March 11, 1933 - January 15, 2024
In loving memory ~
The family is sad to announce that Chuck died peacefully on January 15th at Ocean Front Village in Courtenay, being released from the bondage of dementia.
Chuck was born in Winnipeg and attended Isaac Brock and Daniel Mac schools in the west end. Because of his interest in flying, he became an Air Traffic Controller, working in Regina, Saskatoon and Winnipeg. He was a member of the Young Peoples Union at Chalmers United Church, where he met his future wife, Barbara Ward from Dauphin. They were married in 1955 and raised three children.
Chuck had an adventurous spirit, was always busy and had many interests and hobbies. He was a Master swimmer as well as Scuba diver, an enthusiastic player at ping pong, badminton, tennis and cross-country skiing. He built two sailboats and was a competitive racer on Lake Winnipeg and Lake of the Woods. After moving to an acreage near Clandeboye, Manitoba, Chuck formed a business partnership called Interlake Sail, selling marine equipment and Tanzer sailboats. In 1984 he took early retirement in order to take part in the Labatt's Challenge, sailing from Toronto to Charlottetown with races along the way.
Chuck and Barb took up ballroom dancing and started the Westview Dance Club. An early interest in computers led to the purchase of computer kits that had to be put together, graduating to Amigas and dot matrix printers. When the children were growing up, the family went camping with an umbrella tent. For a trip to BC, he built a fold-down camper trailer. Later, with the children on their own, Barb and Chuck were able to travel, spending winter months in Arizona and going on several cruises.
In 1988 they moved to the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island and continued their enjoyment of sailing and trailering. Photography was a major hobby with Chuck, especially videos. Chuck started the Photo Video Club at the Evergreen Seniors and also started a Computer Club. Chuck loved animals, especially dogs, and he even rode a horse, but QT the cat stole his heart. He was an active member of the United Church and was the official photographer at Comox United for many years.
He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Barbara (nee Ward), children Dan (Phyllis), Laurie (Bill) and Stephen (Cathy), grandchildren Chris, Sol, Robin, Julia, Jaime, Jennifer and Dirk, and one great-grandson, Cooper. He was predeceased by his parents, John Page and E. V. "Vicky" Dowe, and his brother David.
A Celebration of Life will be held at Comox United Church on Saturday, March 9th at 2:00 p.m. Donations to a charity of your choice would be appreciated.