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BLACK: Harold Arnold Black passed away on May 25th, 2014 at the Brandon Regional Health Centre at the age of 85 years. Harold was born to Carl and Grace Black December 7th, 1928 in Dauphin, MB. He was predeceased by his brothers Reg and Herman. He leaves behind his beautiful bride, Phyllis, of 63 years; daughter Debbie (Rick) and grandchildren Lisa (Andy) and great grandchildren Elena and Dominic; daughter Kathy (Melvin) and grandchildren Tammy (Lee), Bobby Jo (Russ) and great grandchildren Chelcie, Dylin and Ella. Also surviving are in-laws Ann (Ed), Gladys (Norm), Linda, and Gertie and numerous nieces and nephews. As a young man, Harold started out as a farm hand at Hunter Aitken's farm in Grandview, where he met and married the love of his life, Phyllis, who worked there as well. On May 16th, 1951, they were married. He later worked at Delby’s Bakery in Grandview. The family recalls him telling the story of him mixing a batch of bread and letting it rise. He then couldn’t find the thermometer. He realized it must have been accidently mixed in with the dough. He didn’t know what to do except to throw the whole batch out. Needless to say, the boss was not impressed!! After that incident, he came to the conclusion that he was not meant to be a baker, so he ventured out and ended up moving to Dauphin and working at Branders’ Garage. Through time his two daughters were born, Kathy and Debbie. He decided in order to make a better life for his family that he would take a Radio and TV Technician course through correspondence. Once completed, he applied and started at PA Kennedy’s in Brandon. He went on to work at Brandon Co-op, retired from there, and then started Harold’s TV. He worked from his house, later renovating part of his garage into a workshop. Dad and Mom enjoyed travelling and took different trips which included trips to the West Coast, a trip to the East Coast, Disney World, Branson, Alaska and California, to name a few. His real passion was music. Harold played the fiddle, piano, guitar and the mouth organ! He attended and played at the Austin Threshermen’s Reunion for a number of years, as well as Music in the Park. You would also see him participate in Jam Sessions in and around the Brandon area, in Saskatchewan, as well as North Dakota. Years ago, Dad even made his own records, 78’s, one with his brother Herman and one with his sister-in-law, Gladys. “You & Me Together Life’s a Pleasure” and “Shu, Shu, Shu Shalala” are songs that are etched in his girls’ memories. “Lessons in life aren’t always spoken; sometimes they are simply learned by actions. Harold loved life and made the best of every day. His patience, commitment to family and unconditional love taught his children to know how precious each day is. He was never about the grand things, life was simple. He was a provider and happiness was determined not by riches found in dollars, but rather, found by the commitment to Family and Friends.”
Memories are forever.
It was seldom that Kathy was bad. Once though, she was being scolded and Harold threatened to take his belt off to spank her. Mom said in the background “Your pants are going to fall down, your pants are going to fall down!!” She diffused the situation, Dad started laughing, and Kathy ended up not getting a spanking! Other times when Kathy and Debbie were being scolded, Harold actually did spank them. He came back 10 minutes later to apologize for spanking them. His words were “I didn’t like to spank you, but I want you to be a good girl.” They have been good ever since!!!!
