Family members from all over Canada are coming to Aldergrove to celebrate the 100th birthday of Charles Delves.
Born in Saskatchewan on April 13, 1917, Charles was a farmer before joining the RCAF during World War 2. He settled in B.C. after spending some time on the coast with the RCAF.
For the first few years he drove a delivery truck for Evans Coleman Evans, supplying coal and fuel to their customers. He also worked as a watchman at Monsanto on Granville Island and Marpole.
Charles and his wife Phyllis resided in Richmond and he worked for 27 years as a custodian for the school district before retiring in 1985 and moving to Aldergrove.
The couple were actively involved in both the Aldergrove Old Age Pensioners Association and St. Dunstan’s Anglican Church until Phyllis passed in 1996.
Charles then married Lois, who also passed away in 2012.
Charles also lost his older brother and sister.
Charles moved to Langley Lodge six years ago but has deep ties and family in Aldergrove.
Charles is now restricted to a wheelchair and has limited vision but his faculties are in good shape for his age and he’s looking forward to “seeing” all his family at his 100th birthday party on Saturday, April 15 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Aldergrove Baptist Church.
His son Lloyd (and Lorna) resides in Aldergrove and younger son Lavern lives in Port McNeill on Vancouver Island. They will be present for the party along with three grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. The oldest grandson, Tavis, will give the toast at the dinner.