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BETUZZI, Charles William

It is with deep sadness that we inform you of the passing of our beloved father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother and uncle Chuck (Charlie) Betuzzi on March 17, 2013 at Lakeview Lodge in West Kelowna, BC. He was predeceased by his brother John (Emma) Betuzzi, and sisters Mary (Kay) Ongaro, Gene (Rigo) Biollo and Polly (Lacey) Fisher. He is dearly remembered by his wife Merrie Betuzzi, his children Gail (Terry) Willner, Mark (Jennifer) Betuzzi, Larry (Vera) Betuzzi, Jane (Gerry) Kyle, Connie (Bill) Osborne, Kevin (Fay) Betuzzi, Anne (Rob) Boyd, Chris (Suzanne) Betuzzi, Dana (Len) Kruiper, Tim (Cecile) Betuzzi, Paula (Michael) Betuzzi. He was the proud grandfather to twenty-three grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He is survived by his sister Anna (Doug) Grant of Mount Vernon, WA and many nieces, nephews and friends. He was born in Summerland, BC on February 7, 1921. He lived there until the mid 1950’s, playing trumpet for the Penticton Marching Band, helping his dad in the orchard, and attending school in Summerland. During World War II he joined the Royal Canadian Air Force, spending most of the time in Vulcan, AB as a flying officer. Returning to Summerland he again worked in the family orchard, and played in the Summerland Marching Band. Soon after returning from the air force he married Merrie. This past September they celebrated their 65th anniversary. In the mid fifties Chuck bought land in Lakeview Heights, planted an orchard and built a house, raising his family, working the orchard and usually having another job as well, such as working on the ferry or for the “roads” or driving a school bus. He grew a large garden and participated in hunting and fishing, to supply his family with food. Our Lady of Lourdes Church in West Kelowna was a big part of his life. He was an active participant in the Knights of Columbus and helping with all the church activities. He also helped the West Kelowna Food Bank for many years. Dad spent many years as a volunteer fireman in Lakeview Heights.

Chuck and Merrie lived in their home in Lakeview Heights until 2010. They then moved to Westwood in West Kelowna and only recently moved to Lakeview Lodge. The family would like to extend thanks to both places for the wonderful care given. Also thanks to Bayshore for the wonderful care aids that were sent to assist and be companions to Merrie and Chuck. His many friends and relatives are invited to prayers on Monday, April 1, 2013 at 7:00 pm and a funeral mass at 11:00 am on Tuesday, April 2, 2013. Both will be held at Our Lady of Lourdes, 2547 Hebert Road, West Kelowna, BC. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be
made in Chuck’s memory to Development and Peace, 1425 René-Lévesque Blvd West,
3rd Floor, Montreal, QC  H3G
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Prayer Service
Monday, April 1, 2013 at 7:00 pm

Tuesday, April 2, 2013 at 11:00 am

Our Lady of Lourdes

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The prayer service for BETUZZI, Charles William is scheduled for Monday, April 1, 2013 at 7:00 pm at located at 2547 Hebert Road, West Kelowna, BC.

The service for BETUZZI, Charles William is scheduled for Tuesday, April 2, 2013 at 11:00 am . Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.

Address & Contact for Service Location:

Our Lady of Lourdes

2547 Hebert Road West Kelowna, BC


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  • Belle Sproule says:

    Anne … so sorry to hear of your loss. I know he held a special place in your heart and will surely be missed.

  • M Joey Gatchell says:

    We have many fond memories of all the Betuzzi’s at Our Lady of Lourdes. Deepest sympathies from Doreen Stump and family. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Bill & Rose Baggett says:

    Dear Dan, Len and Boys

    We’re so sorry to hear about your Dad/Grandpa. Thinking of you all and our condolences and prayers are with you at this time.

    Bill & Rose Baggett

  • Celena Simms says:

    Bertuzzi Family, I am so sorry to hear of Uncle Chuck’s passing. I knew him as Uncle Chuck from spending many years with his nieces Dana and Denise. I remember Uncle Chuck at many Ongaro family gatherings and was always touched that he would remember me and always be so warm and friendly. Please accept my deepest condolences on the loss of such a kind of loving man. You will all be in my prayers. Celena

  • Colleen Cook says:

    I am so deeply sorry for your loss!! I will always remember your dad fondly and know he will be remembered by MANY!! Thinking of you all!!

  • Domenic Rampone says:

    our prayers are with you

    Domenic and Lina Rampone

    (Son of Val Rampone)

  • Louise Myshak says:


    My deepest sympathy to you and your family.


  • Robert Fenton says:

    Im very sorry to hear about your Dad. My Condolences to you all, he was a very special person.

  • Lynn Corry says:

    Dana,Len and FAMILY (we know there are a lot of you). May your dad rest in peace knowing what a beautiful family he has left behind to cherish the memories. He was a integral part of my high school years as a friend of the family and a customer every morning on the fabulous bus.One thing we knew for sure Mr.Betuzzi would be there with the bus. Keep his memory alive with his grandchildren and great grandchild. Sincerest condolences sent to you all.
    Lynn Corry

  • Ernie Poitras says:

    To the Betuzzi family, our condolence to you all for the loss of a wonderful generous man. We the Knights of Columbus will pray for you all and especially for the soul of our brother in Christ.

