Charlie leaves behind his loving wife Flora (Flo), chosen daughters, Carol Hagel, Susan Hagel (Cory); grandson Micheal Kroeger and granddaughter Suzanne Kroeger (Sam). A special thank-you for the love and support of nephew Ed Lubick (Janet) and great-nephew Sean (Tracy) of Victoria, BC; great-niece Shannon Lewis (Scott) of Lantzville, BC. Also, thank you to niece Terry-Lyne James (Don); great-niece Marnie Simmons (Russ); great-nephew Jeff Sabine of Powell River, BC. Charlie also leaves behind many family members in Alberta and Saskatchewan.
Charlie, in early 1960s, worked as a Parts Salesman for a large car dealer in Saskatoon and travelled through Davidson, Saskatchewan where he met Flo (1) who ran the office at Midway Motors. They married and lived in Saskatoon until Charlie had the opportunity to become the Parts Manager of Dominion Motors in Winnipeg, which he ran successfully for several years. He was an accomplished pilot. He was made the General Manager of Dominion Motors Toronto that was struggling at that time which he turned into a successful operation. Toronto was not the place they wished to live. The decision was made to move to beautiful British Columbia.
One weekend they went to Victoria for a short visit and bought the Casa Linda Motel on Goldstream Avenue, opposite Royal Colwood Golf Course. The week after it was bought, Charlie immediately started to completely renovate and expand the property.
In the early 1970s he built Westbrook Shopping Center on Goldstream Avenue. Charlie was a modern-day pioneer in Langford as the area had virtually no current developments and was considered a backwater of Victoria. After the success of the shopping center, he designed and focused on building the Westwind Motor Inn on Goldstream Avenue in 1974. This was a game changer for Langford and the start of a revitalized future city. The full-service hotel had 50 rooms, a 250-seat pub, cocktail lounge, cabaret, convention center, formal dining room, café and exercise facilities. Charlie designed and built numerous houses and completed several new subdivisions in Langford.
Charlie built western 66 Motor Inn in 1986 and ran it successfully with Flo (2) until he retired 86 years young.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, February 11, 2023 at Mary Winspear Centre. 2243 Beacon Ave., Sidney BC from 2:00pm to 4:00pm. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Charlie’s favourite charity, the Shriner’s Children’s Hospital.
Condolences and shared memories may be offered to the family below.
Gerald & Sylvia Fiske
My sincere condolences to Flo, Carol, Sue, Mike, Ed, and all the family and friends who were a big part of my Uncle Charlie’s life.
We do not lose those we love, as they continue to live with us in our many fond memories. For many years Charlie & Flo were there to support and influence my family. I have not been able to spend as much time with Uncle Charlie as I would have liked, but his love, stories, generosity and sense of humour leaves me with wonderful memories. It was an honour to have my life enriched by my Uncle Charlie! Rest In Peace Uncle.
Charlie became my Uncle when he married my Aunt Flo in Saskatchewan. Loved him from day one; generous, kind, loving and always a true gentleman.
My sincere sympathy to Flo and all family members. Hugs and Love Butch (Irene)
Bill Hodson and family
Charlie was the nicest man l ever met he was like a father to me and my family. l worked with Charlie for almost fifty years, I’m going to miss going for lunch every Friday with Charlie. Rest In Peace DAD. I’m going to miss you forever.
Charlie was a true gentleman and obviously a huge pioneer as we all read. He certainly made many many friends along the way and did so very easily. You meet Charlie you had a friend for sure. He will be missed by all however never forgotten!!! Maybe not the best putter I ever met but a heck of a good sport in Palm Springs. I still chuckle when I think of that.
All the best Charlie Godspeed my friend ❤️❤️❤️❤️
All the best ti his family and our thoughts are with you all
Karen Hatch and Sadie MacDonald
So sorry to hear of the loss of Charlie. Sending hugs and love to his family and friends at this difficult time. From the story of his life, it sounds a life well lived.
Charlie was a very kind and generous man. We always appreciated his dinners and staying at the motel. He will be missed. Condolences to all of the family.
Charlie, a quiet man full of ideas and ambition that came to fruition in helping to form the now city of Langford ..I had the pleasure of knowing him through that early time and was impressed with his knowledge of and dealing with community needs …a man of character and wisdom that will be surely missed