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HEARN: On Monday, May 2, 2016, Ivan Hearn, age 57 years, father of Shena, Jared and Orianna, passed away at the Minnedosa Hospital. The Funeral Service will take place at Memories Chapel, 330 18th Street North, on Saturday, May 7, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. with Rev. Barb Jardine officiating. Interment will follow at the Rapid City Cemetery. Donations in memory of Ivan may be made to the Rapid City Rodeo.
Expressions of sympathy may be made at www.memorieschapel.com.
RAE: Dennis: November 6, 1931 - April 24, 2016. It is with profound sadness that we announce the sudden passing of our dear father Dennis Edward Rae at the age of 84 years, after a lengthy struggle with Parkinson’s disease at the St. Boniface Hospital. He will be forever missed by his children; Ken (Carolyn), Colleen (Perry), Shannon (Jim), his grandchildren Trevor (Danielle), Jason (Luanne), Jennifer, James and his two great grandchildren Sophie and Emma. He will also be missed by his siblings; Nina (Chuck), Connie (Nick) and Dorothy. He was predeceased by his parents John and Catherine Rae, his three wives; Dorothy, Mina and Joyce and also predeceased by his siblings; Frank, Les, Peter, Jean, Tina, Annie and Elsie. Dad was born in Two Creeks, Manitoba, and spent his growing years in that locale living and working on their farm with his ten other siblings. In Souris Manitoba dad met the love of his life Dorothy, whom he married in 1954. Through the years they added more love to their lives with Ken, Colleen and Shannon. Dad worked as a heavy equipment operator for 42 years for the Municipality of Glenwood. As retirement drew closer, Mom succumbed to breast cancer, leaving dad on his own. Retirement was a struggle until he met Mina whom he married and spent ten wonderful years together traveling the world and enjoying life to the fullest. Mina passed away and Dad was alone again. He met Joyce who he loved dearly and they married in 2011 in Las Vegas and spent a short life together. She passed away in the spring of 2012. Dad moved to assisted living at Sterling House in Winnipeg. He loved his days there enjoying his music by playing guitar and harmonica, like never before. He was always willing to entertain anyone who cared to enjoy it with him. Our fondest memories of Dad were at our family holiday get-togethers, where he never missed out on many chuckles. Dad was a kind- hearted gentle soul, and will always be remembered for his sweet nature. The family would like to thank the staff of St. Boniface Emergency, who are truly angels in disguise. Cremation has taken place, and a Celebration of Dennis’s life will be held at Faith Community Baptist Church in Souris, Manitoba on Saturday May 7, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. A Private interment in the Souris Glenwood Cemetery will take place.
Expression of sympathy may be made at www.kowalchuks.net You're finally free, Rest in Peace knowing You are Loved
MOTT: Russell William Mott, born November 14, 1942 in Winnipeg, MB, passed away peacefully on Saturday, April 23, 2016, with family by his side. Russ is survived by his wife, Olive and her children, Eleanor Laloyaux and Chuck Laloyaux (Shashauna) and their families, and a special best friend, Olivia Relf. Russ is survived by his six brothers: Gary (Sandy), Gord, Ron (Paula), Robert (Joyce), Clarence (Cindy), Mel (Carolyn) and their families. Russ is also survived by his sister-in-law Marlene (Gary) Hyson and brother -in-law Brian Cochrane. Russ was predeceased by his parents Jack and Sophie Mott. Russ (Rusty) worked for Paladin Security for the last many years. He especially enjoyed his work at the Keystone Centre. Moving in and moving out for the different livestock shows, also the hockey games, Stan’s Fine Foods and the University Jazz Fest. A Service to celebrate Russ’s life will be held at Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, on Wednesday, April 27, at 11:00 a.m., with Arlene Robertson officiating.
Messages of condolence may be placed at www.brockiedonovan.com.
