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WILSON: We, Geri, Garett, Brett and Janessa are saddened to announce that our husband, father, grandfather, brother, brother-in-law and uncle to many nieces and nephews, Gerald (Gerry) Dennis Wilson, passed away September 1, 2015, after a brief stay in the hospital. Gerry was born at Neepawa, Manitoba on April 4, 1944, to parents Evelyn and Arthur Wilson, the fourth child and second son. He received his primary education at Wellwood School. He attended Brandon College (an affiliate of the University of Manitoba) and received his Bachelor of Science Degree in 1966, and from Brandon University his Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1972. Gerry began employment at Manitoba Telephone System on May 2, 1966 and retired on March 14, 1997 as Regional Support Service Manager. He enjoyed the fellowship of the many people he met and worked with throughout the years. On July 19, 1968 he married Verna Louise Martin of Oberon, Manitoba. To this union three children were born. Garett in 1974, Brett in 1975 and Janessa in 1978. Sadly Verna passed away on November 14, 1979. In 1981 Gerry and Geri (Smith) were married and the family was complete again. Gerald had always enjoyed farming on an after-work basis and continued farming full time after retiring from MTS. He became a certified organic farmer and participated in numerous organic farming research projects up to 2013. The land was then rented to neighbours who continue to farm the land organically. Gerry is survived by his wife and soulmate, Geri, his three children, Garett of Calgary, Brett of Winnipeg Beach, Janessa of Forrest; brothers, Bob & wife Myrtle of Wellwood and Don & wife Chris of Hamiota; brother-in- law, Ken McLean & wife Joan of Cranbrook, B.C., brother - in - law, Murray & wife Betty of Vernon, B.C.; brother-in-law Robbyn Martin of Brookdale, sister - in - law Lorraine & husband Joe of Stoney Mountain; cousins Brenda & Lawrence (deceased of Calgary); friends Leonard Johnstone of Wellwood and Dorothy Bezo of Brandon. Also missing their master, his furry companions Meighan Faye and Bridget Jane. He was predeceased by his first wife Verna, sisters Winona and Joan; his parents Evelyn and Arthur Wilson, parents-in-law Lyman and Elizabeth Smith; Dorothy and Ken Martin. A celebration of life was held on September 8, 2015. Gerry will be greatly missed by family and friends.
“Talk to you later Hon”. Expressions of sympathy may be made at www.memorieschapel.com.
ROTH: Clara Roth passed away peacefully with her family by her side at her residence, Fairview Home, on Thursday, September 10, 2015 at the age of 88 years. A private family graveside will be held at the Brandon Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Clara may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation, Unit 3-824-18th Street, Brandon, MB, R7A 5B7. Complete obituary information to follow.
Messages of condolence may be placed at www.brockiedonovan.com.
WIEBE: With her loving family by her side Marion Irene Wiebe (Jezzard) passed away in the early morning hours of August 26, 2015 at the Brandon Regional Health Centre. Born on the farm near Linklater Manitoba on March 8, 1928 to Grace and Ernest Jezzard, Marion was the youngest of six sisters and two brothers. She attended Prairie Rose School before going on to high school in Reston. After finishing high school, at age 16, she became a permit teacher at Dublin school for a year. At age 21, Marion married Lynn Sharratt and they had three children together. In 1964, Marion and the kids left the farm and moved to Brandon where she found work at Eatons. After attending night school to get her stenographer diploma, Marion started working for Dr. Gerald Dressler. Over time, she became an Optometric Assistant, she loved her job and enjoyed many good years with Dr. Dressler. In the early 90s, Marion met good friend Bob Haigh and she moved to Rocky Lake for a period of time. They enjoyed motorcycle touring, ski-dooing, fishing and gardening together. In September 2000, Bob passed away and Marion returned to Brandon to be closer to family. She enjoyed her years in her condo at Willow Place, then made the move to Lion's Manor in 2007 and her final move was to Fairview Home in November 2014. Marion was involved in the community in many ways. She was a member of the Rebekkah Lodge, Royal Purple, Woman's Institute and Seniors for Seniors. She also volunteered at the Brandon General Hospital. Marion attended the Justice Mennonite Brethren Church for many years, after her move to Lion's Manor she attended St. Mary's. Marion loved gardening, travelling, reading, needlepoint, cooking, entertaining and most importantly spending time with her family. Mom's greatest inspiration in life were her children. Marion will be dearly missed by her three children, Lynda (Eric Bruheim) MacDougall, Kim Sharratt and Nancy (Brent) Payne; her two grandchildren Brock Payne and Shawn MacDougall; her brother Frank Jezzard as well as nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by parents Ernest and Grace, sisters Lil, Edna, Mable, Ethel, Joyce and brother Bill. A private family service was held August 31, 2015 at the Brandon Cemetery officiated by Joe Ball. Grandson Brock Payne was the urn bearer. We would like to thank the caring nursing staff on 400 and the palliative care unit, as well Dr. Deong, Dr. Butler and Joe Ball. A special thanks to the wonderful staff on the 4th floor at Fairview. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Marion may be made to a charity of choice.
