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PRIMMER, Bunny Charles Wallingford


Primmer Obit Photo

To make space on this planet for newborns, Bunny Charles Wallingford Primmer departed this earth for heaven on May 7, 2022. Born September 9th, 1934 in Kenora, Ontario, the firstborn of Harry E. and Grace (Gardner) Primmer, Charles and his brother supported their mother after his father Harry died from a heart attack in 1947.   They did everything, providing the muscle for many of the chores required to operate the family tourist camp on Longbow Lake.  They guided, built cabins, learned electrical wiring, plumbing and septic repair, cut lawns, filleted fish, maintained boats and motors. 


In 1958 Charles seduced Edith M. Frederickson to marry him, and Edith was a terrific marriage partner for 62 years; managing their home, children and husband-services for which Edith was underpaid, and overworked.  Charles was fortunate Edith loved her husband even after he was fully depreciated.


After finishing high school, he worked at the CPR roundhouse, servicing steam locomotives, leaving because diesel engines were coming to replace steamers, the intemperate shift work, and because railroad advancement depended on seniority (of which he had very little). His own father had worked at Imperial Oil, and Charles began working as a warehouseman, truck driver, and warehouse clerk, which evolved into job transfers, all with Imperial.  They had homes in Winnipeg, Edmonton, Minnedosa, Flin Flon, Regina, and finally, St. Albert. 


Dad is pre-deceased by his son Dean.  He has three surviving children, Lance, Laureen, and Mark, all of whom he was proud. He retired from Imperial in 1991 after having spent 38 enjoyable years with the company.  That was the thing to his children: Charlie enjoyed immense job satisfaction in his Industrial Sales efforts in providing Esso lubricants and fuels for mining, pulp & paper, steel mills and construction machinery clients. He was blessed with peace of mind and joy in his work throughout his life.


In his younger adult life Charles prioritized his responsibilities as job, wife and family, and lastly Church; but in retirement years realized the Lord had provided wonderful guidance and care to himself and his family.  He was grateful and thankful for the gifts given to him.  He expressed appreciation for all of the friends and business acquaintances who contributed to his learning in life, but also God, and Jesus for HIS teachings and goodness.


Charles is both remembered and forgotten by his loving wife Edith (who now has dementia), Lance & Rhonda, Mark & Shannon, and daughter Laureen; brother Harold and his wife Joyce, sister-in-law Alice, plus 6 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren—all who had little choice in being related to the deceased. 


Cremation has taken place, and there will be no formal funeral service at which to shed tears, tell stories, and hear about his shortcomings, most of which would be untrue.  In the days leading up to his death he said, "God has been good to me, and I feel gratitude."


Finally, Dad wrote his own obituary being very much an organized person.  This was later edited by his son Mark.



Expressions of sympathy can be forwarded to the family via the website,


Memories Funeral Home – 780 454 9111

Honoured Provider of Dignity Memorial.