MORE: Cara Lee More-Moffett, 43 years, beloved daughter of Marty and Nancy More, mother of Ethan, Calder and Deidra, passed away in Edmonton, Alberta on Wednesday, April 6, 2016. Funeral service will be held at Kowalchuk’s Funeral Chapel, Souris, on Thursday, May 5, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. Interment in the Elgin Cemetery. In memory of Cara, donations may be to the Addiction Foundation or a charity of your choice. Kowalchuk’s Funeral Home, Souris, in care of arrangements. Expression of sympathy may be made at www.kowalchuks.net
LIVINGSTONE: Ernest Ivan, May 21, 1936 - April 22, 2016. It is with heavy hearts we announce the passing of Ernie Livingstone on April 22, 2016 at Chilliwack General Hospital. Ernie is survived by his loving wife and soul mate, Donna of 52 years; daughters, Marilyn (Drew) Whaley, Theresa Livingstone (Kirk Magel); granddaughter Kaitlyn Rose Whaley; twin sister, Edna (Harold) Rosling, sister Grace Lunn; dear friend Grace Whaley; and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. Ernie was predeased by his parents, Alexander and Agnes; brothers Joseph, Murvin, Walter, Harold; sisters and spouses Olga (Leonard) Kennedy, Jean (Murray) Garychuk, Margaret (Robert) Beattie; sister-in-law Marjorie (Joseph) Livingstone and brother-in-law William (Grace) Lunn. There was great excitement on the afternoon of May 21st, 1936 on the Livingstone Homestead located just outside of Pine Creek, MB, twins Edna and Ernie were born, the family was now complete. Growing up on the family farm everyone had their daily chores. They worked hard but the love and laughter filled the air! With so many kids a bucket of ice cream only lasted one meal! Ernie loved to build things, on October 9th, 1957 at the age of 21 years old, he signed Apprenticeship Agreement between Magnacca Building Projects Ltd. The next 4 years under the direction of Ernie Magnacca he continued to work towards his carpentry diploma. On Tuesday, June 20th, 1961 he wrote his final exam and passed with flying colors! He was thrilled to be Certified Journeyman's Carpenter. He could nail in a spike with two short hits, no air nailers back in those days. He loved to see a building rise from the ground to final completion. Ernie worked on big projects Assissiboine Centre, Brandon Shoppers Mall, Keystone Centre, Benco Pre-fab homes and then started his own business, Ernie Livingstone Builders. In 1972 he decided to build his family their dream home. He moved the tiny house to Oak Lake Beach and it became the family cottage. Summer holidays were spent at the lake, he loved to sit by the campfire, toast hot dogs. The family TV was tuned in every Saturday to Hockey Night in Canada. Cold frostie beside him and he sat on the edge of his seat and played every inch of the game, his arms waving in the wave and cursing at that refs! His favorite NHL team, the Chicage Blackhawks! He was season ticket holder for his hometeam, Brandon Wheat Kings! He was glad to have two Wheaties living at the house. He knew all the stats and cheered on his boys to win the Memorial Cup. You can still hear the echo, ‘Hey boys Kraft Dinner is ready!’ Then in summer of 1985 the Michegan ball players arrived in a jam packed Datson. He had a great summer watching his two new adopted sons playing baseball at the Cloverleaf Stadium. He cheered on his boys and loved yelling at the Ump ‘No way that guy was out’. We loved sitting with the boys and drinking a cold beer after the game. Ernie loved the mountains, out of the blue he wanted to move. In 1989, they sold everything and moved to BC. He continued to build cabinets and Donna managed Bole Apartments. He enjoyed dancing at the legion branch #280, car shows and country fairs. Early morning, round of golf and in later years, tap ins at Cultus Lake. On October 2, 1995 the apple of his eye arrived, Kaitlyn Rose Whaley. He was her greatest playmate, he walk her to kindergarten, push her hours on the swing, taught her how to ride a bike. He was thrilled when she decided to play hockey, he loved to tie her skates. He was her #1 fan, we proudly wore her Nait jersey. He cheered her on to win the ACAC Women’s Hockey Championship! Go Whaley Go! His passion for the love of hockey will continue to live on thru the legacy of Kaitlyn Rose. He lived his life to the fullest, loved to joke around, tell a story or two. Ernie will continue to live on in the hearts of everyone that knew him. Please join the family as we honor and celebrate the life of a wonderful man. Celebration of Life will be held in BC on Saturday, April 30th, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at Royal Canadian Legion Branch #280 Vedder Golden Chilliwack, BC. At later date in Manitoba, Celebration of Life for Ernie will be held on Saturday, May 28th, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. at Douglas Community Hall, 301 Railway Street, Douglas, MB. Those who wish to honor Ernie in memory, may donate to Alzheimers Society, Heart & Stroke Foundation or Douglas United Church.
