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Tatham, Charles Murray (Died)
appeared in Sentinel Review, 9 Feb 2016, A, p. 8, column 5
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TATHAM, Charles Murray - November 8, 1925 - February 3, 2016 - To the tune of a Scottish ballad, Charlie Murray Tatham said "goodbye" on Wednesday February 3, 2016. Born in Woodstock, Ontario, Charlie was the eldest of six children of Charles (C.O.) Tatham and Anna J.J. Murray. Charlie joined the Canadian Air Force in 1943 when he turned 17 and became a Pilot Officer serving on the east coast and in England. On his return home after the war, he co-owned a wholesale hardware business with his father and brother Sid and in 1948 married his sweetheart, Millie Skinner. Over the next 40 years, he enjoyed the give and take of municipal politics including his election as Mayor of Woodstock at the age of 32, Warden of Oxford County, and MPP in the Ontario Legislature. In 1963, at the height of the cold war, he had the opportunity to visit Russia on a goodwill mission as a representative of YMCA Canada. Throughout his lifetime, he volunteered for many organizations including the Canadian Cancer Society, Liberal Party of Canada, and local libraries. He was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion and President of the Woodstock Agricultural Society. Charlie's concern for soil conservation and land use was reflected in his membership in the Soil Conservation Society of America, Upper Thames River Conservation Authority, Ontario Forestry Association and Oxford Soil and Crop Association. On his retirement, he and Millie moved to Powell River, BC where he continued to be involved with the Library Board and co-founded the Powell River Community Foundation. Charlie had a great sense of humour, wrote poetry, enjoyed a good read of history and politics, and loved a singsong around the piano. Charlie is lovingly remembered by his wife and best friend, Millie. Married for over 67 years, they raised 5 children. He will be greatly missed by Charlene (Lee) Gavel of Vancouver, BC, Patricia (Wess) Garrod of Yarker, ON, Daniel (Carol) of Powell River, BC, and Peter (Maren) of Vancouver, BC. Son, Andy (Pati Morton) of Toronto, died of cancer at age 27. Special grandfather to Erin, Andy, Georgia, Wes (Mel), Chad (Sarah), Kelly, Cam, Emma, Jack, Anna, Rebecca, Zak and great-grandpa to Felix. Brother and brother-in-law to Margaret Lumsden of Canmore, AB, Sid Tatham of Woodstock, Dr. Ruth Tatham of Guelph, Ian Davis of Grand Bend, Gord Skinner and Edna Chruszcz of Orillia, and Don Skinner of Penetanguishene. Fondly remembered by many cousins, nieces, nephews and their families. Predeceased by brother George Tatham, sister Elizabeth Davis, sister Ellen Tatham and in-laws Bill Lumsden, Marnie Tatham, Marg Skinner, Cas Chruszcz, and June Skinner. Special thanks go out to the dedicated Powell River Palliative Care team and Dr. Chao for their kind support and care. It was Charlie's wish that his body be donated to the School of Medicine at the University of British Columbia. There will be a family "Celebration of Life" later in the spring. Donations can be made to the Terry Fox Foundation, the Powell River Community Foundation, the Powell River Library, or you can plant a tree in Charlie's memory. Charlie will be missed for his gentle wisdom, his consistent civility, his ready wit and his fine mind.

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9 Feb 2016
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3 Feb 2016
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 43.13339 Longitude: -80.7497
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Tatham, Charles Murray (Died)