In Memory of Charles Masala

This Summer, a remarkable person, Charles Masala, went out for his regular Saturday bike ride.  Soon after beginning his trek, Charles was killed by a driver in a hit-and-run incident a mile away from his home. He leaves behind his wife and 2 young children ages 3 and 1. Charles was an amazing human being. His smile and laughter were so infectious it instantly lit up a room.  No matter how you were feeling you couldn't help but smile back.  He was always willing to lend a helping hand to anyone who needed it whether he knew that person or not. Charles was special and unique in so many ways, including how he connected with others and brought people together all over the globe. Through these connections and his own efforts, he founded Dwankhozi Hope, an organization that has brought education to over a thousand children in rural Zambia. Education transformed his own life and he was committed to ensuring that all children had access to educational opportunities.  Charles was an Engineer by trade and used his unique gifts to build things and ensure progress.  However, he gained most of his joy in the professional setting by mentoring younger engineers and helping those around him.  Charles was a loving husband, a doting father, a beloved brother and a steadfast friend.  Those of us who knew him are forever grateful for the time we had together and what he taught us.  While his time on earth was much too short, his legacy will live on through the lives he touched, the organizations he transformed, and the family he loved. His wife, Michelle, has been left with a deep loss that difficult to imagine, yet she valiantly and lovingly moves forward to keep his dream alive through their children. Yet, this hope and trust in the future is not without immense challenges, including financial ones.  Hence, we have created this renewed GoFundMe campaign to help support her through this trying time. He has helped so many people in his life, please join us in supporting his family to ensure his legacy continues.  Sincerest gratitude,  -Friends & Family of Charles
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Jenn Palmer
Nepean, ON

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