Charles McLellan

Charles John McLellan

Monday, October 31st, 1932 - Wednesday, December 4th, 2019
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Charles McLellan
October 31st, 1932 - Wednesday, December 4th, 2019

With heavy hearts we announce the passing of Charles John McLellan (87) of Bragg Creek, Alberta in the early morning hours of December 4, 2019 in Calgary, Alberta.

Charles was born October 31, 1932 in Nacmine, Alberta to Margaret (Armstrong) McLellan and John Daniel McLellan. He grew up in Drumheller with his twin brother Leonard and eleven other siblings.

Charle’s first calling was to the priesthood in 1950’s where he attended St.Joseph Seminary in Edmonton. Charles was Ordained and served for 16 years as a Catholic Priest in Parishes around the Province of Alberta. He also attended The National Catechetical Centre at Corpus Christi College in London. While in the UK Charles did a 20 day study tour in Israel. He had a second calling, Charles was called to Wed Miss Mary Wheeler. They lived in Melfort, Saskatchewan, Fort McMurray, Alberta, and Bragg Creek, Alberta. Chuck and Mary had no children, however they were beloved by all of their nieces and nephews, acting as surrogate parents most of the time.

Chuck worked as a Builder/Renovation contractor, Developer/Organizer and retired in Bragg Creek, Alberta while still being very active in the community. Being an avid sports enthusiast he loved hockey, baseball, swimming and retiring to tennis. One major development project of Chucks were the tennis courts in Bragg Creek. He was a wonderful tennis instructor, holding tennis camps every year for the youth of the community. Charles was a competitor, he has to his credit numerous medals won for tennis at the seniors games held at provincial and national levels.

Charles lived his life well, he enjoyed being around family and friends. He was the last of his immediate family to pass. He is survived by his sisters in law Leona McLellan, Shirley McLellan, Maxine McLellan, and Joyce McLellan, brothers in law Andy Janisko, Tom Fletcher, Rick Thomsen, and Bob Trentham, and by his many nieces and nephews. Charles was preceded in death by his parents Margaret and John Daniel, and siblings Dorothy, Isabel, Cyril, Frank, Mary, Pat, Teresa, Gregory, Anthony, Leonard, John, and Cathy. It was Chucks wish to be cremated, which took place at Choice Memorial in Calgary.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, January 26, 2020 at 11:00 am at the Bridgeland SDA Community Church (48 - 12 Street N.E. Calgary, Alberta) with Chuck's life long friend Fred Williams officiating.

Interment will follow in the Spring of 2020 in Drumheller, Alberta for immediate family and close friends.

Memorials or donations may be made to a charity of your choice in lieu of flowers.

To view and share photos, condolences and stories of Chuck, please visit Arrangements entrusted to the care of Choice Memorial Cremation & Funeral Services (403) 277-7343.
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Don Fletcher

Posted at 08:02pm
Our deepest condolences
Yes the older ones seem to always be taught a lesson by Chuck
He challenged us all aspects particularly in tennis or hockey and yes he could skate circles around us while laughing at us. He loved ball too!
Tim I know he enjoyed being with you on the court-well done!
Who remembers what he had in the trunk of his car?
There was always ball gloves, tennis rackets etc .
To my sister AG and all who were involved in his later years, I’m sure you had a special time with him so thanks for doing that!
I know he was involved in everyone life in one form or another but the ones I mentioned stick out for me.
He will always be remembered!

Love to all from Don and Dar

Stewart McLellan

Posted at 06:43pm
Uncle Chuck

It’s difficult to write about someone that you know has led a full life. Where do you start? Perhaps the difficulty is the fact that more people should have lived a full life and didn’t. Perhaps our mission now is to learn from those who have now passed and be inspired to do great things, and be of service to even more people.

I remember Uncle Charlie as supporting a christian lifestyle of benevolence, in conjunction with physical and mental health.

We called him Father Charles, uncle Charlie, Uncle Chuck. He was well loved.

I remember the one-sided kibitzing with my dad, Frank. Frank never said much, (a lot like grampa J.D.) and Charlie would always let him know how he felt. Regarding Frank and tennis, Charlie would say in that inimitable style, “…oh Frank, don’t knock it ‘till you try it.”