Online condolences may be offered to the family at www.hendersonfunerals.comArrangements with Henderson Funeral Homes and Grematorium, 45901 Victoria Avenue, Chilliwack, BC.
KIEPER: After a long life, well lived, (John) Willis Kieper, late of Russell, Manitoba died peacefully on April 27, 2016, six weeks and two days shy of his 100th birthday at the Assiniboine Centre in Brandon. Willis was predeceased by his beloved wife Lorena (Tony) nee Adolphe in 1983, his great grandson Brady in 1991, parents, and brothers: Tom, Ross, and Alex, and step-son Don Thickett. He is survived by his second wife Verna (Evans), son Jim (Brian Spilak), daughters Judy (Kelly Caughlin), Jan (Ron Payne), daughter in law Rose Kieper, step-daughters Gail Thickett and Joyce Evans (Tim Lee), and sole surviving brother Bill Kieper. His legacy continues with his grandchildren Tom and Cindy Kieper, Teresa and Curtis Boucher, Richard and Tracy Kieper, Sue Caughlin and Lance McKinley, Mark Caughlin and Kendra Gaede, Paul and Diana Steiner, Josh Payne and Susan Ewasko, Brett Payne, Douglas and Daniella Thickett, Kim Thickett and Rod Marks, and great-grandchildren Ashton, Wyatt, Lane, Luke, Carter, Matthew, Alexander, Tyler, Jenna and Brianna. Willis was born June 10,1916, the fourth of five sons, on the family farm located in the Minniska District to parents Julius and Lettie Kieper. He had little formal education, leaving school in the eighth grade, but became a life long learner in attitude and practice. While in his teens, Willis developed a successful mink fur business with his brother Alex as a sideline to the family farm, until the late '30's. He took over his father's farm in 1940 and in 1941 married Lorena Adolphe of Russell. In the early 1950s he began developing a purebred registered Hereford herd and by 1963 Willis and son Jim formed a farm partnership under the name of Half Diamond K Ranch. Over the years they earned first place ribbons and Grand Champions at winter fairs and cattle shows. A pinnacle in 1973 saw Half Diamond K take the championship in every category of Hereford bulls at the Brandon Winter Fair. Willis was Named to the Canadian Hereford Association Honour roll in 1984. Willis was involved in many farm organizations serving as a director of the Manitoba Beef Grower's Association and the Manitoba Cattle Producer's Assoc. He was Manitoba Director for the Canadian Hereford Association and then it's president in 1972. While president and head of the Canadian delegation, he and Tony travelled to England and then South Africa to attend the World Hereford Conference. Their grandchildren enjoyed many years of Grandma Tony's slide shows from that journey featuring English countryside, city of London, and their safari in South Africa. Willis joined the Masonic Order in 1960 served as Master of the Russell Masonic Lodge in 1967, and past District Deputy Grand Master of Fifth Masonic District. He was a life long member of the United Church first in Minniska, then Russell Knox United, and Trinity United in Brandon the last three years. Willis married Verna Evans and they moved to the town of Russell in 1987. They resided thereuntil August of 2012 when they moved to Victoria Landing Assisted Living in Brandon. A celebration of his life will be held at Knox United Church, Russell, MB at 2:00 p.m., Monday, May 2, 2016 with Rev David Howell officiating. Interment will follow in the Russell Memorial Gardens. If friends so desire donations may be made to CancerCare Manitoba.
