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OBITUARY

Ronald James CHARLTON

10 October, 193028 February, 2021
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Charlton, Ronald, James – It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing of our father, Ronald James Charlton, in Halifax on February 28th, 2021 at the age of 90 years. Dad had endured the effects of Lewy Body dementia over the last 5 years and managed his illness with the same strength, fortitude and quiet dignity with which he approached life.

Born in Halifax, he was the son of the late Frederick and Mae (Slaunwhite) Charlton. Predeceased by his wife of 52 years, Theresa Marion (Noel), dad is survived by his 7 children; Debra Meagher (Bill) Timberlea, Nancy Lawrence, Calgary, Patti Theriault (Paul) Timberlea, Paula Henry (Darrell) Halifax, Susan Charlton (Mike Waldron) Halifax, Douglas Charlton (Sharon) Timberlea, Michael Charlton, Halifax, fifteen grandchildren, eleven great grandchildren, sisters, Helen Ferguson (Skit), Evelyn Comfort and sister in laws- Marguerite, Betty and Jacqueline as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Dad was predeceased by brothers, Cyril, Ken, Don, Ervin and Reggie.

As a young man, Dad was an accomplished athlete and hockey player. Affectionately known as ‘Chick’ by in-laws and friends in Pictou, he played from 1952 to 1955 as a top scoring two-way forward with the Pictou Maripacs of the provincial APC Hockey League. Dad remained active throughout the years and always enjoyed watching his beloved hockey, baseball and golf. He owned and operated Charlton’s Grocery for many years in Fairview before joining his brother Ervin at Charlton Flooring Ltd where he worked until he retired.

Dad always enjoyed spending time with his family and his grandchildren. Family days spent at the beach, camping, summer reunions, road trips, barbeques, hilarious golf games played with his sons-in-law, he was always front and centre, and though soft spoken and slightly reserved, you could sense the great pride he felt for his children and the pleasure he took in being with them.

Until recent years, Dad looked forward to his daily coffees where he loved to trade stories, argue about politics and share laughs with his pals at Tim Hortons. Even when wheelchair bound, he was still determined to get out on occasion, and connect with his friends.

He was an animal lover from a young age. Later in life, he discovered Hope for Wildlife and became quite interested in the work they did to rehabilitate injured animals in NS.

Dad was an avid walker in his retirement. He loved the outdoors and the birds, especially the crows, and other wildlife he’d encounter on his daily 4 km walks.

Another great interest in retirement was drawing and painting. A talent none of us knew Dad had. It became a favourite pastime of his. He took lessons, and then painted and sketched scores of pictures from impressions of his daily walks, and of NS landmarks that he would see in the local newspaper. As an amateur artist, his creations are delightfully whimsical and much treasured by the family. Dad was kind, considerate, giving, loyal and honest to a fault in everything he said and did. Never one to pass judgement, he accepted the world as it was with a stoic grace. He had a droll wit and an understated sense of humour which could make you smile and laugh when he made his unique and earnest observations on the absurdities of daily life. He was a true gentleman and will be so very missed by all who knew and loved him.

We would like to express our love and gratitude to our brother Michael whose care and devotion enabled our father to stay in his own home much longer than we thought possible. We would also like to thank the staff at St. Vincent’s Nursing Home for their care and compassion during the last 17 months.

A visitation will be held from 1-2pm in J A Snow Funeral home, 339 Lacewood Drive, Halifax, with a memorial service to follow at 2pm on Sunday, April 11, 2021. Due to Covid restrictions anyone wishing to attend must pre-register with J. A. Snow Funeral Home by calling 902-455-0531. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer Society of NS or Hope for Wildlife.

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Katelyn M

11 April 2021

I was so sad to come across your fathers obituary. Condolences to the whole family. I spent a lot of time with Ron, during our respite visits every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon 😊 we shared alot of laughs and spent a lot of time outside enjoying the sunshine ❤ I havent seen him since I went off on maturnity leave a couple years ago, but I've often thought about him, he had a special place in my heart. May he rest in peace.

Betty McOnie

9 April 2021

My sympathy to all of the family at this sad time.
It doesn’t seem that long ago that a group of us were all young, but so many have passed on and not too many are left with lots of memories.
Take care and know your Dad is at peace.
Love and prayers,
Betty.

Paula Rent

5 April 2021

Sending you all my thoughts and prayers and praying for strength during this difficult time. My sincerest condolences to you all. ❤️ Paula

Janice Fraser

19 March 2021

Dear Doug, Susan and family,
I was very sorry to hear about your Dad. What a wonderfully written tribute. My condolences to you and your entire family.
-Janice

Bob Selig

17 March 2021

I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your Dad. I had heard stories of your Dad over the years from my Dad. I know how difficult it is loosing a parent. I will keep your family in my prayers.

Maurice d'Entremont

11 March 2021

To the family and extended family of Ron Charlton...Please accept my most heartfelt sympathy at the loss of your Father.

Beverly Dixon-David

10 March 2021

Michael & Family ,sending my condolences ,working for Northwood Home Care that's how i met your Dad, he was so kind and appreciative for all that i did, i use to enjoy my visits,and the little stories he would share, God Bless.

Ron Corbett

9 March 2021

Sincere condolences to the Charlton Family for the loss of your father. Thoughts and prayers are will all.

Winifred Botma

6 March 2021

We were very sorry to hear this sad news. Keeping you all in our thoughts.
Winifred Botma & Family

Michele Charlton

6 March 2021

To all of my dear cousins,

Ron's death hits my Ron and I very hard as he was not only my uncle but our workmate and friend at Charlton Flooring.
We are so very sad. I could never imagine Ron even getting old as he was always the healthy and fit one and Dad sure did appreciate having his brother work for him. They always had a professional relationship at the store which was because , like all Charlton boys, Ron was respectful and showed humility in all his dealings. At the same time we loved his quiet humor and hard work. We enjoyed the social gatherings with Ron and Theresa for work , at the cottage and also with the whole family on other occasions. So many good laughs with those 2.
Ron, Mom and I visited Ron at St. Vincent's several months ago and I was heartbroken to see him confined to a wheelchair. I could not contain my tears and left bawling my eyes out.
Gods word the Bible tells us at Acts 24:15 that Jehovah God will resurrect our dead loved ones. I am looking forward to replacing those tears of great sorrow with tears of joy when Ron returns to life on a future paradise earth, and be reunited with him.
Thinking of you all with great compassion and love.