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BEWELL, Charles Edgerton

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 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, 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, 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.

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  1. shona and neal :

    just thinking of you

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  2. Marilynn Sander (on behalf of SAIT's ALIVE) :

    The members of SAIT’s ALIVE (Retired and Former SAIT employees and their spouses) extend their deepest sympathy to the family of Charlie Bewell. He loved life and will be missed greatly by all.

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  3. It is always bad when someone goes but especially sad when it is someone who proves that one isn’t “too old to do anything”. Horse racing keeps a lot of older people going and the racing community lost a good one who worked hard to decipher racings puzzles.

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  4. Myrna Campbell :

    Dear Debbie,
    Thinking about you and family at this difficult time. Sincere condolences from Sylvia Giroux and Myrna Campbell.

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  5. Dear Debbie,

    Thinking of you during this time of loss. My sincere sympathy to you and yours as you grieve the passing of your dad.

    Take care, Patty

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  6. Gayle Bridal-Fisher :

    My deepest sympathy to the family. I’m the granddaughter of Bertha Watson

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  7. Eleanor Whitmore :


    I’m Eleanor (Holly) granddaughter of Bertha Watson. Sorry to hear of your loss and my heart goes out to you. Auntie Nonnie (aka Eleanor) told me of many stories of her and Uncle Edg. She loved him dearly. Please give Auntie Christina a hug for me please, and that I am thinking of you all.

    Take Care, love your cousin Holly

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  8. Christine and Bud :

    My husband grew up near Charlie and we were often called over the years to provide tech support. We thought it was awesome that Charlie was keen on horse racing and computers. Our deepest sympathies.

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