Remembrances and condolences may be emailed to bbfs@mymts.net
Braendle-Bruce Funeral Service of Russell are in care of arrangements. (204) 773-2747.
HAIGHT: Elaine Haight, beloved wife of the late Delmer Haight and mom to Vince, Hal, Clint, Jane and Karen died April 23, 2016 at the Davidson Memorial Health Centre, Cartwright, MB at the age of 84. Memorial Service will be held Saturday, May 7, 2016 at the Cartwright United Church, Cartwright, MB at 2:00 p.m. A private interment will be held in the Cartwright Cemetery, Cartwright, MB. Donations in memory of Elaine may be made to the Cartwright and Area Foundation - CCIS Fund (Cartwright Community Independent School Fund).
Messages of condolence may be made online at www.wheatlandfs.comWheatland Funeral Service www.wheatlandfs.com
GRAY: There will be a memorial service for William Gray on Saturday, May 7, 2016 at the Army, Navy and Airforce Veterans Unit #10, 31-14th Street, in Brandon, MB. It will be held at 1:00 p.m. Luncheon to follow.
EASTLEY: Wilma Loree Eastley passed away at the Wawanesa Personal Care Home (Wawanesa) with family by her side on April 21, 2016. Born to Gordon and Christina (Tina) Bastard on August 10, 1923, she lived her early life on the family farm at Decker (MB) and then attended Normal School. She began her teaching career at Birnie followed by Riverbank and Bertha schools where she met and married her husband Stewart Eastley, living the majority of her life on the farm in the Berbank/Nesbitt community, followed by her retirement to Wawanesa. She is survived by sons: Ross (Delma) and Ted (Marg) and daughter Candice (Ron Hiebert), sister Gay (Gerry Hughes) and sister -in-law Bertha Eastley. She was predeceased by husband Stewart on December 26, 1984; sister Margery (Ed Cochrane); brothers-in-law George, Ernie, Bill (Eva); sisters-in-law Sarah Eastley, Mary (Russell Daymond). She provided wonderful memories for her grandchildren: Jill (Dave); Kerri (Graham); Lisa (Mike); Reed (Jamie); and Mitchell and great-grandchildren (JT, Junior, Josée Martine, Addison and Taylor Eastley, Max and Maddie Congdon) and nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, April 30, 2016 at Brockie Donovan Funeral Home, 332 8th Street, Brandon, MB, at 1:30 p.m. The family wishes to thank the staff of Wawanesa Personal Care Home for the wonderful care Mother received while a resident there. If friends so desire, a donation in Mother’s name to the Wawanesa Personal Care Home, P.O. Box 309, Wawanesa, MB, R0K 2G0, towards their furniture renewal/replacement project would be appreciated.
Messages of condolence may be placed at www.brockiedonovan.com.
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COCHRANE: With his family by his side, the death of Lloyd Cochrane, beloved husband of the late Vivian Cochrane, occurred at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Monday, April 25, 2016. The Ceremony to Celebrate Lloyd's Life will be held at Central United Church, 327-8th Street on Monday, May 2, 2016 at 11:00 am. Rev. Lydia Glawson will officiate. A private family interment will be held at the Hartney Cemetery, Hartney, Manitoba. Flowers are gratefully declined. Friends who wish may make a donation in memory of Lloyd to a charity of choice. Complete obituary information will follow.
Expressions of sympathy may be made at www.memorieschapel.com.
