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MANULAK: Brian Manulak Nov. 6, 1946 - June 7, 2013. At the age of 66, after a courageous battle with cancer, Brian passed away peacefully with family at his side at the Hamiota Health Centre. Brian will be lovingly remembered by his beloved wife of 45 years, Linda; daughters: Audrey (Joe), Shauna (Jeff), son Lloyd as well as his 13 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. He is also survived by his mother Betty Manulak, brothers: Sam Christie and Rodney Manulak; many nieces and nephews and extended family. Brian was predeceased by his son Darcy, grandson Brandon and his father Mike Manulak. He enjoyed a lifelong career in the trucking industry and found great joy in all things outdoors, whether it was fishing, working around the farm or cutting grass at the church in Dolyny. He was always willing to lend a helping hand. The family would like to thank Dr. Breneman and the staff of the Hamiota Health Centre for not only the care but also the comfort they provided.The prayers will be said on Thursday evening June 13th at 7:00 p.m. at Rae’s Funeral Chapel, Shoal Lake. The funeral service will be held on Friday June 14th at 11:00 a.m. from St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Church, Dolyny. Father Mykhaylo Khomitskyy will officiate. In lieu of flowers, if friends so desire, donations may be made to the Chemotherapy Department, c/o Hamiota Health Centre, 177 Birch Avenue, Hamiota, Manitoba, R0M 0T0.
Remembrances and condolences may be emailed to raesfs@mymts.net
Rae’s Funeral Service of Shoal Lake and Erickson are in care of the arrangements. (204) 759-2160.
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KNIGHT: Trevor Donald Knight, May 13, 1959 - May 13, 2013. It is with great sadness we announce the sudden passing of a loving father, son and brother. Trevor is survived by his son Graeme, daughter Madison, and their mother Jackie of Winnipeg; parents Wayne and Phyllis Knight of Brandon; brother Trent (Tyler, Evan and Keaton) of Winnipeg; sister Kylee and Les Douglas (Ashton and Devin and Kira) of Miami, MB; father Don Venables of Brandon; aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Trev was born in Hamiota, MB and lived the majority of his life in Winnipeg. Since graduating from Sturgeon Creek Collegiate in 1977, he has worked primarily in the printing industry. He loved any sport - particularly golf, curling and darts - both as a participant and a spectator. Trev’s life centered around his children. He was an avid supporter of their activities and was very proud of their many achievements. Cremation has taken place and a private family gathering will take place at a later date. Flowers are gratefully declined; donations can be made to the charity of your choice. For those who wish to sign the on-line Guest Book, please go to the website www.chapellawn.ca
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KAVANAGH: Jean. (nee Chute). October 21, 1934 - Dauphin, MB, June 6, 2013 – Winnipeg, MB. Jean (Chum), beloved wife of the late Sean Kavanagh, passed away at the age of 78 years. She is survived by her sister Phyllis, brother Jim, sons Bill (Sheena), Brendan and Bruce (Patty) and daughter Cathy (Tom); grandchildren Meghan, Senan, Erin, Kyla, Liam and Sean, and numerous nieces and nephews. Mom felt blessed to have enjoyed a long life raising four children, first in Winnipeg before moving to Brandon in 1970. She was a caring and dedicated mother, and enjoyed many activities: travelling, reading, bridge, curling, golf, swimming, knitting, needlepoint, camping and playing cards with her many friends. She was also a regular volunteer with the school library, March of Dimes, Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba, and the MS Society. Mom and Dad were longtime members of St. Augustine’s Church. Winter months were spent in Mesa, AZ and Osoyoos, BC. Mom enjoyed visiting with family and friends. She had an abundance of love for us all. We will miss her quick wit, playful sense of humor and intelligent conversations. A service will be held in her memory on Friday, June 14 at 7:00 p.m. at Cropo Funeral Chapel, Winnipeg. Interment will take place at Rosewood Memorial Gardens, Brandon on Saturday, June 15 at 11:00 a.m. Cropo Funeral Chapel, in care of arrangements; 204-586-8044.
