With heartfelt sadness we, the family, announce the sudden passing of our father, brother and great friend, Charlie ‘Chaz’ Risk on Monday, June 20, 2022, at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital, Sydney.
Born on May 5, 1951, in Sydney, Charlie was the son of the late Archie and Frances (McGinn) Risk.
Charlie is survived by daughter, Angie (Anthony); son, Randy; grandsons, Kenzie and Aidan; brothers, Archie, Art (Gayle) and Eddie; sisters, Elizabeth and Peggy (Glen); as well as many nieces and nephews with special bonds. He also leaves behind a special friend, Colleen Matheson.
Besides his parents, Charles was predeceased by brothers, Joe and Ricky; sisters, Winnie, Patsy, Frances, Milley and godchild, Carrie McPhee.
Charlie will be deeply missed by family and many friends. Dad loved his hockey and was an avid Montreal Canadiens fan. Tarbish won’t be the same at the Cedars Club without Dad. He was the kindest man and would give anyone the shirt off his back.
Visitation and memorial service to celebrate the life of Charles Risk will be held at Pier Community Funeral Home, 1092 Victoria Rd. (entrance on Church St.), Whitney Pier on Wednesday, June 29, 2022. A gathering of family and friends will take place from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. with the memorial service to follow at 2 p.m. in the All Faith Chapel with Rev. Sheldon Chant officiating. Reception to follow at the Cedars Club, 30 MacKenzie Street, Sydney. Interment will be in Forest Haven Memorial Gardens at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Charles may be made to Loaves and Fishes or other food banks.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the care and direction of Pier Community Funeral Home.
Sorry to hear of your lose. Condolences to the Risk family.
From: cousin, Jake & Charlotte Risk.
Sending my condolences to the entire Risk family on Charlie’s passing. Thoughts and prayers to you all.
From: Michele Hawco
My condolences to the Risk family and all the friends and relatives of Charlie, the Risks were such a wonderful and prominent family of Townsend Street. I have many good memories of the neighborhood and the Cedars Club. Love From Qualicum Beach B C
From: George Janes
So very sorry to hear of Charlie’s death. I’ve met Charlie years ago , a wonderful man – I’m sure will be missed by family and his great many friends! I’m sure wonderful memories will be shared among those who knew him! My condolences to his family!
From: Brenda Timmons
Tarbish: he may have been the 3rd best player in the club then came eddie up for second but then???? at the end of the day HE was a GOOD person ed an art an family sorry for your lost
From: Bruce Macneill
Please accept my sincere condolences on the passing of Charlie, he will be missed by many
From: Warren DeMone
Hi to the Risk Family:
Very sorry that Charlie passed away and also sorry that I was unable to make it down for the memorial service today. Chas was a special guy who coud make anyone laugh and he certainly enjoyed his Tarabish. As a child who moved to Sydney when I was 9 years old, the Risk family like many other Lebanese families treated the MacInnises like on of their own and we have always appreciated that. I will have a drink here in his memory and also at the Cedars Club when I get home on my next visit. Sending my condolences and love from Dartmouth.
From: Dan MacInnis
Our condolences to the Risk family.
From: John Shannon
Peggy and the Risk family, please accept our sincere condolences on Charlie’s passing.
From: Bev and Doug Power
It is with a heavy heart on the news of the passing of Chaz. There are not many people you meet that always made you feel better and less stressed than an encounter with such a community icon.
Whether it was on ‘the corner’…next to Kay’s and across from the Steel or at the Cedars…Chaz always was counted on for a good laugh, a gr8 memory of elders, siblings or community.
There was the many painting stories for so many and of course iconic card games with Eddie vs whoever wanted to challenge ‘The Champs!’
Never Forgotten my friend!
Rest In Peace!!
From: Fabian Joseph
My heartfelt condolences to the family & friends of Chazzy! Oh boy, the laughs we had over the years! Truly, such a kind and wonderful human being. Fly high my friend 💔❤You’ll be missed
From: Cindy Boutilier
Art,Eddie , Archie and Families. Please accept our sincere sympathy on Chaz’s passing. Our thoughts are with you All as you deal with your loss.God Bless. Roddie and Judy.
Dear Art and all family members. Please accept my sincere condensers on the passing of Charlie. My thoughts are with you
To the entire family, please accept my heartfelt condolences. Charlie was one of a kind, and oh he could make you laugh. RIP
Art, Eddie and all the Risk family, we are so sorry to hear of Charlie’s passing. Always a friendly guy. Our deepest sympathy. Evelyn & Clarence MacNamara.
So very sorry to hear of Charlie’s passing…our thoughts and prayers are with the family
Fly high Chas…world seems a darker place. You will be missed.
Our deepest condolences to the Risk family; his children, siblings and friends. Our thoughts are with you.
To the Risk Family,
A while back we had the pleasure of sitting with Charlie while enjoying a delicious dinner at the Cedar’s Club. The conversation included Charlie’s own stories of preparing traditional dishes with first-rate results. This was something he was very proud of. We Chatted about our neighborhood and the Risk/Morrison connection that continues to this day. Please accept our deepest sympathy on the recent passing of Charlie.
Diane MorrisonLachowiez & Mike Lachowiez
Dear Risk family,
We are so deeply saddened with Charlie’s passing. A great friend “ Chaz “ noted for all his famous lines “ the longest stick” and “ a shot would be nice “ His memory will be cherished and he will always be fondly remembered.Deepest sympathy to all that loved him and grieve his loss ❤️
Very sorry to hear of your lose. Condolences to all the Risk family from cousin Jake & Charlotte Risk & family.