Message from Grandchildren:
Our grandparents hold a very special place in our hearts. Bobby-Jo and Tammy have been very fortunate to have had all of the love and kindness that anyone could hope for from their grandparents. There are not many people that receive this time with Grandparents that we have been so lucky to be gifted with. In our younger years, we spent summer holidays, spring breaks, and Christmas breaks with Grandpa and Grandma. During which time was spent with us one-on-one. There were no video games, ipods, ipads, iphones or really very much TV watching. We had card playing, crokinole, playing "I spy with my little eye" when we would get up too early. We would crawl into bed between Grandpa and Grandma and play until it was time to get some breakfast. We especially loved the time Grandpa spent showing us how to play some basic tunes on the piano and singing along with him as he prepared for one of his "gigs" or just "jammin" out. Grandpa was a kid at heart and everyone that knew him would have many of their own memories and stories of him, always playing and spending quality time with the kids. He always had so much fun, his smile was so contagious and we will all miss his amazing sense of humor. With every visit the time would to come to say good-bye. No matter what the temperature was, Grandpa would always walk us out to our car. As we made our way down the driveway, Grandpa would always be waving to wish us farewell for now. Now we are standing here waving to you and wishing you farewell; for now. You have been such a huge part of our lives Grandpa. We appreciate all of the time we had with you and all of the memories we have made together. We will always love you and miss you, until we see you again. A Celebration of Harold’s Life was held Saturday, May 31, 2014 at Brockie Donovan Chapel with Rev. John Lea officiating. Eulogist was nephew, James Barnett, Violinist Marla Winters, Urn Bearers were daughters Kathy and Debbie. A special thanks to all the doctors at Brandon Regional Health Centre. We extend our sincere gratitude to the wonderful and caring Staff at Fairview Home. Thanks for all the kind words, cards, flowers, phone calls, and food that was brought, it was all overwhelming. Thanks to all that travelled near and far to be with us at this time of need. Thanks to the Central United Church ladies for serving lunch. Thank-you to Brockie Donovan for all their help. In lieu of flowers, if friends so desire, memorial donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke foundation.
Messages of condolence may be placed at www.brockiedonovan.com.
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ROACH: James Allen (Jim). Jim was born in Norton, New Brunswick on April 13, 1949 and died in Brandon, Manitoba on February 23, 2014. He started elementary school in Fredericton, N.B. and moved to Fort Frances, Ontario in 1956 where he completed both elementary and high school. From an early age, Jim was known for his sociability and sense of enterprise. An avid curler as a teenager, he was part of the team that won the Northern Ontario School Curling Championship in 1968. Later, he went on to play with Al Hackner’s successful team from North Western Ontario. Jim started work in banking in late 1968. He spent some time at Lakehead University, and then followed in the tradition of several of his paternal male ancestors with a twenty-year career as a Canadian Pacific Railroad trainman throughout the 1970s and 1980s. He worked the northern Lake Superior route between White River and Thunder Bay, enjoying homes and building lifelong friendships in Schreiber, Marathon, and Thunder Bay. Jim also liked to travel – a highlight going to cheer on his friend, Al Hackner’s team at the Brier in Scotland in the early 1980s. From late 1989 until 1992, was a time of pursuing a major life dream: he left the CPR to create, own, and operate a sporting goods store in Thunder Bay Ontario called COACH ROACH, Curling Supplies Plus. Jim sponsored and supported local sports teams in the Thunder Bay community during those years. In late February 1993, Jim moved on to Brandon, Manitoba where he spent his last 21 years. In addition to curling, Jim played golf, and loved his thriving, balcony gardens. He enjoyed a fine rum or scotch; playing pool & cards, and was a mean cribbage player. He read widely and constantly. Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein was his favorite book. Jim noted aphorisms and left behind small notebooks full of sayings. Three from his collected quotations that characterize his own living are as follows: from Canadian Henri Bergeron -“…to exist is to change; to change is to mature; to mature is to go on creating oneself endlessly;” from George Orwell, “If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.” from Henry Van Dyke, “Be glad of life because it gives you the chance to love and to work and to play and to look up at the stars.”Before he became ill with pulmonary fibrosis, he was involved in events management pursuits in Brandon, and also worked at a 1960s specialty shop. A single man, Jim had several enduring friendships throughout his life. He spoke his truth plainly, and frequently asked piercing questions of those he held dear. He dared to realize some of his dreams, and was generous including funding unfortunate children through global sponsorship. In his last years, he became almost completely apartment-bound, and was fond of anti-heroes such as Walt White. He never lost his sense of humour, exhorting his own family physician to become more like British physician, Doc Martin, in his house calls, mere days before Jim died at home. Jim is survived by his sisters, Margaret (Doug) Chapman and Beth Michalska; and his older brother, Graham Roach. As well, he leaves behind his beloved nephews and nieces: Evan (Rose) Chapman, Carmen (Tyler) Gagnon, Meara Michalska, and Andrew (Melissa) Chapman & their children- Madisson, Logan, and Luke. Jim was predeceased by our parents, Bill and Eileen, and our brothers David and Wylie. Friends are invited to share in a family graveside service that will be held on Monday, June 30, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. in Riverview Cemetery on Colonization Road West in Fort Frances, Ontario. Donations in memory of Jim may be made to Plan Canada, 245 Eglinton Avenue East, Suite 300, Toronto, Ontario, M4P 0B3 or to Hull’s Haven Border Collie Rescue c/o 88 McAdam St. Winnipeg, Manitoba, R2W 0A4.
