Winchester Press – obit – Charles “Charlie” McNairn
Charles “Charlie” McNairn
Charlie McNairn, a lifetime resident of the area, passed awayat the Woodland Villa Nursing Home in Long Sault on April 19,2006. He was 97.
He was the son of George and Isabella McNairn (nee Sargent). Hewas born in the Gallingertown United Empire Loyalist homesteadof Osnabruck Township, where he grew up along with his brothersClysol and John, and his sister Bertha.
On Nov. 27, 1930 he married Ella Presley at the Colquhoun UnitedChurch and together they raised five children. Following the deathof his dad on Nov. 25, 1942 he took over the family farm wherehe farmed until the late 1960s. After quitting farming, he wentto work at the Morrisburg Dairy for several years delivering milkaround the neighboring towns and countryside. Then he and a neighbourworked at a golf course for a period of time before going to workat the Shell Service Station on Highway 401. In 1974 he and Ellamoved to Morrisburg and Charlie took his final job at Hope’s ServiceStation in Morrisburg where he remained until he retired.
Following Ella’s death on Nov. 17, 1976, he remained in Morrisburguntil June of 2005 when declining health forced him to move toWoodland Villa.
Charlie was an even tempered, patient, and honest man who lovedto do woodworking and he gave his home-made treasures away asgifts to his family members. He was very accepting of life andwhat it had to offer and he enjoyed good health throughout mostof his life. He had never been in the hospital until he had minorsurgery when he was in his 70s, and following that surgery hecontinued to enjoy life spending time downtown twice daily withhis “coffee buddies.” He was able to keep driving acar until he was in his early 90s which was also a great achievement.He was a kind, caring person who possessed a good sense of humor.He always saw the best in people and never judged anyone. He willbe dearly missed by his family and friends.
He is survived by his children Ivan (Alice) of Morrisburg, Edna(Arnold) Barkley of Morrisburg, Edith Hummel (Frank Hayes) ofPrescott, and Lois Smith (Tony Sheils) of New South Wales, Australia,his daughter-in-law Alberta McNairn of Cobourg, sisters-in-lawNorma Cassel of RR 2 Iroquois, and Jean Presley of Morrisburg.He will be fondly remembered by 15 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren,and two great-great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by a sonGordon, a great-granddaughter Leanna McNairn, a sister BerthaGallinger, and brothers Clysol and John McNairn. He is also survivedby nieces and nephews.
Friends called at the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home in Williamsburgon April 24. The funeral service was held at the funeral homeon April 25, with Rev. Isabel Black officiating, followed by intermentat Fairview Cemetery in Mariatown.
The pallbearers were grandsons Brian McNairn, Doug McNairn, DonnieMcNairn, Allen McNairn, Jonathan McNairn, Charles Barkley, andDan Barkley. Honorary pallbearers were Bob McNairn and HowardSmith.
Donations to the Winchester District Memorial Hospital Auxiliarywould be gratefully acknowledged by the family.