Chuck passed away peacefully in Red Deer, Alberta.
He was born to Fred and Hertha Ford in Peace River, Alberta. He was predeceased by his first wife Hazel (1999), second wife Shirley (1993) and sisters Joyce (2015) and Phyllis (1990). He is survived by his children Penny (Kim) and Graham (Marivic), his grandchildren Kevin and Kiva, his sister Alberta and brother Robert (Lillian). He grew up on the family farm near Grimshaw and as a young adult, trained as a welder. That brought him to the Yukon, his home for over 40 years. He worked for Yukon Consolidated Gold Corp and Yukon Gold Placers and on the construction of the Teslin Bridge 1952-53. In 1957 Chuck obtained his fixed wing pilot’s license and by the late 1950’s he had obtained his helicopter pilot’s license and had begun flying for Klondike Helicopters, based in Whitehorse.
He also flew there for General Enterprise, Proctor Construction and Finning. He and Rene Leduc were partners in Yukon Airways. Chuck was inducted into the Yukon Order of Pioneers in 1978.
After his flying career he was caretaker at United Keno Hill Mines’ Venus Mine site. Since leaving the Yukon in 2000, Chuck lived in Edmonton and then in central Alberta
As requested his ashes will be spread on Montana Mountain, south of Carcross.
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