Charles E. “Charlie” MacMillan, 82, longtime Auburn resident, passed away peacefully in his home on Sunday, December 5, 2021, with his loving children at his side. He was predeceased by his beloved wife of 52 years, Janet L. (Mortimer) MacMillan, in 2015, and their son, Scott C. MacMillan, in 1963.

Charlie leaves his devoted children, William L. “Bill” MacMillan and his wife Stacy, of North Brookfield, and Jennifer L. Keaney and her husband Bernie, of Oakham; his adoring granddaughters, Bethany and Liberty; and great-grandchildren, Connor, Rosalynn, Sadie, and Clara.

Born and raised in Auburn, son of the late Charles W. MacMillan and Margaret E. (Konkol) MacMillan; Charlie was a graduate of the Worcester Boys Trade High School, Class of 1957, received his Associate’s in Criminal Justice from Quinsigamond Community College, and achieved his Bachelor’s from Babson College in Wellesley. He was a proud U.S. Navy veteran, serving in Cuba during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Charlie dedicated 28 years to the Auburn community as a police officer, a job he truly loved, retiring in 1995. In his retirement, he kept busy working at Charlie’s Dog House for several years. He was also a founder of the Auburn Emergency Medical Unit that trained over 2,000 Auburn and surrounding residents in emergency first aid and CPR, and taught for the Red Cross as well.

Charlie was a member of the Massachusetts Police Association, Joel H. Prouty Masonic Lodge, and was a longtime member and deacon of Hadwen Park Congregational Church, serving on almost every committee. He served on the Auburn Highway Department for five years, and was a volunteer firefighter for Auburn. Charlie was also the Past Master of the Auburn Chapter Order of DeMolay, where he was awarded the highest degree of Chevalier.

In his free time, he enjoyed fishing, coin-collecting, and following the novels of JRR Tolkien and Middle Earth. Charlie is “quite ready for another adventure.”

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Fenby Fund c/o Hadwen Park Congregational Church, 6 Clover Street, Worcester, MA 01603 (

Relatives, friends, and colleagues are invited to attend his Memorial Service, which will be held at 10 AM on Saturday, December 11, 2021 at Hadwen Park Congregational Church, 6 Clover Street, Worcester. The Britton-Wallace Funeral Home is honored to be assisting Charlie’s family.