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Charles Robert “Sonny” Pope

Charles Robert “Sonny” Pope

November 1, 2023

Charles Robert “Sonny” Pope

POPE, Charles Robert “Sonny” – Of Irish Lake, passed away peacefully at Markdale Hospital on Wednesday, November 1, 2023 in his 91st year. Beloved husband of Ruth (née Duggan) Pope of 70 years. Loving father of Debra (Doug) Meyers of Conn, Jason Pope of South River and father-in-law of Carla Peppler of Hanover. Proud Papa of Adam, Jenn, Aaron and Andrea. Lovingly remembered by his great-grandchildren. Brother of Margaret Stasyshyn and Jackie Davies. Predeceased by his daughter Lori Yaeger, son Dan Pope and sister Shirley Cox. 

Visitation will be held at England Funeral Home, 294 Main Street South, Mount Forest, on Friday, November 10th from 2:00-4:00 and 6:00-8:00 p.m. A Memorial Service will be held at First Baptist Church, 116 Fergus Street North, Mount Forest, on Saturday, November 11th at 2:00 p.m. with visitation at the church from 1:00-1:45 p.m. If you are unable to attend the service in person, you are invited to view the livestream by visiting www.englandfuneralhome.com and clicking on the link below Sonny's obituary. All are welcome for refreshments and fellowship in the church hall immediately following the service. Those wishing to make a donation in memory of Charlie are asked to consider Sleeping Children Around the World. 

Memorial Service for Charles Robert “Sonny” Pope


I'm writing on behalf of the Casella family. We only learned of Charlie's passing yesterday (Nov 29) and received his news with great saddness. Charlie and Ruth have been wonderful friends to our parents, Gino and Margaret Casella, for several years. Mom and Dad have the Schoolhouse at Irish Lake, a few steps from the Popes' home, and they always enjoyed spending time together. Dad, especially, loved him. Charlie was one of the kindest, most generous and loveable people we've ever known. He would always bring a smile to everyone's face. He took great interest in the Casella children and grandchildren. As mom and dad got older and unable to come to the Schoolhouse, Charlie often called to check in on them. We spoke several times a year, and I visited whenever I could - the last time was this past summer, when I dropped by and they insisted I stay for soup. Our mom has passed, and dad doesn't remember many people any more... so, for me, in particular, it was always a comfort to speak with Charlie, and I will really miss him. I'm attaching a couple of photos from 2018.

With Ruth and Charlie Pope 2018.JPG
With Ruth and Charlie Pope-2-2018.JPG
— Emilia Casella, November 30, 2023

Our most sincere condolences to all of Charlie's family. I have never met any person before who smiled and laughed unconditionally and continually, no matter what. I can't remember ever seeing him frown. Every encounter that I ever had with him was full of tongue'n cheek bouts of snickering and rib pokes. We will miss his robust sense of humor and love of life...... Ken and Margy Smart.

— Ken Smart, November 11, 2023

So sorry to have heard about Charlie's passing. His kindness and infectious laughter warmed our hearts. RIP dear friend. We've purchased 2 sleep kits in memory of Charlie.

— Ken Wilson and Connie, November 11, 2023

Doug & Deb and families,
So to hear of the passing of your Brother Charlie, thoughts are with you.

Clint Oakes

— Clint Oakes, November 10, 2023

Deb, Doug, AJ and Family Thinking of you at this very sad and difficult time with the loss of your Dad, Granddad, great great Granddad. May the happy times and memories remain with you always.

Beth & Ken Warren

— Beth & Ken Warren, November 10, 2023

Sending my condolences. Charlie was such a wonderful man. So many beautiful memories. He always made me laugh. God bless you all.

— Trina Larter, November 10, 2023

Sorry to hear of Charlie (Sonny’s) passing. He always reminded us that the “Pope” was here.
I’m thinking of you, Debbie and all your family.
Joyce McMath and family.

— Joyce McMath & family, November 9, 2023

We are all going to miss you Charlie as your that one of a kind person and a good human being... RIP Charlie...

— Frank Borchman, November 8, 2023

A good friend that will be sadly missed.

