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SPEERS: Gordon passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday, October 14, 2015, after a four year battle with pancreatic cancer. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 50 years, Marion, son, Randy (Shannon Glasheen) of Nakusp, BC, daughter, Michelle, and granddaughter, Melissa, of Alexander. He is also survived by sisters-in-law, Joyce and Margaret, brothers in-law, Bill (Debbie) Humphreys, Harold (Mable) Humphreys, and their families as well as his Aunt Winelda Curtis and many cousins. Gordon was born May 11, 1938, on the family farm to Ethel (Curtis) and Thomas “Scot” Speers of Alexander and was the eldest of three brothers. He attended school in Alexander. In 1957 he purchased the half-section (NE 25-10-22W) just to the south of the home farm where he farmed with his father and brother, Ralph. He also did seasonal work with Manitoba Hydro until 1972 when the Alexander District was amalgamated with Brandon. He then began working full time as a groundman and later as a machine operator until his retirement in 1996. On August 7, 1965, he married Marion Humphreys and they resided in Alexander for ten years before they had a house built and moved to a wheat field on their farm. Gordon played a variety of sports. For many years he played ball and curled. Later he took up snowmobiling, golfing and downhill skiing. He began hunting and fishing early in his teens and they continued to be his favourite sports throughout his life. Gordon enjoyed nothing more than spending time with his family and friends participating in whatever sport was in season. Gordon served as a councillor for Ward 6 in the RM of Whitehead from 1998-2002. In 2006 he joined the Whitehead Fire Department as a pump operator until ill health forced him to retire in 2011. Gordon’s idea of a good time was to tour around the countryside never more than a few miles from home. Although, when the family was young they enjoyed many camping trips as well as going to Disneyworld, Disneyland, Expo and ski trips to the mountains. In 1990 Gordon and Marion travelled to Australia to visit Marion’s relatives and while there they celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary. He was so pleased to be able to host a party for all his close friends and family this past August to celebrate his and Marion’s 50th anniversary. Gordon loved life and lived it to the fullest. Gordon was pre-deceased by his parents, Scot in 1986 and Ethel in 2003, his brother, Ralph, in 2010, brother, Dan, in 2015, and nephew, Todd Humphreys, in 2009. The service to celebrate Gordon’s life will be held at Central United Church 327-8th Street on Saturday, October 24, 2015, (TODAY) at 1:00 p.m. with Rev. Harvey Hurren officiating. Interment will follow at Alexander Cemetery at 4:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Gordon may be made to the Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation – Cancer Services, 150 McTavish Avenue East, Brandon, MB R7A 2B3.
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McAULAY: Douglas Charles McAulay of Oak Lake Beach, MB, passed away on Thursday, October 15th, 2015. Doug lived in many areas throughout Manitoba and Saskatchewan and spent June 2011 to September 2014 living in Penticton, BC. In keeping with Doug’s wishes there will be no formal funeral service but there will be a Celebration of his life at a Come and Go Tea on Saturday, November 14th, 2015 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m., at Central Community Centre, 529-4th Street, Brandon, MB.
McFARLANE: Leonard Lyall "Buck" McFarlane, beloved husband of the late Hazel McFarlane died on October 21, 2015 at Tri Lake Health Centre in Killarney, Manitoba at the age of 86. In accordance with Buck's wishes a private family service will be held at the Killarney Cemetery. Donations in memory of Buck may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba, 6 Donald Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3L 0K6 or the Diabetes Association, Box 26331 Stn Brm B, Toronto, Ontario, M7Y 4R1.
