CARTER, Charles Leonard "Chuck"
Charles Leonard “Chuck” Carter
February 28, 1940 – March 11, 2017
It is with deep sorrow our family announces the passing of Chuck on March 11, 2017 at the Central Okanagan Hospice House. Born in Flin Flon, Manitoba, he grew up in this close knit Northern community and never lost his love and appreciation of nature or the freedom of the outdoors. The special bond formed in his youth with “Flin Flonners” lasted throughout his lifetime and getting together periodically for luncheons to reminisce about times past brought him much enjoyment.
Chuck is survived by his wife Liz, son Shane (Amber), along with two children from his first marriage Kim Graham (Henry) and son Leonard (Molly). He had two grandchildren, Samantha (Mike), Michael and a great granddaughter, Amber. He was predeceased by his parents Leonard Carter and Ethel (McPherson), and his sister Donna Johnson.
Chuck took great pride in everything he did and had a passion for aviation. He worked a lifetime in the industry. He joined the RCAF at 17 years of age and served for 22 years; stationed in Bagotville, Que., Chatham, N.B., Cold Lake, Alta., and Winnipeg, MB. He attained his private pilot’s license at a young age and flew Cessna aircraft for many years while in Cold Lake, Winnipeg, and Saskatoon, flying numerous trips in the north and across the prairies. He achieved his AME license through Transport Canada and while stationed in Cold Lake, for many years was the Chief Engineer of the Cold Lake Flying Club. Upon retiring from the Air Force, he was employed with Air Canada for 23 years, completing his career as an Aircraft Maintenance Inspector. After retirement from Air Canada, Chuck owned and operated his own business. He had contracts with many companies, including Boeing Canada as an Inspector, and became part of the professional team that built the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
When he finally retired, Chuck and Liz moved from the prairies to West Kelowna, British Columbia, thoroughly enjoying the Okanagan weather, reconnecting with old friends and making new friends along the way. Personally, Chuck was a very kind and humble person who was always willing to help his family, neighbours and friends. He loved his family dearly and will remain in our hearts forever.
Chuck was a long serving member and Master Mason of the Royal Arch Masons; remaining with his home lodge Astra Lodge #179. He was a lifetime member of the Royal Canadian Legion.
The family would like to express their heartfelt appreciation to the nurses and staff at Kelowna General Hospital and Central Okanagan Hospice House for their compassionate care of Chuck. Thank-you to our wonderful friends, Ted and Terry, Diane and Bob, Jay and Jenny, Gert and Dini, Jan and Llane, and Michelle. Your love and support will not be forgotten.
At Chuck’s request there will be no service. He will be laid to rest at a private family ceremony at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations in Chuck’s memory may be made to the Central Okanagan Hospice House, 2035 Ethel Street, Kelowna, B.C., V1Y 2Z5 or the Alzheimer’s Society of Canada.
Condolences may be left for the family by visiting www.hansonsfuneral.ca
- Mar 26, 2017
Liz, my deepest sympathy to you and Shane. I know that Chuck will be deeply missed. I wish you peace and strength as you enter this next chapter in your life. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
- Mar 23, 2017
Sorry to hear of your loss.
- Mar 23, 2017
Liz & Shane, truly sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you in this time of sadness. Stay strong.
Susan Prymak xo
- Mar 23, 2017
Liz: I'm so sorry for your loss. You had many good years together and hopefully Shane will provide some grandchildren for you to spoil. His presence will be missed in your life and I can only hope that time will help you to heal. So glad you got to retire together in Kelowna, enjoy your nice weather and know you are in our thoughts and prayers.