John Joseph Charland, Sr., of Gilbert, was born in Rochester, NY, on October 2, 1949, the youngest of two sons born to Joseph and Gloria Charland. He moved to Arizona in the 1950's, and graduated from Arcadia High School and Arizona Technical College. He is survived by his mother, Gloria Simmons. He is also survived by his wife of 32 years, Jennifer, and his beloved children, Robyn Charland-Abbott (Andrew), and son, John Joseph Charland, Jr. He loved his family more than anything. He is also survived by his brother Richard Charland (Christina), and beloved niece, Carrie Charland and nephew, Patrick John Charland. He is also survived by his mother-in-law, Patricia, brother-in-law Robert Reynolds, and beloved nephew, Quinn Daniel Reynolds. Also surviving are his brother-in-law, Daniel McLachlan. John was employed by Motorola as a metrologist for 22 years, and after being a devoted and loyal employee for that length of time he was given 15 minutes to clean out his desk after being laid-off. He was 11 months away from retirement. He tried desperately to get his job back, but to no avail. He was never the same again. John's spirit died the day he lost his job. He was here physically, but was never the same again. He lost all joy in life. All the love and support from his wife and children could not help him. John was a gifted musician, and could play any instrument he picked up, especially guitar. He also loved his toy trains and his classic 1959 El Camino, which he spent years working on. He loved his Keeshonds, and is finally reunited with, Liberty, his beloved dog who died 3 years ago. He is also reunited with his beloved father, Joseph. If there is anything to be learned by this tragedy please let your loved ones know how much you love them. If they need help dealing with life's problems force them into. Unfortunately, John either felt he couldn't be helped or could no longer face life. Our family will grieve his loss forever. He loved all holidays, and our home was the gathering place for many friends over the years for Christmas, Halloween, birthdays, parties and for every occasion. He decorated every inch of our home, inside and out. John will never know how many people loved him, his friends and especially his family. John, you were my first and only love from the time I was 16. I have to go on for our children, but I will miss you every minute, everyday for the rest of my life. Oh, how I wish you knew how much I loved you, and I know you loved me and your precious children. There will be a visitation from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., with a Rosary at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday evening, February 22, at Falconer Funeral home at 251 W. Juniper Avenue in Gilbert. Mass of Christian Burial will be Wednesday,at 10 AM, February 23, At St. Anne's Catholic Church, 440 E. Elliot Road, Gilbert, with burial following at Queen of Heaven Cemetery on Baseline Road.
Published by The Arizona Republic on Feb. 22, 2005.