It is with great sadness we announce the passing of our father Charlie. Born in Craik Saskatchewan in 1919 he was predeceased by his parents Charles and Florence Parks, sister Lucy and son Bobby. Survived by his sons Russell (Valarie) and Scott, stepsons Jackson (Anne), and Raymond (Kelly), daughter Grace, stepdaughters Susan and Margo, and daughter-in-law Maria, 12 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. As a young man Charlie was a bugler in the Regina Rifle Regiment 2nd Battalion. He was employed in the parts warehouse at General Motors in Regina until 1951 when he was transferred to Vancouver, in December of 1956 he and the children were moved to Kitmat to open the new dealership there. In the spring of 1958 he was transferred to Port Alberni to set up their Parts Department at the GM Dealership. Rather than be transferred again he took employment with MacMillan Bloedel Pulp and Paper in their parts/first aid department where he remained until his retirement. Port Alberni was good to him and his family, he spent many happy hours golfing at the Alberni Valley Golf Club and curling at the rink. Charlie particularly enjoyed his time living on Taylor Arm Sproat Lake, fishing with the boys, the occasional hunting trip on the Beaufort Range and the famous fishing trips at Prince Rupert. He enjoyed people and had many good friends, he loved going out to dinner at his favourite haunts he will be missed by many.
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The family wishes to thank La Rosa Gardens for treating Charlie like a loved family member and the special kindness given him by Home Support which allowed him to remain in his apartment as long as possible. He celebrated his 95 birthday at the Cowichan District Hospital in Duncan and we would like thank them also for their excellent care. Charlie had requested no service. Donations in memory of Charlie may be made to the Cancer Society.
SANDS of DUNCAN
Published in Alberni Valley Times from July 3 to Aug. 1, 2014