ROBERTS, Charles Burton — passed away on August 4, 2013 with his family by his side. He was born on November 1, 1927 in Highland Village, Nova Scotia.
He took his journey, the way he lived – quietly with grace. Dad, you were our best friend and having you, we were touched by an angel. Always that smile, twinkling eyes, sense of humour, a wealth of knowledge, sincere kindness, generosity, patience, honesty and integrity, valued personally and professionally by all.
Charles was an avid hunter, fisherman, an arctic angler, a nordic skier, a free miner (goldpanning), an explorer, a gardener, a cook (famous for his N.S. baked beans), and he loved getting firewood with Byron and Felix the dog. He had a passion for reading and knowledge. He always said, “News is not old if you don’t look at the date.” If you even mentioned a project-it was done! He volunteered his time building the Nordic Viking Centre in Mud Lake.
Charles was a journeyman carpenter, a draftsman, a heavy rigger, a safety controller with leadership skills. He apprenticed at the Trade Centre in Trenton, NS and Pictou, NS. He was employed on tall ships in the Pictou, NS shipyard.
In 1948, he left Londonderry train station for Trail, BC with enough moose sandwiches to get over the Rocky Mountains. He then settled in Kinnaird, BC where he built his own and several other homes. He gained employment at the West Kootenay Power Co. in South Slocan, BC and worked at the Cominco Waneta Dam for a time. He worked in Port Alberni, Duncan, and Saltaire for various pulp mills.
He joined Boundary Industries in Castlegar in 1967 and was Superintendent before leaving in 1979. His career continued as Project Manager and Consultant for various companies throughout Canada on multi-million dollar projects until his retirement.
When you ride the Whistler Express, be sure to say “thanks Charlie”! He was immensely proud of all of his accomplishments and the fact that he never had a serious injury nor fatality on any of his job sites.
Charles is survived by his daughters Brenda Danchuk (late Byron Jackson), Tannis (Dan) Cuthbert; sister Emily (Cliff) Lane of Nova Scotia; brothers Cyril (Virginia) Roberts of Nova Scotia, Calvin (Doreen) Roberts of Winnipeg; grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren Cara, Rick, Rowan, Porter Morris, Nicole Danchuk (Ben), Paige, Sawyer Corbett, Jennine (Grant) Simister, Jacob (Kristin), Kyle, Caitlin, Steven, Amanda (Lukas), Madilynn, Corrine (Russell), Eric, Larissa, Quinn Hnatiuk; his extended family Jason (Lori) Chernoff and family; several nieces, nephews and their families; supportive friend Bob Steele; step-daughter Lisa Giddens and Felix- his ‘buddy’.
Charles is predeceased by his parents Susie (nee Collins) and Burton Roberts; brother Sanford Roberts; nephews Kimball Swanson and Leslie Rushton and son in law Byron W. Jackson.
A family service will be held in September. Al Grywacheski of Alternatives Funeral and Cremation Services™ has been entrusted with arrangements.
As an expression of sympathy, donations can be made to the S.P.C.A. at 7700 Highway 3B Trail, BC, V1R 2L9 or to the Trail Career Development Services at 1565 Bay Avenue, Trail, BC, V1R 4B2.
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