January 27, 1918 –April 21, 2011


On Thursday, April 21, 2011 at Boyne Lodge, Charles Preston, aged 93 years, passed away peacefully from this world to his heavenly home.

He was born on January 27, 1918 in Carman to Frederick and Alma (nee Taylor) Preston. He grew up on the family farm and attended Forrest school north-east of Carman. He joined the Air Force in 1941 and was stationed in St. Thomas, Ont., Calgary and Winnipeg serving as an airframe mechanic. On October 10, 1942, he married Eunice Hancock of Roland. Following his honourable discharge in 1946, he returned to his farming roots when Charlie, along with Eunice, farmed for a short time in the Carman area and then Roland.


Charlie leaves to mourn his beloved wife of 68 years, Eunice, son Ken (Sharon), their children Jody and Dana; daughter Carol (Ray) Wiebe, their children Shawna (David Wheway) and Teresa (Darren) Reichart; daughter Myrna (Jim) Cobbledick, her children Michael (Tiffany) Halstead, Pamela (Dwayne) Taylor and Jeff Halstead; daughter Donna (Peter) Froese and their children Kyle (Kate Macdonald), Erin, Jaime and Matthew, great grand-children Wyatt and Rhett Taylor, Abby Reichart and Bowen Halstead. Charlie is also survived by his brothers Cliff (Helen) of Carman and Roy of Nanaimo, BC, sister-in-law Dot Halstead of Roland and numerous nieces and nephews. Charlie was predeceased by infant sister, Frieda, sister Marg Sallay, sister-in-law Fran Preston, brothers-in-law Earl Halstead and Kenneth Hancock, nephew Gary Halstead.


As well as farming, Charlie worked at Versatile Manufacturing and later especially enjoyed working with electricians Doug Reid and Bob Murray. Roland United Church was an important part of Charlie’s life where he served on boards and as Sunday School Superintendant for many years. Charlie’s social interests included square dancing, curling, bowling and playing shuffleboard. Of great enjoyment to Charlie was supporting his children and grandchildren by attending their extra-curricular activities.


A memorial service was held April 25, 2011 at Roland United Church with Shirley McLaren officiating. Interment was at Fairview Cemetery, Roland.


The family sincerely appreciates the wonderful care Dad received over the years that enabled him to live in his own home for as long as possible and then at the Boyne Lodge. We will always remember and miss Dad’s quiet, gentle and patient nature and his great sense of humor.

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