Roger Joseph Raymond Charron

Sadly Roger passed away January 1st 2019 surrounded by the love of his family at Royal Jubilee Hospital.

He was in Victoria to see his oncologist the day of “The Storm” and was unable to return to Salt Spring Island where he lived for the past 19 years.

He leaves to mourn his wife Valerie Perkins, sons Michael Charron, Colin Charron, Blake Langley, Michael Langley (Maru) as well as 5 grandchildren.

Roger will be missed by his sister Jeanette (late Harold), sister Louise (Ron), in-laws Craig (late Laurette) and Brenda (Ken) as well as nieces Bonnie (Kevin), Deborah (Gerry), Tracey (Rudy), nephews Grant (Paula), Wade (Karen), Steven (Sherry), many great nephews, great nieces and friends. He was predeceased by parents Joseph & Alice (Girard) Charron and sister Laurette.

He was born in Richmond, BC and grew up on Twigg Island near the mouth of the Fraser River back when it was farmland with dairy cows and orchards.

Roger was an unassuming man who when asked would say he was a ‘ferry worker”. He worked for BC Ferries for 41 years and was a Captain on all the major routes. He worked at Long Harbour several times before returning in 2000 where he worked until his retirement in 2006. He continued to work occasional for Gulf Island Water Taxi and to do the heavy lifting for Val at Rainbow Road Farm.

The golf course beckoned and he spent many happy hours with his golfing buddies Norm, Phil, Colin and Mike.

The family would like to thank Royal Jubilee Hospital and Victoria Cancer Agency staff who provided such compassionate care.

A Celebration of Life will be held at Meaden Hall, 120 Blain Rd. Salt Spring Island on Saturday January 19th 2019 at 2.30pm.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Salt Spring Hospice Society


  • Celebration of Life Saturday, 19 January , 2019

Roger Joseph Raymond Charron

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Neil & Jan Perkins

19 January 2019

Another Roger moment over a succulent crab claw dinner at theirs. We were all bottomless pits - so delicious! We seem to remember falling about with laughter when Val adorned herself with crab claw earrings!

Neil & Jan Perkins

19 January 2019

Two lumberjacks?? !!

Neil and Jan Perkins

19 January 2019

We treasure our memories of our trip to Canada in 2012 and our time with Val and Roger on Salt Spring Island. Roger's charm, humour, and generosity as a host meant so much to us. We benefited from Val's care and organisational skills and Roger's hilarious response to following her agendas, which was to quietly say 'flick those reins.' They complemented each other perfectly as a couple and we had so much fun.

We were lucky to have them both at ours in the UK where Roger somehow ended up sitting in front of a shelf full of teapots. We took a photo in which it looked like he had a tea pot on his head. Of course he instantly acquired the title King of Teapots. It was one of those hilarious and memorable moments of silliness!

Thank you for being part of our lives.

Andrew Perkins

19 January 2019

A lovely man who I know will be sorely missed. Hugs to Val & all of the families x

Valerie Perkins

14 January 2019

Valerie Perkins

14 January 2019

Val Perkins

14 January 2019

Norman Twa

14 January 2019

Roger & I became friends through Golf. We golfed approximately 4-5 days per week followed by our coffee chats where we covered many subjects & tried to solve many world problems.
Roger loved the Rainbow Rd. Property where Val did her market gardening.
He would tell stories of pulling trees over with a rope hooked to a tractor. He went into great detail as he would dig around the roots with a shovel & cut the roots off before the tree would go over. Finally the tree was cut for firewood to heat their home.
"I am going to change my name to Manuel, Manuel Labour" "Val has me pulling weeds, getting firewood & rototilling".
Roger, on hole #1 would T up his ball, ready to shoot, then tell a story. We had to listen to his story as none of us could T off. Our games were not fast!
Roger was a worldly man. If a bird chirped, he named it, always with a brief description.
I am going to miss Roger. A friend and great golfing partner. No more coffee discussions
Good Bye Roger

Susan Sharp

14 January 2019

So sorry to hear about Roger. I worked with him on Queen of Nanaimo as one of his regular deckhands and a relief 2nd officer. Roger was very supportive of my career advancement. In the last couple of years before he retired, Roger started calling himself by his nickname "Captain Grumpy". There were a couple of us that would not permit him to stay grumpy, if he did we served his coffee in a pink 2-handed sippy cup. I am unable to attend his celebration, so send my hugs to Val and everyone.
Love and respects,

Katherine Ackerman

13 January 2019

I had the great luck to work for Captain Charron on the Queen of Nanaimo for many years on Salt Spring Island. Roger was my boss, mentor, and my friend and I had a great amount of love and respect for him.

Roger was instrumental in my joining the deck department and my years of working with Roger are some of the most enjoyable moments that I have spent working. His dry sense of humor made him the perfect "straight man", and his quiet and thoughtful demeanor on the bridge instilled confidence.

I cried when he retired, but I had the good fortune of staying in touch with Roger throughout the years, and I bawled my eyes out when I found out of his passing. Roger has left us in this world far too soon and it has left a hole in my heart, but I am honoured you let me into your life and shared some of yourself with me.

Big hugs to Val and family during this sad time and know that Roger spent his time on this earth being an honourable and respected man. The attached photo was taken on Roger's last day of work.

Love and Respect - I shall miss you Roger.

Katherine Ackerman