Ernest Charles "Charlie" Wyatt (October 12, 1924 - February 03, 2016)

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    - Suszanne Oxley
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    - Gordon Stewart
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    - Lloyd Matthews
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After living independently for most of his 91 years, our father and stepfather peacefully went to the Lord after a short period of dependence and ill health.

Predeceased by his parents and brothers and sisters, his wife Pearl Paula (d.1999). daughters Charlotte (d.1956) and Star (d.2011); he is survived by his daughter Andrea Matthews, son Robert and grandchildren; Brendan Wyatt, Tim Matthews, Jordon and Sheena Szita, and stepsons Charles and Gerald Pash.

At the age of 17 years, on May 25, 1942, our father enrolled in the Royal Canadian Navy Volunteer Reserve. He served in the Battles of the St. Lawrence and Atlantic. He was in HMCS Camrose at D-Day in June 1944. He volunteered for service in the Pacific, and was not demobilized until October 1945. In mid January 2016 we heard from the French Ambassador that the President of France had awarded him Frances highest honour, the Legion d'Honour, for his service at D-Day. He was informed of the award but died before a formal presentation could be arranged.

Following the war he was certified as an electricians helper and took employment in the construction industry. In 1948 he was posted from Victoria's Naval Reserve Division, HMCS Malahat to HMCS Naden. It was when he was assigned to support the City of Winnipeg during the 1950 Red River Flood that he met war widow and our mother Pearl Pash who had two sons Charles and Gerald. As father had volunteered for service in Korea, he deployed in HMCS Cayuga on July 5, 1950. Our parents were married between tours in Korea and when Cayuga returned in 1952, the family moved from Winnipeg to Victoria.

With a new family to support, in July 1953, father signed for five more years of service in the RCN. Our parents gave the gift of life to Star (Lowell Hendricks) (d.2011), Andrea (Lloyd Matthews), Charlotte (d.infant1956), and Bob. Sadly, the death of an infant, expectations, and the demons of wartime service brought the end of their union after seven years.

Honourably discharged from the RCN in 1958, father retrained and was employed as a Stationary Engineer in the HMC Dockyard steam heating plant. He retired in 1982 after 38 years of service to Canada. He was generous to a variety of charities.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on March 5 at the Naden Multi-Faith Chapel, CFB Esquimalt. Donations to the Salvation Army Sunset Lodge, or your charity of choice would be appreciated.
Published in The Times Colonist from Mar. 1 to Mar. 2, 2016