library Building Fund, Nauset Newcomers, the Orleans Coffee Club, and the Nauset Model Railroad Club, where he was the Finance Coordinator. At home in his favorite recliner, he became an avid Red Sox and Patriots fan, much to the dismay of his New York brother-and sister-in-law, Ed and Mary Fowler.

John also enjoyed playing chess and golf and was an avid reader and thinker. He became quite an expert in local history, especially pirate lore and the discovery of the ship Whydah.

In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to the Nauset Model Railroad Club or the Eastham Public Library. The family will plan a memorial celebration to toast John’s life with jazz and bourbon when it is safe to do so.


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Laura Gribbin

January 24, 2021

I worked with John at NYISO. I got to know him when a re-org dropped me in the Capacity Market. I've been there ever since, partially due to the passion John shared with all of us in our small group. He was smart, kind, sharing, and a true friend.
I wish he had more years with you in Retirement but with every letter and post, it was clear he was living the best part of his life.
I so enjoyed the night you, John, and I met for dinner on your way through!
My love to you, Eric and Sharon.
Laura Gribbin


November 19, 2020

On hearing this sad news I had a flood of memories. I met John shortly after his family resettled in Sheatown Pa (1950?} from Cranford NJ. I first met his mother, Ruth, who introduced me to John, Tom, and Jane. At that time I was obsessed with geology and enjoyed roaming the woods and the ubiquitous coal company properties with John and Tom in tow. Even at his early age John impressed me with his interest and knowledge of science and engineering. We kept in touch through my high school years until I left for Penn State. While in the Air Force I flew a C-124 {Globemaster} to WB-Scranton IAP for display on Armed Forces Day May 1960 and met with John and his father, Foster. I followed John's progress at Wyoming Seminary and Union College. Although we occasionally corresponded , I regret that I did not get to meet his family. I was impressed with his achievements at Union College, teaching, and consulting in the electrical engineering power industries in New York State. Requiescet in pace Ioannis.
Robert (Bob) Pocreva
USAF (Ret)
Emeritus Assoc. Professor SIU-E
Lillian Alabama

Steve Whalen

November 13, 2020

My sympathies to John's family and friends. I worked with John at NYSEG in the late 1990’s, and then again in the early 2000s when John went to work at the NYISO. John’s intelligence and work ethic carried him over well between the two. Coming from a power plant, I appreciated the time he was willing to spend with me when I obtained my own new responsibilities. I and others found that John was always willing to take a call for help.

Garry Mallison

November 9, 2020

So sorry for your loss. John was a good friend, a boss and a good poker player in our group. I have known him since he moved to Binghamton and have always respected him. We will miss him.
Garry Mallison

William Dehlman

November 7, 2020

John Charlton was my supervisor at NYSEG for 14 years and he was my golf partner. I will miss him and rest in peace, John.

William Dehlman

Al and Carmella Alfano

November 6, 2020

Jan, our prayers and thoughts will be with you and your family. John was a bright light in our lives during the short time we were privileged to know him. Love, Carmella and Al