A lifetime resident of the Morrisburg area, Charlie Eamon passed away at the Wellington House Nursing Home in Prescott on Thursday, December 8, 2016, at the age of 94.
Charlie was born in Dickinson’s Landing on March 17, 1922 to parents William and Caroline Eamon (nee Rickett).
Charlie was a World War II veteran serving with the 3rd Anti-Tank Regiment, RCA from 1941 – 1946.
He saw action in France, Belgium, Holland and Germany and participated in D-Day on June 6, 1944, landing at Juno Beach.
In the last year, he received France’s Legion of Honour medal, that country’s highest military service recognition, for the efforts he and so many others took part in to liberate France.
Charlie is survived by his loving wife Myra of 71 years, who he met and married in England in 1945. They returned to Morrisburg to start their family.
He was the cherished father of Gloria Smith (Wayne) of Wasaga Beach, Brent (Nancy) of Seeley’s Bay and Barry (Karen) of Sherwood Park, Alberta.
His grandchildren who lovingly called him “Pa” are Andrea (Steve), Derek (Marie), Carrie (Mike), Jessica (Dave), Kyle (Danielle), Craig (Gretchen), Stephanie (Andrew).
He was blessed to have four great-grandchildren Nicholas, Wyatt, Emmett and Caitlynn. Charlie was the youngest of his family and was predeceased by his sisters Marie Eamon, Helen MacKinnon, Rosie Dunlop, Clara Murray and his brothers Howie and Lawrence Eamon.
He also enjoyed his many nieces and nephews.
In his younger years, Charlie was an avid hockey player and bowler and as the years passed his passions turned to fishing and then golfing.
He was well renowned for his brilliant display at Christmas time on Laurier Drive.
His community involvement included being a member and past President of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 48 Morrisburg; a volunteer fireman and a past executive of the Morrisburg Golf Club.
Charlie had many talents, some of which were painting, carpentry and gardening.
Charlie worked for the St. Lawrence Seaway in Iroquois for 41 years, retiring as a Lock Master.
In his later years, Charlie could often be seen uptown, enjoying coffee in the company of the “O’ Timers Club” at McGregor’s or Tim Hortons.
If you met Charlie on the street, he always met you with a “smile.”
A private ceremony will be held in Iroquois in the spring for the interment of his cremated remains.
Donations to Winchester Hospital would be gratefully acknowledged by the family.
Online condolences may be made at marsdenmclaughlin.com.