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DERBOWKA: Mike Derbowka, of Brandon Manitoba passed away suddenly at his home at the age of 80 years old. Mike was born in Wroxton, Saskatchewan on November 18, 1932. He then moved with his family to Russell, Manitoba where they farmed until he moved away from home to start his own life. Mike joined Canadian Propane as a branch manager, which later became ICG Propane. He was with ICG for 35 years before he retired in Brandon Manitoba where he has lived for the last 25 years with his family. Mike loved his job and was highly thought of by all his employees for his kind nature. Mikes retirement was spent carving wooden ducks, making bird houses and spending time with his 2 grandsons who he adored and loved. He was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather. Mike will always be remembered and loved as a kind, gentle man who was always willing to help anyone in need. He will be dearly missed and never forgotten by his daughter Michelle Derbowka, son Ralph Johnson and grandsons Damen MacGillivray and Tyler Glowach. A graveside service will be held on Saturday, June 15, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at the Russell Memorial Gardens where he will be laid to rest with his late wife Arlene Derbowka. If friends so desire, donations may be made to a charity of their choice. Remembrances and condolences may be emailed to bbfs@mymts.net Braendle-Bruce Funeral Service of Russell Is in care of arrangements. (204) 773-2747.
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CZECH: Louis Anthony (Lewie). It is with heavy hearts we said goodbye to our beloved husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. After his courageous battle with cancer, Lewie passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family, at the Assiniboine Centre on Saturday, June 8, 2013. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Joseph’s Polish National Catholic Church, 1111 Assiniboine Avenue, on Thursday, June 13, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. A Celebration of Lewie’s life will be held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, on Friday, June 14, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. with The Very Rev. Fr. Jerzy Urbanski officiating. Donations in memory of Lewie may be made to St. Joseph’s Polish National Catholic Church, The Canadian Cancer Society or to a charity of one’s choice. Complete obituary information to follow.
Messages of condolence may be placed at www.brockiedonovan.com.
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BELL: Mervyn Bell passed away at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on June 7th, 2013 at the age of 87 years. Mervyn is survived by his wife, Shirley, his children Myrna (Dan) Collens, Phyllis (Floyd) Miller, Carol Ann (Claude) Lepine and Brian (Margaret) Shaw. A Memorial Service will be held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, on Tuesday, June 11, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. with Pastor Paul Stade officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Mervyn may be made to either the Canadian Diabetes Association, Unit A1-800 Rosser Ave., Brandon, MB, R7A 6N5 or Alzheimer Society of Manitoba, 4B-457-9th Street, Brandon, MB, R7A 4A9. Complete obituary information to follow.
Messages of condolence may be placed at www.brockiedonovan.com.
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UNRAU: Helen (Thiessen) Unrau. Helen was born on September 7, 1950 to Jacob and Maria Thiessen in Altona, MB. She was the youngest of 7 children which included sisters Tina, Mary, Anne, and Elma, along with brothers Ed and Jake. Helen’s family lived in the New Hope District near Altona until she was 3 years old, after which her family moved to a farm near Lena, south of Killarney. Helen was raised in a Christian home and accepted Jesus into her life at a young age. Her family attended the Lena Mennonite Church and then later the Bay Avenue Mennonite Church in Killarney, where she was baptized as a young adult. Helen attended the Jacques School from grades 1-8 then finished grades 9-12 at Killarney Collegiate Institute. After high school, she attended Altona Bible College for one year. After college, she returned home where she started working as a phone operator in Wawanesa and later as a bank teller in Killarney. Helen met the love of her life, a young lad from Boissevain named David, and they married on September 26, 1970. They first lived at the old Taylor farm near Ninga followed by a stint at the Isaac farm. In 1976, they moved to the Jake Unrau farm of 18-4-18, where they have resided for the past 37 years. They began attending the Boissevain MB Church where they still attend. In 1975, David and Helen had the first of their four sons, Darren, followed by Curtis, Jeremy, and Sean. They spent the next 30 years or so raising their family as well as running the family farm, hurrying kids off to school, camping, shopping trips to Minot, and attending so many hockey games that were too numerous to count. Helen loved to garden, sew, camp, quilt, and spend time visiting with family and friends. David and Helen were very proud to have all four of their boys married. They were blessed with nine grandchildren. Helen kept busy working part time at the Ninga cafe, helping out with the Ninga ladies group, working at MCC in Brandon, serving at her church, and attending Wheat King games. We guess she was in hockey withdrawal. On the morning of May 24, 2013, after a 4-year battle with cancer, with her family by her side, Helen passed away peacefully in Palliative Care in the Boissevain Hospital. She was 62 years old. She was predeceased by her parents Jacob and Maria Thiessen. She is survived by her husband, David, children Darren (Vicky), Curtis (Angela), Jeremy (Cheryl), Sean (Candace), nine grandchildren, and her four sisters and two brothers, along with their families. Never one to complain and always lending a hand, she will be deeply missed by all those whose lives she touched. Although she was taken from us much too soon, we know we will see her again at Jesus’ side in Heaven; perhaps waiting for us with our favorite meal and a big hug. Never one to flaunt her faith, she lived each day serving her Lord Jesus Christ, as an example to all of us who were blessed to share our lives with her. We can take solace knowing that where she is now, she is no longer suffering and is looking down on us with a smile. We can only imagine her telling stories to her mom and dad, laughing so hard she can’t finish the story.
