Charles Thomas Smith of Chilliwack, known to everyone as ‘Charlie’, passed away peacefully Friday, Aug. 16, 2002 at McIntosh Lodge in Chilliwack at the age of 86 years, after a brief illness due to a brain tumor.
Charlie was born on July 21, 1916 in Limoilou, Quebec, soon after his parents George and Sarah arrived from England.
He moved to Crescent Beach, B.C. at an early age. After leaving school, he worked in the oyster industry until he joined the Canadian Army in 1942, serving two years in the medical corps.
He married Phyllis Izod on June 24, 1944 in Vancouver, and they settled in Chilliwack.
He opened Valley Cycle in Aug. 1947, supplying bicycles, motorcycles, lawn mowers and sports equipment to Chilliwack residents for many years. He became Chilliwack’s locksmith in the 50’s, passing his knowledge on to his family.
He was an avid fisherman, spending countless hours on local rivers catching steelhead and salmon.
He bought his first motorhome in 1973, travelling the west coast of Canada and the U.S. for the next 28 years, accompanied by his wife, Phyllis.
Charlie is survived by his wife of 58 years, Phyllis; daughter Jacquie (Grant) Carter; son Ken (Anne); grandchildren Glen and Shawn Carter, Cheryl (Aric) Mueller, and Laurie Smith; and great-granddaughters Megan and Grace Carter.
He was predeceased by his brothers Harold and Jim, and sister Mary.
By Charlie’s request, no service will be held. Cremation at Valley Crematorium.
If friends so desire, donations in Charlie’s memory may be made to the charity of your choice.