Spr Charles I "Charlie" Galka (Ret'd)

    • Spr Charles I "Charlie" Galka (Ret'd)
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    We regret to advise the death of Sapper Charles I "Charlie" Galka (Ret'd) at home on 9 Aug 2015 in Selkirk MB at age 98.

    Charlie was born in Garson MB, grew up in Walkleyburg MB. He attended Bright Star School and, at age 18, he set off to seek his fortune by travelling across Canada doing odd jobs such as farming, mining and logging. In 1942, John joined the Royal Canadian Engineers and trained as a dispatch rider. Before he returned home in 1946, he had served his country in England, France, Germany and Holland as part of their liberation.

    After the war, Charlie married and settled in Winnipeg MB moving to East Selkirk in 1953. He worked at the Manitoba Rolling Mill until retiring in 1979. He and his wife moved back to Winnipeg in 1991, returning to an assisted living home in Selkirk in 2002. Charlie was a member of the Selkirk Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion.

    A private family service will be held at a later date. Instead of flowers and to honour Charlie's memory, consider donating the Gaynor Family Regional Library c/o the Selkirk & District Community Foundation, Selkirk MB.