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HUNT:Robert Arthur (Bob), July 17, 1932 – October 5, 2015. It is with deep sadness that our family announces the passing of Bob. He leaves to mourn his love and partner Sylvia Plawucki of over 25 years. Also left to mourn are Sylvia’s children: son Wade (Jocelyn) Plawucki, daughter Tara, son Darren (Dino) (Linda) Plawucki and their children Ryan and Jamie. Granddaughter Kelly Capp and her family. Bob treated Sylvia’s children as if they were his own. Also left to mourn is Bob’s only sister Doreen (James) Logeot, sister-in-laws Irene (Bill) Hunt and Mary (Bert) Hunt; Aunt Alice Ardagh and Uncle George and Aunt Elva Hunt; and many nieces and nephews, and countless cousins, all of which Bob was so proud. Bob was a person who kept the family connected no matter how far away. Bob was predeceased by his parents, Robert and Kathleen Hunt, and by his three brothers, William (Bill), Albert (Bert) and Brian. Bob attended Forbes School (Glenwood Municipality) and one year in Hartney. In 1953 to 1956 he bused children to Hartney by car when Forbes School did not have enough students enrolled to keep it open, during those three years he worked part time at Atkinson Electric, C.C.I.L. Equipment and the Hartney Post Office. In the fall of 1956 he started to work with the Manitoba Hydro Commission as a timekeeper. He spent fourteen years in Boissevain as area clerk then moved to Winnipeg 1972 working as a clerk. In 1975 Bob moved to Jenpeg as a camp clerk. In 1979 he moved to St. James, Winnipeg as a caretaker and then to Gillam in 1985. After 35 years with Manitoba Hydro he retired in 1991. Bob loved all sports, and coached baseball while in Boissevain. When he was no longer able to watch the games in person or on television he continued to enjoy listening to them on the radio. He had a great love of horses, especially Belgians, and was thrilled when one of his geldings made it to the Royal Fair in Toronto. Funeral service was held at the Hartney Centennial Centre with interment in the Hartney Riverside Cemetery. “To Sylvia my love forever. I came to the end. The sun has set for me. Why cry for a soul set free. Miss me, but go on with life. Remember the love we shared. Remember the good times we had together. On this journey I must go alone. Miss me but let me go. Forever holding your hand. Love Bob.” In memory of Bob, donations may be made to the Polio Survivors Association or to the Hartney Rink Fund c/o Town of Hartney, Hartney, Manitoba R0M 0X0. Kowalchuk’s Funeral Home, Souris, in care of arrangements. Expression of sympathy may be made at
HUGHSON: Charles "Roy" Hughson, 73, Halifax, Nova Scotia, passed away October 18, 2015. Born in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba, on October 16, 1942 he was the son of Harold and Jane Hughson of Pine Creek, Manitoba. Roy grew up in the Pine Creak area and attended school at Norfolk and in Austin, Manitoba. As a young boy/man he was an accomplished athlete who on hot summer days could be found on the ball field often catching three or four games per day. In the fall he played football and in the winter he could be found playing hockey or curling in the local rinks. In Mid 60's Roy decided to move east where he joined the Royal Canadian Navy and flew off the HMCS Bonaventure. It was in Halifax where he and his then wife Trudy started their family, sons Quentin first followed by Dhru two years later. After leaving the navy due to medical discharge Roy returned to the University of Brandon Manitoba. Upon completing course work Roy went on to teach in Wawanesa and Glenboro, Manitoba, all the while continuing to play baseball, curling and coaching. (The majority of the high school teams went on to win provincial titles). It was during this time he added to and completed his family with son Sean, and daughter Taryn. As if raising a young family and giving freely of his time wasn't enough he could be found most weekends playing country music with some friends in a band called “The Dusters” singing a mean “Johnny Cash” tune or two. A true cowboy at heart one of Roy's' other passions was working