  • Debbie RIchards-Perakis says:

    To all the Betuzzi family – all our thoughts are with you – your father was such a special man – wish we were closer to be together with you – all our love – Debbie, Stratos and Gabriella in Greece

  • Carol Loski says:

    Dear Mrs. Betuzzi, all the kids and family,
    I am so sorry to hear of the loss of Mr. Betuzzi. Some of my best memories were made at the Betuzzi household. You welcomed all of the neighbourhood kids into your home, and taught us what true kindness, graciousness and generosity is. I know I am a better person today because of your father’s influence. I hope you take some comfort in knowing what a difference he made to those that had the good fortune of knowing him. Warm wishes and kind thoughts to all of you from me and my siblings. Carol

  • Darrell Scriver says:

    Our deepest condolences. Our family was very close, especially in the early years in builing up lakeview Heights and of course builing the first lady of Lourdes Church. My dad now has another close friend and I am sure will be with our good Lord to meet him at the gates… probably wanting to go hunting! Love to all, expecially to you Chris …. will talk to you soon..

    Darrell and Claudette Scriver

  • Theresa & Ryan Naka says:

    We were just talking at work the other day about people with positive attitudes. One of my co-workers and I both brought up our friendly bus driver, “Mr. Betuzzi”. I’m sure he had stress like every other person but he never let it show. Always so gentle and kind to everyone. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of the Betuzzi family. Hugs from Ryan & Theresa Naka

  • Mel and Anne Campbell says:

    Thinking of you all and remembering many wonderful times in Happy Valley, Summerland. Our condolences and prayers are with you at this time.

    Mel and Anne Campbell
    [son of Nellie [Arduini] and Jim Campbell.

  • Patti & Sam DiMaria says:

    Kevin & Fay & family
    Our deepest condolences and prayers are with you. May your Dad have found peace in his new life and may you all find peace in your wonderful memories of him.
    Love and God Bless
    Patti & Sam DiMaria xo

  • Tracey Burston (Schmidt) says:

    To Anne and Rob, and your entire family….my condolences to you. Your dad was a special person and a great member of the community. He will be truly missed.

  • Joan William, Lakeview Lodge RCA says:

    Sending prayers and condolances for you and your family at this time.
    Honored to have assisted your husband while at Lakeview Lodge.

  • Ginny Bergen (Wilson) says:

    Betuzzi Family,

    Your family was always such a part of my family growing up, I can’t image never swimming in the pool, or the fun we had sledding the in winter, also those great bon-fires after trick or treating! He was a wonderful man, I have so many fond memories of him and all he did. He will be missed.

  • Hazel and Stewart Andreen says:

    We send our condolences on the loss of Charlie. He was a good friend and neighbor for many years. A valued friend to all in our community. A GOOD MAN…WHO WLL BE MISSED AND REMEMBERED.

  • Hazel and Stewart Andreen says:

    We. extend our condolences to Merrie and the family. Charlie was a good friend,neighbor and customer for many years. A valuable community member respected by all. He will be missed.

  • Brenda Khoo (nee Loncaric) says:

    My sincere sympathies to the family on the passing of Mr. Betuzzi. He was my school bus driver to Lakeview and Mt. Boucherie, and I had many happy and safe years of travel because of him. May he rest in peace.

  • Gail (Betuzzi) Willner says:

    Thank you to everyone for their kind words. They are truly a help with our loss. They mean so much to all of us. Your memories validate what an amazing, wonderful man he was.

  • Sue Grant says:

    Dear Betuzzi family,
    We have so many countless memories of our home in Lakeview. The neighbourhood was a very special place for all of us and Mr Betuzzi was one of the reasons why. He was a very good neighbour to Mom and Dad and they were very grateful for his friendship. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of change.
    Yours truly,
    Marguerette Friedt and Sue Grant

  • Mariellen (Clarke) Wall says:

    My heartfelt sympathy goes out to Anne and the whole family. I remember how welcomed I was always in your home. Mrs. Betuzzi was always so inviting to have a whole gang of us in. Thanks for that. Mr. Betuzzi was our bus driver and in all the years I rode the bus I never heard him yell or be unkind. He and my Dad use to drive us up to Last Mountain to go skiing with a pile of kids. Remember that Anne…back in the days when you could be in the back of the pick up trucks. I have such fond memories of our neighbourhood with this kind man who modeled such gentleness and kindness. He will be missed. Love and hugs Mariellen

  • Jim and Brenda Clarke says:

    Brenda and I would like to send our condolences to the family and to Merry. Charlie will be missed. Love Jim and Brenda Clarke

  • Sylvia & Ray Jurys says:

    Charlie was a person that quietly worked for Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, giving his time and talents for his love for The Lord. We knew him only for a few years but he will always be remembered in our hearts. With love and prayers to all the family; he did you proud!

  • Yvonne & Bill says:

    Dear Larry,
    Our hearts go out to you, Vera, your children, your mother, siblings, and all your family. Your father sounded like a truly fascinating man. Wow. May the cherished memories of your much loved father comfort all of you. Sending much love and hugs.

    • Larry, Vera, Jusin & Adam says:

      Yvonne & Bill,
      Thank you for the kind words. My Dad truly was a remarkable person and Father and we will all miss him dearly.
      We are at Sonia’s now after seeing Bon Jovi last night.
      We return to Thunder Bay tomorrow
      Thanks again,

      Larry, Vera, Justin & Adam and the entire Betuzzi family

  • Kerra Mulhern Sarcone says:

    Dear Merrie & Betuzzi Family,
    I am so very sorry for your loss. I will always hold close the warm memories of Chuck. When I remember Chuck, I think most simply, what an unbelievable loving man. He was so kind, gentle and patient. I am grateful for those wonderful childhood visits to “The Betuzzi’s”. Thank you for sharing him with me.
    My deepest condolences, Kerra Mulhern Sarcone

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