Charles Edwin “Chuck” Hill passed away peacefully in the very early morning of June 2nd, 2010 at Bastion Care Home in Salmon Arm, B.C. He was 82 years old.
Chuck is survived by his wife Hazel of 31 years; and by his dog Rufus who was his faithful companion; Children Rob (Heather), Patrick (Darla), Tammy, Myles, Melanie (Kirk), stepson Craig (Barb) and by his stepdaughters Valerie (Glenn), Sherlyn (Davey) and Lori (Alton); Grandchildren Jason, Angela; Shelly, Leanne, Michael, Melissa, Tara, Rick, Josh, Dean, April, Jade, Manesha, Kayden, Brandon and Miranda; Brothers-in-law John (Roza) – nieces Jozonnie and Haven; Albert (Pat); Gordon (Carole); many great-grandchildren; Sisters Joan (Ken) Cunningham and Joyce (Ed) Berezowski and by many friends. He was predeceased by his parents Ed and Ruby; daughter Brenda and by a stepson Neil.
Chuck was born on September 27th, 1927 in Ottawa, Ontario. After growing up on the family farm and attending school he then joined the Royal Canadian Air Force. After serving five years in Cambridge Bay, NWT he decided to move to Abbotsford, BC where he worked at Munson’s Car Garage and then to Summerland, BC where he worked for the Municipality of Summerland. In 1973, he moved his family to Kamloops, BC where he worked for James International retiring in 1992 after 13 years of service with Loomis Courier Services (now DHL). Immediately following retirement Chuck and Hazel moved to Salmon Arm and finally to Sorrento where they really enjoyed the beautiful scenery and being close to the Lake. Over the years they made so many wonderful friends.
Chuck was certainly an avid card player and was always ready to play a game or two. Many a day you could find Chuck down at the Seniors Centre playing crib with the boys. Another passion of his was bowling. His best game ever was when he bowled a 408! Was he ever proud of himself and we all certainly heard about it!!! Quite often you’d find Chuck in his chair watching a good movie with his dog Rufus on his lap and not too long after….sure enough….you’d find them both snoring! Chuck also played a very huge part in helping Hazel find her birth family in 1997 and she is forever grateful to him for this.
Endless gratitude is expressed to Dr. Grant McCallum for his tireless care and compassion with Chuck through his eight year journey and to the wonderful staff at Bastion who took such good care of him. Thank you to everyone who has called, sent cards, flowers, food and for all the hugs and prayers we’ve received throughout this difficult time.
Memorial Service in Chuck’s honour will take place on Saturday, June 12th at 1:00 p.m. at the St. Mary’s Church in Sorrento, BC with Rev. Bill Kiesman and Rev. Bruce Chalmers officiating. Tea Reception to follow immediately after the service.
You are finally free Chuck,
May you rest in Peace.
Arrangements entrusted to FISCHER’S FUNERAL SERVICES & CREMATORIUM LTD., Salmon Arm, (250) 833-1129, Email condolences and share memories at www.fischersfuneralservices.com.