with and breaking in horses. Roy was always looking for new opportunities to learn and challenge himself so in mid 70's he tried his hand at the hotel business which lead he and his family to experience other areas of Manitoba, namely St. Adolphe and Falcon Lake. In 1980 Roy and family moved back to Halifax Nova Scotia where he began a long career working in the electrical sales field with Joe Greenwood of Greenwood sales, it was via this avenue that Roy then obtained his electrical Licence where he gained a reputation of hard work and was know to work for home baked butter tarts in lieu of cash. His electrical experience brought him to Home Depot where customers and staff alike grew to appreciate his expertise, and his dry wit. The Home Depot truly was like an extended family to Roy and is also where he met his partner Mary. Roy was a proud family man and regardless of whether he was participating, coaching or watching sports he always had his family in tow as sports played a large part of all their lives. For many years Roy was very involved in the Kinsmen and Mason's and also spent countless hours coaching baseball teams and curling teams, among Roy's many accomplishments were his six provincial curling legion titles. Without question his proudest moments were spent coaching the countless teams he was part of, whether teams included students, friends or family he had great pride in their accomplishments and genuine sorrow in their defeats, although you would never know it. He had an unwavering work ethic which often meant he put other peoples time ahead of his own, he was a very proud man who liked to help others, he was friend too many and will be greatly missed. He is survived by his partner Mary Elder; his daughter, Taryn; sons, Quentin, Dhru, Sean; sisters, Anne Wright, Jean Loeppky; brothers Lloyd and Hal Hughson; grand children, Dillon, Matthew, Brennan, Jullia, Logan, Connor, Riddick, and Maddax. Predeceased by infant daughter Tara Anne Dawn and father Harold. In Respecting Roy's wishes there will be no service. The family has requested in lieu of flowers that donations be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or The Canadian Diabetes Association.
GEROW: Verlena Rosetta, 93 years, beloved wife of the late Garfield Gerow, mother of Dorothy (Dennis) Johnson, passed away at the Fairview Personal Care Home, Brandon, Manitoba on Thursday, October 22, 2015. Funeral service will be held at Kowalchuk’s Funeral Chapel, Souris, Manitoba on Monday, October 26, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. Interment in the Souris & Glenwood Cemetery. In memory of Verlena, donations may be made to the Souris Personal Care Home Courtyard Fund c/o Prairie Mountain Health Box 10 Souris, Manitoba R0K 2C0 or to a charity of your choice. Kowalchuk’s Funeral Home, Souris, in care of arrangements.Expression of sympathy may be made at
DIETRICH: Donna (Deed) Dietrich died October 20, 2015 at the age of 58 years in the Brandon Regional Health Centre. Graveside Service will be held Wednesday, October 28, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. in the Del-Win Cemetery, Deloraine, Manitoba.If friends so desire, memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, 193 Sherbrook Street, Winnipeg, MB R3C 2B7 or to the Brandon Humane Society, 2200 17th St. E., Brandon, MB R7A 7M6.
Messages of condolences may be made online at www.wheatlandfs.comSmith Funeral Home 204-747-2088
GAMBLE: Violet Rosalie Gamble (nee Sharp). Peacefully on Sunday, October 18, 2015 in Brandon, Manitoba, Violet Rosalie Gamble (nee Sharp) passed away at the age of 92 years. Predeceased by beloved husband James Henry (Harry); parents Dorothy and Robert Sharp; Grandchildren Heath, Leigh and Donald James; Brothers and Sisters Ivy, Velma, Robert (Bud), Dawn and Harry and Tom, John and Lorne. Lovingly remembered by her children Ron (Rhoda) Gamble, of Prince George, Louise Yazdani of Ottawa, Lloyd (Mary-Lynn) Gamble of Ottawa, John (Angela) Gamble of Rankin Inlet, Susan (Ralph) Swartz of Brandon and Dan (Julia) Gamble of London (Wallacetown); Grandchildren Tyson, Tyrone, Rory, Laili, Nabil, Nuri, Kaila, Nelson, Roxanne, Bryanna, Michael; Great