Charles Fortier, 96 PRESCOTT -- Longtime Prescott resident Charles Fortier died at Wellington House Nursing Home on October 2. He was 96. He was born in Prescott on December 3, 1907 to Charles George Fortier and the former Alice Provost. He was raised and educated in Prescott. On April 12, 1928 he married the former Margaret Smithers of Ogdensburg, N.Y., who predeceased him on December 30, 1997. He had quit school at the age of 14 and gone to work at Newell's factory and then at Wiser's Distillery until it closed in 1932. He then started his own trucking business delivering coal, and he also went into small engine sales and service. He was well known for fixing bikes and lawnmowers and sharpening skates. He also made ice at both the curling and skating rinks. In 1968 he retired so he and his family could enjoy the cottage they owned for 33 years at the North Channel. Mr. Fortier built all his own boats for fishing and pleasure. He also loved to hunt. After the cottage was sold he and his wife took up camping, which they both enjoyed. He also enjoyed making and eating popcorn. In 1997 he and his wife moved to Wellington House due to failing health. He enjoyed reading and talking about old times. Mr. Fortier is survived by his son Norman and wife Joan and his daughter Beverly Thomson, all of Prescott, as well as nine grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren. Besides his wife Margaret, he was predeceased by his parents; three brothers, Lenore, Knightly and Jack; and son-in-law Gary Thomson. Friends called at the Chris Slater Funeral Home, Prescott on October 5. The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Mark's Catholic Church on October 6. Great-granddaughter Lindsay Miller read the eulogy and great-granddaughter Amanda Bush played the bagpipes at the church and the cemetery. Burial was at St. Mark's Cemetery. The pallbearers were Howard, David and Peter Fortier, Michael Thomson, Tracy Miller and Gavin Bush. Memorial donations to the Canadian Cancer Society and Palliative Care at Wellington House Nursing Home were gratefully acknowledged by the family. Published in Section b, page 7 in the Monday, November 8, 2004 edition of the Brockville Recorder & Times. Posted 4:37:51 PM Monday, November 8, 2004.