Expressions of sympathy may be made at www.memorieschapel.com.
RICE: THOMAS J. RICE Husband-Father-Grand/Great- Grandparent-FriendFounder-Member-Director-Chairman-Consumer Advocate Manitoban
Born in Brandon in 1939, predeceased by Parents Ephraim Samuel John (Jack) Rice and Gladys Leitha Rice (Wilcox) and brother Gordon Ransom Rice. Tom received his education in Brandon. He was very active in sports, playing and coaching several provincial championship teams, for both baseball and hockey. He began his working career at the age of 10 as a paper delivery boy which grew to a route of 250 papers for the Brandon Sun. Tom joined Safeway as a part-timer at age of 15 to full time after high school graduation. Tom moved to Edmonton and joined Western Grocers as a retail store supervisor and distribution Manager. Returning to Brandon in 1963, Tom worked as a successful sales person for Canadian Motors until 1965 when he returned to food industry joining Codville Group (IGA) as development officer. In 1966 he was hired by the Alcoholism Foundation of Manitoba as the first councillor outside of the City of Winnipeg until 1969. During which time he established programs in western Manitoba through the regional health units and a program at the Brandon Mental Hospital. He identified a need for a halfway centre in Brandon and established Matheson House, as well as establishing an Advisory Board in Western Manitoba under the alcoholism foundation provincial board. During this time, as well he advanced his academics at the Brandon University and University of North Dakota. Tom married Dorothy A Pettinger from Elgin, Manitoba. They have 2 sons, Bradley and Tyler Rice and Tom has 3 children from a previous marriage, Jack and Jeff Rice and Pam Pople. He and Dorothy have 13 grandchildren and recently first great-grandchild. In 1969 Tom entered the Financial Industry by joining Crown Life Insurance Company where he continued his education in business estate planning for corporations and personal needs. He achieved many sales successes at the national level. Crown Life transferred him to Winnipeg and advanced his education and support in corporate and financial planning and encouraged his advancement as a resource for other agents. Operating as T.J. Rice and Associates, Tom obtained his CLU degree in 1974 and CFP qualification in 1985. Tom was the founder of T.J. Rice & Associates, which began as an independent insurance brokerage with five employees in 1971, and within four years became a full service financial services retailer offering Fixed Term Deposits, Mutual Funds, Group Benefits, Retirement Services and Insurance Services. This became the precursor for Rice Capital Management Inc., Rice Financial Group Inc. and Independent Wealth Advantage; all of which were eventually included under the umbrella of the Jovian Capital Corporation, a publicly traded company listed on the TSX Exchange (JOV). Jovian had almost100 locations and more than $12 billion of assets under administration/management in 2009. Tom believed and was committed to the principle that people did not need a financial planner; what they needed was clear concise information about products and services and issues required to address with clear language in their terms, without buzzwords, premised on this principle the majority of people can establish their own financial planning objectives. His company Rice Financial was acknowledged with 50 best managed company. In 2000 – 2001 entrepreneur of year advancing to Western Canadian finals in 2001. Always an active member of the financial sector, Tom was a founding member of the Federation of Independent Deposit Brokers (FIDB) and the Federation of Independent Mutual Fund Dealers (FIMFD). Tom has been a member of the Board of Directors for the Investment Funds Institute of Canada (IFIC), the Independent Financial Brokers of Canada (IFBC), the Independent Life Brokers Association and formerly Co-operators Mutual Funds. He was an active member of CAIFA and CALU. As a member of these associations, Tom has been integrally