Messages of condolence may be placed at www.brockiedonovan.com
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SAGER: Celebrating Elsie's Life on June 21st, 7:00 p.m. to dark at 167 Oak Point Drive, Killarney. Please join us for food and memories. Casual theme - dress for a picnic and bring your lawn chairs.
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SCHICK: Elfriede J Schick, passed away at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Monday, June 2, 2014, surrounded by her family. Elfriede was born on April 26, 1928 in Gotzingen, West Germany. She grew up in a small farming community and experienced many adventures as a young girl during the Depression and war years. Eventually her adventurous spirit led her to the big city where she met Hermann, whom she would marry and immigrate to Canada with in 1954. After a brief stay in Winnipeg, the newlyweds moved to Brandon where they began their new life. Not knowing very much English, she “spoke with hands and feet” (as she would say) with her new neighbors, co-workers and friends. It didn’t take long for her to settle into the Canadian way of life; however, she continued to incorporate her German roots much to the appreciation and delight of her new friends who enjoyed the food and partaking in the traditions. In 1959, they bought their first home, where they raised their four children, and where she remained for 50 years before downsizing to her new modest, comfortable apartment. Always a hard worker, she spent many years working at Perth’s Drycleaning and Laundry saving for her numerous trips back to Germany to visit family and friends. She and Hermann also travelled across Canada and down into the U.S. many times, often with her driving a motor home filled with German relatives or en route to visit family or friends. A devoted member of St. Augustine’s church, she sang in the choir for 50 years and was a member of the Catholic Women’s League for almost 60 years. She could always be relied upon to make sandwiches, cabbage rolls or baking for church, as well as other community events. Somehow she also managed to volunteer many hours at Fairview, the Red Cross and at the Assiniboine Centre, and drove many fellow parishioners to church services over the years. Elfriede leaves to mourn her husband of 60 years Hermann, children Charles, Helen (Brian) Forsyth, Rosie Thompson and Richard (Kim). Oma will also be missed by her six grandchildren: Brett and Ashley Forsyth, Ryan and Krista Thompson and Noah and Seacret Schick. Predeceased by her parents Helene Schwarz and Wilhelm Hartman, her sister Elise Volk and sister-in-law Inge Schick, she also leaves to mourn a sister Ida (Ludwig), brother Wilhelm (Rita), sister-in-law Rosy (Heinz) and brother-in-law Ernst and many nieces and nephews in Germany. Mass of Christian burial took place on June 6, 2014 at St. Augustine’s Roman Catholic Church with Fr. Kevin Smith as Celebrant. Interment followed at Rosewood Memorial Gardens. It’s hard to describe someone who has done so much with so little for so many, and even harder to find someone who has lived a richer life. Donations in memory of Elfriede may be made to the Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation “Palliative Care”, 150 McTavish Avenue East, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 2B3 or to a charity of choice.
Messages of condolence may be placed at www.brockiedonovan.com.
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WHETTER:Donalda Louise Whetter beloved wife of the late Jack Whetter died June 12, 2014 at the Fairview Personal Care Home, Brandon, MB at the age of 95 years. Memorial Service will be held Thursday, June 26, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at the Hartney Community Centre, Hartney, MB. Interment will follow in the Chainlakes Cemetery, Hartney, MB. Memorial donations may be made to the Hart-Cam Museum, Hartney, Manitoba, R0M 0X0.
