Charles Pachal

September 19, 2021
Charles (Charlie/Chuck) passed away peacefully on September 19, 2021, in Kelowna BC, just five days shy of his 100th birthday.
He was born and raised in Yorkton, Saskatchewan. Charles served in the RCAF during WWII and later as an officer in the Canadian Armed Forces. Following retirement from the Canadian Armed Forces in 1969, he and his wife Eleanor moved to Kelowna where they owned and operated a local business for several years.
Charlie dedicated much of his life to serving his country and an unparalleled commitment to volunteerism. He joined the Yorkton Lions Club at age 20 and received the Lions Club 65 year Chevron in 2016, having served as MD-19 D District Governor 1977 – 1978.
Chuck joined PEP Air in 1969, was instrumental in establishing the Canada-wide Civil Air Search and Rescue Association (CASARA), selflessly dedicating over 50 years to the Search and Rescue cause – still active at age 99!
In 2013, Charlie was awarded a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal which is to honour significant contributions and achievements by Canadians.
In 2020 he was awarded the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers from the Governor General of Canada.Charles is survived by his children, Robert (Cheryl), Barbara Chaulk, Judith Harding, Kenneth (Maxine); grandchildren: Michael (Laura), Stuart, David (Mireia), Shannon (Jason), Samantha, Derek Strachan (Tamara), Scott (Nicole), Nathan and ten great-grandchildren.
The family is considering a future memorial/celebration of life to honour Charlie’s life. Presently, donations would be welcomed in memory of Charles Pachal at Ronald McDonald House (
Arrangements are in the care of Everden Rust Funeral Services & Crematorium, West Kelowna Arrangement Centre (250-768-8925).
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