Charles A. Boucher, 75, husband of Barbara (Maton) Boucher, died Aug. 5, 2010, at home after a short illness. He was the husband of Barbara Boucher for 39 years.

Mr. Boucher was born Oct. 27, 1934, in Waterbury, son of Anthony J. Boucher and Stella (Trepanier) Boucher.

He was raised in Watertown and attended St. John's School and Watertown High School before moving to Washington in 1970.

Mr. Boucher served in the US Navy aboard the USS Missouri during the Korean War from 1951-55.

Mr. Boucher honed his skills learning from masters in the building trades, including his father, his mentor.

He worked primarily for F. B. Mattson Co. of Waterbury beginning in 1955. He rose from journeyman carpenter to carpentry superintendent and estimator for commercial and residential projects from 1973-83.

Mr. Boucher was president of C.A. Boucher Co., Inc., his general contracting firm in Washington, from 1983 until his retirement in 2008.

He specialized in new construction, renovations and custom mill work. Throughout his career, he left his signature mark of quality throughout New Haven and Litchfield counties.

Mr. Boucher was a charter member of The Watertown Customs Club since 1955.

In the 1960s, he was a local racing legend with his 1934 C-Altered Ford pickup, "Bad News."

He competed at Dover Drag Strip, Lebanon Valley and Connecticut Dragway. He was the NHRA National Champion in 1963 for his class at the US Nationals in Indianapolis.

"Bad News" was meticulously restored in 2002 by his friend, Roger Charbonneau, and now appears at nostalgia drag race reunions.

Since his retirement, Mr. Boucher had served on the town of Washington's Building and Property Committee and also assisted in creating the initial lists for Region 12's $2.3 million repair project for the three primary schools.

Late in his life, Mr. Boucher discovered a talent and love for wood turning. He had the natural eye and touch to create beautiful bowls that he shared with friends and family.

He was a member of the Nutmeg Wood Turners League at Brookfield Craft Center.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Boucher is survived by four daughters, Kim Fenske, and her husband, Gary, of Waterbury, Cheryl Becker, and her husband, Robert, of Winsted, Donna Garceau, and her husband, David, of Naugatuck, and Lorrie Neumann, and her husband, Carl, of Winsted; two sons, Anthony Boucher, of Middletown, and Charles A. Boucher, of Bethlehem; nine grandchildren; two great grandchildren. sisters, Jean Ray and Charlotte, and her husband, James Brooks, of Watertown, and Carol Congero, of Saratoga Springs, N.Y.; two brothers, Alec Boucher, of Germany, and Raymond, and his wife, Joanne Boucher, of Watertown; and a sister-in-law, Marcia Boucher, of Alfred, Maine. He was predeceased by a brother, Edward Boucher; and a sister, Phyllis Zambero.

There will be a private family graveside service.

The Lillis Funeral Home of New Milford is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials, with a memo Acct. No. 26395956, may be made to The Tribute Program of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Department 142, Memphis, TN 38148.