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LABUTE – Charles James

July 15, 1921 – April 26, 2010

Stoically facing his imminent death from vascular disease, Charles maintained his dignity with grace and courage. He passed away peacefully early Monday morning April 26, 2010 at the Colonel Belcher Care Centre in his 89th year.

Charles (Happy) was born July 15 in Sunnynook, Alberta south of Hanna. It was here and later in Rimby, AB and Nanton, AB., that he developed his passion for horses. His horsemanship led him on his California adventure for a short time in the summer of 1939. With the out-Break of the Second World War, he enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force and became a navigator. During the war while in Calgary, he met Lily Dawson, who ran a restaurant on Seventeenth Ave. SW. They subsequently married and together raised four children. During the difficult economic times following the war, they moved to Vancouver, Calgary, Coleman and Fort Steele before settling in Calgary in 1954. Here they spent the remainder of their 57 years of married life. Hap was independent and creative trying his hand at a number of occupations from logging, mining, tailoring, painting and furniture making before he settled on trucking in Calgary for the next thirty years. His passion for horses continued despite living in the city and he always kept a saddle horse boarded on acreages in the area.

He was predeceased by the love of his life, Lily in 2001 and is lovingly remembered by his best friend Rita Greer; his sons Gary (Barbara) of Calgary, Ronald (Vera) of Castlegar B.C., Clinton (Judy) of Calgary; his daughter Gayle Atkinson (Tom Morley) of Stouffville, ON.; twelve grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Those wishing to pay their respects may do so at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Chapel of the Bells (2720 Centre Street North) on Friday, April 30, 2010 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Mary’s Cathedral (219 – 18th Avenue S.W.) on Saturday, May 1, 2010 at 3:00 p.m. Forward condolences through

In living memory of Happy Labute, 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. Phil and Verona :

    Our deepest condolences. Hap was a great man – adventurous, entertaining and just fun to be around. He had a wonderful memory and told many interesting stories of his life. He will be greatly missed, but now he is with the love of his life – Aunt Lil. Love to you all. Phil and Verona

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  2. Sharon Johnson :

    Gayle – my sympathies on the passing of your Dad. There is a special bond between a father and daughter. My thoughts are with you.

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  3. Shirlene Grier & Andrew Smith :

    Our prayers go out to you and your family while you both mourn and celebrate this amazing life.
    Hap was a wonderful man and we are blessed to have had him in our lives. With his stern “no nonsense” approach, quick sense of humour and passion for his beliefs, he had an impact on anyone he crossed paths with.
    Just the thought of seeing him brought a smile to Nana’s face and that is just one reason we will forever be grateful for having in him our lives.
    God bless.

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  4. S. Stewart :

    I met Charlie when I was visiting my uncle one day at the Colonel Belcher and introduced myself. We had a lovely chat and he told me about his beloved horses and how he used to ride years ago not far from where I now live in northwest Calgary. He was clearly a kind and good natured man with a wonderful smile. I was very saddened to see the memorial to him in Tecumseh House when I visited on Monday last. My sincerest condolences to you all – I know he will be greatly missed.

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