February 14, 1962 – October 10, 2021
Our hearts need time to heal after the passing of beloved and cherished Charmayne, with her heart of gold, a powerhouse of a woman, an infectious bright smile and contagious laugh.
Charmayne passed away peacefully with her loved ones by her side on October 10th, 2021 at her home in Prince Rupert, BC after a short but courageous battle with cancer. She was a wife, mother, grandmother, aunt, cousin & friend to many, as well as a businesswoman and strong advocate for supporting locally.
Charmayne was born in Smithers, BC and lived there for many years working in the growing restaurant industry. As a teenager, she started her career as dishwasher at the Chocolate Moose and moved through many local restaurants until she purchased Dolly’s Fish Market in Prince Rupert.
Charmayne was a hardworking, passionate, and ambitious woman that turned a little soup restaurant into a world renowned restaurant and fish processing business. In May of this year she sold Dolly’s and was in the process of planning her next big adventure.
Charmayne’s ‘gold heart’ touched many people, as it was her compassion to help anyone in need. Over the years she went above and beyond to help employees and family. Through many hardships in her life Charmayne always managed to push forward and overcome life’s challenges, with an unrelenting energy, integrity and grit to achieve her success. Char never expected anything of anyone that she couldn’t do herself, always working hard right beside her employees.
Charmayne is predeceased by her parents John R. Carlson, Beverly A. Carlson and her first husband Mark Wishlow.
She is survived by her fiance/partner David Pearce, her children Stephen Wishlow, Yaishia Wishlow, her brother Mike Carlson, and sisters Angela (Jerry) Young and Crystal (Drew) Cook, her grandchildren Anaka, Linlee, Cyrus and her many nieces, nephews and cousins.
A Celebration of Life will be held in Prince Rupert in the summer of 2022. Donations in memory of Charmayne A. Carlson can be made to the Transition House or Trinity Men’s Recovery House, both in Prince Rupert.
If tears could build a stairway, And memories a lane,
I’d walk right up to Heaven And bring you home again. ~ Unknown
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