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Charlie Corry

Charlie Corry

Friday, January 27th, 1928 - Wednesday, April 15th, 2020
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Obituary

Charles Webster Corry ~ passed away after a stoic battle with congestive heart failure, at his home April 15, 2020 surrounded by the love of his family, in his 93rd year.

He was the beloved husband and best friend of Ethel (Mertens) Corry, whom he married in 1967.

Proud father of Peter Corry & his wife, Pamela Winter of Calgary, and Jennifer & John Judge of Listowel, and loved by his grandchildren Jaydn, Ruby, Ella and Josie.

Survived by his sisters-in-law, Donalda Corry of Atwood, and Alice & Barry Jones of Shelburne, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Predeceased by his parents James & Claribel Corry, brother Jack Corry, and sister Margaret Arnott and her husband Ken Arnott, as well as Ethel’s parents Cliff & Statira Mertens.

Charlie was born January 27,1928 in Listowel and lived most of his life as a farmer, on the Corry homestead near Britton. He remained engaged in farming at heart after retiring to Listowel. Keeping track of local crops, the weather, the progress of harvest and current events of the world kept his mind sharp. He loved music, his church and his family. He sang in choirs most of his life, enjoyed singing with his Junior Farmer Quartet and entertained with Ethel in retirement homes for over 20 years.

He was a member of Knox Presbyterian Church, Listowel where he served as an elder for 45 years and was named an Elder Emeritus in 2017. He had a keen interest in meeting people, with a genuine curiosity in wanting to know where they were from and what they worked at. His sharp but kind wit remained strong through his final days. Charlie had a sincere interest in the history of Elma Township and coined the title of the history book, “The Elmanac”.

He was the epitome of a gentleman, who encouraged his children and grandchildren to be curious, to travel, to learn, to work hard and to embrace life with optimism. He expressed his love in deeds more than by words, but there was never a doubt you were loved by him.

A private family funeral service will be held on Friday, April 17, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. The service will be live-streamed at https://youtu.be/Xmja8WXQTRY

Interment in Fairview Cemetery, Listowel.

Memorial donations to Knox Presbyterian Church, Listowel, or Listowel Memorial Hospital Foundation would be appreciated.


The Farmer's Creed
By Frank Mann

I believe a man’s greatest possession is his dignity and that no calling bestows this more abundantly than farming.

I believe hard work and honest sweat are the building blocks of a person’s character.

I believe that farmers, despite its hardships and disappointments is the most honest and honorable way a man can spend his days on earth.

I believe my children are learning values that will last a lifetime and can be earned no other way.

I believe farming provides education for life and that no other occupation teaches so much about birth, growth and maturity in such a variety of ways.

I believe many of the best things in life are indeed free: the splendor of a sunrise, the rapture of wide open spaces, and the exhilarating sight of your land greening each spring.

I believe true happiness comes in watching your crops ripen in the field, your children grow tall in the sun, and your whole family feel the pride that springs from their shared experience.

I believe that by my toil I am giving more to the world than I am taking from it, an honor that does not come to all men.

I believe my life will be measured ultimately by what I have done for my fellow man, and by this standard I fear no judgment.

I believe when a man grows old and sums up his days, he should be able to stand tall and feel pride in the life he’s lived.

I believe in farming because it makes all this possible.
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Service Details

  • Service

    Friday, April 17th, 2020 | 11:00am
    When
    Friday, April 17th, 2020 11:00am
    Location
    Knox Presbyterian Church
    Address
    220 Livingstone Ave. N.
    LISTOWEL, ON
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    Notes
    A private family funeral service will be held. The service will be live-streamed at https://youtu.be/Xmja8WXQTRY Due to strict regulations, there are no more than 10 people allowed at funerals. Please respect the family and guidelines by attending the ON-LINE funeral only.
    Officiant
    Rev. Don McCallum
  • Interment

    Location
    Fairview Cemetery
    Address
    875 Davidson Ave. N.
    LISTOWEL, ON
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John Brightling

Posted at 02:40pm
Our deepest sympathy for your loss. May God comfort and bless you and your family. I so enjoyed our visits when we were working in the back yards (at Jennifer's) and Charlie would invite me over to sit with him and rest a while. I will miss that.
John Brightling
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Christina Karsten

Posted at 01:07pm
Ethel, my thoughts are with you. Today's technology made it possible for many of us to share this sad day with you if not in person then in spirit. Kudos to Ella for singing so well even with tears with tears in her voice
Christina Karsten.
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Bill Arnott

Posted at 12:02pm
I was so grateful to be able to share in the service with you all. Uncle Charlie was a special person and the tributes attest to the lasting impressions he made on all who were fortunate enough to cross paths with him. Peter and Jen's memories were very eloquent and Ella's rendition was wonderful. Love you you all on this somber day. Bill and Diane

Margie Arnott

Posted at 12:01pm
Thank you for making the funeral service available online. Even though we are apart, we shared this special time together to remember the wonderful, warm, and caring person that Uncle Charlie was. We send our condolences to Aunt Ethel, Peter & Pam, Jennifer and John, and the cousins. With love, Margie, Harley, Kenyon, Jazz, and Naya
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Art and Donna Doern

Posted at 11:50am
What a beautiful, honouring service for Charlie....all that was said was very true with his hospitality, kind spirt and loving kindnesses to one and all. The Pastor was right in that the world could use more people like Charlie.
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