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Born: Dec 04, 1943

Date of Passing: Nov 02, 2015

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CHARLES KENNING NEWCOMBE December 4, 1943 - November 2, 2015 Surrounded by family, Charles peacefully passed away on November 2, 2015 at the age of 71. Charles is lovingly remembered by his wife of 45 years, Kathleen (nee Anderson); their three daughters and their families: Leah (Jason), Easton, Carter and Quinn; Christie (John), Isla; Kelly (Orr), Lachlan and West; his sister Catherine Newcombe, and nephew Toby Bartlett. Charles was born on December 4, 1943 in Winnipeg, MB to his parents Rev. Charles R. and Gwennie Newcombe. He was a devoted brother to his little sister Catherine and kept his promise to always look after her. He lived the majority of his life in St. Vital where he maintained many lifelong friendships. Chas, Charlie and Newc are a few of the nicknames he was often referred to by family and friends. He earned his B.A. at United College and went on to the University of Manitoba where he graduated from Law in 1969. During this time he worked as a banker, miner, train brakeman and waiter on Via Rail in the summer months. He was called to the Bar in 1970 and began his career as a Crown Attorney in criminal law for the Government of Manitoba. Charles was united in marriage to the love of his life Kathleen on December 19, 1970. They moved north to Thompson, MB where they began their life together, before settling back in Winnipeg. The young newlyweds took sabbaticals and flew off to Europe for a year where they explored numerous countries in their MG Midget. Wonderful experiences were had and lasting memories made prior to returning home and beginning their family. Charles and Kathleen welcomed three daughters into the world who were their pride and joy and whom he affectionately referred to as "Charlie's Angels". Education was of vital importance to Charles and he raised his girls to be strong, independent thinkers. On February 1, 1980 at the age of 36, he was appointed Judge of the Provincial Court of Manitoba, a position he held until his retirement in 2008. Throughout his career he made many circuits to northern communities in Manitoba. Wonderful family vacations will forever be treasured: houseboating on Lake of The Woods, Disney World and road trips taken throughout Canada and the U.S. Since retiring, Charles enjoyed many winter getaways to Texas and summer days at his cottage in Traverse Bay. He also cherished time spent with his six grandchildren, who loved him dearly and will miss the special treats and interesting stories he'd share with them. Charles always had a true passion for books and had an extensive library collection to prove it. He was a history buff, problem solver and analyst. Crosswords, mahjong and other puzzles were his relaxation and enjoyment. He loved watching history and nature documentaries, and was a devoted Jets and Bomber fan. Charles always welcomed a good debate and was a true conversationalist. His quick wit and humour always kept us on our toes. Family and friends will never forget the good food and conversations had around the dinner table at 28 Nichol. In his professional career he was known as firm but fair. Charles was a man that had an unfailing belief in fairness and equality. He made sure to instill these qualities into his daughters. Over the last several months Charles faced his future with incredible courage and bravery. His strength is what carried his family through this difficult time. We would like to thank the Palliative Care Team for their care and compassion and for helping us support Charles at home. In keeping with Charles' wishes, no formal funeral service will be held. A private family burial and celebration of life will be held at a later date. Dad, you are a true gentleman and a scholar, you will forever be in our hearts. Love you Chas. When a loved one becomes a memory, A memory becomes a treasure. Cherish the memories.

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Nov 07, 2015

Condolences & Memories (17 entries)

  • Chas was one of two lawyers who navigated my education while I was with the Crown and for that I have always been grateful. I am saddened to read this news and I say now my thanks that I should have said to him long ago. Gordon Marshall - Posted by: Gordon Marshall (colleague) on: Nov 25, 2015

  • My husband John worked with Chas in Attorney-General's Department in Winnipeg in the '70-'80s. On some occasions I was his doctor in St. Vital. We moved back to Australia in 1984, but were distressed to hear of his passing. He was one of a kind. Condolences to Kathy and his family. - Posted by: Dr Heather Parker (old friend) on: Nov 12, 2015

  • Judge Newcombe was one of my favourite judges. He was so smart and tough, but also remarkably compassionate. And he remembered my name when I was but a lowly articling student! A fine man gone far too soon. - Posted by: Joel Katz (Professional) on: Nov 10, 2015

  • I first had the pleasure of meeting Judge Newcombe once while attending high school with two of his daughters. Then met again at the law courts in 2000, until his retirement. Even after 7+ years, he went out of his way to help me and look out for me. We shared many a laugh together in the elevator on our way to court and always made time to talk or catch up. I was very shocked and saddened to hear of his passing. My most deepest sympathies to Christie, Leah and your whole family. Thank you Judge Newcombe for all you did for me, you will be missed. - Posted by: Desmond Clarke (Friend) on: Nov 09, 2015

