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Charles David PARMELEE
1932 - 2021
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CHARLES DAVID PARMELEE
1932 - 2021

With profound sadness we announce the passing of Charles (Chuck) Parmelee on February 14, 2021 at Bridgepoint Hospital in Toronto. His loving partner, Kathy Murphy, was at his side.

Chuck was predeceased by his parents Wilfrid (1972) and Lillas Parmelee (Stitt) (1999) and his Wife Veronica Parmelee (Dugdale) (1983). He is survived by his sisters, Helen O'Brien (Joseph O'Brien, Peter Worthington) and Janet Hutchison (Frederick), his nephew Casey Worthington (Julia Kanashevich), his niece Jennifer Hutchison (James Schmidt) his grandnephews Jordan and Jacob Schmidt, and his grandnieces Kathleen and Victoria Worthington.

Born in Ottawa, Chuck's extraordinary life was driven by his strong desire to learn, to become successful and to enjoy life to its fullest. He did so and more. Chuck graduated from the Royal Military College of Canada (RMC) in Mechanical Engineering in 1954. He earned a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering Degree from McGill University in 1955, a Bachelor of Science Degree from RMC in 1956, and an MBA from Western University in 1960.

His long and varied business career included working for Shell Oil, Atlas Steel, and Drake Personnel before beginning 20 years of working closely with and for Stephen Roman, Chairman and Founder of the Roman Corporation. Chuck travelled the world seeking opportunities for the company in oil and gas and mining exploration as well as many other business sectors, cumulating as President of Roman Corporation. Following Mr. Roman's passing Chuck moved on to a new set of challenges and accomplishments that included moving to Vancouver as President and CEO of Graymont Ltd.

Returning to Toronto he served as the Federal Government's representative on the Board of the Toronto Harbour Commission serving in the role of Commissioner and Chairman of the Board for a decade. He was instrumental in gaining support and funding for the lakefront Toronto Music Garden and for the expansion and development of the Toronto Island Airport. Chuck loved his yacht "Super Date" and all activities that flowed from it. While a member of the Royal Canadian Yacht Club he served as Treasurer, Vice Commodore and Commodore and led the search and design for the RCYC City Club. As President of his condominium corporation, "King's Landing", he supported and facilitated the National Ballet of Canada Walter Carsen Centre move to King's Landing.

Chuck loved playing squash and tennis and skiing with his buddies. He was a serious car enthusiast who always had the latest and greatest shiny new one. Chuck was a great conversationalist, always on top of current events, and would advance his position persuasively and in good will. He very much enjoyed entertaining his family and friends on his yacht and organizing fun dinners and parties.