grandchildren Brendan, Chloe, Chandler, Nia, Thida, Liam, Lochlan, Whisper, Axel, Donald James, DJ jr. and Dameon; Siblings Evelyn, Joyce, Jim, Shirley, Glen, Dale and many nieces, nephews and friends. Violet grew up at McCreary, Laurier, Brandon and Carberry. She met and married (March 31, 1942), her loving husband James Henry (Harry) Gamble at Carberry, Manitoba, just prior to his going overseas (WW2). After his return (1945) and release from Deer Lodge Hospital, the two of them lived and worked in Portage la Prairie, where they raised their six children. Violet, for the most part, was a stay at home Mom and caregiver. Upon Harry’s retirement, Violet and Harry moved to Winnipeg where Violet remained after Harry’s death for 20 years. When Violet was in need of assistance, she first reluctantly moved to Ottawa, then Brandon to be near family. Violet loved all her family: sons and daughters, grandchildren and great grandchildren, brothers and sisters, her in-laws, nieces and nephews and friends. With God’s blessing she goes to be with her beloved husband. A service to celebrate Vi’s life will be held on Wednesday, October 28, 2015 at 11:00 AM in the First Presbyterian Church, Portage la Prairie with Reverend John Zondag officiating. Interment will follow (in the family plot) at Evergreen Memorial Gardens. A reception will follow after interment in the basement of the Presbyterian Church, put on by the Women’s Guild. As expressions of sympathy, if friends or relatives so wish, donations may be made in Violet’s memory to the Alzheimer’s Society of Canada, 108- B Saskatchewan Ave. E, Portage la Prairie, MB, R1N 0L1.A tree will be planted in memory and cared for by McKenzies Portage Funeral Chapel. 204-857-4021
DESIATNYK: Darwin Desiatnyk of Sandy Lake, Manitoba passed away at his residence on Wednesday, October 21, 2015 at the age of 54 years. A Memorial Service will be held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, on Tuesday, October 27, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. Donations in memory of Darwin may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association, Unit A1-800 Rosser Ave., Brandon, MB, R7A 6N5.
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ANDERSON: Lloyd Martin Anderson passed away peacefully and suddenly on October 6, 2015 at home in Oakner, MB. Lloyd was born on December 11, 1927 in Hamiota, the eldest child and only son of the late Med and Ella Anderson. His school years began in Oakner in 1933, the same year his family moved to Oakner from the farm in the Scotia District. After graduating from the U of M in 1949, he chose to return to Oakner to work with his father in the garage/machine shop business. That same year he met the love of his life, Marilyn Bell of Harding, MB and they were married in 1954. Together they raised four children: Kelvin (Brenda) of Calgary, AB; Lauren of Brandon/Hamiota; Marshall of Brantford, ON; and Derek (Kim) of Calgary, AB. Lloyd is also survived by his sisters: Marjorie Thomson, Shirley (Jack) Wilson, Leona (Bob) Bryant and Myrna (Sam) Hannon; grandchildren Aaron (Ben) Gratton, Brett, Lindsay, Nathan, Amanda Anderson; great grandchildren Charlotte, Julianna, Kohen Gratton. Lloyd was predeceased by his parents Med (1982) and Ella (1986) and brother-in-law Gordon Thomson (1991). The cornerstones of Lloyd’s life were his family, faith, community and his sports. When not involved as a church or community volunteer, he enjoyed being an avid lifelong hockey and fastball/baseball player and fan right up to the time of his passing. A service to celebrate Lloyd’s life was held at the Hamiota United Church, Hamiota on Tuesday, October 13, 2015 at 11:00am with Rev. Doug Martindale officiating, followed by a time of fellowship and refreshments in Chumah Hall. Interment then followed at Scotia Cemetery, Hamiota Municipality. For those so desiring, donations may be made in Lloyd’s memory to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Manitoba or to the Hamiota District Sports Complex Memorial Fund. Campbell Funeral Home, Hamiota were in care of arrangements.
