Charles Frederick Gilbert
Sept 9, 1942 – June 15, 2008
We are saddened to announce the sudden passing of Chuck at his home in Shelter Bay, Vancouver Island. He is survived and dearly missed by his son Charles (Mel) and daughter Alexandra (Nick) of Victoria, their mother Carole, and daughter Christine Langevin (Bruce) of Oakville, Ontario and grandchildren Dylan, Seamus, Wil and Acadia. In addition his mother Betty Gilbert, brother Robert (Christol) of Campbell River, and sister Susan (Larry) Cyr of Red Deer. Loving step-father of David (Hans) Marks of Amsterdam, Abigail and Daniella (Kobi) Marks of Tel Aviv, Israel. Special friend of Darryl Muralt of Victoria, David Kilmartin of Ottawa and Vivian Weldon of Qualicum Beach. Predeceased by wife Stephanie (1997) and father Charlie Gilbert (2005).
Charles Frederick Gilbert IV was born in Vancouver a few months after his father was shipped overseas during WW2. He and his mother lived with his grandparents, Charles and Ethel Gilbert and Great-grandfather Edward Cameron. He was not introduced to his ‘Soldier Dad’ until he was three.
At age 16 he signed on to the Royal Canadian Army Service Corps Cadets in Camp Borden. He graduated from high school in 1960. His yearbook said his ambition was to own a ranch on the coast of B. C. Charles’ military career comprised of postings to NATO Canadian Army in Germany, United Nations Missions and postings throughout Canada. During these years he earned a degree in economics from the University of Regina. He retired as a Major in 1994 with 33 years of service.
Charles spent his post-military years as a transportation planner for the Commonwealth Games, 1996 and as a consultant in history and industrial archaeology with Darryl. They walked hundreds of miles in the woods of Vancouver Island and consulted for government departments, mining companies and other clients.
Charles was a kind, charitable man with a big heart, always helping to make things better for others. If you wanted to know what Charles thought about anything, you were guaranteed to get the real truth. This did not sit well with some but endeared him to those who loved the truth as it really is.
A service for Charles will take place at 1 P.M. Saturday June 21st at the Chapel at Sutton’s Funeral Home 502 Dogwood Street South, Campbell River.
In lieu of flowers a donation to the War Amps or a charity of your choice would be appreciated.
We will miss you Dad,
one last hug and kiss…