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WILLIAM CHARLES (CHUCK) LEE 1936-2002

Date of Passing: Jun 15, 2002

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WILLIAM CHARLES (CHUCK) LEE 1936-2002 On Saturday June 15, 2002, with the greatest courage and dignity, a wonderful man left us to rest with God. Cherishing his memory is his wife of 41 years Jo; his son Gord (Lynn) and daughters, Diane (Joe) Sousa and Laurie; grandchildren, Tomas, Olivia, Julia, and Lily; brothers, Robert (Joyce) and Leonard (Lorraine) and sister Faye (John) Sundholm; and his many in-laws, Ferris (Norma) Baba, Eve (Steve) Voydat, Gen (Joe) McKay, Jewel (Bill) Chambers, Tom (Ruth) Baba; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, William and Winnifred Lee. Chuck was born in Wadena, SK and was raised on the family homestead 40 miles north, first attending a one room grade school in Algrove, then to a one room high school in Archerwill. From there, it was the University of Saskatchewan, graduating in 1960 with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, and a letter in wrestling. He worked for Western Caissons, first in Saskatoon then in Winnipeg, following his wedding to Jo Baba in 1961. He left the managers position with Western Caissons in 1972 to join Nelson River Construction where he became president and general manager in 1990 and chairman earlier this year as his son Gord succeeded him as president. During his professional life he served on many boards including the Health Sciences Centre, Canadian Construction Association, Manitoba Heavy Construction Association, Western Canada Road Builders, and the Winnipeg Chapter of Toastmasters. Chuck was known for his ready smile, his laughter, and handshake that was better than any written contract. He enjoyed his family above all, but liked to mix in bridge, golf, sailing as well as the odd game of snooker and cribbage. He had a love of the construction business and justifiable pride in the employees and the quality of work produced by Nelson River. Although it was far too short, Chuck had a full life providing an excellent example to us all as a professional, entrepreneur, community builder, friend and particularly as a son, brother, husband, father, and grandfather. He came a long way from the homestead but maintained his values all the way. Our family wishes to extend our heartfelt gratitude to so many friends and family members for their acts of kindness and expressions of love. A special thank-you to Cal, Evelyn and Dr. Cooke, Dr. Hnatov, Dr. Daeninck, Dr. McGregor, as well as the staff of floor 6A St. Boniface Hospital. A celebration of his life will be held at Westminster United Church (NW Maryland and Westminster) at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 19. In lieu of flowers, donations would be appreciated in memory of Chuck Lee to the Health Sciences Centre Foundation Inc., MS7 - 820 Sherbrook St., Winnipeg, MB R3A 1R9. THOMSON FUNERAL CHAPELS 783-7211

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jun 18, 2002

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