involved in the development of strategic objectives, the formation of governance models, policy, by-laws and compliance from genesis through to implementation. Tom has contributed to the requirements, development and execution of the CDIC coverage's. Tom had membership in the Institute of Corporate Directors; an internationally affiliated organization formed in 1903. ICD utilizes the intellectual capital of its affiliates to focus on matters of corporate governance while promoting high professional standards of practice and performance for board and directors conduct. The financial industry recognized Mr. Rice by honoring him with a Distinguished Career Award. In 2005 Tom was invited to participate as a Director for the Bank of Canada and shortly after was invited to participate as a member of the Advisory Committee on Currency. He stepped down from the Board in 2009. In June 2012, he was honored by the investment industry of Canada (IIAC) being awarded the Queens Diamond Jubilee Medal. Tom has always been a strong advocate for the rights of individual consumers and clients and spoke on their behalf through both media and seminar presentations. He was a strong voice in coordinating industry regulations with the Federal Government as well as the Provincial Regulatory bodies. Tom has participated in the Ontario Securities Commission Stromberg Report Review of the Mutual Fund industry. The Wiseman Committee Review of a national securities regulator, Manitoba Securities Commission Advisory Committee, and Manitoba Advisory Committee to TSX Venture as well as the CDIC Industry Review Body. His involvement focused on industry standards and practices, human resources as well as the practical application of adopted rules and regulations. He has served on various committees that established the Mutual Fund Dealers Association. He has appeared in front of the Senate on 3 occasions, for consumers in CDIC policy & coverage’s reviews, Pensions & Rights for First Nations Aboriginals for Pensions including C.P.P. & OAS participation. He established a pension and benefits program for aboriginal first nations people inclusive of their treaty rights. Tom Rice was always very active in the community supporting charities he was involved in; "there's nothing more satisfying than doing something you love in support of something in which you believe." 52 years sober, he credits most of his lifelong success to the stability and support of his AA family. He was committed to helping anyone who needed it, understanding everyone needs a hand up sometimes. Toms faith in Jesus and support reached more people than we can count, support of mission work around the world for children and families he never met. He was Campaign Chair for Brandon for the United Way. Tom initiated an annual charitable golf tournament held in Clear Lake since 1984 which has raised millions of dollars, goods and values for Manitoba Harvest, Big Brothers and Sisters, Child Find MB, Brandon General Hospital and various rural hospitals and charities in need. Tom served on the Board Member for the Brandon University Foundation and Industry Relations Committee Chair for the Lieutenant Governor’s Youth Experience Program served on various Committees dealing with Human Resources and policies. Tom participated on the Advisory Board of Chimo Building Centres and is a firm believer in maintaining history while rejuvenating core areas. He was currently involved in housing and commercial developments in the core areas of the Manitoba cities Winnipeg and Brandon. The project in Brandon is Renaissance Station which has not only changed the landscape in Brandon’s core area but as well has provided a choice of lifestyles. He stated “We have so much to learn from those who have gone before - their faith and achievements in building this great country with cities, schools, churches and homes; making their way in providing for their families. All of which so often today we take for granted and want more provided" More important than the legacy Tom leaves in the financial services