CHARTERS, John Frederick Gillett
Passed away suddenly on March 4th 2014, in his 89th year. Born December 22nd 1925, the son of Eugene and Stella (Gillett) Charters, he is survived by his wife of 67 years Barbara (née Lamb), his son David (Mary) Charters, and two daughters, Dianne (David) Stroeder and Debra (Jacques) Lalonde, four grandchildren, Stephen and Jennifer Charters, and Jennifer and Michael Keats, three step-grandchildren, Louis Philippe, Sylvie and Sophie Lalonde and five great- grandchildren. John attended Westmount High School, and served in the RCAF from 1943 to 1945 as a Navigator/ Bombardier in Eastern Air Command. After the war he joined the family business Charters and Charters, Stationers and Printers, starting in sales and eventually succeeding his father as president of the firm. During that time he also served as president of the Stationer's Guild. He returned to military service in 1948 joining the Army reserve in the Victoria Rifles of Canada, rising to the rank of Major. Upon retirement from the family firm he worked for the Tanzer sailboat company, and later served as Manager of the Fritz Farm Community Centre in his home town of Baie d'Urfé. In his personal life he was a man of many enthusiasms, especially skiing and sailing, which he pursued late into his 80s. He ran the Ste-Marguerite Ski School in the Laurentians, and served as Commodore of the Baie d'Urfé Yacht Club, president of the Tanzer 22 Class Association, and for many years was Editor of its newsletter. In the early 1960s he was active in sports car racing and rallying, serving as president of the Sports Motor Car Club, and as a driver for the Renault Factory team. In recent years he and Barbara toured much of North America in their RV. He lived life to the full, and is deeply missed by his family and his many friends. A memorial service will be held Saturday March 8th at 11am at the Church of St. Francis of the Birds, rue St.-Denis, Saint Sauveur des Monts, Quebec. In lieu of flowers, donations to the SPCA Laurentides-Labelle or a charity of the donor's choice would be appreciated.
Published in The Gazette on Mar. 6, 2014