CHARLES DEE

The Globe and Mail Metro (Ontario Edition) - - BIRTH AND DEATH NOTICES -

March 3, 1 927 - No­vem­ber 6, 2018

Charles grew up in Toronto, en­joy­ing rid­ing his bike through the city’s parks as well as the trails around the fam­ily cot­tage at Wasaga Beach. He had a life­long love of ad­ven­ture, start­ing with sneak­ing into the tun­nels of nearby Casa Loma after dark and cul­mi­nat­ing in many ex­cit­ing trav­els both in Canada and Europe.

Charles’ love af­fair with the Rocky Moun­tains be­gan as a young man with a job on a Banff golf course (a sport he knew noth­ing about!) where he did lit­tle but gaze at the majesty of the moun­tains all around him.

Back in Toronto, Charles ob­tained a BA and MA from Vic­to­ria Col­lege, Univer­sity of Toronto. Pro­fi­ciency in both Ger­man and French helped Charles to be­gin a re­ward­ing ca­reer in the Toronto school sys­tem, teach­ing at both Har­bord and Park­dale CI, from where he re­tired.

Few peo­ple were more knowl­edge­able or pas­sion­ate about all forms of clas­si­cal mu­sic than Charles and it was at a con­cert that he met Mary, the won­der­ful woman who would be his wife for over 63 years. Charles al­ways said his three big loves were all “M”’s - Mary, Mu­sic and Moun­tains. Mary and Charles took their two chil­dren, Jonathan and Mary, hik­ing in the Rock­ies and trav­eled reg­u­larly to NYC to ex­pe­ri­ence iconic con­certs and artists, many of whom Charles per­son­ally cor­re­sponded with. Even­tu­ally Mary and Charles were able to visit Europe, ex­pe­ri­enc­ing the won­ders of Paris and Vi­enna as well as the Ger­man, French and Aus­trian coun­try­side (“chateau hop­ping”, as Charles liked to call it). Charles’ life was a life well lived!

We are deeply grate­ful to Drs. Marty and Jac­quie Schwartz for their in­cred­i­ble sup­port over 25 years and the car­ing staff at Christie Gar­dens.

Friends are in­vited to a cel­e­bra­tion of Charles’ life at Met­ro­pol­i­tan United Church, 56 Queen St. East, Toronto with a ser­vice at 11 o’clock fol­lowed by a re­cep­tion on Thurs­day, No­vem­ber 15, 2018. In lieu of flow­ers, do­na­tions may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foun­da­tion.

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