Charles McLenaghan

It is with great sadness that the family of Charles Cecil McLenaghan announces his passing with his family at his side. 

Charles, or Chas, was born on July 12, 1945 in Smiths Falls to William (Chic) and Helen (née Gould) McLenaghan. He will be lovingly remembered by his loving wife Lynne (née Hogan) and his three children, Joan (Brad Hale), Robert, and Heather (Jeff McFayden), and granddaughters Frances and Ellery. He will be sorely missed by his brothers, Paul (Ruby), Dale (Shannon) and Daryl (Colleen) and sister-in-law Aurea (the late Bill) as well as his numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. 

He is predeceased by his parents, brothers Robert and Bill, and mother and father-in-law Anne and Ernest Hogan.  

Charles was known for his gentle manner and his tendency to never give up. He loved family, nature and the outdoors. He spent the summers of his youth at Rideau Lake, with many family celebrations there over his lifetime. He enjoyed his camping and fishing trips to Algonquin Park with his brothers and friends. He could often be found day tripping around with Lynne, canoeing, hiking, working in his garden, and enjoying time with his granddaughters. A true believer in preserving the environment, Charles volunteered with REAL, and was a member of the Smiths Falls Horticulture Society, contributing regular articles to The Record News and facilitating the Garden of the Month. 

Charles spent his career working in chemistry, first at DuPont in Maitland. He went on to spend 30 years as a lab technician with Agriculture Canada in Ottawa, eventually specializing in Mass Spectrometry, which he was very proud of.  

To all of his friends and extended family, please join us to celebrate Charles’ life at Trinity United Church in Smiths Falls on Saturday, May 14, 2022 at 1 p.m. A private family internment will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests donations be made in his honour to the Rideau Environmental Action League (REAL) or the Smiths Falls Site of the Perth & Smiths Falls Hospital Foundation. Our beloved Charles will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.