In Memory

Portrait of Rev. Dr. Charles Close
Pastor Charlie

The Rev. Dr. Charles C. Close, pastor of the Canaan Congregational Church, died on Thursday, April 23, 2020 after a brief illness.

You can find his obituary on this website or at

Those who so desire may make donations in memory of Charlie to

Canaan Congregational Church
PO Box 66
Canaan, NY 12029

Eugene Richard Braun, 91, died at home in East Chatham, NY, on Sunday, March 29, 2020.  He was a frequent, friendly face at the Canaan Congregational Church most summers as he and Helen visited from their vital work in Quito, Ecuador, and after their return to the States in 2017.  His obituary and details of his interesting and admirable life can be found at:

Memorial contributions may be made to the Centro Integral de la Familia, Vicente Ramón Roca E8-73 y Leonidas Plaza, Quito 170143, Ecuador, or to PAV Ecuador c/o Friends Peace Teams en Las Américas, 1001 Park Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63104.

Philip Bues, died March 3, 2020 in St. Augustine Beach, Florida. 

A long-time member of the Canaan Congregational Church, he served as Deacon and as a Delegate to the Conference.  His obituary is found at

Rev, Charles (Tod) B. Houghtlin, a long time member of the Canaan Congregational Church, died after a short illness complicated by long term health challenges, March 14th, 2020. You can find his obituary on this website:

Charles Houghtlin Obituary (1941 – 2020) – Pittsfield, MA – The Berkshire Eagle

If you would like to make a memorial donation, please consider a charity of your choice, the Canaan Congregational Church or Tod’s suggestion of The Mountain School, Vershire, VT: