HANKINS, Charles (Chuck) Edward

1928 – 2009

Charles (Chuck) Edward, born January 14th, 1928, Bentley, Alberta, passed away peacefully on March 31st, 2009 in Vernon, BC.

He will be missed by his loving wife, Madeline of 55 years; one daughter, Heather (Doug) Fullager of Vernon, one son, Greg (Susan) of Pender Island, BC, one grandson, Dwayne Patchett of Vernon, five sisters: Elsie Herold of Drayton Valley, Alberta, Jean (Ted) Myers of Kamloops, Irene Hankins, Bonnie (Roy) Westenberger, and Janet (Deo) Singh, all three of Calgary; three brothers: Dick of Rimby, AB, Bert (Hilda) of Rimby, AB and George (Glenda) of Saskatchewan, numerous nieces and nephews and devoted friends in the Yukon, BC, and Alberta. He was predeceased by his brothers Bob and Jim and sister Myrtle.

Chuck was born and raised near Rimby, Alberta. He was lured to the Yukon in 1949 by the romantic images in the poetry of Robert Service, a favourite of his father’s. On a trip “Outside”, Chuck met Madeline Hummel in Vancouver, they married and went north to Whitehorse in 1953.

Chuck got his start into aviation in the spring of 1955. He was working in the army fire hall when Gordon Cameron, the Whitehorse Base Manager for PWA, was short-handed. He knew Chuck and went to the fire hall where he found him rolling up some fire hose. He asked him if he would like to work on airplanes. With a grunt and a snort, He said, “Hell yes! Don’t know much about ‘em, but I always wanted to learn!” The years following saw Chuck become an aircraft engineer, bush pilot, then a helicopter pilot; flying initially for Klondike Helicopters, then becoming one of the founding partners in Trans North Turbo Air in 1967. In 1974, Chuck, Madeline and Greg moved to Salt Spring Island, where they became involved in the marine business. However, in 1980 the aviation business again called, this time for a division of Trans North in Alberta. Eventually, Chuck and Madeline retired to Vernon, BC.

A Memorial Service will be held on Wednesday, April 15th, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. in the chapel of Pleasant Valley Funeral Home. A reception will follow in the Pleasant Valley Tea Room.

In lieu of flowers, those friends wishing to make memorial contributions in memory of Chuck may do so to The Canadian Diabetes Association, Suite 360, 1385 W – 8th Avenue, Vancouver, BC V6H 3V9.

Arrangements have been entrusted to

Pleasant Valley Funeral Home

250 542 4333

Vernon Morning Star

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