Messages of condolences may be made at www.wheatlandfs.comSmith’s Funeral Home204-747-2088 www.wheatlandfs.com
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WILSON: Dr. Charles Paton Wilson (1937-2014). It is with great sadness that the family of Dr. Charles Paton Wilson aged 76, announce his sudden passing, Friday, June 6 during a routine family excursion. Dr. Wilson is survived by; his loving wife, Mrs. Elizabeth (Elma) Wilson, daughter, Mrs. Elizabeth (Beth) Saunders and son, Dr. David Wilson, Mrs. Angela Wilson and four grandchildren, Paton and Emilie Wilson and Rayden and Avery Saunders. His son-in-law, Mr. Michael Saunders, predeceased Dr. Wilson. In 1968, at the age of 30, Dr. Wilson and his wife Elma emigrated from Scotland and established family life and his medical practice in obstetrics and gynecology with the Brandon Clinic and Brandon General Hospital/Brandon Regional Health Authority. In the early days in Brandon, Dr. Wilson was involved with the Lions Club and the YMCA. Dr. Wilson was an avid runner, competing in athletics at University and throughout his clinical practice, and could be seen running to and from work in both summer and winter. Practicing medicine was his passion as was running. Dr. Wilson participated in many Manitoba marathons and YMCA fun runs, a highlight was winning a masters race at age 47. Unfortunately in 1998, he was diagnosed with an atrial arrhythmia that necessitated a pacemaker and limited his activity to walking. Dr. Wilson was appointed Chief of Staff at the Brandon General Hospital, an administrative role that he cherished as it enabled him to contribute his breadth of experience in medical practice and management to the Brandon Regional Health Authority. Prior to and during his retirement, Dr. Wilson and his wife Elma became avid gardeners on their acreage west of Brandon. Those who knew him both professionally and personally will dearly miss him as: Dr. Wilson, Charlie, Dad and Grandpa. It was Dr. Wilson’s final wish that his passing be respected as a private event. However, his family hopes that as you read this you may reflect on how he touched our lives. Friends and family will lovingly miss him.In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Manitoba, #3-824-18th Street, Brandon, MB, R7A 5B7 or to a charity of choice.
Messages of condolence may be placed at www.brockiedonovan.com.
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KYLE: Eleanor Margaret Kyle (nee Hall). It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Eleanor Margaret Kyle age 91 years and a resident of Killarney, MB for 38 years. Eleanor was born at her home on the farm near Margaret, MB on July 6, 1922 and lived her entire life in South Western MB. She married Hilliard Kyle on June 6, 1942. He predeceased her in 1961. They had three children Betty (Willard), Alma (Jim) and Wayne (Teressa), eight grandchildren Hope, Adrienne, Joie (Ralph), Kelly (Brian), Chris (Mirielle), Candace (Brian), Ryan (Chizuko) and Melanie, as well as great grandchildren. Blaire (Richard), Kate (Adrian), Sydney (Andrew), Jesse (Teagan), Erin, Samual, Sebestian, Adelaide and Julian. Eleanor joined her daughters in Killarney in 1978 where she worked as a nurse’s aid at the Killarney Hospital and she retired in 1988. Eleanor enjoyed playing the piano at farming dances and other occasions, writing letters, gardening, flowers, her many beloved pets, all her children and grandchildren’s events, baking the best bread and buns, knitting and bingo.
We will miss her presence, her laughter, all the beautiful music she created and the wisdom and love she always shared with each of us.
A Memorial Service will be held on Sunday, June 15, 2014 at the Killarney United Church in Killarney, Manitoba at 2:00 p.m. Donations in memory of Eleanor may be made to the Tri Lake Palliative Care Fund, Box 5000, Killarney, MB R0K 1G0 or to a charity of one’s choice.
Messages of condolence may be made online at www.wheatlandfs.comWheatland Funeral Service(204) 523-7791 www.whatlandfs.com
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JONES: David F. Passed away suddenly at home in Brandon, Manitoba on June 4, 2014 at age 57. He leaves behind his daughters Heather Jones (Brian) and Ashley Jones Mulvihill (Ryan), and grandchildren Lance, Reece, Christian, Evan and Bradyn. Predeceased by his father David Alun Jones (2005), he is survived by his loving mother Mary Winifred, sister Kathryn, niece Sierra and cousins in England and the U.S. Born in England and raised in Thunder Bay, David spent many happy years in Canada’s remote north. As a meteorologist, and later as a flight services specialist, with what is now NavCanada, David was stationed in Isachsen, Rankin Inlet, Baker Lake and Churchill, before retiring to Brandon. Private graveside service will take place at Glen Oaks Memorial Gardens, Oakville, Ontario. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to your local humane society.
