George Samuel MacCharles

September 12, 2023


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George Samuel MacCharles, died peacefully at home on September 12, 2023 after a brief illness, at age 85.

A retired RCMP member, George was a respected investigator, skilled curler and team member, wood worker, and one-time private pilot who dreamed of building his own plane. He taught his family to snowmobile, camp, light fires, fish, and fix faucets, and is deeply missed by wife Margaret, sisters-in-law Mary (Nick Jones) and Nancy, brothers-in-law Doug (Gloria), and James, and his four children Tonda (Chris Hall), George (Wendy Nusche), Andrea, and Stephen (Jan Meilleur) and by his nine grandchildren: Lucas, Katja, Abigael, Nate, Euan, Jaena, Eilish, Tiernan and Li.

Predeceased by his father George, mother Eva, sister Peggy, and brother-in-law Leonard Follett.

Visitation will be held at Carnell’s Funeral Home, 329 Freshwater Road, on Thursday, September 14 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral service will be held Friday, September 15 at 2 p.m. from the Carnell Memorial Chapel and will be livestreamed for those unable to attend in person, with the link available on George’s obituary page at A private interment ceremony will be held in Nova Scotia at a later date. 

Donations to Heart and Stroke Foundation, SPCA or a charity of personal choice gratefully accepted.



2-4 p.m. on September 14, 2023

7-9 p.m. on September 14, 2023

Carnell’s Funeral Home
329 Freshwater Road
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2:00pm, Friday September 15th

The Carnell Memorial Chapel
329 Freshwater Road
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Sincerest sympathy to the MacCharles family.
George was a very good friend of mine in Truro. a very long time ago. His eyes looked directly into one’s soul. I was always happy he made his life in NL where people were warm and caring. The good Lord gave us memories so we may have roses in December. I am sure your memories will be as beautiful. Rest easy dear man..

My sympathy to the family – George was my NCO in Placentia in 1975 . I was a young constable who was making lots of mistakes but he was a good boss who provided great direction and was a mentor to us young officers. If I recall correctly he was a prosecutor before coming to Placentia and those of us on detachment were proud to have him as our leader.

I was so saddened to hear of George’s passing. My sincere condolences to Margaret and the family.

George is a legend in the curling community, a beacon to how the game should be played., a true gentleman. The fact that he was the first recipient of the Ross Harstone Sponsorship Award is testament to that reality.. He was a real pleasure to be around , on and off the ice,…….even though he and his team kicked our young butts most of the time!! Thank you George for teaching us how the game should be played.

Toby McD

Marg and family
Sorry to hear of George’s passing . Another part of our gang of the 70s and 80s has passed and many memories with him . Our deepest condolences .
Lloyd and Jean Cooke

Dear Marg and family sad to know George passed away. May all the fond memories console you during this difficult time. Sincerely, Gladys

Our deepest sympathy and condolences to Margaret and family. .We knew George when he was a member of RCMP as well as curling partner. We have some very fond memories. Wish we could be there, however are now on the other end of continent, Vancouver.

Sorry to learn of George’s passing. My deepest sympathies to his family. A true gentleman. May he Rest In Peace.

Marg and Family, please accept our sincere condolences on the passing of George. May the wonderful memories you have gathered over the years help to keep him close always.

Deepest sympathies, Rob and Heather

Tonda, please accept my sincere condolences on the passing of your father. He sounds like a real character and has undoubtedly left you and your family many memories to cherish. I remember you as a member of the Francophone choir that I directed in St. John’s in the 80s. I enjoy seeing you on TV and listening to your insightful and no nonsense news coverage. Tom Fagan

Marg and family

We remember George fondly and send condolences to you upon his passing.

With sympathy,
Dick and Heidi Janes

Tonda, so sorry to hear of your loss. Please accept my deepest sympathy.

Dear MacCharles family. Most sincere condolences. I was only a very young lad when I first met Constable MacCharles. I was introduced to him by my father Ches Parsons. They had many years together in the RCMP and as opponents at the curling club. Dad usually lost :). You were a very kind soul to us. Deepest respect.

Margaret and Family,
Sincere condolences on the passing of your dear husband/father. I had the pleasure of meeting George through our weekly Poker games. George was a gentleman and good friend. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family. Sincerely
Hal & Trixie Wight

Growing up, George and Marg were like extended family in our house. They were such great friends with my parents. Towards the end of my father’s life, he would regularly reminisce of the curling days, camping, and the countless dinner parties that were held. One of my favourite memories is when Dad first experienced George’s homemade pizza. He hounded George for the recipe, which George gladly gave. Dad subsequently typed it up (using a manual typewriter) on a sheet of loose leaf and titled it “Pizza a la MacCharles”. I still have that same piece of paper and we often make George’s amazing pizza.
My sincere condolences to the MacCharles family. George was a wonderful man!

