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MEAGHER, Charles Joseph

October 9, 1957 –Medicine Hat, AB
February 9, 2015 – Calgary, AB

Charles ‘Chuck’ Meagher passed away suddenly on Monday, February 9, 2015 at the age of 57 years leaving behind his much loved family and dear friend Honora.

Chuck was born in Medicine Hat on October 9, 1957 the first born of Charles and Iolene Meagher. He was named after his grandfather and father. He led his siblings and carried this responsibility gladly. He excelled at many things, especially forming long-term friendships. He got his undergraduate degree at Queen’s University in Kingston and his law degree at the little law school by the sea – Dalhousie University. While at Dalhousie he developed a lifelong love for Nova Scotia and spent a lot of time with his friends there. Chuck was always planning his next trip, which made him almost as happy as the actual trip. He will be greatly missed by Honora Wharry and his siblings, Kevin (Margaret), Colleen, and Shaun (Susan); his nieces and nephews, who he loved travelling with, Ryan (Michelle), Kimberly (Jessie), Bailey, George, and Jillian.

Chuck has a new place he is travelling in. Travel safe…ly

A Celebration of Chuck’s Life will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Chapel of the Bells, 2720 Centre Street North) on Saturday, February 14, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Mustard Seed Street Ministry, 102 – 11 Avenue S.E., Calgary, AB T2G 0X5 Telephone: (403) 269-1319,

In living memory of Charles Meagher, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot, 82 CROWFOOT CIRCLE N.W. Telephone: 403-241-0044.

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  1. Dear Kevin, Colleen, Shaun, and Families:

    I was greatly saddened and shocked to hear of Chuck’s sudden passing. Chuck was one of my first students at Crescent Heights High School in Medicine Hat. From the day that I met Chuck, I knew that he was special. Nearly 45 years ago, a somewhat naive, and young teacher made a decision to take an “out-of-town” field trip to Heritage Park in Calgary. In 1970, this kind of pedagogy was unheard of. I will always remember this trip and that this particular group of grade 7 students was amazingly mature and interested in Western Canadian History. Chuck was no exception. This guy was absolutely nuts about Canadian history and politics. I’m not ashamed to say that a 12 year old boy knew more than his teacher. With great pride, I continued to follow Chuck’s educational career. When he was in high school, he became an international trustee for Key Club International. Later, he became International President of Key Club. I attended one of the international conventions with Chuck at the Hilton Hotel in Chicago.

    Chuck was more than a scholar and good student. He was an enthusiast and booster. He always saw the best in people, made the widest allowance for human failing, and was always ready to believe in the possibility of change and improvement. In reflecting back on those early years of my career, I give thanks to the life and memory of a wonderful student, a dedicated public servant, and a remarkable human being.

    Shakespeare’s Hamlet probably said it best.

    “He was a man taken for all in all
    I shall not meet his like again.”

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  2. Katherine Camarta :

    I will very much miss Chuck. I had the privilege of practising law with him for my 5 years at TransAlta. He always had a cheerful word, a delightful story and a zest for life unrivalled. I regret that I am out of the province and unable to attend his service. I know he was well and truly loved by many and will be sorrily missed. Katherine Camarta

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  3. Betty & Jim Horsman :

    Betty & I are so sorry to learn of Chuck’s sudden passing. We have known him as a proud son of a great family . As friends of the Meaghers for many years, we have been proud of Chuck’s many accomplishments and activities. His commitments to his profession, his political beliefs and his family ties were exemplary. We regret that we will not be able to attend the service but are sure that he will be remembered fondly by his family ,his close friend Honora, and by many others whose lives he touched.

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  4. Beth and Vic Bryant :

    Chuck was an honourable man; quick of wit, bright, sensitive, curious and a true friend. We will remember our philosophical discussions, trips to cemeteries in small town Alberta and our mutual love of Atlantic Canada and Ganong’s Pal-O-Mine chocolate bars.
    Our sincere condolences go out to Chuck’s family and close friends

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  5. Brent Slobodin :

    To the Meagher family:

    I was very sorry and saddened to learn of Chuck’s passing. 57 is far too young an age to be moving on from this life to the next adventure.

    Chuck and I were friends throughout Junior and Senior High. I remember him as a smart and affable fellow who everyone liked. We shared a sense of public service through our tenure with the Key Club and Chuck reached for the stars with that, becoming International President. We also shared an abiding interest in politics and have many a great discussion as we fell on different sides of the fence. He always liked to argue that John Diefenbaker was a great Prime Minister and Joe Clark would become one as well while I took the opposite view. We all know who won that one. Chuck was like that, willing to debate but never letting it spoil a good friendship.

    Although our lives moved in different directions and our contact became intermittent, I will always have good memories of Chuck. We drove from The Hat to Kingston in the late summer of 1979 as I headed to graduate school and Chuck for his fourth year at Queen’s. That was a wonderful experience we shared, seeing a good stretch of the country and many communities. At Queen’s, on many a Sunday when the residence cafeteria would close, Chuck and I would walk to Top Dog, where, over dogs and great cookies, we would compare notes. A good companion he was.

    To Kevin (who introduced me to Yes), Colleen and Shaun, please accept my condolences on the loss of your big brother.


