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Passed away on June 12, 2013 at the age of 82. He is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Barb as well as his son Doug Charman and wife Heather of Calgary, AB; three daughters: Leanne Osmond and husband Joe of Stalwart, SK, Brenda Charman and partner Steve Guidi of Kelowna, BC, Lorraine Schuler and partner Dave Austin of Gresham, OR; eight grandchildren: Christopher Charman, Patricia Charman, Dorthea Tilson and husband Joel, Isaac President, Jacob President, Barbie Skywalker and husband Anakin, Karleen Schuler and Ali Schuler; three great grandchildren: Anna, Caleb and Sam Tilson. Fred is also survived by his brother-in-law and sister-in-law Dave and Carol Ann Street of Victoria, BC; cousins: Lorraine (Gary) Garde of Tigard, OR, Noreen (Howie) Cronk of Victoria, BC and Heather (Don) Aikenhead of Duncan, BC; sons-in-law: Karl Schuler of Portland, OR and Dan Dearborn of Kelowna, BC. His parents George and Nora and sister Grace Young sadly predeceased him. Fred was born in Regina in 1930, later settling in Victoria in 1943. Following three years of service with the Seaforth Highlanders in Germany, Fred returned home to marry the love of his life, Barbara Fricker, they moved to Kelowna in 1955. Fred worked at Noca Dairy and eventually went into the insurance business with Carruthers and Meikle and J.T. O’Bryan, retiring with Canadian Northern Shield in 1993. Fred has the distinction of being Kelowna’s first RCMP Auxiliary constable and was a proud member of the Kelowna Jaycees and the Westbank Lion’s Club. He will be remembered as a family man with a love for life, whose greatest pleasures came from gatherings of friends and family, tinkering with electronics and watching sci-fi/horror films. We will cherish his memory for a lifetime. A Memorial Service will be held on Monday, June 24th at 10:00 am at Springfield Funeral Home, 2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna, BC. Due to Fred’s frequent flyer miles at KGH, donations may be made to the Kelowna General Hospital Foundation, 2268 Pandosy Street, Kelowna, BC, V1Y 1T2. If you wish to send a condolence, post photos or share a memory, please scroll down the page to the area called “Share Your Condolences.”


Monday, June 24th at 10:00 am

Springfield Funeral Home

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The service for CHARMAN, Fred is scheduled for Monday, June 24th at 10:00 am. Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.

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  • Debbie (Sauer) Cookson says:

    Brenda and Family,
    I am very sad to hear of your Dad’s passing. He was a very nice man. He may no longer be here physically but his spirit will remain with you forever.
    Take care,

  • Anna Tilson says:

    It feels like he isn’t gone. Like we will see him in a few days and have ice cream at Dairy Queen and have fun at Boston Pizza with him. Why does he have to be gone?

  • Sam Tilson says:

    I wish there were just a couple more years with him. Then a couple more after that. I loved him so much.

  • Caleb Tilson says:

    I want to be like him. I will remember him forever. I miss him really really much.

  • Linda Squair says:

    Barb and Family
    So sorry to hear of Fred’s passing. My thoughts and prayers go out to you Barb and your family.

    Linda Squair (Mackie)

  • Fred, Val & Lynden Palmer says:

    Lorraine and Family,

    We are incredibly sorry to hear about your Dad. He was a gentle, sweet man. We are thinking of all of you at this very sad time.

    Sending you our love and hugs,

    Fred, Val & Lynden

  • Faye Hartford says:

    So sorry to hear, Barb.
    My thoughts are with you.

  • Bob Scott says:

    To Barb and the entire Charman family –
    To me, Fred was remarkable for his memory. At times I might not have seen him for a year or more, and he would still recall small details about what I was doing in my life. That always amazed me. Truly a life well lived. I shall never forget him.

  • Ron Buddo says:

    Barb, I’m so sorry to hear about Fred. Thinking of you and your family…. Ron.

  • Sherri Kellerman says:

    Hi Lorraine, its Sherri from Big White days. I am sending my love to you all. I will pray that the almighty healer called time will allow you peace and acceptance. In the meantime, may the love and friends and family sustain you. My heart is sad tonight with the news of your Dad’s passing.

  • Phil Weber says:

    Barb Charman & Family
    I wish to extend my condolences on the passing of your husband and father of your children,Fred Charman. May he rest in peace
    Phil Weber, Volunteer for Interior Health

  • Leanne Osmond says:

    So wonderful to have been a part of my Dads life as he leaves with me so many idioms, laughs, memories, sayings, and more. To know my Dad is to have experienced laughter, love and responsibility
    I love you Dad, you are alive because you are remembered

    • Tracy Taylor says:

      Dear Leanne and family. So sorry to hear of Fred’s passing. My thoughts are with you.

      Warm regards

  • Hardy Bunn and family says:

    Dear Charmans:

    Our sincere condolences on your loss. We remember Fred fondly, although we had not seen him in many years. We were privileged to have known him and Barb when we lived next-door to them in Kelowna when our children were all very young. In fact we remember Fred taking all of them out in their “trick-or-treat” outfits on Halloween. He also drove my kids back and forth to school in the days when one came home for lunch.

    Rest in peace, Fred. You are remembered as a very special, generous and caring person.

    Much love,
    Hardy, Sherry, Ken and Glenn

    • Leanne says:

      Thankyou so very much for your beautiful thoughts and memories
      We appreciate it so very much
      Love always and in Jesus

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