Charles RICHARDS

RICHARDS, Charles

Born in Vancouver August 17, 1917 has passed away December 19, 2005. Orphaned as child, he had a rough early start and survived the Great Depression. At 88, he was still a strong, powerful Viking of man who left an indelible imprint on anyone who crossed his path. A decorated Naval Veteran of WWII (HMCS), he appreciated 2005 being the designated “Year of the Veteran”, bringing back many forgotten memories. It was Navy meets Army when he fell in love and married his loving and devoted wife of almost 60 years, Marian Christine Olson (CWAC) while they were still in service. They settled in Vancouver and raised their family there until moving to a Maple Ridge farm in 1961. Brilliant, creative and talented, he loved to build things and was proud to be a retired member of the Ironworkers Union Local 97. Over the years, his nicknames included Slim, Cowboy and Chas.

Along with his wife Marian, he will be sadly missed by his only daughter Joyce Marie Mahy (North Vancouver), son-in-law David Mahy (Coquitlam); Oldest son Donald Charles & fiancée Ann, daughter-in-law Glenda, three grandchildren Lori, Jason and Marc (Lisa) and three great grandchildren twins Heather & Hayley and new baby Holly born Dec. 18 the day before his death all living in Ontario; Youngest son Richard James (Melissa) and three grandchildren Gretchen, Colleen and Brock living in Illinois.

Husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend, although you have passed into the light where your spirit is now at peace, you will always have a special place in our hearts and memories. Our best regards to the warm and caring staff at Creekside Manor (Ridge Meadows Hospital), for making Charles’ last days as pleasant as possible. A Memorial Reunion “Celebration of Life” service will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Canadian Heart and Stroke Foundation.