But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.
Isaiah 40:13
“We miss you Mom and will always love you”.
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TURNER: Emily May. It is with great sadness we announce the passing of our dear mother, grandmother, great grandmother and friend, Emily Turner. She passed away peacefully on May 19, 2013 at the Souris Personal Care Home. She was the first child born to her loving parents Grace and Gordon Hunter on January 1, 1925 at Kenton, Manitoba. Emily was a life-long teacher, both in and outside of the classroom and was the first teacher at the Newdale Hutterite Colony beginning in 1969. Emily was a well known artist, a founding and long time member of the Souris Art Club. She also enjoyed her acapella and barbershop singing. Always first was her love for her children. Emily was predeceased by her husband R. Holtby “Hope” Turner, who passed away in 2005, as well as her two brothers Clare Hunter and Kenny Hunter. She leaves behind her four children Jack (Sharon) Turner, Pinawa; Wendy Turner, Toronto, Craig (Diane) Turner, Glenwood, AB; and Brent Turner, Thailand. She will be greatly missed by her four grandchildren, Devon Turner, Sheena Turner, Josh Turner and Katie Turner, and great-grandchild, Danielle Turner, as well as her siblings Kay (Omar) Aschim and Garth (Lynda) Hunter and sisters in-law Donna Hunter and Carol Hunter. An interment was held May 24, 2013 at Rosewood Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Brandon, followed by a service at St. Paul’s United Church in Souris. In memory of Emily, donations can be made to the Souris and District Arts Council c/o Town of Souris Box 518, Souris, Manitoba, R0K 2C0.
The Song Is Ended.........But Weren’t We Blessed To Have Heard The Music !
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SCHILTROTH: Grant Schiltroth was born in Red Deer, Alta., Feb. 17, 1952. He was the second child of George and Kay (Riddell) Schiltroth. He had an older sister, Twila, and younger brother, Gary. In 1962 Grant moved to Gainsborough, Sask. with his Mom and Gary. He thrived on being a Gainsborough kid, spending hours at the creek, working at Dellow’s store, being a big brother and enjoying being a small town kid. Sundays were often spent with the Riddell cousins and families in Pierson, MB. Grant graduated from high school in Carnduff, SK in 1970 and made his way to Saskatoon to attend U of S in the college of pharmacy. It was at university that he met Nancy Pattison and they were married almost 40 years ago, June 30, 1973. Following his graduation in 1975, Grant and Nancy moved to Fort Smith, NWT where he began his pharmacy career. In 1976 he was offered a position at Morrow’s Pharmacy in Reston, Man. Reston seemed to choose Grant and Nancy, and they decided to put down roots there. They bought the business in 1978, naming it Reston Drugs and in 1981 built a new store. Four rental units were added in 1986, Reston Place. Grant loved pharmacy – interacting with his customers, learning about new drugs, always willingly on call. He most especially enjoyed being part of Southwest Drug Group – a buying group of pharmacists who became his lifelong friends. Of all the roles he played, the one he enjoyed the most was being a dad. They were blessed with three fine sons – Kurt (1977), Kent (1980) and Kyle (1981). He loved their sports, 4H, and all the things boys do. He always looked forward to the parade of friends coming through the house. In 2000, the delight of his life, granddaughter Keara, was born and he became a Bumpa. Three lovely ladies found their way into his heart – Sherri & Cole, Kari and Amy. Grant loved the outdoors and always looked forward to the annual canoe trip on May long weekend. This year was the 31st annual on the Gainsborough Creek. Grant & Nancy loved to travel and in the past nine months they travelled to Kitchener, Ont. for the Blues Fest, a week in Nova Scotia and in January a trip to Colombia where they caught a boat down the Amazon River. Grant passed away suddenly on May 27, 2013 with his family gathered around him. He leaves to mourn, his immediate family; his brother Gary & Barb, nephews Robert & Dean of Reston; niece Shelly & Herb Boomhower, Lindsay of Red Deer; his Riddell cousins; Nancy’s family, the Pattison’s and his Reston Drugs family. If friends so desire, a donation may be made to the Reston & Area Foundation, Reston, R0M 1X0, or the charity of your choice.
