Charles Andrew Rutherford

Published October 31, 2023

Charles Andrew Rutherford

Charles Andrew Rutherford, born April 20, 1935 in Sydney, Nova Scotia, passed away on October 26, 2023 in Cornwall, Ontario at the age of 88. Predeceased by his former wife and love of his life, Rose Margaret Rutherford (née Artuso). Loving father of his 6 children, Deborah (Mrs. Mike Day, née Hughes), Lemont “Monty” Rutherford (Loretta), Julie (Mrs. Bruce Atkinson, née Rutherford), Shawn Rutherford (Carinne), Heather (Mrs. Joel Braunstein, née Rutherford), Leslie (Mrs. Kevin Ouderkirk, née Rutherford). Dear son of the late Lemont “Monty” Andrew Rutherford and Anne Elizabeth Rutherford (née McLean). Loving grandfather “PopPop” of Sean (Molly), Mitch, Alexandra, Erica, Heather (Asim), Kelly (Drew), Thomas, Brandon (Angel), Taylor, Jason, and Ashleigh (Garry). Loving great grandfather of 7 children. Dear brother of Renie Peters (the Late Sonny), Patsy Walsh (the Late Pat), Heather Mills (Bob), and Nick Rutherford (Donna). Loving uncle of many nieces and nephews. Charles served in the Royal Canadian Air Force for over 25 years. He worked in Armaments, Explosive Ordinance Disposal, and Demolition and was stationed with his family at several Canadian military bases from coast to coast. He worked on many different aircrafts but his favourite was the Argus of which he had many stories about his missions at home and overseas. After retiring from the RCAF, he worked for over 13 years at the S.D.&G. School Board in Cornwall. Later, he helped family members with their businesses and was a compassionate caregiver to his mother, Annie, his beloved Rose, and several Artuso family members. He was a hard-working volunteer in the community and Jack-of-all-trades.  Charles was a loving, proud family man of great character. Family gatherings always brought him joy. He was a sweet gentleman with impeccable manners, who maintained a silly sense of humour even during his last days. His warm hospitality and kindness always made people feel at ease and welcomed in his home. His love for nature and wildlife was endless. He was a great storyteller who shared nostalgic memories with everyone. He enjoyed listening to Cape Breton fiddle music and was a talented accordion player who entertained RCAF members, family, and friends. Young at heart, he lived life to the fullest and kept active with his many hobbies and outdoor activities. He was a spiritual man and took great comfort in saying his Rosary every day.  Home was always where his immediate family lived but he also considered Gabarus his home and vacationed there most summers to visit his Cape Breton family and friends. He gave us all a legacy to follow - work hard, take care of your loved ones, laugh, and enjoy the moment. He will be greatly missed by his loving family and friends. Visitation will be held at Lahaie and Sullivan Cornwall Funeral Homes, West Branch, 20 Seventh Street West, Cornwall, ON, Thursday Nov. 2, 2023 from 7-9 pm. Requiem Mass will be held at St. Columban Catholic Church, 36 Fourth Street West, Cornwall, ON, Friday Nov. 3, 2023 at 11 am. Catholic Rite of Committal will be held at Cotes des Neiges Cemetery, Montreal, Quebec at a further date. Condolences and family photos at www.dignitymemorial.com