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Date of Passing: Aug 22, 2021

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Gone Fishing

It is with deep sadness our family announces the passing of our father, grandfather and great-grandfather on August 22, 2021.
Raymond is survived by his sons, Drew Charlton (Angela Paskie) and Bradley Charlton (Candace Charlton (nee Bakuska)); his grandchildren, Tyler Charlton (Kayleigh Cline), Jeffrey Charlton, and Erin Charlton; and his great-grandchildren, Alexander Charlton and Declan Charlton.
Raymond was predeceased by his wife, Corrine Charlton (nee Armbruster), and their beloved son, Dallas Charlton.
Raymond was born on May 26, 1930, in Toronto Canada. He was the only child of Margret Wall, who later married William Charlton, thereby giving him the Charlton name.
It was as an only child he developed his caring nature and love of the cinema. A tour in the Royal Canadian Navy and subsequently the Royal Canadian Air Force produced a distinction he would later boast about his whole life: "I could fly a plane before I had a driver's licence."
Ray ventured west, where he met and married Corrine Armbruster. Corrine, with her three brothers, immediately brought him into the family, and Ray soon became the dad he always wanted to be.
While raising his family, he found he loved the car business and he became a staple of the industry over the next 35 years. There wasn't any dealership he couldn't "whip into shape," from Ford to Audi.
As good a "car man" that he was, he was a great dad.
He loved being with his boys: being at the lake, fishing, camping, spending time at the park, going to drive-in movies, or becoming a Scout Leader when no one else would. Ray was involved and that is what made him the "Cool Dad." Watching his family grow was special for him. Providing encouragement to his sons and wisdom when asked, Ray saw that his guidance had not fallen on deaf ears.
Sadly, in April of 1979, his youngest son passed away, and, 13 years later, his wife of 35 years passed away. Remarkably, in the face of that sadness, he found a new, even more rewarding phase of his life. For the next 30 years, he was determined to enjoy every minute of that time with his two sons and their families. Ray became the patriarch of the family. Already "dad" to Drew and Bradley, he also became "granddad."
His love of golf kept him active, and at the age of 79, after decades of playing, Ray had not one but two holes-in-one that year. He would spend as much time and energy as he could helping his family well into his late 80s. Being as active as he was, it was a great pleasure for him to help Drew with work at his acreage. He always enjoyed cutting the grass on the riding mower. He also travelled to Calgary every year to visit his grandchildren at Christmas. He took great pride cooking for his family on these occasions and was famous for his turkey soup, as well as what everyone called "hamburger and gravy".
But nothing compared to the joy he took in the preparation for what became the "Annual Fishing Trip". Having instilled a love of fishing in his two sons, he took great pride in being part of his three grandchildren also developing that love of fishing and the outdoors. His preparation for the trip usually started in January, even if the trip would not take place until August. With his list in hand, we were guaranteed never to forget a thing. Even after age kept him out of the boat, he still insisted on being there with his family.
He loved his family and we loved him.
As per Raymond's wishes, there will be no service.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of your choice.

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Aug 28, 2021

Condolences & Memories (6 entries)

  • Condolences to Drew & Brad and families. I have memories from long ago as a little girl going to visit at your house with my mom, Clara Thompson. My mom and your mom were cousins. So sorry to hear of your dad's passing. I have fond memories of him as a man who was always smiling! - Posted by: Gail Dayton (nee Thompson) (second cousin) on: Sep 01, 2021

  • A GREAT uncle except for the free haircuts...Always a friendly smile, a big laugh and a great story was offered. Many a good time was had fishing, golfing, Christmas dinners, activities at Betula Lake and just hanging out with Brad and Drew at Ray's house as kids and adults. He will be missed dearly. He was FUN! - Posted by: Grant Armbruster (Nephew) on: Aug 30, 2021

  • Farewell to a great uncle. You were a big part of my life growing up. Hair cuts for 6 boys, and a fishing partner for many years. Enjoyed our visits when we got back to Winnipeg. The car you gave me a good deal on. Most of all someone who was easy to talk to. Our condolences to the family. He will be missed. - Posted by: Kurt Armbruster (Nephew ) on: Aug 29, 2021

  • I knew Ray since November of 2018, I am the resident manager where he lived. Funny story: Ray often would forget to take the plug out of the kitchen sink, and it would overflow. The second time it happened he said to me "just take the plugs", he was always very friendly, and great to talk with, I will miss him. Susan Tuckett (resident manager) - Posted by: Susan Tuckett (Friend) on: Aug 28, 2021

  • Much love to the Charlton family as you remember your wonderful Dad and the fantastic legacy he left. - Posted by: Jennifer Christophersen (Friend) on: Aug 28, 2021

  • We knew Ray from the Ford company as we bought our first car from him many years ago. We have also known Drew too. Our condolences go out to the family from Gail & Roy Douglas. - Posted by: roy and gail douglas (customers of ray ) on: Aug 28, 2021

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