Allan Raymond Charge

Friday, 14 December 1917 - Monday, 12 February 2018

Death Notice

After 100 years of love, family and creativity, Allan Raymond Charge, born December 14, 1917, passed away on Monday, February 12, 2018, having lived a wonderful life. At every moment surrounded by family. Predeceased by Irene Charge. Loving father of Trudie (Stewart McCowan) Nelson, Marlene Charge, Bonnie Charge and Randy (Christine) Charge. Cherished grandfather of Sterling Ferguson, Shane Marsh, Brett (Kendra) Marsh and Tiffany (Patrick) O'Neill. Al will be missed by his seven great grandchildren Kayla, Alyssa, Eden and Evan Marsh; Gage and Torin Marsh; and Nola O'Neill. Dear brother of Leah (Bill) Simmons. Al was a builder and land developer for much of Sarnia. He never met a dream he didn't accomplish - flying his own planes, skiing, driving a transport truck, moving his family as far as the Bahamas and Florida, Al was always on the next adventure. A dedicated Shriner, Al enjoyed raising funds to support the children's hospital. Cremation has taken place. Family and friends will be received at SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, on Friday, February 16, 2018, from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m., with a memorial service following at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Shriners Hospital for Children - Canada or the Lambton Shrine Club (cheques only at the funeral home please).


Family and friends will be received at Smith Funeral Home on Friday, February 16, 2018, from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.


A memorial service will be held at Smith Funeral Home on Friday, February 16, 2018, at 2:00 p.m.


In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Shriners Hospital for Children - Canada or the Lambton Shrine Club (cheques only at the funeral home please).

6 Condolences

  • Mike Rogers Family February 16, 2018 12:18pm

    To Randy & Al's Surviving Family,

    Although my friendship was always focused exclusively with Randy, I was pleased to know many others of the "Charge" family members & knowing Al was an especially interesting part of my younger life. In spite of the sorrow and other emotions that I am sure are prevailing in this time of your loss, it is important to remember the treasured times of Al's life and remember him always as he was when you felt closest to him and the spirit that made him unique. I met Al after not having seen him in a very long time about one year ago at the Village Garden Restaurant while having breakfast with my wife, Mary. After having NOT seen him for many years, I was surprised that I recognized him and even more surprised when he remembered me. He was celebrating his 99th birthday that week and I was utterly surprised at how well he was doing for such an age. He was pretty sharp, and of a keen mind and memory. He was the same Al Charge I remembered from my younger days when he greeted my wife and I with his usual smile and I was inspired that he still shared that smile. He will be missed but he has several generations who are richer with the experience of having had the opportunity to have met him and known him as Father, Grandfather and perhaps even Great-Grandfather and Great Great Grandfather. Many grandchildren never get a chance to know grandparents and it is a privilege and highly undervalued.....Wow,.....100 years plus!!! Well done Mr. Charge! Well done Al!

    Randy & Sisters, please accept our heartfelt sympathies & regrets on the passing of your Dad. I never knew Al especially well but through you I still consider him a friend as the father of my friend.

    Mike Rogers

  • Ken Wood February 14, 2018 04:51pm

    Randy & Chris
    We are so sorry to hear of Al's passing. He was a wonderful & interesting man to talk to about life's experiences. Al was a dedicated worker at our Shrine Circus for 22 years.
    Well done true and faithful craftsman. RIP
    Sincerely, Ken & Sylvia

  • Larry Hill February 13, 2018 04:41pm

    Randy and family , Sorry about your loss Randy , Your Dad must of been a hard worker, like you turned out . Always remember the big 3+3 truck you had growing up. Will always Think of you guys as I drive down Cathcart and see you names. Take care.

  • McCowans February 13, 2018 04:35pm

    Dear Trudie & family
    Sorry to hear the passing of your dad we wish you could have been there one more time to see him Trudie. He certainly knew how to live life & he enjoyed it, may your memories of him live on forever. Sending hugs your way.
    Heather, David, Katie & Bryan

  • Nancy Ashton February 13, 2018 09:01am

    Dear Marlene,
    I am very sorry to hear your father passed away. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  • Bob Towner February 12, 2018 07:09pm

    Bonnie, Marlene, Trudy and families:
    It was an honour to know Al from when we were all kids on Kemsley Drive and Cathcart Blvd. Al was a wonderful man, and certainly made the most of his life. It was so amazing that he had set a goal to reach 100 and he did just that. Wow! We should all be so determined. Take comfort in his memories.
    You're all in my thoughts. I wish I could be there.

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