Charles L. Courtney

Born: Wed., Jun. 23, 1920
Died: Mon., Nov. 20, 2017


11:00 AM to 1:00 PM, Fri., Nov. 24, 2017
Location: Montpelier - Empire St.

Funeral Service

1:00 PM Fri., Nov. 24, 2017
Location: Montpelier - Empire St.

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Charles L. “Charlie” Courtney, 97, of Bryan, passed away at his home on Monday, November 20, 2017. He was born on June 23, 1920 in West Jefferson Township to Louis E. and Effie M. (Housman) Courtney.  He attended a one room school house, West Jefferson School, for his elementary school years. He graduated from Montpelier High School in 1938. On July 20, 1941
Charles married Helen Tingle in Montpelier and she preceded him in death in 2001. He honorably served his country in the United States Army Air Corps, attached to the Signal Corps during WWII, serving in North Africa, Sicily, and Italy.  He was in Headquarters Company repairing teletype machines and maintaining planes.  He also attended the University of Florence, Italy, for a semester.

He was an accomplished trumpet player starting in high school, and played in a band at Hamilton Lake. He also played with various dance bands during and after the war, and played with the Montpelier “old timers” band, performing at various community events for many years.

Charles worked as a mechanic for his father’s business, L.E. Courtney & Sons during his early years until 1963.  He also worked for Mohawk Tools in Montpelier for 11 years as a maintenance mechanic, and retired from General Tire in 1985 after working there for 10 years.  After retirement he went to work for C.E. Electronics in Bryan where he worked for 30 years.  Charles was a member of Montpelier Masonic Lodge for 67 years, during which time he served as Knight of the York Cross of Honor and was a 32nd Degree Mason.  He was a lifelong member of the Montpelier V.F.W.

Charles is survived by his three sons, Larry (Geromina) Courtney of Defiance, Terry Courtney of Springfield, Ohio and Garry (Dawn) Courtney of Bryan; six grandchildren; fourteen great grandchildren; three great great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Helen Courtney, brother, Louis E. Courtney, Jr., sister, Jessie Courtney, daughter-in-law Connie Courtney, and grandchildren Scott Ellis and Stacy Carlin.

Visitation for Charles will be held on Friday, November 24, 2017 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Thompson-Geesey Funeral Home, Empire Street Chapel in Montpelier.  Funeral services will follow at 1 p.m. at the funeral home with Pastor Scott Carlin to officiate. Interment will follow at Shiffler Cemetery in rural Bryan with military honors by the Montpelier Veterans. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in his memory to Visiting Angels.  

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Alison Whittaker
   Posted Tue November 21, 2017
I am so sorry for your loss, I used to enjoy seeing Charlie at the shows, always had a story to tell!!!! May he rest in peace.

   Posted Tue November 21, 2017

SPATHIPHYLLUM was sent by Peggy and Wayne Alexander.

Larry and Family, Our hearts are with you today and always. Peggy and Wayne Alexander and Family

Joe Bohner
   Posted Wed November 22, 2017
I can’t remember not knowing Charley. I remember taking my car to his dad’s garage for repairs, and was always served honestly, respectively. We were co-workers at Mohawk Tools, and Brother Freemasons in the Montpelier Masonic Bodies. In every instance, he was a good friend. Every Masonic Funeral I attended, he was there. In fact he was a committed servant wherever he was needed. I shall never forget this great man! My deepest sympathy for those that loved and were fortunate to have known him. God be with you at this difficult time.

Karen and Claude Chartier - Distribution MCY- Montreal
   Posted Wed November 22, 2017
Our deepest condolences to the family and friends. I had the honour of meeting Charlie in Quebec City and my life is so much better for that meeting. He will be missed by all who knew him.

Ronald Keller
   Posted Fri November 24, 2017
The Officers and Members of Edon Masonic Lodge # 474 Free & Accepted Masons,sends our thoughts and prayers to the Charles Courtney family.

Ron Dean
   Posted Fri November 24, 2017
Dear Garry & Family, We are so sorry for the loss of your father. I remember him from the Montpelier Lodges. I am sorry we missed the viewing and services but I thought it was all afternoon Friday. May You all be Blessed! We are praying for Gods peace to be with you.

Canadian Elevator Contractors Association
   Posted Mon November 27, 2017
On behalf of the Canadian Elevator Contractors Association, please accept our sincere sympathies on the passing of Charlie. It was always so wonderful to see Charlie at our Conventions and he left many fond memories with our members. My favourites were watching him blow out his birthday candles on his cake as we sang to him and having one of our other members challenge him to a race on his scooter!! Of course, Charlie was always full of stories too. Rest in Peace Grandpa Charlie!

Linda Lovejoy Ferro
   Posted Mon November 27, 2017
Our sympathies to all of you. Charlie was a sweet, gentle soul. I will always hold many fond memories of him. May you be wrapped in the cloak of Jesus until during this time.

Linda (Lovejoy) and Steve Ferro

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