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Charles Maxwell SMITH
Père : SMITH
Décès le : 2008-11-24
Parution : 2008-12-06
Conjoint(e) : Connie
Paru dans : The Peterborough Examiner, ON

SMITH, Charles Maxwell (Charlie) - Born in Campbellford, Ontario, May 2, 1918. Charlie passed away peacefully at the Peterborough Regional Health Centre on November 24, 2008 with his family around him. Charlie was predeceased by his dear wife Connie in 2002. He was a loving father to Susan (Harding) of Surrey BC, Jennifer (Fraser-Hughes) of Peterborough and Tracy of Aurora, Ontario. Grandfather to Michael, Heather, Alexandra, Kathleen, Rachael and Simon, and great grandfather to Cameron, Julia, Adam, and Jackson. Father-in-law to Caroline Greenland, Richard Harding, and Bill Hughes. Charlie served in the Navy on HMCS Port Colbourne in the Atlantic and Pacific. He was decorated by the government of the Soviet Union for his efforts in support of the fabled “Murmansk Run” which brought merchant marine ships through enemy submarine packs to Russia in the darkest years of World War II. He was instrumental in the building of the model of the HMCS Port Colborne that is displayed in its namesake city today. Charlie worked at de Havilland Aircraft for more than forty years. In the 50s and 60s, he managed offices in Vancouver and Edmonton and returned to the main plant in Downsview in 1966. He had a remarkable career, making friends and flying with some of Canada's most important bush pilots. He travelled throughout the world for de Havilland on sales missions and product support tours. Wherever the ubiquitous Beaver and Otter were flying, Charlie helped keep them in the air. He was instrumental in developing the Toronto Aerospace Museum and raised money to commemorate the aircraft and people who contributed to Canada's aviation history. Charlie was a stalwart supporter of the Food Bank in Richmond Hill where he served every week well into his 80's. He had great compassion for those who needed food security and instilled that lesson in his friends and family. It was with great pride and contentment that he was able to spend some of his final weeks and months in the Veteran's Wing at Sunnybrook where he was exceedingly well cared for by the nurses and staff on K2. We are particularly indebted to Beth Meltz for the kindness, friendship and loving care she has given to Charlie. Thanks also to staff at Peterborough Regional Health Centre for their kindness in his final days. There will be a celebration of Charlie's life on Saturday December 13 at 2 p.m. at MARSHALL FUNERAL HOME, 10366 Yonge Street, Richmond Hill, ON L4C 3B8, Canada. For those who wish to make a contribution in remembrance of Charlie his wish would be that you support your local food bank. XXX 11338967

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