Knapp, Charles Herbert “Chuck” of St. Thomas, passed away peacefully, on Wednesday, April 9, 2014, at the St. Thomas-Elgin General Hospital, in his 93rd year. Beloved husband and best friend of Myrna (Hodgins) Knapp, for 68 years, and proud father of J. Campbell “Cam” Knapp (Barbara) of Ancaster, Charles L. Knapp (Jane) of St. Thomas and, Patricia Anne Leschied (Alan) of Kilworth, and daughter-in-law Norma Slaght. Dear brother of Edythe Owen of Guelph and brother-in-law to Helen Knapp of Guelph. Chuck was predeceased by brothers George and Bert, sister Trudy and her husband Jack, brother-in-law Lloyd Owen and niece Robyn Owen. Chuck was very proud of his grandchildren Derek Knapp, Kurt Knapp, Becky Wager (Derek), Kristin Knapp, Tracy Battin, Derek Battin (Jenn), Ben Leschied (Sarah) and Christopher Leschied, plus a number of nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by grandson David Knapp.
Chuck was born in Capreol, Ontario in 1921 to parents John and Florence. He served his country as an airplane mechanic in the Royal Canadian Air Force during WWII, primarily in Ceylon for 3.5 years. He retired from a successful career with Poole Electronic Supplies of London. Chuck was a 50 year member of the Royal Canadian Legion and had many accomplishments and leadership roles including: St. Thomas representative for the Seniors Games, Board of Management at St. Hilda’s Church, 55+ Bowling Club, St. Thomas Senior Centre and in 2004 he received the Civic Award for volunteer work in St. Thomas. He will be remembered as a loyal friend with a sharp wit by all who crossed his path.
A public memorial service to celebrate Chuck’s life will be held at St. Hilda’s-St. Luke’s Anglican Church, 185 Elm St. St. Thomas on Thursday, April 17th at 11:00 am with Rev. Pat Byrne officiating. Cremation has taken place and there will be a private interment of ashes in Clandeboye Cemetery. Visitation at Williams Funeral Home, 45 Elgin St., St. Thomas on Wednesday, April 16th from 7-9 pm and at the Church on Thursday from 10:00-11:00 am. Remembrances may be made to St. Hilda’s-St. Luke’s Anglican Church or the charity of choice.