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Charles Edward “Chuck” Cromwell

Charles Edward “Chuck” Cromwell

May 30, 2024

Charles Edward “Chuck” Cromwell

CROMWELL, Charles Edward “Chuck”

1938 - 2024


It is with heavy hearts we announce the death of Charles Edward Cromwell, in his 87th year. Respected father, brother, uncle, cousin, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend. He valiantly fought battles with prostate and bladder cancer and dementia over the years and died peacefully on Thursday, May 30, 2024 at the Brantford General Hospital with his heartbroken daughters, Wendy-Leigh Pelletier (Ken) and Wanda Vella (Bob) by his side. Welcoming him and his fur-baby Marlee “Baby Chief” (who passed the same day) is his wife and soulmate, Lorrie (2023), as well as his children Marianne (1962) and Darryle (2019). Cherished grandfather to Sara Cromwell (Paul), Steven Vella, Nicholas Pelletier (Amanda), Richard Cromwell (Maria), Corrine Pelletier (Matt), Elyse Passmore (AJ) and Bobby Vella. He loved seeing his great-grandchildren whenever he could: Lexis and Kailey Vella, Hudson Cromwell, Patrick, Jayne and Collin Passmore. He'll always be special to his younger sister, Jodi Chambers and cousin, Mike Francis (Linda), and forever friend to the very end, Bill Kennedy (Sonja). Brother-in-law to Pauline Radcliffe, Fred Hiller and Eileen Mitchell. Predeceased by his parents, Roy and Marjorie (nee Tebow); siblings: Jack Radcliff, Roy (Betty), Jean Lee (Barney), Irvin, Donna Perry (Eugene) and in-laws: Robert, Mary, Jim, Jack Hiller, Marion Kaye and Richard Chambers. 

After a 40-year association with Wm. Neilson Ltd. (Mount Forest, Hamilton, Toronto and Georgetown), Chuck retired to his home-town of Brantford in 1999. With his dementia, he was still in work mode and would often be found getting ready to go load trucks or balance the books. Chuck was Past-President of Neilson 25 Year Club and founding member and Past-President of The Ontario Kart Racing Association. He enjoyed watching football, baseball and golf and was a member of Brantford Northridge Golf Club. Chuck and Lorrie were winter residents of Florida (1991-2019), residing in Floral City and then Tarpon Springs before health issues prevented them from travelling as snowbirds. He was respected by many and proud of his big bushy moustache! Chuck was happiest being surrounded by friends and family (especially the little ones). He is affectionally remembered as a pleasant man of few words and an adorable smile, with a quick, witty sense of humour and a gentleman who would help out anyone in a pinch. Chuck loved having a good time and is probably in heaven dancing and singing to his sweetheart Lorrie, "A White Sportscoat (and A Pink Carnation)". Thank you for blessing us with such wonderful memories! We love you!

A funeral service to celebrate Chuck’s life will be held at England Funeral Home, 294 Main Street South, on Thursday, June 6th at 12 noon, with visitation from 11:00-11:45 a.m. Interment to follow at Mount Forest Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Autism Canada or Alzheimer Society of Waterloo Wellington. 


Your kindness towards all your siblings was never taken for granted especially by my Mom, your sister Donna. Your words of encouragement to me in 1988 about joining the Military did not fall on deaf ears. I was always glad to spend time with you, share one of those big expensive cigar's with you when I could visit. Our last time together in 2019, you where happy I made the trip to the reunion. You will live on in my memories Uncle Chuck R.I.P. On a final note if you are allowed up there,
As the military saying goes & I said to you a few times....Smoke em if ya Got em

— Mike Perry, June 7, 2024

I have great memories of spending time with my mom’s family growing up. Even though it was many years ago, I will never forget the time we spent in New Brunswick for Aunt Donna’s funeral. All of my mom’s siblings and families stayed in a cottage by the water. There was a hillbilly figurine on the wall that would talk and make silly noises when you pulled on the tie of one of the figurines. Uncle Chuck and Uncle Roy would pull that tie at all hours of the day, which would cause everyone in the cottage to laugh. They made us laugh during a sad time. It is my favourite memory of my uncles. I will miss you Uncle Chuck! I always knew how special you were to my mom, your sister! May you rest in peace now that you are reunited with Aunt Lorrie. Your girls, Wendy and Wanda, and their families are in my thoughts.

— Gillian Chambers, June 7, 2024

You and Laurie were the first people we met here at tarpon shores. You two were very involved and helped to make the park a great place to live. I hope your families can rely on one another and may their heavy hearts get through this very difficult time.

— Judy demko, June 5, 2024

Dad, when God made you my father, he knew who I would need. You have been my hero throughout my entire life and I am so proud to be your daughter. You have left a large void in my heart, but as I try to live without you here, I know you will always be watching over me. I hope you are dancing and having a great time remembering all the good times we shared. I love you Dad forever and always!

— Wanda Vella, June 3, 2024

Contact Info

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