— Tom Osborne, November 8, 2023

Ruth, Debbie, Jason our condolences to you and your families. We have very fond memories of Charlie from the old West Luther days. He had a great smile and an easy laugh. It was always a good time when Charlie was around.

— Rick and Jeanna Leies, November 7, 2023

To Debbie & Family I send my condolences on the passing of your Father. Your memories will keep him in your heart for ever. My thoughts, prayers and understanding are with you at this sad time in your life.

— Marlyn, November 6, 2023

Debbie,Doug and A J. Very sorry to hear of Charlie's passing . Our sincere condolences.

— David and Aileen Duncan, November 5, 2023

Doug and Debbie, huge hugs to you both..

— Mary Lou and Larry McLean, November 5, 2023

Our deepest condolences to Debbie Doug and AJ and family you’re in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time

— Brian & Tracy. McLean, November 5, 2023

Our deepest sympathies. Our thoughts and prayers are with you 🙏.

— Ken and Margy Smart, November 4, 2023

Please accept our sincere condolences

Charlie had become more like family over the years, always had a story to tell, or quick to lend a hand. We would go over to play cards, and he never seemed to lose. We will cherish those memories and many more. Charlie will be forever in our
hearts and minds. Love you Charlie, be with the angels xx.

— Charlotte and Brian Barton, November 4, 2023

Remembering great times and much laughter at Irish Lake. Charlie was a special person in our lives. Love and condolences to Ruth and Charlie's family.

— Angela Shiflett, November 4, 2023

Sincere condolences to Ruth, Debbie, Doug and your families. Charlie was one in a million and he will be missed.

— Donna Shaw, November 4, 2023

Sending big hugs during this incredibly difficult time. Charlie could always make others smile!
Attached is a photo of us at Jenn and Scott's Engagement Party, full of laughter! He will be missed. Thinking of you all xo.

— Sarah Wilson, November 3, 2023

We would like to extend our sincere sympathy to your whole family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this sad time.
Donna and Bob McFarlane

— Bob and Donna McFarlane, November 3, 2023

My deepest sympathy to the entire family on your loss.

— Deanna MacLachlan, November 3, 2023

My deepest sympathies to the family. Always laughter with Uncle Sonny. Although far away, you are in my thoughts at this time.
Hugs to all.
Elaine (niece) (Hazel Allison)

— Elaine Allison, November 3, 2023

Aunt Ruth, Debbie, Doug and Jason
Our deepest sympathy to each of you and your families on the loss of your husband, father and grandfather. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. We will miss Uncle Charlie’s smile and jokes. God Bless each of you.

— Bob and Marg Duggan, November 3, 2023

Sincere condolences to Ruth, Doug & Debbie & Jason & families on the passing of Charlie…he will be missed by many for his sense of humour & sharp wit. The Pope’s were the best neighbours you could ever wish for. Our thoughts & prayers to all @ this sad time.
Rest in peace Charlie…we will treasure all of our memories.

— Brian & Marilynne Adams, November 3, 2023

Deepest sympathy to the family. Hugs to all as we are thinking of you in our thoughts and prayers
Mark and Joanne Byers

— Mark and Joanne Byers and family, November 3, 2023

Sending our deepest condolences on the passing of Charlie. Great neighbours on the 12 of Luther for many years. Remembering his great smile, sneaky laugh and abundance of stories. I’m sure Danny, Lori and dad are entertaining Heaven as we speak!!

— Lorrie Adams Hopf, November 3, 2023

Debbie, Doug, AJ and family
Our sympathies to you and your family on the loss of Charlie. Know that you’re in our thoughts and prayers
Glen and Joanne

— Glen and Joanne Alexander, November 2, 2023

We are so sorry for your loss.

— Cathy and Frank Higdon, November 2, 2023

Charlie always had a good joke or humourous story to tell. Our condolences to all of the family. He will be missed.

— Ron and Mary Ellen Wiltshire, November 2, 2023

Contact Info

294 Main Street South
P.O. Box 38, Mount Forest
Ontario, Canada N0G 2L0
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