We wish to express our sincere condolences on the passing of George. He was a wonderful person to converse with and he certainly made his mark on the game of curling at the StJohn’s Curling Club, provincially, and nationally. Rest in peace George!
Sam & Eleanor Walters

So very sorry to hear of George’s passing, my thoughts and prayers go out to the family. I first met George when I was a young member in St. John’s In the late seventies. and developed beyond words such respect and admiration for the man from the 1st time i met him. I will always remember him as such a wise and knowledgable professional with a pleasant smile who always had time to offer up guidance and advice. Rest in Peace my friend.

To Eilish & Family
Our thoughts are with you at this very difficult time. Be assured of our prayers. Keep the sweet memories close to you and cherish them. Love and prayers. Humphrey & Maggie

Tonda, sending loving thoughts to you and your family during this difficult time. Please know Brad and l have you all in our heart ❤️

George was always a gentleman, I had the pleasure of Curling Against him many times but I don’t remember winning. He had a unique Curling delivery which I copied

Police Curling in St. John’s In the 70s was dominated by George you had to get by him if you hope to go to the provincials Or onto the Nationals,

I still Curl in my mid 70,s thanks to wonderful Curling people like George. Bless You

Dear Marg, Tonda and family
Sending loving thoughts at this sad time of loss.. May all your happy memories together be a blessing.
Think of you often,
.-Aileen (Montreal)

Dear Margie..
I have just hear of George’s passing and to you and your family my sincere sympathy..
Take care,
Gloria Stewart

To :Mrs. MacCharles, Tonda and family. I’m sorry to hear of the loss of your husband and father. It sounds like he was a man to be missed by lots of friends and relatives. Wishing you peace and sthis time of saying goodbye – Ken Pittman

Marg, Tonda, George, Andrea and Stephen,
So very sorry to hear of the death of a wonderful husband and dad. It has been many years since our lives were entwined at Presentation Elementary in Corner Brook, but I remember them fondly. Besides our classroom memories and staff room fun, we had another warm moment when Harold and I brought your miniature Schnauzer, Heidi, home to you from St. John’s. We wanted to keep her.
Didn’t know George well, but he was always very warm and friendly when we did meet.
My love and best wishes to you all at this very sad time.
Debbie Keough

Tonda, George, Andrea , Stephen and Mrs. MacCharles,

I was sorry to read of Mr.. MacCharles’ passing.. He was first RCMP officer I ever met . I remember, at 10 years old, thinking how cool is this ! Although our paths did not cross often during the afterschool visits at your house in Corner Brook, I remember he was very sweet.
I am not able to come to St. John’s tomorrow. My thoughts will be with you. I hope your memories bring you comfort and smiles

“ Jesus Marg, she is back”. Those were the words I heard from George for the past 43 years every time I crossed the doorstep on my annual visit home to Newfoundland every summer.
I would just smile and tell George that he has to put up with me yet again.
He always smiled back, tilted his head and then the warm welcome, generosity , kindness, stories, and laughter began. The going to the Airport and me getting my overweight suitcases through baggage was always a joke between us ending with a smile and disbelief when it went through,
I will have those memories from my time with the MacCharles family in my heart for ever..
May George test in peace!

Margaret & Family
We are sorry to hear of George’s passing. Our sincere condolences at this difficult time for you all.
Ern & Flora Pennell

Tonda, my sincere condolences go out to you and your entire family with the passing of your Dad. May he rest in peace.

Margaret, please accept our sincere condolences on George’s passing. George was one of the most genuine, caring and supportive members of the Force I’ve ever worked with.
It was so nice meeting with family members today,, all chips off the old block. Wonderful family.

Noel & Jackie Nurse

Margaret & family
Saddened to hear of George;s passing & send my deepest condolences. Many wonderful Goose Bay memories💓

My sweet friend, Margaret, and her amazing family. So very sad to hear of George’s passing. Thinking of the amazing and special times we shared together when we lived next I will be forever grateful for the love and care you gave to me and my family, when we lost the little man. Love you always. Charlotte

Dear Margaret and families, I was very sorry to hear of George’s passing. He loved all of you so much! Margaret would tell us great stories of George during our teaching days at OLM. God bless and happy memories of this dear man! 💕

Marg and family . So very sorry to learn of George’s passing. I had the pleasure of working in RCMP headquarters with George in early 80’s and fondly recall our lunchtime card games and the humorous banter. Please accept our sincerest condolences..

