January 3, 1919 – Tessier, Saskatchewan
February 11, 2015 – Calgary, Alberta
Charles Bewell passed away peacefully at the Carewest Colonel Belcher on Wednesday, February 11, 2015 at the age of 96 years.
Born on a farm in Tessier, Saskatchewan, he joined the Royal Canadian Air Force as a radar technician during World War II. In 1949, he received his degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Alberta. In 1966, he joined SAIT as a Mathematics Instructor, and was instrumental in developing computer training there. At SAIT, Charles found a community of friends, his “SAIT buddies,” who became an essential part of his extended family. Asked about his career there, he said, “I had a pretty full career. I wouldn’t change anything.” Charles was married to Mary Elizabeth, who remained his love, mainstay, and best-self until her death in 2003.
Charles played baseball until he was 55; he golfed until he was 93; and he loved curling. He spent his last years poring over racing charts and using his computer trying to pick winners. In life’s race, he did not need a computer; he had his family, his friends, and all the joys and blessings that life brought him.
Charles is survived by his two sons and daughter-in-law, Gary Bewell and Alan and Sharon Bewell; three daughters and two sons-in-law, Sharon Bewell and Fred Lau, Deborah Bewell, Kathy Bewell and Rob Tucker; five grandchildren, Colin and Isabel Lau, Carmen and Jonathan Weiss, Laura Gothreau, Janet Bewell, and Alison Lau; and three great-grandchildren, Justin, Eliza, and Avalon. He is also survived by his sister, Christina Taylor.
Charles predeceased by a brother, Clarence Bewell; and four sisters, Bertha Watson, Olive Nichols, Marguarite Meehan, and Evelyn Lehner.
Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Chapel of the Bells, 2720 Centre Street North) on Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. Graveside Service to follow at Mountain View Memorial Gardens. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Charles’ honour may be made directly to The Alzheimer Society of Calgary, Suite 201, 222 – 58th Avenue S.W., Calgary, AB T2H 2S3, Telephone: (403)290-0110, www.alzheimercalgary.com or to the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, Calgary & Area Chapter, 150, 110 Quarry Park Blvd. S.E., Calgary, AB T2C 3G3 Telephone: (403) 250-7090, www.mssociety.ca. The family would like to thank the staff at Carewest Colonel Belcher for their care and thoughtfulness during Charles’ stay.
In living memory of Charles Bewell, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH, Telephone: 403-276-2296.Print This Obituary & Condolences