Charles Byer

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Rev. Charles Daniel Byer
June 14, 1947 - December 6, 2021

Charles Daniel Byer, age 74, of Port Rowan, Ontario, Canada died peacefully Monday, December 6, 2021 in the comfort of his family’s presence.

Charlie’s life began June 14,1947 in Listowel, Ontario, Canada, the fourth of six children born to Levi and Jennie Byer. He married Mary Leone Wilson on September 2, 1967 in Listowel, Ontario, at Listowel Missionary Church.

Charlie enjoyed pastoring for thirty-eight years. He made many friends, who became like family along the way. He pastored numerous churches throughout Canada and the United States. He was thankful to help start a substance abuse program in New Mexico, which is still very successful. He enjoyed many hobbies such as hunting, fishing, cars, and motorcycles. He was a wonderful husband, father, and grandfather. Charlie was a master at “dad jokes”. He had a great compassion for people who were hurting.             

Charlie will be greatly missed by family and friends.  He is survived by his wife Leone (Wilson) of Port Rowan, Ontario; one son Stephen “Sebastian” Charles (Fred O’Neil) Byer of Port Rowan, Ontario; one daughter Anita Marie (Paul) Pawelski of Cassopolis, Michigan; five grandchildren, Duane Byer, Melissa Byer, Jamie Byer, Ethan Pawelski, Joel Pawelski; two sisters Barbara Thomson of Dorset, Ontario; Marie (Dave) Albrecht of Baden, Ontario; three brothers, Eldon (Marilyn) Byer of Tillsonburg, Ontario, Lewis (Debby) Byer of Cochrane, Ontario; Nelson (Lillian) Byer of Tarzwell, Ontario, plus many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one daughter, Angela, one sister-in-law, Lynn, and one brother-in-law, Val.

The family will honour his life with visitation at the Hyde & Mott Chapel of R.H.B. Anderson Funeral Homes, 60 Main St. S. Hagersville on Sunday, December 19, 2021 from 2-5 pm.  A service of remembrance will be held at the Dwelling Place Springvale Be In Christ Church, 2602 Haldimand Rd. 55, Hagersville on Monday, December 20, 2021 at 1 pm.  Charlie will be laid to rest in Maple Grove Cemetery in Fordwich, Ontario.

The service of remeberance will be streamed online for those wishing to join. Please Click Here to watch the service.

The family prefers contributions in memory of Charlie be made to the charity of your choice or to Gideon Bibles (Share Word Global), 501 Imperial Road North, Guelph, Ontario, N1H 6T9.  Online condolences at  


Posted by Thomas Warner on
Charlie was a true Gentleman and one of the finest genuine Christians. He helped me re-estabish myself as pastor in the church where I pastored when I was much younger. His theology was top tier and we enjoyed talking of the good things of the Lord. I will miss him and look forward to the day ahead when I see him again. The world is poorer for his departure. I am richer for having known him. God is with you Leone and will give you comfort as you grieve your wonderful husbands passing. My prayers attend your family as well.
Posted by Ken Smith on
I have wonderful memories of sharing in ministry with Charlie. I also remember being at Cheapside for revival and getting up early one morning to go sucker fishing. We were very successful and had fish for breakfast - I’d never eaten fish for breakfast before! May the Lord keep and strengthen you in the days ahead. Our prayers will continue for each of you.
Posted by Glenn A Robitaille on
I am so sorry to hear of Charlie's passing. I have only good memories of the time we shared on the pastoral team of Canadian Conference, particularly those occasions when Harvey Sider and I would visit for missions presentations. My condolences to Leone and the family.
Posted by Bev And Mary Plewes on
Leone, Our hearts go out to you in your time of sorrow. We are deeply saddened by the loss that you and your family have encountered. Charlie was a great pastor and confidant. We offer you our thoughts, prayers and well-wishes during this time in your life. We only have good memories of him. May care and love of those around you provide comfort and peace to get you through the days ahead. We are honoured and blessed to have known Charlie. He was truly a blessing in our life and we will miss him.

Love always, Bev and Mary
Posted by John & Barbara Day on
Dear Leone and family, we, too, were saddened when we learned of Charlie's passing and extend our condolences. Also, be assured of our prayers for the Lord's comfort and peace to sustain you during this season of grieving.
Much love, John and Barbara.
Posted by Fabian Cedeño, Genaro Cedeño and Elizabeth Cedeño on
We met Charlie and wife Leone a few days after my parents moved to Port Rowan on August 20 of 2020. Leone made us her famous rubard cream pie to welcome us to the neighborhood, and it was an instant friendship with the Byers. They're both such peaceful loving people, and felt we've known them a long time. My parents felt blessed to have such wonderful neighbors, and made them feel at ease in their new surroundings. Charlie was a young 74 year old with a zest for life, if was very inspiring to see him venture off with his soul mate Leone on their motor bike. I will always remember the photo I took of them on it, aswell as the chats i had with him and Leone on their front porch; and when he and Leone joined us for drinks on my parents back porch. Charlie you are a great loss to the village of Long Point and the world at large. I am a better to have met you, and it was truly mine and my parents honor to known for too short a time. You define the word "gentleman" rest in peace our dear friend and brother Charlie. Gone, but never forgotten. Our love and condolences go out to our beautiful friend Leone and family.
May God bring you all comfort that he's in a better place. Love always the Cedeños at 8 Mallard Walk.
Posted by Margaret Merritt on
So saddened with Charlie's passing.I've known Leone since she was a teenager and Charlie since Leone and I stood up with each other at our weddings.We will miss him and our prayers are with you Leone and the family.We were planning to go to Hagersville but plans have changed.Hope to visit you later as our daughter said she would drive. Much Love Margaret and Bruce
Posted by Clementina Sousa on
Charlie gone but will not be forgotten. Such a sweet and spirited loving soul. You showed this with your warmth and kindness. You showed how adventurous you were when you headed off to your travels with your lovely friendly Leone. Such a beautiful thing to see. Thank you for letting us get to know you, even if it was for such a short time. Thank you for welcoming myself and especially my brother and parents to Port Rowan. I am sure God opened his arms and welcomed you with open arms. Good bye for now Charlie. God has you now in paradise.

Condolences to you Leone and the family.

Clementina Cedeño (Fabian's sister)
Posted by Pat and John Spencer on
I have known Charlie and Leone since I was a child. Both have always been warm and welcoming. My husband and I had the pleasure of spending the night with them while they were serving in northern Ontario. An excellent example of a servant of Christ. I believe he heard "Well done, thou good and faithful servant!" He will be missed here, but has been welcomed above. May God bless Leone and the rest of the family.
Posted by Lee & Shelley Winger on
May God bless you today, Leone, and all of the Byer family. Just 2 months ago Charlie and Eldon were so kind to drive up to Huntsville for my Dad's funeral, so you are especially in our thoughts and prayers today. Charlie will always be remembered as a humble faithful servant, and for us personally we will always remember his friendliness on every meeting. May God bring you each peace and comfort as you celebrate a life well lived for Him.

Lee & Shelley Winger
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