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CHARLES (CHUCK) LUMSDEN

Date of Passing: May 31, 2014

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CHARLES (CHUCK) LUMSDEN Charles "Chuck" Lumsden passed away peacefully with his wife Berna, of 60 years, by his side, at Concordia Hospital on May 31, 2014. He is predeceased by his brother Tommy, sister Corinne, mother Katherine, and father William. Chuck is survived by his wife Berna, his three children Pat (Rick), Tom (Janis), and Lori (Tim), as well as his 10 grandchildren Brydon, Cristine, Ryan, James, Sarah, Megan, David, Julie, Jordyn, Nykola, his two great-grandchildren Kaden and Zolie, and his 12 nephews and nieces. To say Chuck the "Big Train" Lumsden was a gifted athlete would be an understatement. He played alongside his brother and Blue Bomber Hall of Fame inductee Tommy Lumsden with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in 1952, 1953, and 1954. Chuck was best known as a hockey player, twice inducted into the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame. At age 16, he became the property of the Toronto Maple Leafs. He played in a Memorial Cup final with the Winnipeg Monarchs, and made the M.J.H.L. second all-star team. Chuck left home at age 18 to play from 1951 to 1952 for the Toronto Marlboroughs. He was twice voted to the Ontario Hockey League's all-star team. He played from 1952 to 1954 for the Toronto Maple Leafs' A.H.L. affiliate Pittsburgh Hornets. He left the Leafs' organization and returned to Winnipeg to play for the Winnipeg Warriors. They won the Lester Patrick Cup and were also the Edinburgh Champions in 1956. Before joining the Winnipeg Maroons, Chuck played for the Dauphin Kings, Pine Falls Paper Kings, and the Warroad Lakers. After winning the Allan Cup in 1964, Chuck and the Maroons represented Canada overseas during the height of the Cold War, playing in Communist countries such as Russia and Czechoslovakia. Chuck played for Father David Bauer's Canadian National Hockey Team while the program was initially being developed. After a brief retirement in 1968, Chuck joined the St. Boniface Mohawks helping to take them from last place to the Allan Cup finals only to lose in seven games. He continued to remain active with tennis, cycling, skiing, and ballroom dancing with his wife Berna. Chuck loved to dance and was a member of the Westview Ballroom Dance Club for 35 years. Chuck was an employee of Northwest Airlines for 38 years, which gave him the opportunity to travel around the world with his wife and three children. He was able to fulfill his dream to take all his grandchildren to Disney World, one of their favourite memories with their grandfather. Chuck was a member of the Manitoba Metis Federation and was proud of his heritage. His family would like to thank the N1 staff at Concordia Hospital and the Palliative Care team for making his last days comfortable. A private family graveside service has been held. In lieu of flowers, his family is requesting donations be made to KidSport Manitoba.

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Jun 07, 2014

Condolences & Memories (5 entries)

  • Chuck was inducted into the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame in 2003 with his 1964 Winnipeg Maroons' team-mates. He was a gifted all round athlete and will be missed. Our sympathies to Berna and her family. - Posted by: Rick Brownlee (MB Sports Hall of Fame) on: Jul 17, 2014

  • Great in everything he did with a wonderful attitude. All will miss him. God Bless!! - Posted by: Ron Andre Castelane (player and friend) on: Jun 13, 2014

  • I had the pleasure of working with Charlie for 20 years and there was never a dull moment. And Gord played alongside Charlie with the Mohawks in their bid for the Allan Cup. I'm so glad that I had a chance to chat with Charlie not that long ago. Charlie will be deeply missed by all who knew him. Our condolences to Berna & family. Rest in peace our friend. - Posted by: Glady & Gord Malinoski (Co-worker & friend) on: Jun 10, 2014

  • I saw Chuck play hockey for the Warroad Lakers as a young boy, 8 years old. The Lakers were playing the UMD Bulldogs in the Duluth Curling Club. There was a board about 24" square on the dasher off to the side of one of the goal nets. Chuck let go with a slap shot from the point, missed the net but hit this board with so much force that the board dislodged and fell to the ice. The game stopped so the referee could replace the board. I'd never seen a puck shot that hard in my life. My Dad was good friends with Cal Marvin so my older brother Frank and I were allowed to sit in the Laker's players box during the game. I remember how kind Chuck was to us after the games. He would always talk with us and make us feel special. (We'd go to the Laker's/Bulldog's series every winter. It was the highlight of our winter each year.) So from a 64 year old former hockey player, "Thanks Chuck for the wonderful memories you gave two young boys from Silver Bay, Minnesota, so many winters ago. Rest in peace. You were a fine man!" Don Dumais, Chandler, Az. - Posted by: Don Dumais (Admirer) on: Jun 08, 2014

  • Chuck was a fearless competitor blessed with natural athleticism and rawbone strength.... he was an awesome athlete highly respected by his peers! A very nice man! My condolences to the Lumsden family. - Posted by: John Rendall (friend) on: Jun 07, 2014

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