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Charles Richards: 1915-2013

Friday, March 08, 2013   by: Staff received the following announcement today from the Arthur Funeral Home and Cremation Centre regarding World War II veteran Charles Richards.

RICHARDS, Charles Melville – It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing of Charles Melville Richards on Thursday, March 7, 2013 in his 98th year.

Beloved husband of Jean for 72 years.

Father of Norma Jean Avery (Reg), Shirley Patricia Miller and Peter Alan Leslie Richards (Patricia).

Poppa of Sandi Dal Cin (Rony), Shari Robinson (Gary), Trevor Avery, Jennifer Avery Hutton (Greg), Sean Miller (Vanessa), Colin Richards and Aubrey Richards.

Poppa-poppa of Andrew, Patrick and Michael Dal Cin, Nicholas and Benjamin Robinson, Cameron and Madeline Hutton and Aailyah Wathier-Miller.

Brother of Norman (Dorothy) and predeceased by Kenneth Campbell (late Pearl), Cyril Richards (late Chris), Everett Richards (Joan) and Effie Barnes (late Gary).

Brother-in-law of the late Robert Nisbett (Eileen), Kitty Vipond (late Ivit), Joan Hutchinson (late Alex), late Donald Nisbett (Edna) and Dot Wildbore (late Stan).

Survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Charles served with the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada (P.L.) during WWII as a piper and stretcher-bearer, and was wounded in action in Normandy.

He was a former Pipe Major of the Soo Pipe Band, a member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 25, and the Sault Ste. Marie Rod and Gun Club.

He retired from the Algoma Steel Corporation in 1976.

Friends may call at the Arthur Funeral Home and Cremation Centre on Sunday, March 10, 2013 from 6-9 p.m.

Funeral service will be held in the chapel on Monday, March 11, 2013 at 11 a.m.

Rev. Bruce McLeish officiating.

Cremation to follow.  

Memorial contributions to the Algoma Residential Community Hospice (ARCH) or the Sault Area Hospital would be appreciated by the family.

Expressions of sympathy may be offered at

RICHARDS, Charles B46451

At the going down of the sun
And in the morning
We will remember them.

Members of the Royal Canadian Legion are requested to assemble at the Arthur Funeral Home and Cremation Centre on Monday, March 10, 2013 at 10:45 a.m. for a memorial service for the late Charles Richards.


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newcon 3/8/2013 10:39:19 PM Report

The greatest era of our time is drawing to a close...the final chapter in what may be the most inspirational chain of events of the 20th Century is due to close with the passing of the world's remaining WWII heroes. "Old soldiers never die they just fade away" into memory.
Lest we forget.
God speed Mr. Charles were an important part of The Greatest Generation of Our Time.
We salute you.
Wisenheimer 3/9/2013 6:51:56 AM Report

Well said newcon.
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