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Born: Feb 28, 1970

Date of Passing: Sep 13, 2020

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February 28, 1970 - September 13, 2020

With tremendous sadness, the family announces the sudden and tragic passing of Charles (Chuck) Straceny on September 13, 2020, in British Columbia, Canada.
He was predeceased by his father Karol in 2008 and is survived by his mother (Eva); his brother Kurt (Sayaka) and his niece Kahana, the love of his life: Veronica, and many relatives in Austria and Slovakia.
Chuck grew up in the North End of Winnipeg, born shortly after Karol and Eva arrived in Canada from Bratislava, former Czechoslovakia in 1968. He attended Centennial Elementary, Edmund Partridge Junior High and West Kildonan Collegiate. Chuck excelled in soccer and hockey, playing for the Vince Leah Bruins, where he made and kept dozens of friends, many who remain close to him today. He also made lifelong friends and admirers at every job he had; at every gym he pumped iron in, every class he took or client requesting nutritional advice.
Growing up in Winnipeg, Chuck was always the life of the party: the straw that stirred the drink. Little changed when he headed west in 1996 - where he continued his passion for body-building, nutrition and fitness. In true fashion, it took little time for Chuck's spirit to infect the west coast, where he would make a world of new friends and successfully compete in numerous body-building competitions. This passion would evolve into acting endeavours and then personal training and nutrition-guidance for others - again, leading to more close friendships, and admirers.
Few would deny Chuck packed a century of living into the 50 years he was here. Everyone knew when he was around, making any gathering, party, bar or gym louder and more entertaining; he made any team he was on more successful; and he made his friends better at whatever they were doing or pursuing. He was fiercely loyal, thoughtful and encouraging - not to mention his contagious personality. From his sense of humour and genuine kindness, to his generosity and larger than life persona - if you were around him, you were a happier person.
Chuck was a huge presence in any room he entered, but Chuck never made anyone feel small - quite the opposite. And while a big man in size, he'll be remembered for the size of his heart, warmth and spirit.
The volume of love and respect shared on social-media in the hours following his passing is a testament to his genuine ability to touch people he met.
Celebration of his life is anticipated to take place in both Winnipeg and the Vancouver area in the near future. Please follow his Facebook page for details:

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Sep 26, 2020

Condolences & Memories (6 entries)

  • My condolences to the family. I met chuck through Kiko. A great friend and a humble guy. Miss you buddy. RIP. - Posted by: Byron Hanos (Friend) on: Oct 23, 2020

  • I met Chuck during the mid 80s and even then he was someone you would never forget. We were all trying to look metal with long hair and ripped jeans. Chuck was a metal god back then and didn’t even play the guitar. Just his presence his personality the love that cat gave off and energy never changed. We always met up every year when he came to Winnipeg it was better than Christmas his stories were a journey and we will miss him and I will never forget the time I was with the Chuckster. Luv ya Lance Cartwright - Posted by: Lance Cartwright (Friend) on: Oct 18, 2020

  • I first met Chuck the night I met my husband. Brad and Chuck were camping at Grand for May Long and we were all at the Surf Club. Brad and I started talking and Chuck did everything to play Brad up so I'd know he was a great guy. We celebrated our 25th anniversary in Aug and Chuck sent Brad a message reminding him what a great night it was on the night we met. To find out that just a few weeks later he would pass is heartbreaking. Our deepest condolences to his family. The world is truly at a loss without one of its brightest shining stars. - Posted by: Belinda Waylett (Friend) on: Oct 16, 2020

  • Deepest condolences to the family. I always liked my visits with Chuck at the gym. Many great memories at w.K.. He was a very positive person and will be missed. You are in our thoughts and prayers. - Posted by: Chad Kissack (Friend) on: Oct 14, 2020

  • My condolences to his family. I have fond memories of Chuck. He was super friendly, always happy & positive, and boy oh boy was he funny. It was a pleasure to have known him. Rest easy Chuck! - Posted by: Evelyn (Friend) on: Sep 26, 2020

  • Our hearts are broken by Chuck's untimely passing. He was a wonderful person who had the gift of making people around him feel special. We will never forget his warmth and kindness, and his sense of humor. He was a true philosopher and always entertained us with his unique views on life. I first met Chuck when he was a teenager and became his hockey coach for five years at Vince Leah Community Centre. From that beginning, we formed a life long friendship, and along with Ronnie, Jason, Pino, and Livio, he became fondly known to me as one of my boys (the five amigos). We always maintained contact, and when he moved to British Columbia, we always looked forward to his visits. Elaine and I will miss him terribly. Our hearts go out to Eva and Curt. Safe Journey, Chuck. Coach Ron Simenik and Elaine - Posted by: Ron and Elaine Simenik (friends) on: Sep 26, 2020

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