Online condolences, www.glenoaks.ca.
Glen Oaks Memorial Gardens & Reception Centre/Glen Oaks Memorial Gardens & Reception Centre/Arbor Memorial Inc., 3164 Ninth Line, Mississauga ON, CA, L6H 7A8. Telephone (905) 257-8822. Fax: (905) 257-3158. EmailGlenOaksChapel@arbormemorial.com
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WILSON: Dr. Charles Wilson, beloved husband of Elizabeth “Elma”, passed away suddenly on Friday, June 6, 2014 at the age of 76 years. A private family service will be held at Charles’ request. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Manitoba, #3-824-18th Street, Brandon, MB, R7A 5B7 or to a charity of choice. Complete obituary information to follow.
Messages of condolence may be placed at www.brockiedonovan.com.
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SMYTH: Surrounded by her family, Marion Ellen, beloved wife of John, passed away peacefully at her home on Sunday, June 8, 2014. A private graveside service will be held at Rosewood Memorial Gardens. Donations in memory of Marion may be made to the Manitoba Lung Association, 8-940 Princess Avenue, Brandon, MB, R7A 0P6. Complete obituary information to follow.
Messages of condolence may be placed at www.brockiedonovan.com.
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SMITH:Bill Smith beloved husband of the late Elsie Smith died June 8, 2014 in the Brandon Regional Health Centre at the age of 88 years. Memorial Service will be held Friday, June 13, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. in the Killarney United Church, Killarney, Manitoba. Interment will follow in the Killarney Cemetery, Killarney, Manitoba. Donations in memory of Bill may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba, 6 Donald St., Winnipeg, Manitoba R3L 0K6.
Messages of condolences may be made at www.wheatlandfs.comWheatland Funeral Service204-523-7791www.wheatlandfs.com
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MACKIE: Jean Mackie, beloved wife of the late Clarence Mackie, passed away peacefully at the Langenburg Centennial Care Home, with her daughter, granddaughter and great granddaughter by her side, on Sunday, June 8, 2014 at the age of 85 years. In keeping with Jean’s wishes, cremation will take place and a family service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Jean may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation, Unit 3-824-18th Street, Brandon, MB, R7A 5B7 or to the Canadian Cancer Society, 415-1st Street, Brandon, MB, R7A 2W8. Complete obituary information to follow.
Messages of condolence may be placed at www.brockiedonovan.com.
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DEMAS: Santana Sherlene Demas passed away at her residence in Sioux Valley, Manitoba on Thursday, June 5, 2014 at the age of 26 years. Funeral service will be held at the Sioux Valley Veterans’ Hall on Monday, June 9, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. Interment will follow at the Sioux Valley Catholic Cemetery.
Messages of condolence may be placed at www.brockiedonovan.com.