I remember a family gathering - I think I was seventeen- we walked across the street to the wedge-shaped playground to play catch. I think it was Dad, Chuck, myself, Preston… we played a bit of ‘pepper’ which to the uninitiated is a baseball warmup you’d sometimes see in old 1930s , 40s or 50s baseball films. One person would toss grounders at short range to the rest of the group, usually two to five players. No sooner would the ball arrive back at the thrower, then they’d put it back in to play - the idea was to get the blood pumping and improve hand-eye coordination. It was easy to work up a sweat in the Drumheller valley, whether it was 85 degrees or minus 20. Sometimes the thrower would hold a bat, and simply bunt the return balls to the group. It was a good diversion. I think we all gramps J.D.’s days were numbered, and if no words were spoken, you’d always have hockey or baseball, and later tennis. I regret not playing tennis with Chuck - I played a tiny bit at 13, and on the road in early rock bands. I watched a lot of tennis during my first marriage. (My then wife apparently owned the remote control). I developed an appreciation for the game just as I did with baseball and hockey. The symbol there was Chuck taught us to stay active at every stage of life, and to not be afraid to try something new.

I remember fondly Charlie and Aunt Mary. I learned the story of how they were married despite the backward traditions of the catholic church at the time. I though it was great that there would still be family masses, Uncle Chuck would still don the vestments, and still have poignant words to say in the homilies. Chuck would also come out to Vancouver Island for a conference of people who had taken holy orders but had chosen to be married. It was great to see Chuck one on one a couple of times that he was able to come out. Service was in his blood, in his life, and no one or organization would ever take that away. He worked hard, was an agent of change, and all of us were bettered by this in some fashion.

I pray that we take all of these good memories and create our own in his honour. I think of all the McLellan brothers and sisters, Louie Fletcher and I attempting impressions of their unique voices and following some of them on to the ball field and on to the hockey rink. Little did we know we were going to learn something at the same time as getting healthy and having fun.

Stewart McLellan

Joanne Kasz

Posted at 02:27pm
I am Joanne Margaret (McLellan) Kasz, Uncle Charles was my father Leonard’s twin brother. I have many fond memories of my Uncle, here are a couple.

The Ice Cream Story
One of my first memories of Uncle Charles was when he was a priest serving at St. Anthony’s Parish in Calgary along McLeod trail, Dad took me over to see him. We walked in the back door and he was there to greet us with his always happy smile. Charles took me by the hand, I must have been 5 or 6 not sure… sat me at the dining table and he asked the lady cooking dinner to serve us ice cream. So she gave us a huge bowl of chocolate ice cream. It was like a receiving big bowl of love.( A really fantastic memory of Charles and life in the Church.) My Dad being his twin was the same, they both loved Chocolate ice cream.
….I’m quite sure it was Uncle that started the family on a Schwanns ice-cream craze. Ice Cream delivered to your door! There couldn’t have been a more perfect service for Uncle Charles and My Dad. Later on when my daughter Cassandra stayed with them it was Cochrane ice cream. Uncle would Always have the best he could find.
Uncle Chuck and I had a conversation many years later about how to keep our weight down. He said he could quit eating just about anything to keep it under control, however, He confessed that his only weakness after dinner was ice cream. He tried and tried to quit eating after dinner and he was never successful. He had ice cream to sooth his sorrows!
Many things I’ve learned from Uncle Charles some were to forgive yourself, don’t judge others, treat yourself well, have that bowl of ice cream and enjoy your life.

Another wonderful funny memory was when Uncle Chuck saved the Day and the Vacation! Mom and Dad wanted to take the family camping when us kids were very young. Dad had an ole station wagon, I think it was pink! He packed a canvas tent that weighed a million pounds in the back of the car. We left Calgary to go on our vacation but we didn’t make it very far. I think it was Crossfield where we exploded, Dad’s car blew up! It couldn’t handle the weight of all of us and that tent. Long story short, Uncle Chuckles came to the rescue with his NICE SHINY NEW GREEN 4 door CHEVROLET IMPALA! I remember the colour because of the interior seats. Thanks to Chuck we still had a vacation:)
Uncle Charles was like a second father to us kids and to our children as well. He and Mary loved us like their own, Genuine love and the feelings were mutual xo
Thanks for the ski lessons, tennis lessons, the big eyebrows! the laughter, fun memories and all the Love.

Joanna Kasz xo

Mary Kostick

Posted at 03:10pm
Hi, my name is Mary Kostick, Randy (deceased) & I were good friends of Charlie & Mary. We first met Charlie when he was posted at Holy Name Church right after being ordained. Charlie became part of our family, he knew he could come & visit and have some ping-pong challenges at our house. One day he came over and said "I want you to come and meet someone at MRU". It was Mary, she was still a nun at that time. Of course they gave up their vocations & we were invited to their wedding shortly after. Charlie was devastated when Mary died, he set up a nice memorial garden at the side of their house. He and I spent a lot of time on the phone in his later years. Good bye dear friend Charlie. Mary.

Patti Kowalski

Posted at 04:45pm
Charlie married us at Holy Name church in 1973. He was a great friend to my parents, Randy and Mary Kostick. May he Rest In Peace.

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