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Charles Brian Panton

February 9, 1928 - May 18, 2021

Going to the Modern Diner was a favorite outing, especially for the desserts.


ANDOVER – Charles Brian Panton, 93, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family on Tuesday (May 18, 2021.)

Mr. Panton was born on February 9, 1928 in Emporium, Pa. to Charles Davenport and Edna Viola (Brown) Panton. He soon became known as “Brian” to all. He was a veteran of the United States Army where he served from 1950 to 1952. On August 24, 1950 in Olean, he married Rhea M. Perry who preceded him in death on April 10, 2005. Rhea was the one and only love of his life, and what a great love it was.

Brian was known by many for his expertise in mechanical repairs and was a master mechanic in the pipeline industry. Twenty years of his career was given to Joyce Pipeline. Afterward, he worked for other individuals and companies that sought out his vast knowledge in the industry.

Brian is survived by his four children, Lynn E. Panton of Rochester, Sara J. Panton of Tomball, Tx., Michael B. Panton of Andover and Timothy B. (Audrey Appling) of South Dayton; a grandson, Brian F. Panton of North Adam, Mass.; a granddaughter, Kristen Renwick of Skyesville, Pa.; a great granddaughter, Sofia Gilewicz of North Adam, Mass; a great grandson, Alexander Welch of Skyesville, Pa.; and his committed aides who became best friends and whom he considered almost family, Christy, Evelyn, and Sharon. During his lifetime, he was loved by numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Brian was an avid NASCAR and Cleveland Browns fan. He also enjoyed various other sports and he was an enthusiastic horse racing fan. Going to the Modern Diner was a favorite outing, especially for the desserts. He and his wife loved their pup-dogs dearly and they cherished many throughout their lives. He also delighted in talking to the grand-pups, and “Pickles” was the favored one.

Brian was a firm believer in doing things right. He was a dear friend to many and the “Best Father ever.”

A treasured memory of his was the renewing of his wedding vows with Rhea during their 40th Anniversary celebration. The event made him feel “Just Married” again. In his retirement Brian was by Rhea’s side as her health declined, helping to care for her until her passing.

Brian’s family will honor him at a graveside service with full military honors on Wednesday (June 2, 2021) at 11:00 a.m. at Valley Brook Cemetery in Andover officiated by Rev. Christian Mattison. Arrangements are under the direction of Baker-Swan Funeral Home in Andover and online condolences may be offered at

​Memorial contributions in Brian’s name may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 6215 Sheridan Drive, Suite 100, Amherst, NY 14223. © 2021 Baker-Swan Funeral Home
Rhea M. Panton, September 17, 1931 – April 10, 2005

TOMBALL, TEXAS – Rhea M. Panton, 73, formerly of Andover, passed away Sunday (April 10, 2005) at Tomball Regional Hospital following a lengthy illness.

Mrs. Panton was born on September 17, 1931 in Olean to Todd S. and Mona F. (Gold) Perry. She was a 1949 graduate of Eldred High School in Eldred, Penn. On August 24, 1950 in Olean she married Charles B. Panton, who survives.

Rhea is survived by two daughters, Lynn E. Panton of Rochester and Sara J. Panton of Tomball; two sons, Michael B. Panton of Andover and Timothy B. Panton of South Dayton; one brother, Robert (Helen) Perry of Lockport; two sisters, Francis Ewing of Austin, Tex. and Jean (Merle) Schultz of Allegany; one grandson, Brian F. Panton of Falconer and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was predeceased by a brother, John Perry and a sister, Shirley Nichols.

Rhea enjoyed knitting, crocheting, ceramics, flowers and gardening. She was an avid bowler and liked to dance and prepare wedding cakes. She will be best remembered though as a devoted wife and dedicated mother and will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

Graveside Service:
Wednesday, June 2, 2021
​11:00 a.m.
Valley Brook Cemetery, Andover

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  1. So sorry to hear about your folks, guys. Great memories from the day.


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