DALTON, Charles Ernest, (aka. ‘Slim’ Dalton, ‘Captain’ Charlie, Chas, and Uncle Chunkle) - Passed away at the Ross Memorial Hospital Lindsay, on Sunday December 23, 2018 at the age of 93 years.
Charles was in decline due to dementia that accelerated over his last year, and was not able to overcome operations (bladder tumor and liver stones) that came in quick succession in his last month.
A constant theme was his passion for the outdoors and boating, fostered as a child at his Grandfather’s cottage, ‘Daltonia’ on Big Cedar Point on Lake Simcoe.
Chas was predeceased by his best friends Ken McIntosh and wife Clair.
Ken and he were friends from early teens and members of Boys Brigade and band, where he played trumpet. Slim Dalton volunteered for WW II service, joining the Royal Canadian Air Force, trained as a pilot, and maintained training aircraft on the Canadian prairies.
Post-war Chas entered public service as a firefighter in the Toronto Fire Department, retiring as Captain Charlie after 35 years.
Charlie and Ken met their wives to be at the ranch. Charles was the beloved husband (67 years) of Joyce Alene (Abernethy) Dalton.
Married at age 26 on August 24, 1951, their honeymoon was a canoe trip in Algonquin Provincial Park.
Charles was pre-deceased by parents Ern and Rose, older sisters Trudy (100) and Norma (16), and younger brother William (infant). Uncle Reg and Trudy’s family, the Richardson’s, raised in Kingston were always important and loved. Dad to William John (Maria) of Sault Ste. Marie, Cheryl Ann Dalton of Lagoon City, Gary Charles (Deborah, deceased) of Kingston and James Herbert (Melody, engaged) of North Bay. He will always be the cherished grandpa of Grant, Ries, Ken, Chas, Melissa Anderson, Jeremy, Rebecca Balfour, Laura, Mark, Leslie Casilli, Shauna Tessier, and Jamie Wright. Stories of Great Grandfather’s special times and places will be passed on to Rose, Rowan, Eli, Riley, Jaida, Dean, and Lily.
A celebration of Charles life will take place Saturday June 1, with placement of his urn in Bolsover cemetery; St Andrew's Presbyterian Church.
If so desired donations in memory of Charles, to the Diabetic Association, Canadian Cancer Society, or the Salvation Army would be greatly appreciated by the family.