Charles Henry Dries passed away peacefully on January 23rd, 2019 at the age of 80. He was the son of Henry and Rose (Verslycken) Dries, both deceased. He is survived by his 98-year-old aunt Julma Dries of the Ursuline Sisters in Chatham, Ontario, his loving wife of 55 years Sandra (Dauphinais) Dries, daughter Pamela Smoley (Evan) of Toronto, sons David (Renata) Dries of Burlington, and Christopher (Rosemary) of Chula Vista, California. His pride and joy were his 5 grandchildren, Aidan and Adam Smoley, Jolien and Chloe Dries, and Brandon Dries. Charlie is also survived by his brothers Joseph, Raymond, and Edward (Liz). His sisters Joanne Sullivan (Ron), Elaine Dillon (Dan) and Helen Cree (David), as well as the lifelong Dries family friend Eddie (Helen) VanRossen from Troy, Michigan.
Charlie was a member of St. Patrick’s parish in Merlin and the Knights of Columbus council No 11891. Apart from his family Charlie had two great loves, hunting and fishing, especially with brothers Ed and Joe as well as with his many close friends. A celebration of Charlie’s life will be held at St. Patrick’s parish and announced closer to spring. In lieu of cards and flowers, donations to the Chatham-Kent Hospice or, Our Lady of the Rosary Shrine at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Merlin, Ontario are appreciated.

21 Comments on “CHARLES HENRY DRIES”

  1. Dear Sandy & family:
    Please accept our sincere condolences on Charlie’s passing. We had some good times together and he & Brian always enjoyed talking about their fishing trips. We are keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers.
    He will be missed.
    Brian & Shirley Harwood

  2. Our thoughts and prayers are with you in the passing of your brother.

    God bless Joyce and Bill Guerin

  3. To the DRIES family. It’s a sad loss to have Charlie follow Mom & Dad. I.m so glad I reconnected with him & Sandy a few short years ago. We had some great conversations & trips down memory lane, It’s a LONG lane. You all should use the many good memories to fill the hole in your hearts. He will be missed
    Lo ve to you all- Marie (Ramboer) DeCaluwe

  4. Dear Aunt Sandy and family. I can still remember his laugh when he visited us in Calgary some decades past. Our thoughts and prayers are with you from Alberta.

    Bob, Mercy, Olivia and Chloe.

    1. Dear Helen and Gary
      Thank you. Charlie and I were talking recently about how much we loved our time in Wheatleyand what fun we
      had and he mentioned you both.

  5. Dear Sandy &family,So sorry for your loss Charlie was a great man and will certainly be missed by many you are in my thoughts and prayers.

  6. Sending sincere condolences to Ed (and Liz )on the loss of his brother and to all family members as well! May your fond memories continue to sustain you and give you strength during this emotional time!

  7. Aunt Sandy and Family,

    Our sincerest condolences on the loss of uncle Charlie.

    Ed, Jennifer and Matthew

  8. Sandy & family
    Sorry to hear about Charlie is was a good friend of mine many years ago.


  9. Sandy and family
    My condolences to all of you. I have good memories of our friendship. My prayers are with all of you.

  10. Sandy and family – so sorry for your loss. I have very good memories of fun times together with Charlie at the Ridgetown Agricultural College, Class of ’56. He and I were roommates one year so were like brothers for a time. My condolences.

  11. Our friendship has meant a lot to our family over the years. Condolences to all of your family. Bev and Lee

  12. To the Dries Family. So very sorry for your loss. Pam, I know that your Dad must have been so proud of the amazing woman he called his daughter. I am sure that his family was a great source of pride, love and support. I hope that this time of mourning is calm and the days ahead are filled with memories of good times together. May each day bring you all a bit more peace and acceptance.

  13. To Aunt Sandy and Family – our hearts are with you in this time of loss. May Uncle Charlie rest in peace. our hearts and prayers are with you all.

    Nick, Carolina, Francesca, Gabriella and Valentina

  14. Dear Sandy and family,
    We were very sorry to learn of Charlies passing. We had many good times together. May your memories and your wonderful family help to sustain you during this very difficult time. You have been and will be in our prayers and thoughts.


    Carl & Maureen

  15. Ed & Liz, Steph & Gord and family,
    Dan and I are so very sorry to hear of the loss of your brother and uncle. He sounds like a great man who enjoyed life to the fullest. Sending you our deepest sympathy and hoping you can take peace and comfort in your memories together.
    Love Alysson and Dan

  16. Dear Ed & Liz-Tom & I were very sorry to learn of your brother’s death. We are thinking about you and will be in touch when we return.
    Tom & Cindy

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