Charles Dickens BIRCH

BIRCH ~ Charles Dickens

December 18, 1921 ~ March 26, 2007

Charles was born in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, one of eight children in the family. Charles was predeceased by his loving wife Martha of 54 years in 2001. He is survived by his daughter, Charlene (Gerry) and his son Rod (Lynnette). He leaves his cherished grandchildren, Gavin (Bea), Danielle (Shane), Caryn and Allison. “Papa Charles” leaves treasured great grandchildren, Nicholas, Cassidy, and McKinley. Charles is also survived by his brother Ted, and sister Pat (George). He also leaves many nieces, nephews, in-laws and friends.


Charles was a Veteran of the Second World War. He served in France, Germany and Belgium before his discharge from the Armed Services in 1945. He was a member of the Duke of Connaughts own Rifles. He met his wife Martha while working at Hammond Furniture in Vancouver. Charles also worked for Revenue Canada, the Commissionaires for 35 years and for 27 years with General Motors of Canada.

Following their move from Vancouver to Maple Ridge in 1993, Martha and Charles made St. George’s Anglican their fellowship home. Here they actively participated in a community of support and giving.

The family wishes to express sincere gratitude to the neighbors and friends of The Maples, the staff at Willow Manor, the kind Maple Ridge citizens who rendered first aid and called for help, the Maple Ridge Fire Department, the Paramedics, the Emergency Room staff at Ridge Meadows Hospital and Paramedic and friend, Bob Sutherland.


A Celebration of life will be held on Saturday, April 14, 2007 at 11:00 am at St. George’s Anglican Church, 23500 Dewdney Trunk Road, Maple Ridge. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Society.

MAPLE RIDGE FUNERAL CHAPEL

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