sector, is the extensive network of family and the deep well of memories they have built together. A patriarch is the truest sense of the word. Tom loved being surrounded by family and friends – the more the merrier. His wife Dorothy was the most cherished of all, and would have been married 50 years this winter, she was his touchstone and constant companion. She kept him grounded and gave him support like no one could. Tom would say it is Dorothy who is the glue keeping the family bonded and keeping them together. Bradley and Marnie (Mac, Dasha and Morgan) and Tyler and Nicole (Maddy, Callie, Leighton, and Brynn) Jack and Carolin (Alannah and Rebecca), Jeff and Shelby (Cam (Kerrie), Graeme, Erin) and Pam Pople (Leah) Chase. Tom loved his children and especially his grandchildren and great grandchild. They often shared time at the family cabin at Clear Lake, golfing, boating as well as time at their winter home in Arizona. Beyond the network of his extensive family are the hundreds of people who worked at Rice Financial. Anyone who worked with Tom feels as if they are part of the extended family, and that’s just how he wanted it – more lives to touch directly. His heart was big enough for everyone. "fun and fellowship" As hard as Tom worked, he did so to be able to give back to the people of Manitoba. He wanted to make the province better, make things right, the world more accountable. Working hard was never about earning money, “if you work harder than everyone, don't take short cuts, you'll bear more fruit”. That’s how Tom saw it, and it is what fuelled him, giving him his energy and relentlessly drive.Tom will be missed deeply. His family is proud of the legacy he leaves behind. The world is a better place because Tom Rice lived in it.
We Love you, and you'll never be forgotten...
The Family would also like to specifically thank the tremendous personal care and attention, of Doctors, Nurses and staff on the floor 6E at the St.Boniface Hospital shown to Tom and family over the last weeks. In support of Tom’s Legacy and at the request of the Family, Donations can be made to the T.J. Rice Family Foundation c/o 1325 Kenaston Blvd. Winnipeg, MB, R3P2P2 in continued support of the people in need, Tom so graciously supported, for years to come.
Thomson “In the ParK”204-925-1120Condolences may be sent to www.thomsoninthepark.com
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JACKSON: Jasper Henry Jackson passed away suddenly in Kindersley, Saskatchewan on Monday, August 31, 2015 at the age of 75 years. Jasper was born on January 16, 1940 in Brandon. He worked on the family farm with his dad until 1960. He then went onto work for the City of Brandon as a labourer and then moved to Calgary where he continued to work as a labourer for the City of Calgary. After his time with the City, he worked for Tage Davidsen Drywall Supplies for roughly 10 years. During his semi-retirement, Jasper enjoyed buying and selling acreages, where he enjoyed hobby farming and the company of his Jack Russell Terrier. He truly enjoyed the farm lifestyle. Jasper was known as a very honest and hardworking man and if he was your friend, he was a very good friend to you. Jasper was always telling jokes and loved meeting up with friends for coffee. Jasper is survived by his sisters Myrtle (George) Hutlet, Belle Jackson, and Marie Stephen, as well as numerous nieces and nephews, extended family and friends. He was predeceased by his parents Emily and Arthur, his sister Alva, a very good friend and partner for over 30 years, Edith, brothers-in-law John, Paul, Norman and his niece Lana. The Funeral Service took place at the Brockie Donovan Chapel on Saturday, September 5, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. with Arlene Robertson officiating. Pallbearers were Paul Hutlet, Ron Paddock, Ross Jackson, Harvey Jackson, Lorne Enright and Ross Roney. Interment followed at the Methven Cemetery where Jasper was laid to rest beside his paternal grandfather James Henry Jackson.
Messages of condolencemay be placed at www.brockiedonovan.com.
