Charlie passed away peacefully in the Kelowna General Hospital on April 20, 2011. He is survived by his loving wife, Mildred, his son Brian, grandchildren and great grandchilden. He is also survived by his stepson’s Jim (Diane), Allan (Julie), Jerry (Linda) and his stepdaughter Donna McBride McKay and numerous stepgrandchildren and step great grandchildren.
He was predeceased by his parents, his sister Amy and his brother Edward and his stepchildren Rita and Ray. Charlie was born in Castor, AB and grew up in Tappen, BC.
During his nearly 100 years of living, Charlie saw the world change. He used various ways of earning a living from fishing in the Pacific Ocean to logging in the BC Forests. He also served in the military during World War II. After he retired to Chase, BC, Charlie took up various hobbies. He became an avid golfer and bowler, loved fishing, camping, photography and just being in the outdoors. He also took up painting again. Charlie loved nature, it is evident in the paintings he produced. He was an excellent painter (We all have our own personal favorite pictures). He could name any bird that flew by or any animal he saw. He once said, if he could live his life over again, he would become a naturalist. Charlie made friends with everyone he met, and leaves many friends behind. He enjoyed his last years at Missionwood and everyone he met there will miss his cheerful spirit.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Salvation Army. A service to celebrate Charlie’s life will be held at Springfield Funeral Home in Kelowna on April 30th at 4:00 pm.