Of Guelph, passed away on Friday, June 24, 2022, in his 87th year. Cal was the son of Charles Oliver Christie of Guelph, a veteran of the trenches of WWI with the Guelph Battalion Special Draft 55 RCFA and Annie May Newstead, who was raised on a farm in Eramosa Township.
He was the much loved husband of Janice Gwendolyn Christie (nee Armstrong) for 60 years. Loving and loved father of Carrin Barbara Christie (Ymir, BC). Doting and adored grandfather of Jackson Christie-Kerr (Ymir, BC). Loving and loved father of Charles Tobin Christie (Jocelyn) (Labrador City, NFL). Also survived by two nephews, David Curzon (Barbara) and Robert Brown, a grand nephew Greg Curzon (Margaret) and grand niece Sarah Gerrish and several great great nieces and nephews. Surviving also are Janice's brother Norm Armstrong and sisters Phyllis Kells and Betty Litt. Cal was the brother of the late Judy King d. 1983 (Frank) and the late Joan Brown d. 2022 (Robert d. 1975), Curzon (Dennis d. 1945).
Cal was born and grew up in Guelph, attending Alexandra and Central Public Schools and GCVI, graduating in 1953 from the technical program. His first job was with the Leland Electric Company of Guelph in the Engineering Dept. and later the Drafting Dept. and the Dewalt Division. After 8 years he joined IBM as a sales representative in the Office Products Division having a successful career there in managing sales territories in Toronto, Kitchener-Waterloo and later Guelph.
He was a long time faithful member of Knox Presbyterian Church, Guelph and sang in the choir for many years. Cal was also a founding member of the Guelph Male Choir singing in the baritone section.
Woodworking was his favourite hobby. He eventually had to build a workshop in the backyard as Janice didn’t care for all the dust and machine noise he was creating in the house.
When fishing and hunting seasons opened, he would be found with his kindred spirit buddies visiting the lakes and forests of our beautiful province Ontario. His other interests included membership in the Masonic Order having served as Master of Wyndham Lodge No. 688 Guelph and a term as Deputy Grand Master of Wellington Masonic District. He loved Guelph and his home in Guelph and all his lifelong friends. The family would like to thank his health care team who helped us carry out his request to be at home.
A Masonic and funeral service will be held at the GILCHRIST CHAPEL – McIntyre & Wilkie Funeral Home, One Delhi Street, Guelph, on Thursday June 30 at 2:00 p.m. followed by a reception in the Trillium Room. Memorial contributions to Knox Presbyterian Church, 20 Quebec St. Guelph, N1H 2T4 or to the Arbor Fund at Woodlawn Memorial Park, 762 Woolwich St. Guelph, N1H 3Z1 would be appreciated . We invite you to leave your messages at www.gilchristchapel.com and they will be forwarded to the family.