ROBERT BURNS CHARTERS Flight Lieutenant RCAF, Distinguished Flying Medal, Croix de Guerre (France) With great sadness the family of Robert (Bob) Charters announces his peaceful passing on July 26, 2014 in his 92nd year. Son of the late Clarence Victor Charters and Ida Mary Harcourt of Brampton. Cherished husband and best friend of Kathleen (Katie) (nee McKillop) (2011) for 64 years. Devoted father of Thom (Cindi) and Lorie Crouch (Monte), adoring Poppa to Clayton (Jennie) and Kyle (Carly) Charters, Spencer, Meghan and Hilary Crouch and David Wardle. Pops to his cherished great-grandchildren Wyatt, Hadley and Ava Charters. Predeceased by brother Col. Sam Charters (Trudy), survived by sister Marion Carroll (Fenton) and many adoring nieces and nephews. A true gentlemen in every sense of the word, honest, compassionate, philanthropic and hard working would best describe Dad. He had an extraordinary life, considering himself to be extremely fortunate and lucky but these words best describe those of us who knew him. After distinguished service in WWII as a navigator with the RAF, Dad worked as a flagman with Armstrong Brothers Construction rising through the ranks to President and Chairman of the Board of Armbro Holdings, serving at different times as a Director of both the Ontario Road Builders' and the Canadian Construction Associations. He proudly served as a Director of the RAF Escaping Society (Canadian Branch) and cherished the time spent with fellow evaders and escapees. An avid golfer and sports enthusiast, he was Past President of the Ontario Golf Association (now Golf Association of Ontario), former Director of the Toronto Golf Club and a former Governor of the Royal Canadian Golf Association. Thanks to the staff and residents at Palisades for the care and friendship extended to Dad since Mom's passing and to the doctors and nurses at Credit Valley Hospital for the compassionate care Dad received in his final days. Friends may call at the Turner & Porter Neweduk-Erin Mills Chapel, 1981 Dundas St. W., Mississauga (just east of Erin Mills Pkwy.), on Thursday, July 31, 2014 from 3-6 p.m. A Celebration of Life will be held at St. George's on-the-Hill Anglican Church, 4600 Dundas St. W. on Friday, August 1, 2014 at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be to the Salvation Army, Cawthra Road, Mississauga or St. George's on-the-Hill Outreach Fund. Online condolences may be made through www.turnerporter.ca
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Published in the Toronto Star from July 29 to July 30, 2014