09 April 2017

Broken wand: Charles Edwin Millard

We were notified by Dennis Schick, the editor of the Broken Wand in the International Brotherhood of Magician's magazine, The Linking Ring, of the passing of Charles Millard.

From the March 2017 Linking Ring:
Recently the I.B.M. Headquarters was notified that Charles Edwin Millard, 68, of Edgetts Landing, New Brunswick, Canada, died July 25, 2016. His I.B.M. membership number was 61351, and he had been a member since 2000 (sixteen years). Born in Kingston, Ontario, he worked in the service industry for over thirty years, with Xerox. Following retirement, he continued to work, both as a church custodian, and for a printing firm. He loved entertaining people as “Choctaw the Clown,” and was involved in clowning for almost four decades. In addition to clowning and magic, he loved the outdoors and nature, including all water sports, roller skating, cross country skiing and bird watching. He also was a photographer. Survivors include his wife, Paula; sons Robert (Cathy) and Andrew (Amanda); grandchildren Julia, Katie, Savanah, Liam and Ella; step-children Tanya Minter, and Steven Lawson; step-grandchildren, Marina, Ryan, Danny, and Samantha; step-great-granddaughter, Brookelynn; and brother, David. Memorial contributions may be made to the Valley Baptist Church, 3039 Main Street, Hillsborough, New Brunswick, Canada EOA 1XO


From the website of the Albert County Funeral Home:
Charles Edwin Millard aka "Choctaw the Clown", 68, of Edgett's Landing passed away peacefully on July 25th, 2016 at the Moncton Hospital with his family by his side.  
He was born in Kingston, Ontario on October 1st, 1947, the son of the late Dr. William Edwin "Eddy" and Annie "Isabel" (Miller) Millard. He was a faithful member of the Valley Baptist Church.  He worked in the service industry for over 30 years with Xerox. Following an early retirement from Xerox, Charles moved to Edgett's Landing, NB where he spent many years as a custodian at the Valley Baptist Church. He was last working with Andrez Printing in Riverview.   Charles was a professional clown and loved entertaining people.  He was "Choctaw the Clown" and involved in clowning for 37 years. He was the Eastern Ambassador for clowns of America International and was a member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians. 
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