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  6. Brandie Allison :

    My heartfelt condolences Chuck’s family, I am so saddened to hear of his passing. I worked with Chuck at TransAlta for 7 years and formed a friendship that was initially based on our love of the east coast. No truer statement could be made that he excelled at long term friendships. When I returned to Halifax we kept in touch and when he came to “god’s country” he always made time for a visit, with Bernard Callebaut chocolates in hand, no matter how far out of the way it was for him. I will miss his wisdom, knowledge and friendship terribly.

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  7. Elizabeth Haldane (McCormick) :

    I cannot believe that lovely, bubbly Chuck has left us. I had lots of acquaintances but few real friends at Law School and Chuck was one of the friends. I think he was a friend to many people – he was that kind of person . He was the last person I played squash with – he wasn’t worried about my inadequacies at the game. He always seemed so calm and laid back – perhaps that impression was heightened by his characteristic drawl. Intelligent, funny, thoughtful, unselfish..he was good person. I have such fond memories.
    Alas I only saw him a few times after law school. I am not a good correspondent and life somehow got “busy”. Nevertheless I have a warm place in my heart for Chuck and much regret his passing …for his sake, for the sake of the family and friends he held dear to his heart and the greater community that he served. I know he will be greatly missed.

    Please accept my sincerest condolences. My thoughts and prayers are with those who loved him.

    Elizabeth Haldane

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  8. To the Meagher family:
    As I read the paper on February 11, 2015, my heart sank and the tears flowed. Then many fond memories came to me, remembering the fireworks at the Anderson farm on the May long weekend and many more ventures over the years as we grew up. Knowing you was an honor and for a farm kid like myself you were a great inspiration. Enjoy your travel!!
    Kevin, Colleen & Shaun, my condolences to you and your families.

    Tena Smith

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  9. My condolences to family and friends. I worked with Chuck for many years, valued his wisdom and appreciated his wit, kindness and gentle manner. He was a great teammate and a great guy. I will miss him and his wonderful stories from his interests outside of work. He would have had an interesting bucket list, which is sad to think about, but I am glad that at least he got in his recent baseball tour.

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  10. Glenn and Pat Roogge :

    To Kevin, Colleen, Shaun and Families
    Thinking of you all in this time of sorrow. Chuck was a wonderful happy, curious, great friend to many. Words however kind, cannot mend your loss of a brother, but those who care and share your loss wish you so much comfort. Remember that caring thoughts and sympathy, though unspoken, are with you all.
    Glenn, Pat Rogge and Families

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  11. Maureen and I are so sorry to hear of Chuck’s death. He was a wonderful friend to us, as he was to so many: thoughtful, considerate, funny, generous, and with an instinct for understanding others, and drawing people together. Chuck had his own share of strong views, but always respected others’ experiences and beliefs. He was a natural reconciler, and a strong and gentle man. Please accept our condolences, and our gratitude for a friendship which enriched our lives.

    Joe Clark and Maureen McTeer

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  12. My heartfelt condolences to all of Chuck’s family and a friends. I was deeply saddened to hear of Chuck’s unexpected passing this past week. I had the pleasure of working with Chuck over the past 16 years and know a happier, friendlier and more genuine person one could not find. The world will be a lonelier place for some time but I know the sadness will fade and the fond memories of happier times with Chuck will sustain.

    Travel well my friend and colleague.

    With fond memories from Chris and the Lopez Family.

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  13. Kevin, Colleen and Shaun
    I’m so sorry to hear about the sudden passing of your brother, Chuck. My mom had informed me that she had seen his obituary in the paper.
    Chuck was always very warm and welcoming and always made me feel like part of the family. It is so hard to understand when you lose a loved one yet alone a sibling. Know that my thoughts are with all of you at this difficult time.

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  14. I worked with Chuck on The Hill and loved his big heart, his intelligence, his devotion to his Minister, his colleagues and his many, many friends. The world is smaller without him. My deepest condolences.

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  15. Anne Marie Downey :

    I was saddened this morning when I learned that Chuck is no longer with us. I served for many years on two Boards of Directors with Chuck. He was the most diplomatic, kind and generous man. I always felt respected and heard in his presence. I will think of you often Chuck. Godspeed.

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  16. Richard Shuhany :

    I was sad to hear of Chuck’s passing. We sat on the Lung Association Board for several years together. We will miss his respected advice and I will personally miss his wit and sense of humor.
    My deepest condolences to the Meagher family.
    God bless.

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  17. I wish to pass along my sincere condolences to Chuck’s entire family. I had the privilege of working directly with Chuck for several years while at TransAlta. He was a great regulatory lawyer and a guy who stayed calm and cool no matter what. His advice, intelligence, wit, and charm will be greatly missed. I am so saddened he left us prematurely. My deepest sympathies extend to the entire family.

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  18. Don and Cheryl Chynoweth :

    To all of Chuck’s family, our sincerest condolences and sympathies on the passing of a true gentleman and wonderful soul! I got to know Chuck through our political times together in Ottawa and Alberta while sharing many stories about Bill McKnight and several other political colleagues.
    Chuck’s love of life, debate, reconciliation, politics, family and friends was unquestionable and inspirational. His infectious laughter followed by the long drawl and then the quick quip with soft humour will always be remembered. We miss him dearly!

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  19. How extremely sad to know that Chuck has died. With great regret we only learned today of his death. Although it has been a few years since we have had one of those screechingly funny political chitchats, it is with such fondness that I recall the many hours we spent doing thus and so for some candidate or other. Mother Minnes was the name he affectionately called me.
    My sincere sympathy to his family and his Calgary friends. You have lost a rare and most decent soul. oxo

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