  • Judge Newcombe was a good Judge and a great person. He will be both missed and remembered. - Posted by: Kevin Sneesby (Colleaugue) on: Nov 09, 2015

  • Chas was neighbor and childhood friend of my mom's side of the family but I got to know Chas best later in life when I was in my 20's. It was always my pleasure to have the opportunity to visit with Charlie over a pint discussing politics, history and tales of Old St. Vital and UofW. He was great for dispensing advice on career and other life lessons. I will miss his expansive and brilliant mind and the laughs we shared. My condolences to Kathy and the family, the judge will be missed. - Posted by: Shaun Hampton (Family friend) on: Nov 09, 2015

  • Charlie and I were friends in Law School and adversaries and still friends when he and Kathy were in Thompson. Our Bridge games often went until 4:00 AM but we generally made it to Court on time. My condolences to Kathy and to all who knew and loved Charlie. Posted by Bob Mayer (Class of “69”). - Posted by: Bob Mayer (Friend) on: Nov 09, 2015

  • My sincere condolences to Kathleen and the girls. You're in my prayers. - Posted by: Natalie Simms (Daughter's friend) on: Nov 09, 2015

  • Chas, Memories of never-ending bridge games at Graham Hall, long lunches as young Crowns at The Old Spaghetti Factory on Friday afternoons and always the sparkling interplay of your sharp and often acerbic wit. Good times, Chas,good times. Newt - Posted by: Bryan Newton (Long-time friend) on: Nov 09, 2015

  • As a friend of Kathy I spent many evenings around the dinner table on Nichol Ave enjoying the stories and laughter that took place Kathy, Leah, Kristy and Kelly know that you are in my thoughts! Charles, may you rest in peace. Thank you for all the good memories - Posted by: Janice Caine-Brewster (Friend) on: Nov 08, 2015

  • I remember Charles as the tall, handsome cousin who would come to visit us in Calgary when I was a little girl - he was always so kind to me - I will remember him fondly. I am sorry we did not keep in touch over the years - I send my condolences and very best wishes to his family. Judy Newcombe - Posted by: Judy Newcombe (Cousin) on: Nov 08, 2015

  • When I think back on my memories of Charles, I think of him reading in the study, skimming the pool and sitting around the kitchen table at 28 Nichol while we had spirited discussions about life. The holidays always guaranteed friends, amazing food and lots of fun..even a few party hats! It remember him as a protective father who looked out for the best interests of his Charlie's Angels. He and Kathleen always welcomed me into their home and treated me like a member of the family. I will cherish my many memories. - Posted by: Shari (Family friend) on: Nov 08, 2015

  • I often thought of you since retirement. As a Sheriff Officer, You were my favorite Judge. I often tell the younger Officers about stories regarding your character. You truly were one of the best in your field. My condolences to your family...I will truly miss you Sir! - Posted by: Ryan Johnston (Friend ) on: Nov 07, 2015

  • Rest in Peace, Sir Charles (as he was affectionately known by a small but dedicated group of Crown Attorneys stationed at the Public Safety Building in the mid-1970s). In my opinion, pound for pound, he was one of the best prosecutors to have served the public during his tenure. As an inexperienced novice, I was fortunate to have received the benefit of his generous tutelage during that era. Don a.k.a "the Dealer" Melnyk - Posted by: Don Melnyk (former colleague) on: Nov 07, 2015

  • You had to be on your toes when you appeared before Judge Newcombe. He was extremely quick-witted, would put the fear into those convicted but yet render a very fair sentence at the end of the day. He loved to spar with counsel. Rest in peace. - Posted by: Tony Kavanagh (Colleague ) on: Nov 07, 2015

  • Where does one start in remembering Charlie? He was my cousin and good friend. We spent many hours and holidays together. One memory that I cherish is that of our infamous trip from Saskatchewan to Winnipeg. We were about 12 and 13 years old. Chas had spent part of the summer at our farm and we were now travelling by train to the city. Chas saw a magazine kiosk on a station platform, jumped off so he could read and was so engrossed that he missed the all aboard call. Off we went with Charles running on the track, trying to catch up. I had to pull the infamous cord to stop the train! Charles climbed on and told me he was catching up, so why did I pull that cord? This story shares a hint of his passion for reading and of his great running prowess. I am going to miss you my friend. Rest in peace. - Posted by: Donna Henderson (cousin) on: Nov 07, 2015

  • Charlie chummed with us in our teen years and students of Glenlawn Coll. We partied together and shared many good times. I had a few pops with Chas. at the old Mustang Peanut Bar while he waited for his daughter/duaghters who were taking music lessons next door. My time with Chas. was always positive with respect, and I am saddened with his passing. Kathleen,you and your Family have my sympathies and condolences. God Bless Paul - Posted by: Paul Lagimodiere (an old St.Vital friend...) on: Nov 07, 2015

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