ALLEN:  William “Craig” passed away peacefully March 13, 2016 in Brandon at the age of 65 years.  Born February 27, 1951 to Hugh and Kay Allen in Brandon, he was the youngest of 3 children.  Craig grew up in the East End of Brandon, and met his future wife, Patricia, when he transferred to Vincent Massey from BCI.  They married in January 1973, and completed the family with a son Chris and daughter Erin.  Craig worked at Brandon Mental Hospital until moving to England in 1986. After working at Barton Hall, a seniors' home, for a couple years, they returned to Brandon where Craig began work at BGH, then at the Assiniboine Centre as a nurse’s aide. He retired in 2005.  During his retirement, he built his “dream garage” and then spent many hours enjoying it while working on various projects.  Craig leaves to mourn his passing his wife, Patricia, children Chris (Melissa) Allen, Erin (Rob) Meagher, granddaughters Kate and Sophie Meagher and Abby and Tori Allen, his siblings, in-laws and extended family, as well as many friends.  A celebration of Craig’s life was held March 18th at Brockie Donovan Chapel.  Donations in memory of Craig may be made to the Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation, “Palliative Care” 150 MacTavish Avenue East, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 2B3.
Messages of condolence may be placed at www.brockiedonovan.com.
STEWART: Jessie Elizabeth Stewart. Jessie Elizabeth Henderson was born on September 27, 1930. Jessie was the second child of Alex and Mabel (Fuller) Henderson of Oak lake Beach, Manitoba. She had one older sister, Margaret, and five younger siblings; Dorothy, Alice, Phyllis, Bill and John. Jessie and her siblings worked hard on the family farm feeding and watering pigs and chickens; stooking sheaves and threshing grain; milking cows; trapping muskrats and cutting down oak trees which were made into fence posts. Jessie attended Sandhurst and Landsdown schools. Usually, Jessie and her sisters would not start school until late fall as they would be at home helping with the fall work until then. Jessie's only claim to wrong doing was climbing up the windmill at home one day her Dad was away. Jessie had made up her mind to climb up and sit on the platform beneath the windmill. Feeling very proud of herself while sitting on the top of the windmill, the wind started to gust and she could not find the steps to get herself back on the ground. Her sisters told her theywould catch her if she fell. After about an hour had lapsed, one of them had to finally climb up and get her foot on the ladder to guide Jessie back to the ground safely. Jessie's Dad never found out about the event which had taken place. One day, Jessie came home from school after some of her classmates had painted her fingernails red. Jessie often commented, "They would do that, you know. Paint their fingers atschool!" Jessie, shy and concerned that her Dad would have something to say about the red nails, hid them from her father at the supper table that very night so that he would not notice. Jessie was convinced that her Dad did, in fact, know but decided it best not to say a word! When Jessie was asked what her favourite color was, she would quickly comment, "Well, blue, of course!" Upon completion of Grade 9, Jessie found herself working at the Wawanesa Insurance in Brandon for nine years. On weekends, she would come back to Oak Lake Beach to help run the booth with her family. In fact, one weekend, Jessie helped shingle the family barn! Jessie met and fell in love with a farmer from Pipestone, Manitoba. Jessie and the love of her life, Charlie Stewart, were married on December 5, 1959. Jessie and Charlie had three boys named Bill, Tom, and Brian. Jessie was a hard worker and found joy in planting large gardens, baking, cooking, canning, milking cows, and looking after her three sons. She loved to see things growing in the garden and tending to her flowers. Jessie could throw a good meal together in about twenty minutes for her family and would sing songs while she worked. One thing Jessie disliked was hauling grain at night with the grain truck. Charlie would guide and point her in the direction of the gate. Once she would near a bluff or slough and had to find her way around, she would end up heading in another