The manager of the Turfhall Cheshire home Mr Ivan Charles (62) passed away on April 17, 2015. While getting ready for work he suffered a sudden heart attack which resulted in his untimely death.
Mr. Charles served as manager of Turfhall Cheshire Home, in Penlyn Estate, for the past twenty years. He started out as a volunteer and worked his way up to becoming the manager. Apart from being the manager he was the treasurer of the Turfhall and Langa Cheshire home boards, as well as Die Eiland Huis, which is a home for children with physical disabilities. He was very involved in the disability sector. He was responsible for starting the Turfhall Cheshire Charity shop, which was established 10 years ago.
Mr. Charles was very involved in the community and always wanted to help where he could. He did various placards and fundraising movements. He put more than the usual amount working hours into the home. Although Mr. Charles was a family man, most of his time was spent at the home or out doing things that would benefit the home resulting in his family not seeing him as often as they would have liked. This is evident in how well and efficiently the home was run. Mr. Charles hobbies included working on and restoring vintage cars as well as fishing. He loved going to auctions in aid of stock for the charity shop, which was also part of the Cheshire fundraising initiatives.
Most people would describe Mr. Charles as a father figure. He was always willing to help and his door was always open to lend an ear and assist where possible. He has opened many doors in a vast amount of industries for people and he was always open to sharing his knowledge and resources. He was always on the go and doing multiple things at a time. Residents loved him, even though he managed the home with a firm hand. He always had others interests at heart and made it possible for the residents to go to where they desired to visit. He encouraged residents as well as others that knew him to be better people.
A memorial service was held for him at the Turfhall Cheshire Home on April, 23, 2015 where the residents, members of the committee, family members and friends were given a platform to pay tribute to this great man. Resident Elise Philander was one the speakers at his memorial. She arrived at the home when Mr. Charles just started as manager and related how he is the reason she is the person she is today. Elise was very despondent about her disabilities but Mr. Charles encouraged her to speak up and have a positive outlook on life.
His Funeral took place Saturday, April 25, 2015 the funeral service took place in Westridge, Mitchells Plain and a viewing of his body was held at the Turfhall Cheshire Home allowing residents to say their last good byes. The funeral proceeded to The Eden Memorial in Ottery where he was finally laid to rest.
In God’s care you rest above, in our hearts you rest with love. Deep in our hearts a memory is kept of one we love and shall never forget.