HASTINGS: Margaret Irene (Taylor) Hastings passed away peacefully with her daughter at her side at the Delwynda Personal Care Home on Saturday, September 5, 2015 at the age of 88 years. Margaret was born in Griswold, Manitoba December 7, 1926. Margaret completed her entire schooling in Oak Lake and then attended Normal School in Winnipeg, earning her Teaching Certificate in 1947. Her first teaching position was at Fleming School in Brandon. She completed an exchange teaching position to England in 1952, and had the honour of attending the Queen's Coronation. Prior to leaving for her teaching position in England, Morn had a blind date with Floyd Hastings, and as soon as her year of teaching in England was completed, Floyd met her in Montreal where they were married August 1, 1953. Dad and Mom lived in Virden for a year and then in 1954, opened their own GMC dealership in Rivers. Mom was very active in the community - she belonged to Eastern Star, the United Church, Riverdale Hospital Guild, Legion Auxiliary in Rivers, and the Curling Club, as well as an active substitute teacher. In 1999, Mom moved to Brandon where she resided at Colonial Estates for two years and Riverheights Terrace for 13 years - she loved to socialize with everyone so this was a perfect setting for her. Mom was known for her kindness, caring and compassionate personality. She helped many people throughout her lifetime and always had a cheery smile for everyone! To Mom her family was everything. Any chance Mom had to be with her family she was always there. She had unconditional love for all of us. Left to cherish her generous heart and spirit are her two daughters Helen (Keith) Cassan and Dianne (Bob) Fotheringham; her grandchildren Jeff (Annie), Trent (Amy), Teagan (fiancé Luke) and her precious great grandchildren Emry, Norah and Nevin Cassan. She is also survived by her two brothers Bud (Jessie), Fred (Frances), sister-in-law Marg Taylor and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Very close nieces Gerrie Taylor (Brandon) and Susan Wolfe (Grimsby, Ontario). She was predeceased by her husband Floyd in 1971, her parents Jean and Herb Taylor, brother Stuart, special aunt Dorothy and uncle Percy Lowres, Ivan, Doris and Betty McCaw and all of Floyd's immediate family. The celebration of Margaret’s life was held at the Oak Lake United Church on Thursday, September 10, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Don Sellsted officiating. Interment took place at Oak Lake Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Mom may be made to the Delwynda Personal Care Home (Palliative Care Unit), P.O. Box 447 Deloraine, MB, ROM OMO or the Oak Lake United Church, P.O. Box 89, Oak Lake, MB, ROM 1PO. Mom's greatest wish would be to always share a smile. We will treasure all our happy memories
"You are Our Sunshine"
Messages of condolence may be placed at www.brockiedonovan.com.
DUFILY: Jack, 82 years,  beloved husband of Joan Dufily, father of Dwayne, Brenda and the late Darcy, passed away in the Souris Health Centre on Thursday, September 10, 2015. A memorial reception to celebrate Jack’s life will be held at the Souris Legion Clubroom, Souris, Manitoba on Saturday, September 19, 2015 at 12:00 p.m. Private interment in the Souris & Glenwood Cemetery. In memory of Jack, donations may be made to the Souris Hospital Palliative Care 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 www.kowalchuks.net
WRIGHT: Gladys Wright passed away peacefully with her family by her side at the Victoria General Hospital in Winnipeg, on Thursday, September 10, 2015 at the age of 85 years. A private family graveside service will be held at Rosewood Memorial Gardens at a later date. Donations in memory of Gladys may be made to the Southwest Manitoba Regional Foundation, Box 338, Deloraine, MB, R0M 0M0 or to the Parkinson Society of Manitoba, 208-1011 Rosser Avenue, Brandon, MB, R7A 0L5, or a charity of choice. Complete obituary to follow.
Messages of condolences may be placed at www.brockiedonovan.com.
LANG:Andrew Edward (Andy), 86 years, beloved husband of Ila Lang, father of Clark, Ruth and Frank, passed away in the Souris Health Centre on Wednesday, September 9, 2015. Funeral services will be held at St. Paul’s United Church Souris, Manitoba on Saturday, September 12, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. Private interment in the Souris & Glenwood Cemetery. In memory of Andy, donations may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation or to a charity of your choice. Kowalchuk’s Funeral Home, Souris, in care of arrangements.