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WHITE: John (Jack) Allan White, beloved husband of the late Shirley White, passed away at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Friday, May 30, 2014 at the age of 83 years. Jack was born on December 9, 1930 at Albermarle Township, Bruce County, Ontario. He leaves to mourn his passing his loving family: daughter Brenda (Dean) Hill, son Brent (Rae), granddaughters Denny, Haley, Erin, Kaitlyn and Meghan, 12 great-grandchildren, brother Tom, sister Anne and many nieces and nephews. Jack was predeceased by his wife Shirley, brothers Jim, Drury and Bob, sisters Betty and Dell and a great-granddaughter, Shaylynn. Jack and Shirley were married December 10, 1955 and were blessed with two children. Jack came to Manitoba from Ontario in the fall of 1938 with his father, mother and seven brothers and sisters. The youngest brother, Tom, was born in Manitoba. Life was not always easy for Jack since he had lost his left foot in a hay mower accident at the age of 3 1/2 years. This adversity only made him more determined to do everything a young person would do. Jack worked at various occupations from truck driver, dragline operator, oilfield roughneck, lumber yardman, for a cabinet shop and then to his natural ability, carpentry. He worked for the Department of National Defence for 30 years, first as a carpenter, then as an estimator/spec writer and the last 13 years as the engineering officer. During this time at CFB Shilo, Jack was awarded the Queen’s Silver Jubilee Medal and he attributed this achievement more to his co-workers than to his own efforts. Although Jack retired in January of 1987, that did not end his working days. After two years of holidays on Vancouver Island, he returned to Souris, MB and for 7 years, together with his wife Shirley and brother Tom, owned and maintained a country acreage. Jack set up his own shop and pursued his hobby of restoring and refinishing antiques, finally retiring to Brandon in 1997, mostly due to health reasons. Jack has always believed that what you get out of life is what you put into it. In keeping with Jack’s wishes, cremation has taken place and a private family graveside service will be held at the Rivers Cemetery where he will be laid to rest beside his wife, Shirley. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the War Amps of Canada, Key Tag Service, 1 Maybrook Drive, Scarborough, ON, M1V 5K9 or to a charity of choice.
Messages of condolence may be placed at www.brockiedonovan.com
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STEEVES: Douglas Graham Steeves "The Coach" was born March 5, 1934 to parents Frank (a farmer) and Pearl (a teacher) Steeves. They and younger brother Byron lived in Moncton, New Brunswick. He passed away after a lengthy fight with Parkinson's and Dementia on May 19, 2014. Doug's early schooling took place in Moncton then on to university at Springfield College in Springfield, Massachusetts. While at Springfield he participated in cross-country track and wrestling. He graduated with a Masters degree in Science in 1956 and later an Education Specialist degree from Arizona State. This was the beginning of a long career as an Educator. During his time at Springfield, he met Janet Bair whom he hired to do typing, he liked it so much that he married her in 1957. Doug first taught in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia then on to Hudson, Quebec where he established both wrestling and football programs. Living in Hudson they became parents to Greg, Tracey and Melanie. In 1966 Doug and Janet accepted a position at Brandon University first as an assistant Professor then as Athletic director in 1967 as well as welcoming their fourth child Michael. Doug taught for 28 years at B.U. until his retirement in 1995. While teaching at B.U he found "spare" time to start up football programs at Neelin High School (early 70's), Crocus Plains High School (early 80's) and then Vincent Massey High School (early 90's). Doug liked to coach but he loved to prepare his players for their future. Doug was inducted into the Vincent Massey Hall of Fame, Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame (2005) and the Manitoba Football Hall of Fame (2013). Doug had many "pastimes" but golf, scrabble, socializing and watching sporting events both live and televised were his favourites. If it was fun he would participate. Doug is survived by first wife Janet, son Greg, daughter Melanie (Gene) Guentert, son Michael (Jil) Simmons, nephew Rick Steeves, nieces Diane Bauman and Sharon Alford, Grandchildren; Adam Moore, Megan Moore, Erik Guentert, Georgia Steeves and Sam Steeves, Great Grandchild Nova Moore. Sister-in-law Kay Lacomb and brother-in-law Mike Conway. Doug was predeceased by parents Frank and Pearl, brother Byron, daughter Tracey and second wife Joy (Conway). Special Thank you to the residents and staff at Dinsdale Personal Care Home for making his stay there comfortable and caring. It is 3rd down with 8 yards to go (CFL rules). What would the Coach do? "A Smile is the lighting system of the face, the cooling system of the head and the heating system of the heart". The Ceremony to Celebrate Coach's life was held at Central United Church on Saturday, May 24, 2014 with Funeral Celebrant Lydia Glawson officiating. Interment followed at the Brandon Cemetery. Memorial donations can be made to: Doug Steeves High School Football Programs Friends of Education Fund, c\o Brandon School Division 1031-6th St., Brandon Manitoba, R7A 4K5
Expressions of sympathy may be made at www.memorieschapel.com. Arrangements with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 204-727-0330.
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