RODEWALD:Judith “Judy” Elizabeth. February 8, 1959 – Winnipeg, Manitoba - October 21, 2015 – Calgary, Alberta. Peacefully on Wednesday, October 21, 2015, surrounded by the love of her family and friends, Judy passed on to be with her Lord and Saviour. Left to cherish her memory are her loving husband, Raymond Galloway, devoted sister, Linda, stepchildren Stephanie (Spiro), Bonnie (Brad), Amy (Kevin), Grant and nine grandchildren. She will be sadly missed by her Aunts; Helen, Irene, Linda, Ann and her Uncle Don as well as many treasured cousins and friends. She was predeceased by her dear parents, Walter in 2004 and Betty in 2011. Judy was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba on February 8, 1959 and raised in Brandon. After taking first year Science at Brandon University, she returned to Winnipeg to train as a medical laboratory technologist at Red River Community College. Thereafter, she worked at Westman Regional Laboratories in Brandon for some years and then moved to Calgary. Here, Judy saw an opportunity in Real Estate and started a new career. She did well receiving top sales awards and honours of distinction for her hard work. She lived her professional life according to the values that she practiced in her personal life, with integrity, determination and respect for her fellow man. A ready smile and friendly word of greeting were always offered to those who crossed her path. Judy was a loyal friend with a generous and loving heart. Her caring and compassionate nature extended to everyone she met. "Judes" lived her life with an amazing sense of style and flair. She loved The Lord Jesus Christ with all her heart, and He was her strength and joy. In 2012, Judy married her best friend, Raymond Galloway and embarked on a new stage of life. He never left her side during her courageous battle with cancer. Our sincere thanks to Dr. Hoang and the Chinook Hospice staff and Dr. Karen Seigel for their kindness and care. We would especially like to thank our friends and family for their prayers, love and support. A Celebration of Judy’s Life will be held at McInnis & Holloway (Deerfoot South, 12281 – 40th Street S.E., Calgary, AB) on Monday, October 26, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. A private family interment will follow in Winnipeg at Brookside Cemetery.
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In living memory of Judy Rodewald, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McInnis & Holloway Funeral Homes, Deerfoot South, 12281 – 40th Street S.E. Telephone: 1-800-661-1599.
SEAR: Robert “Bob” Sear, beloved husband of Pearl, dear father of Gerald, Donna and Darlene (deceased), passed away peacefully at the Baldur Health Centre on Friday, October 16, 2015 at the age of 88 years. A graveside service will be held at the Carberry Cemetery on Friday, October 23, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. Donations in memory of Bob may be made to the Carberry Health Centre, Box 2000, Carberry, MB, R0K 0H0 or to a charity of choice.
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McTAVISH: Robert Boyd McTavish, May 7, 1920 - June 25, 2015. Robert (Bob) was born in Strathclair, MB the 7th of 9 children of John and Annie McTavish. Bob was predeceased by his loving wife Audray, both parents, and siblings William, Mary, Howard, Gordon, Samuel, Jean, Joyce, and Lillian. Bob is survived by stepson Larry Shine, and many nieces and nephews. Bob lived most of his 95 years in the village of Strathclair where he was an active member of many community organizations. After his schooling Bob worked at the Stothart General store, several years later he began butchering for Dunc and Marg Menzies. In 1954, Bob took over the family farm north of Cardale, MB. While farming was his primary livelihood, Bob had many business ventures throughout his long life. Bob enjoyed sports, both as participant or fan. Road trips to Regina with friend Dunc Menzies to attend Saskatchewan Roughriders games, golfing, curling locally, or participating in winter bonspiels to pass the cold winter months away were fondly remembered by Bob in his later years. Bob enjoyed music and took up the saxophone, playing with the Starlight Serenaders at dances throughout MB. He was a member and supporter of the Strathclair United Church and sang in the choir. Bob had a keen interest in photography and spent many years as an instructor with the local Air Cadets, instructing in photography basics, and black and white photo development. He was a photographer for the Mid-West Newspaper and took many photos of community and sporting events. Family portraits of many residents of Strathclair and area remain as a reminder of Bob’s photography