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MACKINTOSH, Charlach Rob Douglas

MACKINTOSH, Charlach Rob Douglas
June 1, 1935 – London, England
August 8, 2019 – Calgary, Alberta

Charlach Mackintosh beloved father, husband and friend passed away peacefully, aged 84 years. All three of his children were at his side.

Charlach was a man who had an enormous love for the outdoors, a passion for adventure and the companionship of English bull terriers.

The youngest son of Lady Jean Douglas-Hamilton and celebrated athlete Charles Ernst Whistler (Christopher) Mackintosh, he was raised to embrace the fun of life, and did so throughout his years, with extensive, challenging expeditions around the world.
Charlach was a British Army Ski Champion (2nd Battalion Scots Guards), and British Olympian, having skied in both the 1956 Cortina and 1960 Squaw Valley Winter Games.

Following his move to Canada, Charlach’s professional path spanned from positions as Risk Manager for Pacific 66, Petro Canada, Alberta WCB Board Commissioner: Chief Commissioner of the Alberta Human Rights & Citizenship Commission; Chairman of Alberta Historical Resources Foundation; President of Canadian Association of Statutory Human Rights.

Charlach is survived by first wife Sheila Ellis (nee Walters), their children, Sarah (Stephen), Christopher (Fiona) and Robin; his grandchildren, Emma, Billy, Alexandra, Zoe and Elizabeth; and great-grandchildren, Eliza & Vora. He is also survived by step-children, Kelly Patrick (Sophie), sons, Liam & Thomas, and Katie (Sol) and Katie’s daughter Addison; brother, Douglas Mackintosh (Blu), and extend family and friends. Sadly he was predeceased by his wife Lorraine Mackintosh (nee McCaffery), and sisters; Sheena Hilleary and Vora Shaw Stewart.

Funeral Services will be held at Anglican Parish of Christ Church (3602 – 8th Street S.W., Calgary, AB) on Monday, August 19 at 4:00 p.m. Followed by a memorial celebration of Charlach’s life. At least one bull terrier will be present.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinsons Research. Donations can be made at, telephone (1-800-780-7644). Condolences may be forwarded through

In living memory of Charlach Mackintosh, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Park Memorial, 5008 Elbow Drive SW, Calgary, AB, T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.

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  1. Clayton McCaffery

    Charlach was a wonderful man. A great husband to my godmother/ Auntie Lorraine. A fantastic leader of excursions and adventures and exercise, who treated my brother and sister and I as if we were his own. He was the first to bring me climbing, to run up a mountain before breakfast, and to make tomato and cheese toasted sandwiches. He will always be a favorite uncle of mine. He will be missed. I am sorry for your family’s loss. It is a great loss indeed.

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  2. Elizabeth Callaghan

    I would like to, on behalf of Joe and Joy Cribbin and their family here in Dublin,Ireland extend our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Charlach. He was an inspirational person. Elizabeth Cribbin.

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  3. Sincere condolences to the family. It was a pleasure to work with Charlac
    During his years as Risk Manager for Pacific Petroleum. A forthright man of integrity and honesty. A credit to any organization.
    Mark McCowan

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  4. Brandon mccaffery

    Sarah, Robin and Christopher,

    Its so sad for us to see your dad (my uncle) pass. We loved him dearly. He was always such an inspiration and ray of light to me and my family. He will be sorely missed. His accomplishments out number many and I know you were proud to call him dad. I was sure proud to call him my uncle.
    Love to you all.
    Brandon & Patty mccaffery (Dillon & Maggie)

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  5. Shannon Hamilton (McCaffery)

    Our deepest condolences to your family. Charlach was an amazing man and a true gentleman. He will always be a part of my memories; target shooting in the mountains, learning how to downhill ski, beautiful hikes in nature. May his soul rest in peace. God speed Charlach…you will be missed!! God bless to you all…

    Shannon & Meara xoxo

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  6. Charlach was like a second father to me. It seemed like every weekend was meant for an excursion to the mountains, to hike, to ski, to simply be. His passion for the outdoors soon became mine and I’ve passed on as best I can. I remember a ride in the old Country Squire station wagon with a bull terrier after it lost out to a skunk, a very dodgy boat ride near Vancouver Island, summiting Temple…around Charlach life had no limits, I will always treasure his example.

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  7. Our fondest memories of time spent with Charlach, Lorraine and the extended families remain. They speak to warmth and a gift for loving life. Charlach made the difference.
    Many of we McCaffery’s and O’Hagan’s were content to spend weekends as spectators of life. Charlach led a most successful attack on that tradition. He was loved for it. He was equally loved for the love, patience, adventure and spirit he passed along to his wife, our sister. Thank you Charlach…Dan, Iris and family.

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