direction and would be lost in the field! Charlie would laugh as he saw her drive around the field. On September 23, 2011, Charlie and Jessie's eldest son, Bill, passed away suddenly. Bill wasonly 50 years of age. His sudden passing was very difficult for the family. Charlie, Jessie, Tom and Brian continued farming together up until this past summer when Charlie and Jessie both moved off the family farm after 56 years. Jessie took sick on August 27, 2015 and spent a month in Brandon General's ICU. Jessie was eventually moved from the ICU onto a medical ward at Brandon General. Five doctors advised the family that Jessie would not survive without the assistance of a ventilator. Jessie steadily improved and got back on her feet with only the requirement of oxygen being administered via nasal prongs. She was moved to the Souris Hospital and eventually into the Souris Personal Care Home. While in hospital, Jessie loved to get her hair washed and curled weekly by her friends, Dale VanLoo and Grace Ross. She even got her nails polished, too! Mom really enjoyed the visits and shared stories from the past with them. Jessie was predeceased by her son, Bill; her older sister, Margaret Orr of Elkhorn; and her youngest brother, John Henderson of Oak Lake. She leaves to mourn her husband, Charlie; her sons, Tom (friend Grace), and Brian of Pipestone; daughter-in-law, Sally Stewart and grandson, Alex ofRivers; sisters, Dorothy Bussey ofBrandon; Alice (Jack) Olive of Oak Lake; Phyllis (Murray) Kennedy of Calgary; brother, Bill Henderson of Oak Lake; and sister-in- law, Elaine Snelling of Brandon; nephew, John Orr of Elkhorn and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. A Graveside Service is taking place on Saturday, April 30, 2016 at the Pipestone Cemetery.
SULLIVAN: Kathleen (Kay) Alice. Mrs. Kay Sullivan of Brandon, beloved wife of the late Frank Sullivan, dear mother of Don (Jan) and Doug, passed away peacefully at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Monday, April 25th, 2016 at the age of 91. Kay was born in Brandon on January 7, 1925 to Fred and Alice Lewis and lived her entire life here. She and Frank were married in Brandon after WWII when he returned from overseas service. The war years were important to them both, and they shared a lasting love of big band, war-era music and lifetime affiliations and social connections with the Legion, Shilo and military events. Kay enjoyed a long career as a medical stenographer at the Brandon Clinic. In retirement, her interests revolved around her home, family and annual winter trips to Ixtapa, Mexico. She had her own way of saying "Hola" when she answered the phone after returning from sunny days away. She was an avid shopper and bargain hunter and made the rounds at thrift shops, finding all kinds of treasures - usually in pink or red! Kay was fond of dogs and owned a few Boston Terriers over the years. Her yard and deck still feature a large collection of ceramic dogs and birds. She loved dancing, watching her musical boys perform, flowers, shiny things, anything pink, funny cards, anything red, battery-operated or stuffed toys, noodles, chicken burgers and a daily five o'clock "pick-me-up". She is survived by her sons, Don (Jan) and Doug, treasured grandchildren, Patrick (Gillian) and Keesha and great-grandchildren, Eoin and Finlay. Her sisters Helen, Madeline and Mary and numerous nieces and nephews also survive. She was predeceased by her husband, Frank, parents Fred and Alice Lewis, brother Cliff and sister Mildred. Following a private graveside service at the Brandon Cemetery on Friday, April 29th, 2016 friends and family gathered for a memorial reception at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #3, 560 - 13th St. East, Brandon. Arrangements were in care of Kurt Ardron - Redpath Funeral Home, Melita, MB. Memorial donations in memory of Kay may be made to the Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation, 150 McTavish Avenue East, Brandon, MB R7A 2B3. The family wishes to acknowledge the dedication of home care providers and We Care staff who made it possible for Kay to remain in her home these past months. We will be forever grateful for the compassionate care provided by the doctors and nurses of the Brandon Regional Health Centre in her final days.