Sorry to hear of your loss. Condolence to the Risk family from cousin Jake & Charlotte Risk
Art very sorry to hear of your brother’s passing. Our sincere condolences to you and your family. Chris and Joe
So Sorry to hear of Charlies passing. I met him through his neighbor
across the hall…We were visiting from Halifax…he made us feel so welcome, we felt like we had always known him…..
It was evident he was a kind and caring person…
Lots of fun in heaven with his arrival.
My condolences to his many friends and family
To the Risk families,
So sorry to hear of Charlie’s passing. I remember Chaz as being smart, friendly and with a great sense of dry humor. He was one of those guys that made it fun to grow up in the “Gaza”.
The Risk Family, Our condolences to the family on Charlie’s passing. Whenever our paths crossed Charlie had a few interesting stories to share with us and always left us with a chuckle.
Charlie/Chaz family & friends,
He was one of a kind and will be missed. The Cedars will not be the same with him. Our heartfelt condolences!
Danny & Valerie (Joseph) MacInnis
My deepest condolences to Art Eddie Giggie Peggy AJ we all grew up on Townsend St The Gaza!! The Libbus family were great friends with the Risk.I will miss our hockey talks me Boston Chass Montreal. Chass was one of a kind and will be missed!!!!!
So very very sorry for your great loss. Chas was a great guy and will surely be missed
Chaz will always hold a special place in our memory. We send our heartfelt condolences to all of you.
Scott MacDow and Family
Condolences to the Risk family. Rest in peace Chaz.
To The Risk Family. We were so very sorry to learn of Charlie’s passing. He will be missed by all those who’s lives he touched. We will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
To the Risk Family,
My deepest condolences for the loss of a legend! Chaz was one of a kind and would certainly drop everything to help anyone that needed it. He did just that for me many years ago and I’ll never forget that! Xo
So sorry for your loss we all grew up together on Townsend St in the GazaThe Libbus family and the Risk Family were Very close.Chaz was one of a kind.I will miss our hockey talks about the Habs and Bruins.Kibby just picked up a Great Tarbish partner.
To the Risk Family , very sorry to hear of Charlies passing ,back in the day had lots of laughs with Charlie and the rest of the Risk family.They we’re all very friendly people ,a nice large family ! May Charlie Rest In Peace !
With a 💖 of Gold and was there for anybody who needed help, Chaz you will be missed by the whole community!!! The Cedars Club will be a little more empty without You!!! RIP my Friend!!!
My heartfelt condolences to Charlie’s family and friends!!! He was a good friend and will be missed by all that had the pleasure of knowing him…God Bless You my friend and May you Rest In Peace!!!!
I was 19 meeting Charlie for the first time. That was when i first met the Risk clan. Charlie always was so kind and would do anything for you. From day one he made me feel welcome and we remained friends for the last 50 years. Too the family there are no woods to condone how i feel except to say i am so very sorry for your loss. Love Aunt Cindy.
His laughter and smiles true gifts lighting up everyone’s
lives. Honour to know him since I was 11 yrs old (now 69).
Sincere condolences to family & friends. May he Rest In Peace 🙏
Peggy and Risk family, please accept our sincere condolences on the loss of your brother and father.
To Charlie’s children and grandchildren , to the entire Risk family, condolences on the loss of such a great guy and an important part of your family. Charlie will be forever remembered for his love and laughter for everyone and everyone will forever feel his loss. Allan J. and Charlie are now together again. Rest in peace.
So sorry to hear of Charlie’s passing. Always a huge fan of this wonderful kind man and ol school friend.
My sincere condolences!
I am so very sorry for the loss of your Father, brother, partner uncle and friend. Charlie will be missed by all who knew him. He sure was a bright light in Sydney. Thinking and praying for you all at this difficult time. 🙏
Art, Ed and family
Our sincere condolences to you all. He was always so friendly and kind to everyone. He will surely be missed. Thinking of you all!!
Very sad to hear of Charlie’s passing and deepest condolences to the Risk family. Charlie was a good friend way back in the Academy days and I have very fond memories of our times together
So sorry to the Risk family for the passing of Charlie. He will surely be missed I know I certainly will miss him.
My condolences to all family and friends of Charlie , always had a chat when we found ourselves in the same space — Charlie will be missed for sure 😞
A legend in our community and yes very giving and always smiling.RIP Chaz!
My deepest Condolences to the entire Risk family friends for their loss, may he Rest in Peace.
Angie and family, our sincere condolences on the loss of your father.
Heart felt condolences to Angie and the Risk family, Charlie was one of a kind and will be missed by many. Dad and the boys will be there to greet him.
Lisa (Libbus) and Tim Reiley
Aunt Morena Libbus
So sorry to hear of Charlie’s passing, my sincere condolences.
my sincere condolences go out to the family of Chaz; a great guy who never had a bad word to say about anyone; he will truly be missed. Another loss for the Gaza; rest in peace Charlie til we meet again – God bless you and the entire Risk family
Deepest sympathy 💕
Doddy & Bobby Keel
So so sorry to hear this hugs to the Risk family
So sorry to hear of Charlie’s passing. I didn’t know him for a long time but he was such a sweetheart, always smiling and offering a helpful hand to anyone who needed it. He was a real gentleman. Carmella V.
All my condolence to James Family