We gratefully extend our thanks to the health care team at Bridgepoint, the wonderful PSW's and Nurse Ursula from Paramed, and the amazing staff at King's Landing, who all supported Chuck through the last, sometimes difficult, years of his life. Private graveside service at Holy Cross Cemetery, Toronto. You can share condolences, photos, videos and remembrances if you search for Charles Parmelee on legacy.com, or at charlesparmelee.com which will direct you to his page at legacy.com. Donations to The Salvation Army appreciated. A "Celebration of Chuck's Life" will be planned and announced when circumstances become more favorable.
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Published in The Globe and Mail from Feb. 20 to Feb. 24, 2021.
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18 entries
February 25, 2021
I was saddened to hear of Chuck's passing. I was lucky to count him as a friend for over 40 years. No matter how busy he was with business, corporate boards, charitable boards, squash and later tennis, or cruising on "Super Date", he always had time for a mentoring chat and was genuinely interested in what I was doing. While a fierce competitor on court, off court he was a warm, engaging and generous friend to so many. Sincere condolences to Kathy and to his family.
David Brightling
Friend
February 23, 2021
Kathy & Chuck :)
Jennifer Hutchison
Family
February 23, 2021
Family dinner and the Royal Decameron
Jennifer Hutchison
Family
February 23, 2021
Kathy, Chuck, Jen
Jennifer Hutchison
Family
February 23, 2021
Chuck and Jennifer
Jennifer Hutchison
Family
February 23, 2021
Jacob, Chuck, Jordan
Jennifer Hutchison
Family
February 23, 2021
Chuck, Casey & Jim many many moons ago!
Jennifer Hutchison
Family
February 23, 2021
We are saddened by the loss of our “Great Uncle Chuck”. I have many fond memories of exciting trips around the harbour on Super Date and dinners at the RCYC, with Chuck taking pride in entertaining us “stubble jumpers” (as he jokingly and lovingly put it) from out West. During my summer visits to Toronto as a teen and later with my husband Jim, Chuck was always so hospitable. He even let Jim sail the yacht! I am so grateful that our sons, Jordan and Jacob, got to know Chuck on family visits. At King’s Landing, Chuck blew the boys’ minds when he let them sit behind the wheel of “Hot Wings” (his Mercedes SLS AMG). We also enjoyed vacationing with Chuck at his favourite vacation resort, the Royal Decameron, in Puerto Vallarta. Chuck was a proud and generous man, and we enjoyed our many interesting conversations with him. We will always cherish our memories of Uncle Chuck.
Jennifer Hutchison
Family
February 23, 2021
I actually me Chuck at the Church of the Redeemer in Toronto over 35 years ago. We were on the Board if Management together. When we moved out of the city we stayed in touch. Knowing he skied made himself natural addition to ourCNCT ski group. We had the pleasure of skiing all over the US and in Canada annually with a fellow group of adventurers. He was exceptionally well organized and we could count on Chuck’s room to be militarily neat before we left to ski in the morning. Chuck was also happy to provide a trip précis and give suggestions for improvements. While he liked precision I believe he did appreciate some spontaneity: not much but some! He will be missed
Douglas Anderson
Friend
February 23, 2021
Charles was an old Carlton Club/RCYC friend who devoted a good deal of his time, energy and savvy in helping to make that experience the best it could be for all members.He rose to Commodore , loved his yacht and was a most respected member and sailor. One can only admire his accomplishments, contributions and friendships he made along the way. My sincere condolences to all the family on your loss .Vice Commodore(Ret.)John Wildman
John Wildman
Friend
February 22, 2021
I am saddened to learn of the passing of Mr. Parmelee and send my deepest condolences
to you.

I worked for Mr. Parmelee back in the late 70’s. He was a button down and fun boss with
a generous heart. Once he scored Grey Cup Tickets for my husband and me. We were
over the moon and, still, 42 years later, talk about it. It was a pleasure and privilege to
work for him. I hold many lovely memories of those years.

Mr. Parmelee's was a life well lived — may he rest in peace.
Sally Wright
Coworker
February 22, 2021
Our deepest condolences to our dear friend Kathy and to the family of Chuck, may he rest in peace.
Linda & Rene Laffree
February 21, 2021
We had the pleasure of knowing Chuck for many years through RCYC. A decent man and a good friend, nothwithstanding the occasional "friendly"argument over lets on the squash courts and "out" balls on the tennis courts. Our deepest sympathy to Kathy and Chuck's family. RIP, Chuck, you will be missed.
Robert and Marilyn Milnes
Friend
February 20, 2021
When I was first presented for member ship in the Royal Canadian Yacht Club
in 1990, Chuck was one of the first members to offer his outstretched hand in friendship.
What was to follow was a lot of evenings spent together with my wife, and Chuck and Kathy.
I will remember his kind friendship for ever. God bless you Kathy
Peter Sherman
Friend
February 20, 2021
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
CHRISTINE & Ken
Coworker
February 20, 2021
I knew Mr. Parmelee for thirty-three years at Kings Landing. Learned many useful things in life from him. Was always nice to myself and staff. Will be greatly missed by all of us here.
Raymond Peixoto
Friend
February 20, 2021
Our Class of Royal Roads 1952 / Royal Military College 1954 is deeply saddened by the loss of our classmate and friend. Chuck was a leader. He excelled in many aspects of his extraordinary life. In academics, "Frist in Class" or "Dean's Honour List" was basically automatic. In business, he excelled at business development. Forever loyal to RMC, he proudly credited the College for his success because, he said, it taught him "discipline and organization". Chuck was "one of a kind". We will miss him, but we will remember him. Our sincere sympathy to Kathy and to all his family. Austen Cambon, Class Secretary.
AUSTEN CAMBON
Classmate
February 20, 2021
Greatly saddened at the loss of my Uncle, but blessed to have known him from my earliest years. As a child at Christmas, Uncle Chuck would always bring an extravagant toy which everyone anticipated. Usually this would be along the lines of a car racing set on a track, or a train set. Something mechanical which required... help from my two engineer Uncles to understand and put together. And, of course, get in the racing two. Lots more stories, all with joy. You will be missed Charles. Casey
Casey Worthington
Family
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