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Charles Stickel

June 21, 1930 - December 10, 2011


Up near the Kaslo airport, on Saturday December 10th, 2011, at about the spot where a light plane would lift off, Charlie Stickel”s heart gave out and he died quickly with the final effort of cutting his Christmas tree. Charlie was 81 years old, a veteran of 2 heart bypasses, and he died as he lived, “making the most of it.”

Charlie, with his wife Mary as hygenist, ran a dental practice in Tillsonburg for 34 years. They then travelled for 3 years with the dental program of the Ontario Ministry of Health Underserviced Area. Charlie spent 7 years on the Tillsonburg school board, was a member of the power squadron, the United Church, a 53 year Mason and member of the Lodge of Perfection. Charlie loved flying and held a private pilot”s license in the 60” and 70”s. He refabricated the wings of his Stinson plane which he flew with Mary. In 1990 they retired to Kaslo.

Charlie was predeceased by his son Jamie in 1976 and his brother John in 1979. Charlie is survived by his beloved Mary, his brother Jim(Norma), and sister-in-law Agnes, brother- in-law Don (Betty-Lou), Brother-in-law Duncan (Marg), his children Charlie(Joan), Shelley (Dan), Patty, grandchildren, David, Peter, Katie, Sarah, Helene, Kristopher, Adelaine and Nicola along with 6 great grandchildren, and honourary daughter Kathy Sinclair. All the Sinclair and Stickel nieces, nephews, cousins and family loved boating, fishing, flying, dancing, eating, chatting and laughing with Charlie. He was a wood carver, reader, and collector of a number of things – including precious dear friends. Thanks to all who blessed his life with love, support, laughter and friendship.


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From: Thompson Funeral Service Ltd. Staff

Thompson Funeral Service Ltd. Staff send our condolences to family and friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

From: Jackie Cardy
Relation: My best friends father

Dear Mary, Shelley and Patty,
I am so sorry for your loss. I want to share a quote from Leo Buscaglia that I believe to be true.
I know for certain that we never lose the people we love, even to death. They continue to participate in every act, thought and decision we make. Their love leaves an indelible imprint in our memories. We find comfort in knowing that our lives have been enriched by having shared their love.
Love and peace be with all of your family.
Jackie Cardy

From: Sylvia and Dave Sinclair
Relation: friend

Dear Mary and family
Sending our prayers and thoughts your way in the loss of Charlie. What a great gentleman!! We will miss his cheery greetings at our Clan gatherings.

From: Toni Sinclair
Relation: friend and admirer

Dear Mary, Sandy and I send our deepest condolences to you and your family. Charlie was a joy to be with, and he will be greatly missed at the Sinclair Gatherings. He lived his life fully, enjoying all things great and small, and we rarely saw him without a smile on his face – even when kissing the fish he caught in PEI! But the memory we will cherish forever was the glow on your faces when Charlie led you on the dance floor at the Sinclair Gathering in Coquitlam last June to a standing ovation. Priceless!
Toni & Sandy Sinclair

From: suzanne white
Relation: His daughter is a friend

A life well lived Shelley and Mary……you will miss him terribly, and he will be missed …….Wishing you both well….Suzanne & Pete

Service Schedule

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Date & Time:
December 18, 2011
Beginning at 1:00pm

St. Andrew''s United Church

Kaslo, BC Canada V0G1M0

Kaslo, BC Canada V0G1M0

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