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Charlie Musial

April 12, 1920 — March 7, 2011

Charlie Musial

Charlie MusialGardiner Mines/Taigh Na Mara1920-2011Charles Michael Charlie Musial died on March 7, 2011, at the Glace Bay Hospital with family members at his bedside.Born in Sydney Mines, Cape Breton Island, N.S., on April 12, 1920, dad was the third of 11 children of Michael Anthony Musial and Bertha Louise (Boutilier).He grew up in River Ryan, where his parents owned and operated the New Waterford-Glace Bay Bus Company before and during the Second World War.Dad attended school in River Ryan. From 1943-1945, he served in the Canadian Army as military policeman stationed in Montreal, Halifax and Sydney.Later, he worked for over 20 years in No. 12 Colliery, New Waterford. He retired early due to complications from injuries suffered underground.Dads role as activist and environmentalist predated the establishment of the Nova Scotia Department of Environment. He was a member of the New Waterford and Area Fish and Game Association (NWAFGA) throughout the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s, and following retirement, he was free to embrace the causes dearest to his heart, the promotion and preservation of the natural environment.Accordingly, during the 1970s, he served as chairman of the Environment Committee, Metropolitan Alliance for Development; Secretary, Cape Breton Wildlife Association and secretary, NWAFGA; president, Cape Breton Island Wildlife Association; president, NWAFGA (1977-1990); president, Gardiner Mines Small Farming Organization and governor, Nova Scotia Wildlife Federation (representing New Waterford, Sydney, and Glace Bay).In the following decade, as Katimavik sponsor, Dad established the Lynx Lake Ecological Reserve. He worked tirelessly as chairman, Bridgeport Basin Environment Committee (advisory body to the Nova Scotia Environmental Control Council) and was nominated for the Nova Scotia Environmental Control Council award by New Waterford town council (1987). During this time, he acted as spokesman for Concerned Citizens of Lingan Bay endangered area and received a letter of commendation from Environment Minister Rollie Thornhill.He also received his 25-year service award from the NWAFGA and was acknowledged as a 25-year member of the Devco monitoring committee.Into his 80th decade, dad continued to volunteer in his own community of Gardiner Mines and in the adjoining communities of River Ryan, Lingan and New Waterford. He served as president, Gardiner Mines Senior Citizens and Pensioners, and as a founding member and spokesman for the Sydney Harbour Fortifications Society, playing a pivotal role in the restoration of Fort Petrie. As well, he became a member of the New Waterford Tourism Association.In 2000, the NWAFGA nominated dad for the Anne Holland Award in recognition of outstanding community volunteerism and awarded him a lifetime membership in the association.The members of the Department of Natural Resources presented dad with the Sportsman of the Year Award. He was also nominated for the Order of Nova Scotia. Dad was happiest cultivating his garden and nurturing the homestead that he spent his life loving and developing for his family.He is survived by Mary K. (Rostek), his wife of over 70 years; daughters, Charlotte (Maurice Currie), Sydney, Marilyn Jones, Cottage Cove, N.S., Mary Lou (Darcy Skeete), Lawrencetown, N.S.; sons, Chuck (Bonnie MacDonald), Mississippi, Fred (Kathy Kurtz), Whitehorse, Michael, River Ryan, and Kevin, Gardiner Mines. He will be remembered and missed by granddaughters, Alison, Carolyn, Nancy, Cindy, Genny, Julia, Erin, Jennifer, Danielle, and Jill; grandsons, Martin, Michael, Dan, Jesse and Michael David. Surviving great-granddaughters are, Cayley, Crystal-Rose, Jolene, Jersey, Aimee and Emily; great-grandsons, Tyrel, Joseph, Shane and Dustin Keith, Joshua and Jory. Honorary grandchildren are, Jasslyn, Chelsie and Brandon; honorary great-grandchildren, Joelle, Joette and Jahtaya. Surviving also are sisters, Bertha, Isabell and Lenora and brothers, Greg, Conrad, Paul; and many nieces and nephews. Lifelong friends, Ambros and Ruth (Giebitz) Boser, Karlsruhe, Germany, and Guido Giebitz, Sydney, will miss him.Besides his parents, dad was predeceased by a brother, Joseph, in infancy, daughter Barbara Louise in childhood, sisters Toni and Rena and brother, Mike. Cremation has taken place. A memorial for family members only will be held in dads honour on Friday, March 11 at 11 a.m. at McLellan Brothers Funeral Home, Plummer Avenue, New Waterford.Memorial donations may be made to the New Waterford and Area Fish and Game Association, to Parkinson Society Canada, or to a charity ones choice.One is nearer Gods heart in a garden,than anywhere else on earth. Debothy Frances Gurney

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