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Charles Chuck Arthur Noakes

February 15, 1924 - August 30, 2016


Charles Arthur Noakes

1924 to 2016

We are sad to share the news of Chuck’s passing.  He passed peacefully at home surrounded by family on Tuesday, August 30, 2016.  His sense of humour and dry wit remained intact to the end.  These and his incredible intelligence and memory kept us on our toes or smiling always.  All these will be missed.

Chuck was born Feb 15, 1924, the last of 8 children.  He worked hard on the family farm in Balfour from a young age, eventually taking over the farm in 1947.  He married Evelyn Riehl  in 1948 and they had 5 children together.  He worked a short time on the S.S. Moyie and then the M.V. Anscombe, along with farming duties, but eventually sold the dairy farm before moving into construction work.  He shared his knowledge and expertise in carpentry with many young apprentices. 

He escaped his duties of farming, framing and family to enjoy his passion for hiking, hunting, and most especially fishing.  Many happy hours were spent chasing the elusive ‘big one’ on Kootenay Lake, surrounding creeks and mountain lakes.  He shared his passions and love of the wilderness with all his kids and grand-kids over the years.  Dad lived all of his 92 years in Balfour except for a short stint away for military service from 1943 to 1946.  His knowledge and interest in the wars knew no bounds; he would have made an excellent history teacher.  He also had a deep love for the great literary masters, golf, bridge and especially his little grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Chuck was pre-decease by his first wife Evelyn in 1995, his daughter Nancy in 1978, his twin brother and his 6 sisters.  He was the last of the Noakes babes to arrive and the last to go. 

Chuck gave those in his life many gifts to cherish.  He is lovingly remembered by his wife Nina Smiley, children John (Denise) Noakes, Barb (Keith) Rowsell, Carol Noakes (Doug Desrosiers), Leslie Noakes, his step children and his many grandchildren and great grandchildren.

 Donations in Chuck’s memory can be made to the Canadian Wildlife Federation or Nelson Red Cross Society.


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From: Thompson Funeral Service Staff

Thompson Funeral Service Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Lynda &Troy Iwanik
Relation: Friends of family.

Sincere condolences to your family with the loss of your father& grandfather, Chuck.

From: Lora & Robert Daughton
Relation: Grew up in Balfour

To the Noakes Family, Sorry for your loss….our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time. May the comfort of Family and friends help you heal and come to some peace in your hearts<3 The Daughton Family

From: Colleen Driscoll
Relation: acquaintance

Thinking of all of you…Seems like a legend has gone….He was a kind considerate and gracious man…A pillar of the community… So sorry for you loss…

Service Schedule

  Funeral Service

Date & Time:
September 7, 2016
Beginning at 1:00pm

Balfour Evangelical Covenant Church
7741 Upper Balfour Road
Balfour, BC Canada V0G1C0

7741 Upper Balfour Road
Balfour, BC Canada V0G1C0

  Graveside Service

Date & Time:
September 7, 2016
Beginning at 11:30am

Balfour Cemetery

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Private family interment

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