John Joseph Charland Sr.
Falconer Funeral Home
251 West Juniper Avenue
Gilbert, AZ
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.
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This is the first I'd heard of Johns passing. I worked with him at the Mesa plant. He was a great friend, meticulous worker and a talented musician. So sad to see him gone.
Dave Fieldman
January 1, 2017
I am living with my daughter, Robyn, for the next 3-6 months. This is my new e-mail address.

Love to all,

Jennie Charland
March 24, 2005
Dear Friends:

Thank you so much for your kind words about John. You obviously knew him well. Our lives will never be the same. I feel empty inside, and have lost my soulmate. Somehow we must go on without him, but he will live in my heart forever. Again, thank you for taking the time to send these messages. You have no idea how much they mean to me.

Love to you all,

Jennie Charland
March 20, 2005
Mrs. Charland & Family,
I knew John by working with him for
18 years at the mesa plant.He was A good friend and co-worker.My sympathy to the family,My prayers are for you.
Arvil Bare
Arvil Bare
March 15, 2005
John and I worked on the Keithley test system together at Motorola. John was a detail person and a very meticulous and capable technician. You couldn’t rush him through a job because he always wanted to do it right. I am sure that he will be missed by many. My heart go out to the family.
Mike Miller
March 15, 2005
We are so sorry for your loss. John will be remembered in our prayers at Mass this coming Sunday. We wish you peace and love.
M/M Warren Sunderland
March 13, 2005
A friend told me about this guest book so I decided to check it out. I was pleasently suprised to see so many entries from friends, family and even strangers. My dad would have loved to see how many lives he touched. My mom is in the hospital right now- as my fathers death has been so difficult for her to handle on her own. She seems to be getting better each day. I will be printing out all your entries and will bring them to her to read. She will be so happy to read them. All of your kind words will be aiding in my mother's recovery. Thank you all so so much for everything.
God Bless,
Robyn Charland-Abbott
March 4, 2005
I worked at the Mesa Motorola plant for many years. John supported the test equipment where I worked. He was always pleasant to be around and fun to work with. John got me started collecting Hard Rock Cafe pins which was one of his passions. He will be missed very much!!
Bill Reno
February 28, 2005
Iknew John from working he was a great guy.
Our heart felt sympathy and prayers goes out to the family
Sandy Douglas
February 27, 2005
John Charland, my freind, your absence will be greatly felt by many. The years I spent will you were a blessing. To be able to come across your freindship in life will never be forgotten. When we played together in the band, our souls unitied into one and the music as well. I pray that all in heaven have the pleasure of hearing your notes.
michael lindley
February 25, 2005
Too many questions and not enough answers. John was a dear friend for over 20 years. I'm not sure I knew anyone with a bigger heart or a greater love for his family and friends. I hope he finds the eternal joy and happiness that was taken from him in this life. John, I will take care of the Stella 12 string until we can play it together.
Jeff Shaw
February 24, 2005
Jen, Robyn, and John Jr., I am so sorry for the loss of John Sr. He was a great man and a great musician. He is the reason that I still play my guitar today. He taught me things noone else did. He will be missed. My condolences go out to you and the rest of his friends and family.
Joe Guy
February 23, 2005
I knew John from the Mesa plant and I always had warm thoughts of him. My heart and my sympathies go out to you & all your family. God will bless you even in your sorrow.
Linda Preisler
February 23, 2005
I knew him well, knew his love for music and talked with him when ever I could. He will be thought of well and missed dearly.
H Paul Wanders Jr
February 23, 2005
Rest in Peace. You will be missed by many
Crance Family
February 22, 2005
Jen, Robyn,Andy,Bob, and Quinn,
We love you all so much and you are all in our prayers. John will be dearly missed by those of us who knew him and loved him so much.We will always be right around the corner if you need anything.
Michael & Deborah Newland
February 22, 2005
I have known John for about 34 years and during this time he was quiet but very philosophical, not to mention his lyrical talents. His family gave him the most joy in his life and he was very proud of his children and wife. He will be missed and not forgotten. Prayers are with Jen, Robyn and John Jr.and rest of the family. Love, Donna
Donna Ebel
February 22, 2005
Jenny, Robyn and family ~ I am so sorry for your loss. My deepest sympathy goes to all of you...Brooke
Brooke Oltmann
February 22, 2005
I'm so sorry for your loss. Although I didn't know John I know his newphew Patrick and have heard many wonderful things about him. He will be missed by everyone that knew him and even missed by the ones who only knew of him. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.
Rest In Peace John
We will all miss you
Melissa Crance
February 22, 2005
God bless you John, you will be missed.
Dolores Janicki
February 22, 2005
John you will be missed. You and your family will be in my prayers.
John Bramwell
February 22, 2005
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