Obituaries & Death Notices
Published:Sep 11, 2012
Event Date:Sep 07, 2012
Classified Type: Obituaries & Death Notices
Newspaper(s): Waterloo Region Record
BELAIR, Charles Passed away peacefully, with his family at his side, on September 7, 2012, at the age of 98 years. Beloved husband of Keiko (Hayashi) for 42 years. Loving father of Judith Newall (Terry) of North Vancouver, James of Sarnia, and Miya (Liam MacDonald) of Kitchener. Dear grandfather of Lisa, Michelle, Michael, Akina and Parker, and great-grandfather of Dylan and Rebecca. Predeceased by his first wife Cora (Lackenbauer) and infant brother Leonard. Born in Lynn, Mass., Charles moved to Kitchener at the age of 10 when his father took a job at the Lang Tanning Company. After studying to be a mechanical draftsman at KCI but unable to find work in the field due to The Depression, he turned to his hobby of photography. A professional photographer for 75 years, his peers called him the Karsh of Kitchener. He received numerous awards from the Ontario Photographers Society and the Professional Photographers of Canada. Charles received Kitchener Waterloo Arts Council’s Lifetime Achievement Award, the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal, was inducted into the Waterloo County Hall of Fame, and also named a Renison College Senior Fellow. For 65 years Charles was a member of the Rotary Club of Kitchener, which named him a Paul Harris Fellow in recognition of his contribution to international understanding. Of all his accomplishments, Charles was most proud of his family. In recent years he enjoyed watching the animals and birds outside the condo and delighted in his youngest grandchildren. In accordance with Charles' wishes, no flowers please. Memorial donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation. The Belair family will receive relatives and friends at the Henry Walser Funeral Home, 507 Frederick St., Kitchener (519) 749-8467 on Monday from 7-9 p.m. and Tuesday from 3-5 p.m. The Funeral service for Charles will be held on Wednesday, September 12, 2012 at 3 p.m. in the Funeral Home Chapel. Cremation to follow with private interment at Woodland Cemetery. Visit www.henrywalser.com for Charles' memorial
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