It is with a heavy heart that we share the passing of our beloved Charles Edward Pert.
Survived by his daughters Sarah and Nicole (Shayne), his grandchildren Allison and Carson, and his brothers Jack (Nancy), Ken (Anne), Wally (Audrey), and Robert, as well as several nieces and nephews.
Predeceased by his parents William (2005) and Irene (2013) and his brothers Allan (1996), Norman (2006), Derrick (2020), and Ronald (2021).
Cremation has taken place. A private family interment will be held at St. Peter’s Cemetery.
A celebration of life will be announced at a later date (pending Covid-19 restrictions) with a special tribute to be held at his local hangout Hoop’s House where they will raise his customized license plate permanently above his chair in his honour.
In lieu of flowers, please share an act of kindness as a tribute to the many kind things our dad did: donating fresh fruits and vegetables from his garden to the food bank, helping out a friend… my dad would be shaking his head if we paid the newspaper to list all the amazing things he did (because we’d be broke!) so please just honour our dad in the way you knew him to be.
Charlie worked at Beta Brands (McCormick’s) for 36 years, he was a member of the Canadian Corps Association Unit 12 (Member #7 to be exact), he was the proud owner of Vintners Cellar-Huron Inc for 14 years, and he was an entrepreneur at heart. He owned a painting business for many years, delivered flowers for local shops throughout the city and was likely lending a hand with your home renovation before returning home to do his own. He was a jack of all trades, master of a many, and he was the hardest working man I knew.
He loved playing cards and crib, spending time with family and friends, gardening, sitting around the campfire at his cottage in Ipperwash and he was a fixture on his front porch every day, where he was affectionately known as the Mayor of Barker Street.
I know he will be greatly missed by so many and we looked forward to hearing all the great stories people have to share at his celebration and in the online condolences below.
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Dad, there is no easy way to say goodbye, so instead I’ll send you off with a poem I wrote just for you:
You taught me everything important that I needed to know,
But I still wasn’t ready for you to go.
So I’m glad I never missed a moment to tell you what I thought,
How blessed I was to have the kind of stuff that can’t be bought.
You’re the hardest working man I know, but now it’s time for you to rest,
And I can carry the weight of this loss, knowing you lived a rich life, full of zest.
And know that I carry you with me in every breath I take,
Be free now, and I promise I’ll do it for your sake.
So with my hand on my heart and a tear in my eye,
Just know dad, that my love for you will never die.
May you rest forever peacefully in paradise. All my love, Sarah xo