Charles Thomas Pierce, 98, passed away suddenly Saturday, Aug. 5, 2000 at the Sioux Lookout District Health Centre in Sioux Lookout, Ont.
Charles was born April 13, 1902 in Reston, Man. and went to school at Kinross. He spent his younger days on the family farm.
At an early age, he moved to Brandon, Man. and then to Fort Frances, Ont. Looking for work there, he met and married Lanore Strain on Nov. 10, 1934. It was at this time he became a transport truck driver for Clarke Robertson.
In 1940, Charles enlisted in the RCAF and moved Lanore, Keith, and Jack to Rivers, Man. where he was stationed. It was there that Joanne arrived. He served until 1945 and was discharged at the rank of sergeant (Motor Pool).
Back in Fort Frances, he drove transport truck and then moved into the Wells Hardware Store. Douglas and Marlene joined the family in Fort Frances.
An avid curler, Charlie spent his winters with broom in hand and was respected for his sportsmanship and his love for the game–a true competitor.
In 1965, he moved to Sioux Lookout with Lanore, Joanne, Douglas, and Marlene. It was here that he got into the automobile business working for his brother, Al. He worked at the garage until the age of 75 when the family finally talked him into retiring.
He spent his leisure time gardening, lawn care, snow removal in town, and out at camp (some leisure). He continued curling and managed to find time for an occasional game of fun golf. Although not a fisherman, he dearly loved those many hours at camp on Pickerel Arm with his family and his many Missouri friends.
Charlie is survived by his wife, Lanore; brother, Alvin; sons, Keith (Patricia) Pierce, Jack (Shirley) Pierce, and Douglas (Julianne) Pierce; daughters, Joanne (Roderick) Ferguson, and Marlene (Norman) MacDonald; and grandchildren, Bryan, D’arcy, Janice, Brenda, Linda, Patricia, Jennifer, Kristin, Trisha, Monique, Conrad, Douglas, Jeanet, Todd, Jason, and Kelly Dawn.
He also is survived by 16 great-grandchildren.
Charlie was predeceased by his parents, Mary and Edward; sisters, Mary, Elizabeth, and Laura; and his son, James Alexander.
His love and memory will live on forever in the hearts and minds of those who were blessed to have known him. Charlie truly was a family man who loved his family dearly. He will be forever missed.
Cremation has taken place.
A memorial service was held Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2000 at 2 p.m. at St. Andrew’s United Church in Sioux Lookout, with Rev. Beverly Brazier officiating.
Interment of ashes followed in Northway Cemetery (Legion Section).
If friends so desire, in memoriam donations may be made to the Sioux Lookout New Hospital Fund or the charity of one’s choice through the Sioux Lookout Funeral Home, P.O. Box 1449 Sioux Lookout, Ont., P8T 1B9.