Charles Henry YOUNG

March 29, 1919March 5, 2014

YOUNG, Charles (Charlie) Henry March 29,1919 to March 05,2014

Charlie passed away after a short illness in the Chilliwack General Hospital. Charlie was predeceased by his wife Mary in 2008 and is survived by daughter June and husband Rick Deeley of Summerland, BC; granddaughter Ann Koenig, RCMP Inspector of Toronto, Ontario; great granddaughters Emma and Amy of Toronto, Ontario; brother Jackie; nephew Derek Young and Liz Rhodes and many other nieces and nephews and good friends. Charlie was predeceased by his brother William. Charlie grew up in Sunderland, UK and at the tender age of 14 joined Archies Juvenille Band as a clarinet and saxophone player. He continued to play until his last gig of the weekly meeting of the Chilliwack Rotary Club 5 days before he died. Eighty years of beautiful music! Charlie served as a military musician during the war, playing for the troops in France and Holland, and Belgium after D-Day. After the war Charlie headed up his own band that performed all over Scotland and northern England. Some of the concerts were broadcast on the B.B.C. In the mid fi fties a musician friend heard of an opportunity in Canada with various Military Bands, and after the deprivations of post war rationing in the UK the opportunities in Canada seemed very inviting. Charlie and family arrived at Camp Chilliwack in 1955 where Charlie joined the re-knowned Royal Canadian Engineers Band as lead Saxophonist. Shortly after getting established Charlie, wife Mary (piano), Les Barker (tenor sax) and Tom Hardin (drums) formed the Copper Room Orchestra at the Harrison Hot Springs Hotel. Charlie, Tom and Les played with the Military Band during the day and the Copper Room in the evening until midnight six days a week. After retirement in 1985 Charlie was asked to join the Rotary Club of Chilliwack where he and Mary brought their musical talents. At this time they were joined by John Blessin (bass) and either Mark Blessin or Paul Blessin on drums. This group has played for the meetings with the addition of Joanne Hankey (piano), Paula Dewit (trumpet) and John Forman (percussion). Charlie was a real professional even learning new music in the last few years. The Rotations are going to miss him. Charlie was a jokester. He was famous for the fake mouse that suddenly appeared from his shirt pocket and also the crazy wigs and goofy glasses he wore. The Blessin family will feel the loss of Charlie very profoundly as he was considered to be part of the family. Donations can be made to Rotary Polio Eradication Program. A musical celebration of life will be held at Henderson’s Funeral Home, Chilliwack, on Thursday, March 13th at 2:00pm. Online condolences can be left at


  • Funeral Service Thursday, March 13, 2014
  • Reception Thursday, March 13, 2014
  • Video Broadcast Thursday, March 13, 2014

Charles Henry YOUNG

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Ken Bramble

April 4, 2015

Many fond memories of Charlie at our Rotary Meetings. He brought a heart and soul to each and every meeting with his music.

derek young

April 4, 2015

Miss you both so much. So many happy memories.

Derek Young

March 20, 2014

Liz and I will never forget the very many happy times we had together not just in Canada but also during your holiday to Scotland. Charlie was one special guy who will always be remembered.

Jean Bolam nee Young

March 20, 2014

Charlie, all the Youngs were together on Saturday 8th March to celebrate your brother Jackie's 90th birthday and you were remembered by all with great fondness. Although we are so far away in England, you've always been loved by your brother Jackie and wife Cathy, niece Jean, husband Ken and daughters Laura, Helen and Jenny. We will never forget the beautiful, fun times we had together in England, Sunderland, London and Chilliwack. Those memories will live with us forever. With love

Geoff Radnor

March 19, 2014

Charlie, you will never ever be forgotten. I had to listen to you play with Les, Tom and Mary for so many years night after night in the Copper Room at the Harrison Hot Spring Hotel. It was always a joy. Even your mouse was fun.
Thank You Charlie...
Geoff & Elga Radnor, Ottawa, Agassiz and Harrison Hot Springs

Barbara and Mike Douglass

March 17, 2014

Charlie, you will be missed but I know you are with Mary and there is beautiful music in heaven now.....We will never forget you and Mary. People still say that our music was the best wedding reception music they have ever heard! Thank you!


Barbara and Mike Douglass (Blessin)

March 14, 2014

"Charle, it was an honour to play with you in the Dog Mountain Dixie Band. You were a lot of fun to be around and hear you on that sax. I know you will be making beautiful music up there with your dear Mary."

Paul & Eleanor Snider
St. Catharines, Ontario

March 13, 2014

Dear Charlie,

I am so sorry I can't be there today to say goodbye. It was wonderful to know you and Mary. You did so much good in your life.

Sincerely, Valerie Wright

Linda Carey

March 12, 2014

Charlie, you were an amazing man, always enjoyed seeing you. With Mary again...until we meet again,

Linda Carey
Harrison Hot Springs Resort & Spa