February 2, 1932 – December 7, 2018
Charlie Lefebvre (86) passed away peacefully surrounded by his family in the Nakusp Hospital December 7th 2018. Charlie was born February 2, 1932 to Harry and Antoinette Lefebvre in Cut Knife Saskatchewan. Growing up there on a homestead he most enjoyed working with horses and getting into mischief with his siblings and cousins.
In his early 20’s Charlie moved to Dawson Creek B.C. where he met his beautiful wife of 61 years Agnes Bare. They were married November 27, 1957 and soon after moved to Bonanza Alberta to farm and raise their 5 daughters.
In this friendly little community surrounded by family Charlie enjoyed all kinds of social gatherings always volunteering his musical talents, mostly playing guitar.
He loved hunting and the whole family spent many afternoons exploring the countryside. He shared his love for horses providing his girls with ponies to ride and care for.
Suffering from allergies to the farm life itself forced Charlie in a new direction. In 1972 he moved his family to Grande Prairie Alberta purchased the G.P. Salvage and formed a partnership with 2 of his brothers. During his 15 years in business he enjoyed a little more prosperity.
He continued to enjoy hunting, bought a snowmobile for winter play and a boat for summertime fun. According to Charlie his timing was perfect, what can you do with five teenage daughters and all their friends! Every weekend possible was spent at the lake on that boat. Everyone was welcome and everyone came. The comical antics of watching those learning to waterski provided both mom and dad with a lifetime of laughs. They did some traveling, loved Hawaii but most memorable was their 7 week adventure in Australia with Fred and Jean Bare.
Freedom 55 came in 1987 when Charlie sold his shares in the Salvage. His intention was to retire and focus on his health, and he did, for a while. About 1995 either boredom or curiosity got the best of him and this led them to a Bison ranch in Hines Creek Alberta. They spent 10 amazing years raising those majestic animals.
In 2005 now ready to fully retire they sold the ranch and headed south, eventually settling in beautiful Nakusp B.C. Immediately they felt at home in this charming little community with its lovely lakes, hot springs and friendly people.
Charlie will be missed by his wife Aggie, his daughters, Charlotte(Brent) House, Arleen Hibbert, Dorothy(Randy) Gorrie, Brenda Lefebvre and Ellen(Keith) Linderman. His 14 cherished Grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. His brothers, Jerry Lefebvre, Leo(Joanne) Lefebvre, Ray(Jeannie) Lefebvre and his sisters, Jeanette(Murray) Smith, and Glenna Lefebvre. Brother-in Laws Fred(Jean) Bare, George Bare, sister-in Law Elsie Johnson, Also many wonderful nieces and nephews and a very special uncle Georgie Jeanotte.
Predeceased and there to greet Charlie “on the other side” will be his parents, sisters, Bea Lefebvre, Aggie Conlin, brother Ted Lefebvre, brother- in law Heinz (Edith) Roth, son-in-law Rus Feick and many more loved ones.
Aggie and her family extend their gratitude to the Doctors, Nurses, Homecare, and staff of the Nakusp Hospital for their support while caring for Charlie during the past difficult months.
Dad was quite the story teller which I’m sure he will always be remembered for. He did not want a funeral, but if you have a story about Charlie perhaps you could share it with us!