OBITUARY

Chuck Gentes

12 January, 194321 April, 2021

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Chuck (Joseph Charles Marcel) Gentes on April 21, 2021 at the age of 78 years; following a brief stay at the Niagara Health System - St. Catharines Site.

Chuck was at peace, and surrounded by his loving family. He will be forever remembered by his wife of fifty-three years Louise (née Guénette), children: Johnnie (Kristina) and Pierre (Melissa); grandchildren: Morgan, Ethan, Teresa, and Jack; sisters: Colette (Graeme Gardner) Gentes, Gisèle Solon, Linda (Brian) Noto; sisters-in-law Madeleine (Ken) LaFrance, Yvonne (Ben) Kjartanson, Lorraine Guénette, Leona (Robert Beelen) Guénette and brothers-in-law: Richard Guénette, Mitch (Angie) Guénette. He is pre-deceased by his parents Gérard & Aline; in-laws David & Thérèse Guénette; sister Bobbi Sturby; brothers-in-law: David Hawn, Dwight Solon, Gilles Guénette, Raymond Guenette, and sister-in-law Pauline (Marc) Granger. He will be deeply missed by numerous nieces and nephews across Canada upon whom he bestowed lovingly hand-made treasure/jewelry boxes and other masterpieces from his wood-working hobby.

Chuck was born on January 12th, 1943 in St. Boniface, Manitoba to Gérard and Aline (Granger) Gentes. As the oldest child and only son, along with his four sisters, Chuck spent much of his early life in Letellier, Manitoba.

In 1961, he joined the Royal Canadian Horse Artillery and later in 1964, he enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force which took him and his young family to Gimli, Manitoba; Cornwallis, Nova Scotia; Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan; Baden-Soelligen, Germany and Cold Lake, Alberta. Following his military service, Chuck and his family settled in St. Catharines, Ontario where he worked for the St. Lawrence Seaway Authority and the Canada Revenue Agency.

In Ontario, Chuck continued his love of hockey and became an avid golfer and amateur Niagara tour-guide. It was through this passion for his community that his many friends, family and extended family were treated to the famous Chuck’s tour of Niagara Falls, the Welland Canal and the Niagara Wine Region.

Deeply devoted to his faith, Chuck was an active member of St. Julia’s parish and devoted many years to his community through Marriage Encounter and the Warehouse of Hope.

Always the good neighbour, Chuck could be counted on to pick up and return stray recycling bins, shovel a driveway or mow a lawn. After his retirement, Chuck and Louise fulfilled one of their life-long dreams and became snowbirds in Apache Junction, Arizona. There Chuck continued his love of golf in the Arizona sunshine and not only did he play baseball, he was the Manager for the Lost Dutchman Baseball Team.

The family would like to thank all of the amazing doctors, nurses and staff from the Oncology and Nephrology units at the Niagara Health System – St. Catharines Site who provided Chuck with the best possible care and support, especially during his final days. Their dedication to their patients is even more profound given the challenging environment that they all must work in each and every day due to the current COVID-19 pandemic. We know that Chuck enjoyed joking and laughing with all of the nurses and they “appreciated” his charming wit, smile and hearty laugh.

In keeping with Chuck’s wishes, arrangements have been entrusted to Hulse & English Funeral Home & Chapel (905-684- 6346). A small private family service will take place Friday, April 30, 2021 at 11 am at St. Julia Catholic Church, St. Catharines. This service will be live streamed for those who wish to attend remotely. Livestream information can be found on the funeral home website. If desired, in lieu of flowers, donations in Chuck’s memory can be made to Niagara Health Foundation – St. Catharines Site or The Warehouse of Hope Food Bank. Online tributes and condolences may be made at www.hulseandenglish.com.

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Susan English

4 May 2021

Louise, I’m so sorry to hear about Chuck’s passing. Chuck was always the gentleman and always made me smile. The love that you shared shone through and is so precious. I will be thinking of you and your family and keeping you in my prayers.
Love
Sue

Paul and Cyndi Solon

30 April 2021

We were deeply saddened by the news of Chuck's passing. We always enjoyed our visits; Chuck always had an animated story to share that put a smile on our faces! We will forever keep our good memories of Chuck in our heart. May the love of family and friends comfort you during these difficult days.
Love Paul and Cyndi Solon

Kirsten Strahlendorf

30 April 2021

Dear Louise,

Lovely service for Chuck. What an incredible guy who’s accomplished so much. Wish I could’ve met him. Sending our love.

Kirsten

Maxine and Augie Holmes

30 April 2021

We were blessed to be part of Chuck’s funeral via livestream. We were there with you Louise, in spirit, and send our condolences to all the family. We had such wonderful, fun times together....M.E, Arizona, at the cottage, and the last time....distancing in your backyard. Augie was remembering the baseball and golf times, and we will surely miss his positivity, generosity, love and acceptance.
God bless you all.....may the memories help you through this time.
Love and hugs, Maxine and Augie. ❤️❤️

Yvette Granger

30 April 2021

So sorry for your loss Chuck was very special he will be missed by all!

The Granger Family

Paola and Gordon Filmer

29 April 2021

Dear Louise,

Chuck left us with beautiful memories of our family gatherings.
He is greatly missed!
Gordon and I wish we could be there in person to comfort you all, but we will be with you in our thoughts and prayers during the streaming of the service. We hold you in our hearts.
With deepest sympathies,

Paola and Gordon

Diane Prescott McHugh

28 April 2021

Louise. I was saddened to hear that Chuck passed away. I keep picturing him with his Tilley hat. My thoughts are with you.

Larry Kratofil

28 April 2021

Dear Louise and family, so saddened to hear of Chuck’s passing. He was the consummate gentleman, a great story teller and above all devoted to his family. My thoughts are with you at this difficult time. May your memories of Chuck warm your hearts.

Bill Squire

27 April 2021

Louise, Barb and I are so saddened at the loss of Chuck. We remember the great RV trip to Arizona we took together and also the numerous canoe trips Chuck and I enjoyed together. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Carol &Dan Keegan

27 April 2021

Dearest Louise and family.
We were very saddened and devastated to hear Chuck passed. He fought hard and always kept smiling .
We remember the times we all spent together laughing loving and sharing in marriage encounter. Our trip to Arizona, so grateful we got to see your bit of paradise there. I’ll miss his big bear hugs.
He was always full of energy and lots of stories to tell.
We feel your pain and sadness, and send our love and prayers of strength to you and Pierre and Johnnie and families, through the grieving process.
All our love prayers and support
Carol and Dan

FROM THE FAMILY