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GRAY: Alden Gray, July 14, 1915 – June 5, 2013. Alden Gray formerly of Oak Lake, Manitoba, passed away at the Deer Lodge Center, at the age of 97 years. Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday, June 11, 2013 at 2:30 p.m. at Cropo Funeral Chapel, 1442 Main Street, Winnipeg with Rev. Scott MacAuley officiating.
204-586-8044
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GREGORY: Raymond Gregory. It is with heartfelt sadness that we announce the passing of Raymond Laverne Gregory on May 28, 2013 after a brief time in hospital during which we celebrated his 90th birthday. Ray was born at Hamiota on May 17, 1923 and married his wife Margaret (Schweitzer) in 1947. At the age of 18 he enlisted in the Canadian Air Force and served in the 665 Squadron in Europe, flying as an observer in the Auster Mk V. When he returned from the War he became employed by Winnipeg Transit as a bus driver, retiring in 1987 from his position as head timekeeper. Ray was predeceased by his parents, Robert T. Gregory and Bertha M. (Bedford) Gregory, and brother, Mike Gregory. After retirement, Ray enjoyed gardening, hunting for antiques, and babysitting his grandchildren. Besides his wife Margaret, he leaves to mourn, his daughter Linda (Don) Rankmore of Glenboro, MB, son Dwain of Ottawa, ON, and grandchildren Angela (Mason) Hildebrand of Winnipeg, Carolyn Gregory, Cheryl Gregory, and James Gregory of Oakbank, MB. A private family gathering will take place at a later date. Memoriams may be made to a charity of your choice. For those who wish to sign the online Guest Book please visit our website.
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DUNCAN: James Allan “Jim”, July 24, 1925 - May 25, 2013. It is with sadness and fond memories that the family of James Duncan announces his passing on Saturday, May 25, 2013, with his family by his side. Jim was predeceased by his father Walter Stanley, mother Vera Mae (Bain), brother Douglas, sister Eva, brother-in-law Garry Goodridge and brother Harvey. Jim leaves behind his wife of 63 years, Evelyn (nee Beatty), son Allan and wife Joanne, grandchildren Diana (Kenneth Peters) and Christopher (Sabrina), great- grandchildren Brayden and Avery Peters, daughter Lori and husband Bryan Currie, brother Erle (Julie), sisters and brothers-in-law Ruth Duncan, Kay (Alan Southwood), Clare Beatty (and special friend Eileen), Vylo (Ed McDermit), Dianne and (Mal Valentini), Eleanor Silver, Lloyd (Edith) Beatty, Dwayne Remmie, Art (Mertie) Beatty, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Jim was born on July 24, 1925 on the family farm in the R.M. of North Norfolk and educated at Springbrook School. Jim enlisted in the Army in 1944. After his discharge he farmed with his father and brother Harv. On October 10, 1949 he married Evelyn. Following the death of his mother in 1964 Jim, Evelyn and the family moved to the family farm. Their farming operation consisted of grain and various livestock enterprises including a successful livestock order buyer operation which eventually became known as Duncan’s Livestock and continues in business today. Jim served on the council of the R.M. of North Norfolk for 23 years, 21 of those as Reeve. The family were very important to Jim especially dear were his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. The family would like to thank the paramedics from MacGregor, the staff of the Emergency Room and Dr. Meredeth and nursing staff from the Brandon Regional Health Centre for their excellent care. Funeral service was held June 3, 2013 in MacGregor United Church with Shannon Bodnarchuk presiding. Interment followed in Austin Cemetery. Should friends desire, memorial donations may be made to a charity of choice.
