Charles J. McCaffray
10/30/1930 - 04/25/2015
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McCAFFRAY, Charles J. (October 30, 1930 - April 25, 2015) Charles passed away peacefully at Royal Jubilee Hospital in Victoria on April 25 surrounded by family. He is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Ann and his four children Judith, Deborah, John, Patricia, along with his 11 grandchildren: Kristopher, Kevin, Liam, Sean, Quinn, Ryan, Owen, Alex, Benjamin, Samantha, and Katherine. His cup of happiness was full. Charles is also survived by his sister, Marie Deane. Charles was born in Philadelphia and grew up in Glasgow, Scotland. Charles met the love of his life, Ann, while immigrating to Canada on the HMS Corinthia. They were married on December 27, 1958. Charles was an outstanding and well-respected educator. Beginning as a teacher in Ottawa, Charles continued to pursue more challenges in the field of education - superintendent of the North York Board of Education, president of the College of New Caledonia and Yukon College. He was instrumental in the creation of the University of Northern British Columbia, leaving a very important academic legacy for all of northern BC. In his retirement, Charles consulted in South Africa, Thailand, and Saudi Arabia among others, sharing his educational and unique academic expertise. He was always praised in those countries for introducing novelty to their classical teaching methods. He was also an accomplished linguist. Locally he consulted for Sprott-Shaw Degree College, BC Mental Health Association and a host of national and international colleges and universities. For the past three years he was the Chairman of the Board of Governors of Dorset College and held an executive position in the Royal Society of Arts. He never wanted to take credit for all the great work he created for the several institution and business entities he advised and created. When offered the nomination the Order of BC, he declined politely in his characteristic humility. Family was extremely important to Charles. He was very conscious of what he wanted to give his wife and family and never forgot his commitment to them. He was a generous and compassionate man and a loyal friend. Most of all, he loved to tell stories to his grandchildren while enjoying a good scotch. He knew more about single malt than any connoisseur and knew the intricacies in differentiating Beaujolais, Bordeaux & Bourgogne. His knowledge of the arts, music and history was second to none. His joie de vivre was incomparable and so was his dedication to impart his extraordinary knowledge to younger generation of educators. Charles was truly a Renaissance Man A funeral mass for Charles will be celebrated on May 1,2015 at 1:00pm, St Edwards Church, 2085 Maple Bay Road, Duncan BC, with a reception to follow at the church. The family wishes that in lieu of flowers, donations "In memory of Charles McCaffray", to the Queen of Angels School, 2085 Maple Bay Road 1-250-746-5919 or Heart and Stroke Foundation, would be most appreciated.

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Published in Victoria Times Colonist from Apr. 29 to May 1, 2015.
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November 25, 2015
Charles was my, mentor, colleague and friend. I was just thinking about him today, November 24, 2015, so I googled his name, only to be shocked by the news, that he passed away in Aprii. Charles was an outstanding educational leader.
RIP - Charles!
Dudley E. Morgan, Retired Director, Community and Extension Services,
Yukon College, Whitehorse, Yukon Territory
May 1, 2015
we are saddened with the news of Mr. McCaffray's passing; it was always great to catch up at Starbucks Duncan and to know they had their own mugs at the coffee shop!!! Your parents were very good to my Mom Shirley Garriock. He will be greatly missed by all.
Ashley and Brenda Oliver
May 1, 2015
I am so very sorry to hear of Charles McCaffray's passing.
I was lucky enough to have met him three years ago at Dorset College. The first time I met him I noticed that his smile lit up the room and his laughter was contagious. He was very caring and thoughtful, and in working with him I found his goal was always to create and build something for the better.
I really enjoyed talking to him about highland dancing and single and double malts. He also had a quick wit which I could very much appreciate.

He will be deeply missed.

My deepest condolences to his wife and family.
Kristeen McLellan
May 1, 2015
I knew Mr. CcCaffray when he was one of my High School teachers at Nepean High School in Ottawa in 1958-1960. He was an excellent teacher, one of the most memorable and one who helped shape my life. He has always remained in my memory. I am sad to hear of his death but confident that he lives on in the lives of the thousands of people who knew him over the decades. My condolences to his family.
William Reeve
May 1, 2015
Charles' magnetic personality and courage never failed to touch those he encountered.
He embraced situations and people in need of learning opportunities. He saw beyond the limitations of the past and contemporary practice to new levels of creativity and innovation in adult learning. Those of us who worked in aboriginal education owe a huge debt for the support and encouragement he provided. In the face of bureaucratic and institutional resistance, Charles provided novel approaches to accomplish great things. He provided an important legacy to the communities he served. I will miss his good humour, imagination, eloquence, wit and continuing fund of positive ideas of how the world should operate.
My wife, Judith McLean and I send condolences and best wishes to Ann and the family.
Douglas Baker
April 30, 2015
I was indeed saddened to hear that Charles J. McCaffray has left this good earth. To me, Charles was larger than life and I have so many fond memories of working with him at CNC for more than 10 years. Charles, Jim, Sharon and I were fortunate to share an extraordinary working relationship in our close offices, and I am left with many fond memories of that time. My heart is warmed with the knowledge of the rich legacy he has left with his eleven grandchildren. My thoughts are with Ann, Judith, Deborah, John, and Trisha as you mourn this great loss.
Eleanor James
April 30, 2015
I was sorry to learn about Mr. McCaffray's death. It brought back many memories of my time while employed at the College of New Caledonia (1982-2003) I initially worked in the Registrar's Office and later in the Counselling Service. I recall that when I began working there, and I had only been there a few days, I was summoned to the Principal's Office. Yikes! What had I done? As it turned out, Mr. McCaffray only wanted to welcome me as a new employee to the College. What a comforting surprise! From then on, I had no problem, when from time to time, I asked to see him about events planned by the various committees I was associated with while working there for twenty years. My heart goes out to his family. He was a good principal! Madeline Dent.
April 28, 2015
Marie T. Deane
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