Charles Chandler Shortlidge

April 7, 1964 ~ November 26, 2023 (age 59) 59 Years Old
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Charles Shortlidge Obituary

Charles “Charlie” Chandler Shortlidge, 59, of Boston, Massachusetts, passed away in November 2023. Born on April 7, 1964, Charlie had a beautiful light-hearted sense of humor and true passion for his work as an engineer. He passed away peacefully in his favorite chair.

Charlie graduated with a degree in aeronautical engineering from Cornell University, and continued his education with GE at MIT. Known by his colleagues as an exceptional engineer, Charlie was involved with many innovative projects including:
A plethora of GE projects!
Sikorsky full-size autonomous helicopter to fly unmanned into dangerous situations to rescue groups of people.
Chrysler race car turbine engine
GreenSight Agronomics drones that survey watering needs for large tracts of land
The TESS Satellite (Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite)
And many personal projects that brought new knowledge and joy to him and friends and family.

He had many fond memories and stories to tell from his friends and cohorts from Indian Mountain, Taft, Cornell, MIT, General Electric and beyond.

Beyond his own professional accomplishments, Charlie served as a mentor for the Melrose High School Robotics team where he found great joy in supporting young curious minds.

In his personal life, Charlie enjoyed fly fishing; time at Silver Lake in Chesham, New Hampshire; flying his RC aircraft; listening to his eclectic collection of music; and a good cup of coffee.  He cherished the moments spent with loved ones on Wassaw Island, being together on Christmas morning, and especially the family tradition of sunrise hikes up Mount Monadnock.

A resident of Boston for decades, Charlie particularly enjoyed walking on the Esplanade beside the Charles River, the Boston Public Gardens, the Boston Public Library, eating out in the North End, grabbing bites to eat at Finagle-a-Bagel and the Parish Cafe.  

Charlie will be dearly missed by all who had the privilege of knowing him. He is survived by his loving family, including his mother, Eleanor Quaile Legg of Melrose, MA; his brother and sister-in-law Josh and Terri Shortlidge of Melrose, MA; his half-sister Hava Shortlidge-Ziegler and brother-in-law Yaniv and their children Yonatan, Shir and Raz of Jerusalem, Israel; his half-sister Grace Shortlidge and brother-in-law Michael and daughters Raphaelle and Ofek of Jerusalem, Israel; his nieces and nephews Marc and Laura  Boults of Tampa, FL; Jessi Shortlidge and her husband Juanito Sanchez of Peabody MA; Bahia Shortlidge Miller and her husband Cedar Miller and son Orion of Montclair, NJ; Rocky Shortlidge and his partner Danielle Schneck and son Hayden of Lake Grove, NY; and many loving cousins.

A memorial service to celebrate Charlie's life will be held at 11:00am on January 20th at the Melrose Unitarian Universalist Church. Please bring Charlie stories to share. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to The Caretta Project or the Melrose Red Hawks Robotics team in Charlie's name. (Please see links below)

May Charlie's soul fly free, and may his contributions to the world of engineering be remembered with gratitude and admiration. The impact he made on both a personal and professional level will forever be etched in the hearts of those fortunate enough to have known him. 


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