Jill Prendergast’s Celebration of Life

I’m sad to be missing the event in Calgary. (I’ll be getting released from hospital. Hernia surgery.)

Jill was one of my favourite people. Jill was one of everyone’s favourite people.

My Mom, a close friend, was unable to travel to Calgary for it. But I helped her put together a remembrance letter.

remembering Jill Prendergast


the McCharles boys

With my brother Randy in town, Mom and Dad began telling us stories of our childhood. Some I’d never heard before.

A neighbour in Saskatoon called the police on Randy when he was 4-years-old.

Sounds like the brother on the left got in the least trouble. And he was cutest. 😀

The strap — school corporal punishment — was banned when I was in Jr. High School. I’d forgotten that Mr. Zemp, our hated Math teacher at A.E. Cross, was fired for continuing to hit children with a leather belt.

I never got the strap. Goodie, goodie … and lucky.

My Mom did get the strap once. My Dad says he got the strap all the time growing up in rough and tumble Timmons, Ontario.

One time the Shop teacher threw something at my Dad. He picked it up and threw it back at teacher. Yep, Dad was banned from Shop for the year. Scheduled Friday afternoons he went to the movies each week instead.


my Grandfather Angus McCharles

My father is Eric. His father Angus.

Born 1900. Died 1949 of heart attack.

He was “an ardent outdoor man and keenly interested in both domestic and wild animals. He was well known for his hobby of raising chinchillas, keeping mink, guinea pigs, rabbits and canaries“.

Angus McCharles

Grandpa trapped that silver fox. Had the fur made into a collar on my Grandma’s winter coat.

Angus McCharles

He worked for Hollinger Mines in Timmins, Ontario the 20 years before his death at age 50.

Obituary (PDF)

Thanks Mark del Monte for sending me this. He’s keen on our family genealogy.

visiting Camp Borden, Ontario

Hiking the Bruce Peninsula, I happened to see Camp Borden nearby on my map.

I drove there immediately because of a family connection.

Canadian Forces Base Borden (also CFB Borden) … is home to the largest training wing in the Canadian Armed Forces. …

During the Second World War, both Camp Borden and RCAF Station Borden became the most important training facility in Canada, housing both army training and flight training …

I toured the Military Museum. Then the Camp Borden Tim Hortons.

My camera disappeared somewhere there. Otherwise I’d have more photos.