Funeral Information for Deputy Chief Charles Harry Jennings Retired L-752 North York Fire
Charles Jennings – 20 February 1927 ~ 23 April 2023
Charles was a loving husband and partner to his beloved wife Ruth, for over 68 years until her passing in August 2017. A caring father to his daughter Karen, son Bruce and son-in-law, Bruce Elliott. Predeceased by his sister, Shirley, and her husband Frank Baker, and Ruth’s brother, sisters, and their spouses. Remembered as a loving uncle by his many nieces and nephews, and their children.
Charles retired, as Deputy Chief of the North York Fire Department in 1988, with 33 years of service. During his career with the Fire Department, he worked in the firefighting division for the first three years, then fire prevention until becoming a Captain in 1962. He was promoted to District Chief in 1973 and then to Deputy Chief three years later. He enjoyed many lifelong friendships with his brothers in the Fire Department, as well as with colleagues in many other fire departments.
While a member of the North York Professional Fire Fighters Association, Charles held elected positions, published a newsletter for the membership, and sat on various committees. Shortly after retiring from the North York Fire Department, he along with a small group of fellow retirees founded the North York Retired Fire Fighters Association. Charles held the position of secretary on their executive committee for many years, as well as establishing and editing their association’s retiree newsletter for 25 years.
Charles was also a long-standing member of the Toronto Fire Fighters’ War Veterans Association. He served as President and was both Commander and a member of the Colour Guard, he will be missed at the monthly meetings.
Visitation – Monday, May 1st at 9:30 am Kane-Jerrett Funeral Home, 8088 Yonge St., Thornhill.
Celebration of Life – Monday, May 1st at 10:30 am, Kane-Jerrett Funeral Home, 8088 Yonge St., Thornhill.
A reception will follow the Service from 11:30 AM to 3:30 PM A private burial will be taking place the following day.
Our deepest condolences go out to his family and friends from all our Fire Fighter Retiree Groups.
Retired Toronto Fire Fighters Association, I.A.F.F. Local 388