Charles Thomas Bagshaw, 75, of Stettler, Alta. passed away on June 23, 2022 at the Stettler Hospital and Care Center after a long journey with heart disease.
Charlie was born on Feb. 19, 1947 in Calgary to William and Matilda (Walker) Bagshaw and grew up on an acreage just west of Stettler.
As a child he and his siblings enjoyed summers at the lake, catching critters, and had many tea towel wars running circles in the house.
It was a big deal in the household when Charlie was old enough to go hunting with his dad, and fishing with his dad from a young age became a lifelong passion.
As a teen, he was quite the athletic fella taking part in all the sports “except football and hockey because they took place during volleyball.”
He had a knack for anything mechanical and electrical and also enjoyed anything speedy, stating “if it went fast, I raced it!”
Curling was one of his favourites and developed into another lifelong passion and in later years the curling highlight of the year was attending the Brier with his daughters.
Working with his father, Charlie became a journeyman electrician. He obtained his Master Electrician certification, at the time, the youngest in Alberta to do so.
In Carstairs, Alta. he worked with Home Oil as gas plant electrician before operating his own business in Crossfield, Alta. for several years where he met the love of his life, Beth.
Charlie, being Charlie, always looking for a new challenge, tried his hand at farming in Saskatchewan and trucking all over Canada and USA, then back to his roots as an oilfield electrician in Grande Prairie, Alta.
In 1987, Charlie, Beth and family headed back to Stettler to take over his father’s electrical contracting business and they have been running it ever since.
Community was so important to Charlie, and you would see him supporting many organizations by helping to keep them up and running; attending events and fundraisers in person, as a sponsor, or by donating the time and equipment to power up the whole event!
When he wasn’t out fixing the countryside, masterminding new innovations, or having coffee and yakking with friends and colleagues, he was spending time with his family also yakking, fishing, woodworking, watching curling, playing crib and enjoying a good time telling some good (bad?) jokes, and filling our heads with wisdom and hilarity.
Charlie will be forever missed by surviving family : wife Beth; children, Bernedette Bagshaw and her children Matthew and Allyssa, Virginia Bagshaw, Heidi (Carmine) Angi, Allison (Kevin) Kerik and their children Preston and Jasmin, Russell (Kodie-Ann)and their children Liberty, Shyanne and Nash, Mike VanderHoek (Erica Houston) and his children Jordan, Emily and Aurora; son in-law Jay Fox; daughter-in-law Jenn VanderHoek; Virginia and Heidi’s mother Gail Bagshaw; sister Lynda (Darryl) Snyder; brother Ross (Carol) Bagshaw; mother-in-law Shirley Abrahamson, numerous in-laws, cousins, nieces and nephews, uncountable friends and colleagues, and the past and present staff at Bagshaw Electric who have become like family.
Charlie was predeceased by his parents Matilda ‘Tilly’ and William ‘Bill’; brother Russell and father-in-law Gerald ‘Jed’ Abrahamson.
A visitation was held at the Stettler Funeral Home on Fri. July 8, 2022 between 4 and 6pm. A celebration of life was held in the Agriplex Pavillion on Sun. July 10, 2022, at 2:30 p.m. attended by any and all who wish to come share memories and cry and laugh and enjoy “those terrible little funeral sandwiches” at the request of Charlie. (no offence to our amazing caterers!)
Friends and family may leave condolences for Charlie’s family by visiting www.stettlerfuneralhome.com.
The Stettler Funeral Home is entrusted with the care and funeral arrangements. For further information please call 403-742-3422.
Card of Thanks
Thank you to our family, friends and neighbours for all your love and support during this difficult time, for your visits, calls, flowers, food and memorial donations.
Thank you to all who attended Charlie’s service and if we didn’t get a chance to thank you in person, know your presence was very much appreciated, and if you weren’t able to attend, we know your hearts are with us.
A special thank you to: Stettler Funeral Home for leading us through everything; Stettler Ag Society for the venue; Verna Rock for your heartfelt service; Tanya Wagner for your lovely singing; Gord Lawlor and Jay Fox for sharing your memories; Teresa’s Catering for the wonderful luncheon; County of Stettler for making sure our road was graded; Stettler Answering Service for going above and beyond; the staff of Bagshaw Electric for going that extra mile when we needed you the most, even though you are like family as well.
The Bagshaw Families