Charles Henry (Harry) Earl

Charles Henry (Harry) Earl


Harry Earl was born April 25th, 1918 in Salmon Arm, B.C., and passed away peacefully on January 27th, 2007 at the age of 88. Predeceased by wife Barbara in 1980, daughter, Betty in 2003 and granddaughter Karla Melvin in 1991 as well as all of his siblings Vera, Eric, Winnie, Bill, Sue Van Steinburg and Dave Earl.

He will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by his daughter Barbie; son-in-law Dennis Melvin of Vernon; three grandsons Shawn (Elma) of Vernon, Kent (Linette) of Kelowna, Bryce (Gail) of Vernon; five great-grandchildren Jordan, Jessica, Katrina, Juanna and Victoria; sister-in-laws Norma Earl of Saskatchewan and Norma Earl of Armstrong; brother-in-law and sister-in-law Fred and Eileen Websdale of Lacombe, Alberta. Also many nieces, nephews and other extended family members and countless friends.

The Earl family moved from England to Salmon Arm in 1911 where they lived until 1927 when they moved to Kelowna. Harry married Barbara Websdale in Dec. 1939 in Kelowna where Betty and Barbie were born, living in the area until 1958 then they moved to Armstrong. Harry worked for Bronson’s Hardware and Buckerfield’s Feed Mill in Armstrong, and Farrs/Central Hardware in Enderby. On Sept. 1st, 1972 Harry and Dennis, Brent and Dale Melvin purchased Shepherd’s Hardware in Armstrong. In 1985, at the age of 67, he retired. Harry remained in Armstrong until 1998 when he moved with Betty into Vernon to be closer to his family. He spent the last 4 years at Canterbury Court.

His love for God gave him tremendous purpose in life which enabled him to touch many lives with his love. His family was very important to him. As a care giver to his wife and daughter for many years, he was a great example to them. His tender heart, sense of humor, winking eye, whistle lips, and teasing ways made him a special person.

Funeral service will be held at the First Baptist Church in Armstrong, B.C. February 2nd, 2007 at

2:00 pm with Paul Sharp, Arnold Blonke, Noreen Kleven and Leanne Lewis officiating followed by an interment at the Armstrong/Spallumcheen cemetery. A reception will follow in the First Baptist Church.

As an expression of sympathy, those who wish to do so, may send donations in memory of Harry to the Canadian Diabetes Association.

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