CHARLES Mervin Francis Mervin Francis Charles passed away in the Red Deer Regional Hospital on March 24, 2007 with family at his side. He was born December 30, 1925 "in his grandma's parlour" near Coldwater, Ontario. Mervin is survived by his mother Marjorie Charles – Lindgren of Eckville, brothers Elmer Lawson of Orillia, Ont., Paul (Joan) Charles of Edmonton, John (Sue) Charles of Red Deer, sisters Marion Shafer of Condor, Faith Stopsen (Jim) of Penticton, BC; brother – in – law Oliver Stopsen of Keromeos, BC; sister – in – law Lila Charles of Lethbridge, AB; 3 nieces, 9 nephews, a step – son Brian (May) Van de wark of Calgary, their children and grandchildren; his best friend and companion of the last 11 years Evelyn Currie and her children George (Darlene) Currie of Provost, Diane (Bill) Tirrell of Red Deer, Gerald (Kathy) Currie of Austin, MB and their children and grandchildren. He was predeceased by his father J. Keith Charles in 1961, his 1st wife Beth in 1988, 2nd wife Margaret in 1996, sister-in-law Doreen Lawson in 2006, brother – in – law Harold Schafer in 2000. Mervin moved to Alberta with his parents and siblings in 1942. After a brief time on the farm, he returned to Orillia, ON where he was employed for about 5 years. He came back to Alberta and was hired by Danny and Lubelle Taylor of Leslieville to operate their gravel truck doing road building in various parts of the province. In the off – season and winter he worked on their farm. He was employed at the Eckville Co-op Feed Mill and delivered processed grain to farmers in a wide area. As retirement approached, he was hired by Sparrows Auto Services Ltd. in Eckville to tend to their car wash bays. He enjoyed the outdoors, camping and fishing. He even fit in a few travel trips – 3 times to Hawaii, Nashville, Mexico, California, BC, Manitoba, Ontario and the Eastern Provinces of Canada. While he was living in Eckville, he and Brian spent many hours planning and equipping a hobby wood working area in the basement of his home, where he built some model vehicles, made bowls and various other items on a wood lathe as well as a few pieces of furniture. Mervin has lived in Red Deer for the last 14 years enjoying carpet bowling twice weekly at the Red Deer Legion, also bingo, with Evelyn.His cheerful and friendly nature will be missed by family and friends. A Memorial Service for the late Mervin Charles will be held at Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church, 5033 47A Ave Sylvan Lake, on Friday, March 30, 2007 at 1:30 P.M. Cremation entrusted to the Rocky Mountain Crematorium, Rocky Mountain House. As an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be made in Mervin's memory to the charity of the donor's choice. SYLVAN LAKE AND ROCKY FUNERAL HOMES AND CREMATORIUM, your Golden Rule Funeral Homes, entrusted with the arrangements. 403-887-2151.

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