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DILLABOUGH: Murray Cameron Dillabough was born August 8, 1941. Murray was the youngest of six sons born to James and Verna Dillabough (nee Smith). The family grew up on a farm just west of Dand. Growing up, Murray became part of many boyhood ‘adventures’ - from having pitchfork fights with his brother Wayne in the barn, to hiding behind the door to whack his brother John on the head with the new phonebook. Boys being boys, they also took their turn at making their mother prematurely gray; one time shooting her behind with a BB gun while she was bent over taking bread out of the oven. Funny thing is, while each of the brothers can recount the story, not one of them ever admits to being the boy who took the shot. Murray went to school in Dand and Deloraine. As he grew up, it became apparent to all that farming would be his path. In 1963, he purchased the Dillabough farm. In the forty plus years that followed, Murray worked hard and expanded his own family farming operation. While his real knack (and fondness) was for planting and harvesting crops, farming for Murray and his family also involved beef cattle, a several year stint running a dairy, and occasionally raising hogs and chickens. Working the land though, was always his greatest passion and source of pride. When Murray moved into a house in ‘town’ (Deloraine) it did not immediately spell retirement, it just meant there was now a bit of a commute. During his years in town, Murray happily took the opportunity to become involved with rural conservation. He served as a member of the Turtle Mountain Conservation District for several years. Just as he was passionate about farming the land, he was just as passionate about conserving it. As he slowly transitioned into true retirement, Murray continued to work the land, just on a smaller scale. His yard was meticulously tended, and his garden always produced far more veggies than he could use. Participating in the local Farmer’s Market, and just plain sharing his harvest with neighbours and friends provided him with a lot of joy. During his last few years, Murray was also able to do more travelling….something that was not always so easy for a farmer committed to crops and livestock. He enjoyed travelling to see his brothers and their families who reside throughout Canada. He travelled to Ontario to see his cousins, with whom he had always kept in touch, but was now free to visit in their part of the world. Murray especially liked travelling to Texas where he and Marj would spend the winter months. True to form, Murray became a well known member in the community of snowbirds in Weslaco. It was often said that Murray would talk to a dog with a hat on. Although no one ever actually witnessed him doing that, he was never one to shy away from meeting someone new. While enjoying the warm winter weather, Murray continued his puttering, which he always did so well; doing repairs, building add-ons and furniture for the trailer and, of course, keeping a garden. Murray also loved the beach in his later years, something quite different for a lifelong farmer from the Canadian Prairies. He especially liked taking drives out to South Padre Island in Texas. He even spent this past New Year’s on the beach….again, something quite different for a prairie farm boy. Murray and Marj planned on moving to a cottage in Grand Marais when they returned from Texas this spring. Although it needed some work, Murray bragged that he was soon going to have the best landscaped yard in the area. He undoubtedly would have. Murray died on February 5, 2013 in Weslaco Texas. In accordance to his wishes, his body was cremated, and will be interred in Lauder cemetery with his parents. Murray is survived by his children Michael and Debbie; daughter in law Teresa; grandsons Brett, Dakota and Mitchell; brothers Rod, Robert (Joyce), John (Louise), and Wayne (Irene); sister-in law Florence (Jim); and his partner Marj Adams. Murray was predeceased by his parents James and Verna Dillabough; his brother Jim; and sisters in law Lorraine and Dorothy. Funeral services are being held June 11 at 2:00 in St. Andrew’s Anglican Church in Deloraine. Reception to follow at the Mountview Centre. Donations in memory of Murray may be made to the Turtle Mountain Conservation District, or to a charity of own choice.
Messages of condolence may be made online at www.wheatlandfs.com. Smith Funeral Home, (204) 747-2088 www.wheatlandfs.com
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BOJARSKI: Frank Joseph Bojarski of Ste. Anne, Manitoba (December 3, 1918 – June 5, 2013) passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family. He was preceded in death by his parents, Antonina (nee Klepazek) and John Bojarski, his sisters; Bernice, Helen, Anne, and Valerie and his two brothers; John and Charles. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Margaret; three children, Raymond (Sue), Beverly (Edward) Wilson, and Wayne (Sherry); his five grandchildren, Liam (Marcie), Meaghan, Korey, Brittany, and Tasha; and two great grandchildren, Olivia, and Colton. Frank was born in Brandon, Manitoba and resided there for most of his life. Fourteen years ago Frank and Margaret moved to Winnipeg and then to Ste. Anne, Manitoba in the spring of 2012. During WWII, Frank joined the navy and served on the HMCS Restigouche, a Canadian naval destroyer. After the war he returned to Brandon, married Margaret (Bulbuck) and began his life’s work, caring for others as a psychiatric nurse at the Brandon Mental Health Centre. Frank had a zest for life, matched by his quick wit. Our family was often mesmerized by the tales he told of his youth. During the depression, money was scarce. He and his buddies often rescued “lost dogs” and returned them to their rightful owners only when a reward was offered. Their entrepreneurship came to an end when they returned the dog the second time to the same owner. Mass of the Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday, June 11, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. from the Roman Catholic Parish of St. Timothy, 135 John Forsythe Road, Winnipeg with Fr. Phil Daley officiating. Interment will follow at Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens. Matthew 11:28 “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”
Remembrances and condolences may be emailed to bbfs@mymts.net or www.mosaicfunerals.ca.
