November 13, 1930 – May 12, 2016

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Charles (Charlie) Christopher passed away peacefully in his sleep on the morning of May 12, 2016 shortly after being admitted to the Moosomin hospital.

Charlie was the seventh of ten children born to Edward and Margaret (Maggie) Christopher.  He was born on the family farm seven miles southwest of Wawota.  After finishing school, Charlie helped out with the farm while his older brother Ted was in the war and as his father’s health deteriorated.  After the war, Charlie worked as a steam engineer on oil rigs for a few years before returning to take over the family farm.

Charlie farmed successfully for over 40 years.  He loved the farming life, being out on the land and close to nature. He took a keen interest in local history, the early commercial development of Kenosee Lake, and the role of the Christopher family in that history.  He spent a lot of time hunting, going to dances and auctions. He also spent countless hours playing cards with friends and family. In 1992, Charlie retired from farming and moved to Wawota.  He built his dream home and a huge shop where he could repair newfound treasures and tinker. 

Charlie became a snowbird and spent most winters in Arizona.  There, he met the love of his life, Ione.  They married in 2004.  After a stroke, Charlie faced many challenges with mobility and communication, eventually leading to his residence at the Deer View Lodge.

Charlie is survived by his wife Ione Beimborn; daughter-in-law Rolean (Mark) Wernicke; sisters May Hambleton and Doris Coons; brother Don (Carol) Christopher; sister-in-law Sara Christopher as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

A private family funeral to honour Charlie’s life was held and he was laid to rest in the Fernley Cemetery May 17, 2016.

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