Margaret and family. I am very saddened to learn of George’s passing. I had the pleasure of knowing George during my tenure in Newfoundland (1984-1994). Please accept my heartfelt condolences. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time. Doug Best

Sincere Condolences to the McCharle’s Family. Thinking of you all and remembering your time in Placentia. Take care and God bless from Reg and Chris Collins’ Family.

Marg and family……..I am so sorry for your loss. Everyone loved George both on and off the ice. He had the unique ability to be so relaxed and pleasant but still very keen and in control. A rare quality. indeed! We shared a love of dogs…especially his Jack the schnauzer and our Diana.
While it is so sad to see him go, I am sure he has earned a place in the hereafter…Rest peacefully George

Marg and famiy:
Our sincere condolences on the passing of your husband.

Sorry to hear of George’s passing. We had many a battle over the years. As well as a great curler, he was a great ambassador of the game. Condolences to the family.

Rest well my friend!

Mun Batstone, former NCA President

Marg and children! Sorry to hear of George’s passing. The years go by so fast but I have wonderful memories of our time spent in Placentia when George was the in charge of the RCMP there.. Thinking of you and your family at this difficult time. Hugs! Bev. Urquhart.

Marg, and the MacCharles family.

Sorry to hear of George’s passing. Have many memories of our days in Placentia in the 70s. Please accept our sincere condolences.

Bert and Roma Waterman
Ottawa, ON

Dear Marg & family,
I was saddened to hear of George’s passing. You lost your best friend and soulmate. May all the good times soon replace your grief. We will keep you all in our prayers.
Love & God bless,
Sheila, Dave & family

Dear Marg,, Tonda, George, Andrea and Stephen. It’s been many years since Bldg. 531, but my friendship has been with your family since that many years ago. I always had a lot of respect for George and enjoyed our times together. My sincerest condolences to all your families.

On behalf of the NL RCMP Association , I offer condolences to Mrs MacCharles and family during this most difficult time.

Jim Power
NL RCMP Veterans Association.

Margaret and family.
I am saddened to hear of George’s passing. Deepest sympathy to you and your family.
Gladys Vivian

On behalf of my late husband and all of my children I offer my condolences to Margaret and her family. Birch had the highest regard for Margaret and often talked about what a wonderful lady she was. I didn’t know her well but any time I was in her company I felt very comfortable. Think of all the good things that happened in your family and cherish all those wonderful memories. Rest in peace. Love and peace

I am so sorry for your loss. Sending the MacCharles family love from Kansas.

Dear Marg
Sorry to read of George’s passing. You were great neighbours, friends and George a go to for carpentry advice. He will be missed.
Bruce Sheppard

My deepest condolences to Mrs. MacCharles, Andrea, George, Andrea, Stephen and family.

The MacCharles family has always been an extension of our family, from the time Mr. MacCharles was stationed with my father in the RCMP in Placentia. Since that time, our families grew closer and shared many memories and milestones together.

Later in life, Mr. MacCharles and my father shared a passion for woodworking. When they would visit each other’s homes, you could always count on them to disappear into the basement to check out their newest projects and extensive collections of power tools. While my father tried his best, he couldn’t achieve the same perfection that Mr. MacCharles did. I still marvel at his painting, as it was flawless.

Mr. MacCharles was also known for his barbecuing skills. No one grilled a steak better than him.

I’m certainly grateful to have known Mr. MacCharles and he will be greatly missed.

To my loving, ever knowledgeable and crafty grandfather, I love you and will miss you dearly.

Mrs. MacCharles, Tonda, George, Andrea and Stephen, I had a good cry when I heard Mr. MacCharles had passed away. I can’t bring myself even at 62 to call you Margaret and he, George, I hold you both is such high regard. Mr. MacCharles was such a fixture in the lives of my parents and family all our lives. He was my Dad’s best friend and a rock to us when Dad died. An absolute rock. Strong, wise and friendly are descriptors that come to mind. As the child of a Mountie and a retired Member myself I realize the very high esteem RCMP members felt for Mr. MacCharles based on his high standards and high performance as an investigator and a project and team leader.; and most if all as a person. I heard many stories told to us proudly, at supper, by my father of Mr. MacCharles’ experiences as a police officer. As a child and later a teenager and young man he was someone we all looked up to; bigger than life with an easy smile and a booming laugh that told the world he loved life, I have wonderful memories of being a kid and Mr. MacCharles and you playing cards at our house, rum and cokes and cigarettes and good food. His photo on the obituary is perfect and reflects this perfectly. I can’t attend his service as we are in the US this weekend, but I really wish I could be there, maybe to hear some stories, and share some tears and maybe a smile in memory of him with you.. Please know that we are thinking of you and holding you in our hearts. Much love, Ken Smith, Heather Mills, Owen and Murray.

My deepest condolences to Marg and the family from myself, Irene and Emma. So sorry for your loss.