Hyderman, Charles Vernon “Vern”

November 21, 1925 – December 27, 2012
at the age of 87 years

Private family service

The Hyderman family sadly announces the passing of Charles Vernon Hyderman on Dec. 27/2012 “Vern” was born in Oshawa, Ontario on Nov 21/25, the third eldest of four siblings. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Nan Elizabeth (nee Pitchford) and two sisters Dorothea “Dot” (Johnston) and Carmelita (Plowright). He was predeceased by both parents, Charles Ernest and Ethel Gertrude Hyderman, an older brother Ernest and a cousin whom his parents raised in their home, Clarence McPhee.

He is also survived by his sons Mark and Stuart, daughters Janet and Suzanne. He was predeceased by his youngest son Ian.

Also mourning their loss are six grandchildren, three great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and many many friends, especially those from the aviation community to which he belonged.

Vern was a successful businessman and had a lifelong passion for flying, especially vintage biplanes, having restored several of them as family projects. His enthusiasm for aviation was shared with both of his sons, as well as with many of his friends and relatives.

Nan and Vern had moved to Salmon Arm BC in 2007, from St. Albert, AB.
The family would like to thank Dr. A. Heunis,the staff at Shuswap Lake General Hospital and Picadilly Care Centre for the wonderful care they provided.

There was a service celebrating Vern’s life at the Fischer Funeral Home in Salmon Arm at 10 am Monday Dec 31/2012. The family requests that donations be made to a charity in lieu of flowers.
“I have slip’t the surly bonds of earth……….and “touched the face of God.”


  1. I would like to convey my late condolences to the family of Vern.
    I met Vern on his way back from Abbotsford in his Aeroshell Gold Stearman in 1990. I was the Chief Flying Instructor at the time at North American Air Training College at the Springbank airport. I fueled the plane for Vern and offered him a ride to his hotel. He offered me a ride in the Stearman if I would pick him up again in the morning and drive him back to the plane. Vern installed the stick in the forward cockpit and offered me the aft cockpit with the advice ” climb at 60, descend at 60 and try not to ground loop her.
    The aircraft had no intercom so we flew 3 circuits without talking and then I taxied back to the hangar. As we pulled to a stop Vern jumped out of the front cockpit and signaled for me to keep her running. He smiled and yelled, “take her up on your own, have fun!”
    Wow, what an experience.! I just did 1 circuit, trying not to overstep his kind gesture and taxied back in and refilled the tank for him.
    That day was the single most exciting day of my entire career. I am still flying for a living and am writing this on a Houston Texas layover with Air Canada Jazz.
    I think of Vern often and have always been grateful for his kindness to a young flight instructor. I always wanted to get in touch with him again and thank him again. When I googled his name I was sad to hear of his passing. Both the experience of flying the Stearman and Verns kindness have inspired me and left a lasting impression on my life.
    Keith Greig

  2. Mark,as you know I just became aware of your fathers passing.i remember him very well…he would come in occasionally to our business and one time replaced some windows for us.I know how you two worked on your Steerman biplane together.
    My condolences to you,your mother and family.I had a strong respect for him.
    Norm Bohl

  3. Hi Paddy! Thanks for the online condolences. As Janet has probably told you I was with him at the very end, and it was a very peaceful moment. It was hard to watch the disintegration of a very proud man. I understand you know what it was like to watch your mother in decline. Well, now Vern’s at peace,we’re all fine, and look forward to seeing you again, either here or in St. Albert.

  4. Hello Scott and Heather and family :Thank you for your kind thoughts at Vern’s passing, and I apologize for being so late in my reply. I was with Vern and holding his hand right at the very end, and it was a very peaceful moment. With the cancer and dementia, for five years I watched the gradual disintegration of a very proud man. At last he is at peace. We’re all well here, and hope you’re still enjoying St. Albert. Thank you again for remembering us. Nan

  5. Hello friends! Thank you so much for your expression of sympathy. I’m sorry to have taken so long to reply, but here I am. I was there holding Vern’s hand right at the very end, and strangely enough it was a very peaceful moment. For nearly five years , with the cancer and dementia, I had watched the gradual disintegration of a very proud man.He’s at peace now. We’re all fine, the rest of the family too,and really want to thank you for your kind thoughts. Nan

  6. Dear Nan and family: I will always remember Vern’s warm greeting towards me when I first met you and him. I will be thinking of you and your family. Paddy

  7. Nan and family – we were so saddened to read of Vern’s passing when we saw it in the St. Albert Gazette. We felt so welcomed when we moved next door to you, just around the corner from your house. We remember you both sitting outside on your deck as often as you could to enjoy the good spring and summer weather, when it would FINALLY arrive after another Alberta winter! We are thinking of you and your family, and send our deepest sympathies. Scott, Heather, Henry and Flora Beaty.

  8. Dear Nan,
    We send our deepest sympathy for your great loss. We will always remember our chats on your driveway during our summer walks in the neighbourhood. Our visits started because the mail deliverer told us that you lived in Paul’s home town of Port Colborne. Blessings and love to you.
    Maureen and Paul (of St. Albert)

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Call Now Button