skills. A passion for aviation led to Bob obtaining his private pilot’s license, purchase of a small Cessna aircraft, and flying, either inspecting crops, or a Sunday fly-in pancake breakfast. Bob was a founding member of the Strathclair Flying Club. At the young age of 53, Bob was ready to settle down, he met Audray Shine (Shaw) of Winnipeg and a loving partnership in marriage was formed. Delivery of floral arrangements to his wife Audray arrived without fail for special occasions. Bob and Audray travelled extensively in the winter months. Most often they would travel to Texas in November and return in time for Bob to start the crop year. Many long term friendships were formed as they spent the winter months golfing, playing pool, dancing, or just relaxing. After retirement from farming they continued to travel, golf, dance, garden, and watch their Blue Jays games together. A favourite evening pastime was playing cards or a game that rhymes with Ram-it! Bob relocated to Morley House personal care home in 2011 and lived his remaining years comfortably till his passing in June of 2015. Many thanks to the staff of Morley House, Shoal Lake, MB for the wonderful care Bob received during his time in your residence. Because Bob and Audray loved traveling together, their final journey will be celebrated together at 11:00 a.m. October 24th, 2015 in the Strathclair United Church. If friends so desire, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of your choice.
McTAVISH: Audray Helena McTavish (Shaw-Shine) April 18th 1915 – November 4th 2009. Audray was the 2nd of six children born to Oscar William and Ruth Amelia Shaw in Lauder MB. Audrey was pre-deceased by her parents, husband Russell Shine, grandson Timothy Shine, daughter- in-law Joan Shine and siblings Lynn James, and Nadean. At the time of Audray’s death she was survived by her late husband Robert Boyd McTavish, her late granddaughter Sherri Shine, her son Lyrelle (Larry) Shine, brother Eldon and sisters Winona and Inez, and many nieces and nephews. Born into a farming family in south western MB in 1915, Audray took on duties to help the family sustain a living. Farm chores and house duties were the norm and Audray, as second eldest of six children, helped in the raising of her younger siblings. Though times were hard Audray always maintained a wonderful sense of humour with an infectious laugh that brought joy to the hearts of anyone she spent time with. Audray attended Lauder school for 12 years. After graduation Audray had an opportunity with Canada Packers to run an egg plant operation in Fort Francis ON, where she met and married Russell Shine. Together they had one son Lyrelle (Larry). Relocating to Winnipeg Audray took on the role of mother and home-maker. The passing of her husband Russell in 1967 required Audray to rely on her determination to move forward despite the grief she suffered at this most difficult time. For example she took driving lessons so she could use the family car. The introduction to Robert Boyd McTavish of Strathclair MB led Audray to a new chapter in her life. Re-married in 1973 to Robert the two became inseparable, gardening, golfing, dancing, and travelling together were a few of the many common interests they would share during their 36 year marriage. Audray loved to garden and share the fruits of her labour with others. Audray enjoyed travel. Together with Bob she visited parts of Europe, Hawaii, Mexico and much of Canada and the US. For many winters they would stay November till April in Donna Texas. Dances, golfing and pool tournaments kept Audray active. Audray managed to get a hole in one on the first hole of Shoal Lake golf course and no one was prouder of this feat than her husband Bob. A severe stroke left Audray with impairments, and once again her strong determination to carry on came to the fore. Exercise with a home built pulley system in the basement and a tread mill would repair her motor skills. A chalk board with the message “I can do it” hung nearby for motivation. She spent countless hours learning how to use a computer, designing greeting cards she proudly mailed to friends and family, or printing off pictures, jokes or sending emails. Audray recovered from her stroke and would once again golf, garden, and do all the activities she loved. At the age of 94 Audray passed away after a brief illness in the Shoal Lake hospital. Because Audray and Bob loved travelling together, their final journey will be celebrated together at 11:00 a.m. October 24th, 2015 in the Strathclair United Church. If friends so desire, in lieu of flowers donations may be made to a charity of your choice.
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