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Distinction:

Granby, Connecticut, 1973; Harwinton, Connecticut, c. 1983-2011.
Classification: Builder

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November 09, 2015:

From the OHS PC Database, Builders Listing Editor, updated Mar 4, 2016 -

Charles Aitken was born March 27, 1932 in London, he lived through World War II and the Bliz in Ruislip, West London. After school and the Royal Air Force he joined James Walker Ltd. of London, worked on many organs throughout Great Britain;1 he came to the U.S. in 1963, and worked for the Austin Organ Company, where he specialized in restoring and repairing. He established his own firm in Granby, Connecticut, 1973; relocating to Harwinton, Connecticut, c. 1983.2 He died suddenly at home in Canton, Connecticut on Friday, March 25, 2011.

Sources:

  1. "Charles Aitken" obituary, Register Citizen (Hartford CT, March 28 2011) http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/registercitizen/obituary.aspx?n=charles-aitken&pid=150131553#sthash.1s4f3udv.dpuf, accessed Nov 9, 2015.
  2. David Fox, A Guide to North American Organbuilders rev. ed. by David H. Fox (Organ Historical Society, 1997).

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on February 11, 2019.

October 30, 2004:

From the OHS PC Database, derived from A Guide to North American Organbuilders, rev. ed. by David H. Fox (Organ Historical Society, 1997) -

Apprenticed with J. W. Walker & Sons of London, England; to the United States in 1963; with Austin firm of Hartford, Connecticut. Established own firm in Granby, Connecticut, 1973; relocated Harwinton, Connecticut, c. 1983.

Sources:

  • Boston Organ Club Newsletter: 92:1.
  • The American Organist: January 1983, 36.
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We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 29, 2019.

Database Specs:

  • 2 Organs
  • 0 Divisions
  • 0 Consoles

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