Alex Charles (May 14, 2002 – Aug. 12, 2021)
We lost Alex this week to drowning due to complications of his medical conditions, which he battled with courage, dignity, and humour over most of his life. Alex has left us too early to join his father David, and his grandfathers Bareld and Doug. Alex is survived by his beloved mother Lara Charles, his younger brother Ryan, and his grandmothers, Marylke, Ruth, and Liz. Numerous cousins, aunts, uncles, and friends from across Canada and around the world also will mourn his passing.
Throughout Alex’s too short life, he always projected joy, exuberance, and love to everyone he met, and was a loved friend and trusted teammate through his years. Alex idolized his father David, whom he lost seven years ago, and tried to always live up to the principles of kindness and compassion that were as important to him as they were to his father.
Alex loved animals and sought to share that love by working with and caring for other people’s pets as much as he did his own two cats. He enjoyed video games, mythology, watching major sports and both refereeing and playing basketball. Alex intended to pursue a career as a chef, and his philosophy of life was reflected in his computer’s screensaver statement: “It only takes one person, and one act of kindness, to inspire others and create a change”
We can sum up Alex’s impact on us all through one of his favorite artists, Tim McGraw:
Don’t take for granted the love this life gives you
When you get where you’re going don’t forget to turn back around
And help the next one in line
Always stay humble and kind.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations could be sent to any of the following: Children’s Hospital, GF Strong Rehabilitation Centre, SPCA or Critter Care Wildlife.
A Celebration of Life for Alex will be held on August 29th at 2:00pm. Due to current restrictions, the in-person service will be by invitation only for family and close friends.
To view the online broadcast of the service please click on this link.