aka HURRICANE CHARLIE
May 5, 1921 – Jan. 27, 2010
A huge hole now exists where once dad stood; he crossed suddenly and unexpectedly. He was the best friend as a husband, best friend as a father, best friend to friends, best friend to strangers, best friend to stray cats, birds or anything that needed a helping hand. He was the one who everyone came to if something needed fixing – a very creative problem solver, he was, with saws, mills, welders, and could fix anything that needed fixin’.
Dad spent his life loving his family more than anything – family first is his essence.
His working life was spent in the bush as a faller, and after long hard days in the bush he’d happily take the family to the lake, or help fix the fence for the horse, or do whatever was required of him – not once did we hear him complain, though I am sure he was dog-tired. A hard working man whose only goal was to provide for his family; the home was secure and loving. He was there for his family no matter what.
Dad enjoyed boxing and in fact, he himself boxed for the first time at the age of 6 at the Milk River Gym, against Spider Kelly and his last fight against Jorgenson – to my knowledge, dad never lost a fight. In later years, he continued to enjoy watching boxing on tv. He also continued to enjoy working with wood, either bringing home fire wood, or making beautiful burls.
Charlie is survived by his wife of going on 67 years, Yvonne (Miller). They were wed April 6, 1943 – and made their home in Rosedale, and resided there ever since. His 3 children, Gary (Trudy) Armitage, Weld (Rita) Armitage and Diane Armitage (Michael Stegemann). Grandchildren: Charlie Armitage, Susan (Bentley), Tracey (Horvath) of Gary Armitage; Dillon Armitage, Serrena Armitage of Weld (Rita) Armitage; Tabitha Armitage-Stegemann of Diane Armitage (Michael). Great Grandchildren: Kait and Gordon Bentley of Susan and Dave Bentley. His brother Bob (Anita) Armitage of Vernon BC
Charlie is predeased by: his parents, Blanche (Knappen) and Clarence Armitage, sister, Hazel (Osborne), brother Richard (Rit) Armitage.
We will always miss him and we will always love him. He will always love us. The best part of Dad is his spirit – his body was just to carry his spirit – the body is gone, but his Spirit remains.
We Love You Dad – in All Ways, a good man.
– Your family.