After 85 years of his wisdom and compassion for others, Charlie passed away on January 13, 2012. The 2nd of 4 children born to Andro and Roza Samarin, Charlie went on to be a respected and valued husband, father, grandpa, great-grandpa, co-worker, friend and golf buddy. One cannot forget that the animal world was also a recipient of his kindness, whether a young lost crow or a neighbour’s cat, who knew Charlie was in his basement. Charlie’s warmth and kind smile invited you into his heart. Predeceased by his parents and sister, Josie Robertson, Charlie is survived by his wife of 57 years, Vera; son, Drew (Carolyne); daughters Joanne (Grant) Hennes and Ruth Samarin; grandchildren, Ian (Kim) Hennes, Kirsten Hennes and Brenna Samarin, and great-grandchildren, Dominic Hennes, Nate Hennes and Ryder Samarin; sister, Mary Olsen and brother, Joe (Barbara) Samarin, and many nieces and nephews. One cannot forget his granddog Nike who accompanied Charlie in his truck for many outdoor adventures and came to visit Grandpa in his final days. The family would like to thank the staff at The Nanaimo Travellers Lodge for their kindness, love and laughter that kept Charlie with us for as long as possible. Flowers are gratefully declined. If desired, donations in Charlie’s name would be most welcome, directed towards the new Nanaimo Travellers Lodge planned for the near future, so other families can benefit from the experience the Samarin family were blessed with. A small gathering will be announced at a later date.
We love you Dad!