Expression of sympathy may be made at www.kowalchuks.net
SZAPKO:Kenneth Donald Szapko; of Bradwardine, MB; beloved husband of Barb Szapko; passed away at the Brandon Regional Health Centre, Brandon, MB on Friday, September 4, 2015 at 67 years of age. A service to celebrate Ken’s life will be held at the Kenton Memorial Hall, Kenton, MB on Sunday, September 13, 2015 at 2:00pm with a time of fellowship and refreshments following. A semi-private interment will take place at Ancrum Cemetery. For those so desiring, donations may be made in Ken’s memory to A3 Palliative Care, Assiniboine Centre, 150 McTavish Ave E, Brandon, MB, R7A 2B3 or online to Ian’s Walk 2015 at www.ianswalk2015.ca. Messages of condolence and/or photos can be shared at www.campbellfuneralhome.ca. Campbell Funeral Home, Hamiota are entrusted with the arrangements. (866) 620-2744.
OAKDEN: Ennis Betty Oakden; of Hamiota, MB; beloved wife of the late Art Oakden and mother of Larry (Judy) Oakden, Blaine Oakden, Linda (Mervyn) Simpson; passed away on Tuesday, September 8, 2015 at 88 years of age. A service to celebrate Betty’s life will be held at the Hamiota United Church, Hamiota, MB on Saturday, September 12, 2015 at 7:00 pm. A private family interment will take place at the Hamiota Cemetery. For those so desiring, donations may be made in Betty’s memory to the Hamiota Community Foundation, Box 100, Hamiota, MB, R0M 0T0. Messages of condolence and/or photos can be shared at www.campbellfuneralhome.ca. Campbell Funeral Home, Hamiota are entrusted with the arrangements. (866) 620-2744.
LANG:Andrew Edward (Andy), 86 years, beloved husband of Ila Lang, father of Clark, Ruth and Frank, passed away in the Souris Health Centre on Wednesday, September 9, 2015. Funeral services will be held at St. Paul’s United Church Souris, Manitoba on Saturday, September 12, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. Private interment in the Souris & Glenwood Cemetery. In memory of Andy, donations may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation or to a charity of your choice. Kowalchuk’s Funeral Home, Souris, in care of arrangements.
Expression of sympathy may be made at www.kowalchuks.net
MASSINA: On Monday, September 7, 2015, Phyllis Mabel Massina, of Brandon, passed away at the Brandon Regional Health Centre. Phyllis was born March 9, 1932 in Deloraine, Manitoba, and completed her education in Brandon. She met the love of her life, Reg, and they were married in 1949. Phyllis worked at the Brandon Mental Health Centre as well as at the Husky Restaurant. A love for animals led her to volunteer at the Brandon Humane Society, eventually becoming the Secretary-Treasurer. A favourite past-time was bowling and Phyllis served as President of the bowling league. She was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion. Left to cherish Phyllis' memory are her husband Reg; son Gary (Kathryn), Sean (Jen) and Ryan; son Ted (Gina), Kelly, Dallas (Brandi); great-grandchildren Taylor and Austin; brothers, Bill (Lucille) and family, Jim (Keri) and family; sister-in-law Shirley Burton and sister-in-law Jessie Roberts as well as many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents, Ernest and Mabel Burton, and brothers Art and Ed. The Ceremony to Celebrate Phyllis' Life will be held at Memories Chapel, 330 18th Street North, on Monday, September 14, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. with Pastor Sam Souza officiating. If friends so desire, donations in memory of Phyllis may be made to the Keystone Baptist Church, 159 Madison Crescent, Brandon, MB R7A 2G9.
Expressions of sympathy may be made at www.memorieschapel.com.
RICE: THOMAS JOHN RICE Oct. 15, 1939  –  Sept. 7, 2015. It  is  with  heavy  hearts  that  we  announce  the  passing  of  our  husband,  father  and  grandfather  Thomas John Rice on September 7, 2015. A private family service will be held. Complete obituary to follow in Saturday’s edition. Thomson “In The Park”. 204-925-1120.
Condolences may be sent to www.thomsoninthepark.com
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