Braendle-Bruce Funeral Service of Russell, Manitoba together with Mosaic Funeral Services, Winnipeg in care of arrangements. For more information, call 204-773-2747 or 204-275-5555.
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DILLABOUGH: Murray Cameron Dillabough was born August 8, 1941. Murray was the youngest of six sons born to James and Verna Dillabough (nee Smith). The family grew up on a farm just west of Dand. Growing up, Murray became part of many boyhood ‘adventures’ - from having pitchfork fights with his brother Wayne in the barn, to hiding behind the door to whack his brother John on the head with the new phonebook. Boys being boys, they also took their turn at making their mother prematurely gray; one time shooting her behind with a BB gun while she was bent over taking bread out of the oven. Funny thing is, while each of the brothers can recount the story, not one of them ever admits to being the boy who took the shot. Murray went to school in Dand and Deloraine. As he grew up, it became apparent to all that farming would be his path. In 1963, he purchased the Dillabough farm. In the forty plus years that followed, Murray worked hard and expanded his own family farming operation. While his real knack (and fondness) was for planting and harvesting crops, farming for Murray and his family also involved beef cattle, a several year stint running a dairy, and occasionally raising hogs and chickens. Working the land though, was always his greatest passion and source of pride. When Murray moved into a house in ‘town’ (Deloraine) it did not immediately spell retirement, it just meant there was now a bit of a commute. During his years in town, Murray happily took the opportunity to become involved with rural conservation. He served as a member of the Turtle Mountain Conservation District for several years. Just as he was passionate about farming the land, he was just as passionate about conserving it. As he slowly transitioned into true retirement, Murray continued to work the land, just on a smaller scale. His yard was meticulously tended, and his garden always produced far more veggies than he could use. Participating in the local Farmer’s Market, and just plain sharing his harvest with neighbours and friends provided him with a lot of joy. During his last few years, Murray was also able to do more travelling….something that was not always so easy for a farmer committed to crops and livestock. He enjoyed travelling to see his brothers and their families who reside throughout Canada. He travelled to Ontario to see his cousins, with whom he had always kept in touch, but was now free to visit in their part of the world. Murray especially liked travelling to Texas where he and Marj would spend the winter months. True to form, Murray became a well known member in the community of snowbirds in Weslaco. It was often said that Murray would talk to a dog with a hat on. Although no one ever actually witnessed him doing that, he was never one to shy away from meeting someone new. While enjoying the warm winter weather, Murray continued his puttering, which he always did so well; doing repairs, building add-ons and furniture for the trailer and, of course, keeping a garden. Murray also loved the beach in his later years, something quite different for a lifelong farmer from the Canadian Prairies. He especially liked taking drives out to South Padre Island in Texas. He even spent this past New Year’s on the beach….again, something quite different for a prairie farm boy. Murray and Marj planned on moving to a cottage in Grand Marais when they returned from Texas this spring. Although it needed some work, Murray bragged that he was soon going to have the best landscaped yard in the area. He undoubtedly would have. Murray died on February 5, 2013 in Weslaco Texas. In accordance to his wishes, his body was cremated, and will be interred in Lauder cemetery with his parents. Murray is survived by his children Michael and Debbie; daughter in law Teresa; grandsons Brett, Dakota and Mitchell; brothers Rod, Robert (Joyce), John (Louise), and Wayne (Irene); sister-in law Florence (Jim); and his partner Marj Adams. Murray was predeceased by his parents James and Verna Dillabough; his brother Jim; and sisters in law Lorraine and Dorothy. Funeral services are being held June 11 at 2:00 in St. Andrew’s Anglican Church in Deloraine. Reception to follow at the Mountview Centre. Donations in memory of Murray may be made to the Turtle Mountain Conservation District, or to a charity of own choice.
Messages of condolence may be made online at www.wheatlandfs.com. Smith Funeral Home, (204) 747-2088 www.wheatlandfs.com
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