February 17, 1929 – September 16, 2018
Charles Fredrick Thrower, aged 89 years was called home in the early morning of Sunday, September 16th surrounded by family, friends and nursing staff at Magnolia Gardens Extended Care in Langley, BC.
Charles Thrower was born in Mt. Lehman (family farm) on February 17, 1929. During his life, he worked as a logger all over British Columbia falling trees. He returned to the family farm in Mt. Lehman where he shared the home with his older brother George who was a dairy farmer. Charlie was employed with what was The District of Matsqui (now Abbotsford City) in road construction and maintenance. During this time (1985), he succumbed to an injury where he was run over by a double tandem dump truck twice. He sustained severe injuries to his back, hips and extremities. He spent a year at Shaunessy General and time at G. F. Strong Rehabilitation Centre in Vancouver. He returned to the farm where he stayed until 2015. He took care of his brother George before he passed away in 2009. Charlie loved reading his newspapers, gardening and preparing family meals on the wood stove. The family would gather on Sundays for dinner.
His parents were Walter and Hildur (Edin) Thrower. He was 3rd youngest of five kids. Siblings George, Mary (Rod Stevens), Peter Thrower, half-brother, WW II Vet, Rolland Williams and nephews Robert Stevens and Keith Thrower predecease him.
Charlie leaves behind surviving brother Ralph (Tim) (Carol) Thrower, sister-in-law Yoka Thrower, nieces Heather (Ronnie) Neal, Ellen (Rick) Wilson & kids, Michael (Ima) Stevens, Holly (Daryll) Stevens, and Cheryl (Mike) Corrigan & kids and nephew Keith’s kids: Curtis, Katrina Thrower and Nicole (Matt) Reston, good friends Diane Strachan, Jeanette, and Jackman.
Charlie was always called the ‘weed’ or ‘Big Swede’. He will be remembered for his strength, stubbornness and being a true survivor. He loved chocolate and he also loved vanilla ice cream on his morning oatmeal. He never complained about his pain and felt each day was a gift. He was a great uncle to us all. He was thoughtful, and his actions were sincere and from the heart. May his memory live on in story.
Your suffering of pain has come to an end and may your soul be in heaven with your family.
Service, Sunday October 14th at 1:00 pm at Mt. Lehman Cemetery, 29745 Taylor Road, Abbotsford.
The family welcomes friends and family to join them.