To send messages of condolence to the family, please visit: www.redpathfuneralhome.com
VASCONCELOS: Dr. José Vasconcelos, age 85, passed away peacefully April 22nd, 2016 at Fairview Home, Brandon, Manitoba.  José was born October 6th, 1930, in João Pessoa, the state of Paraiba, Brazil, to Aluisio Peres de Vasconcelos and Alice de Castro Vasconcelos.  He spent his childhood in Brazil, the youngest of six siblings.  From a young age, José held an unbridled passion to preserve life, a passion that led him to become a physician.  He graduated from the University of Recifé Faculty of Medicine in December of 1956, receiving his MD.  While a resident in Internal Medicine at the Sinai Hospital of Baltimore, he met a nursing student who would become the love of his life.   Ruth Audrey Yost and José Altaniro de Castro Vasconcelos were married June 4th, 1960, at the Piney Groves Parsonage in Baltimore, Maryland.  His education and training took José and his young wife to Cincinnati, Ohio; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and São Paulo, Brazil.  It was there in October of 1962 that daughter, Daphne, was born.  José, Ruth, and Daphne immigrated to Canada in 1963.  It was while working at Deer Lodge Hospital that, one year prior to completing his degree, José made the decision to switch specialties from internal medicine to psychiatry.  He studied psychiatry at the University of Manitoba whilst working at the Selkirk Mental Hospital.  While in Selkirk, their first son, Marcus Allan, was born in March of 1965.  In 1966, the family moved to Winnipeg where their second son, David Aaron, was born. In 1968, the now-expanded Vasconcelos family moved to Brandon. The family lived in the doctor's residence on the grounds of the Mental Hospital (later known as the Brandon Mental Health Center), and later moved to Queen’s Crescent in Brandon, when José entered private practice with the Brandon Clinic.  In 1978, a hobby farm in the Brandon Hills became home (Goat Tree farm), allowing Ruth to nurture her love of animals.  Although he loved living in the city, José accepted rural life with a commitment to learn, explore, and enjoy - the same positive approach with which he lived every day.  José took courses in welding and learned how to drive a tractor and cut wood.  He could often be found out in the farmyard planting trees.  He became quite the handy-man, fixing almost anything and everything with his tools of choice: a roll of duct tape, and a hot glue gun. He loved to explore and travel; he encouraged his family to do the same. ‘Changa’, as he was known by his Brazilian family, made many trips home to Brazil.   He loved music; he loved to dance.   José was a lover of words.  He read dictionaries cover to cover and was fluent in 5 languages.  No matter where he traveled around the world, he quickly endeared himself to the people who lived there, usually conversing with them in their native tongue. For more than four decades, José served western Manitoba as a psychiatrist, first at the Mental Hospital and then as a founding member of the Brandon Clinic.  Thousands of patients, their families, and his coworkers were touched by ‘Dr. V’s’ compassion, knowledge, and loving personality.  His training allowed him to diagnose conditions that were not always psychiatric in nature and refer his patients to other specialists.  His knowledge and commitment to continued education made him a well respected and trusted physician.  José retired in 2011 at the age of 80.  José’s genuine love of and care for the people with whom he crossed paths, whether professionally or personally, built a legacy of kindness and wisdom.  The sparkle in his eye and his warm smile live in the memory of all who knew him.   José was predeceased by his father, Aluisio Peres de Vasconcelos, mother, Alice de Castro Vasconcelos, brothers Aluilcé, Alucé and sisters Aldacy and Alcy. José is survived by his wife Ruth, sons Marcus (Mary) and David (Lisa), daughter Daphne Vasconcelos (Bill Mielke), grandchildren Maximus, Tiana, Lucas and Amanda, his brother Alucidé and many nieces and nephews in Brazil. A Celebration of José’s life was held at Central United Church on Friday, April 29, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. with Funeral Celebrant, Kim Lewarne officiating. Donations in memory of José may be made to the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba, 4B-457-9th Street, Brandon, MB, R7A 4A9 or the Canadian Mental Health Association, 23 12th Street, Brandon, MB, R7A 4L6. 
Messages of condolence may be placed at www.brockiedonovan.com.
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