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NANKIVELL: Stanley Earl beloved husband of Lorraine, passed away after a brief illness on December 25th, 2013 at Hamiota Hospital, at the age of 78. Born November 8th, 1935 at Crandall, MB. Stan was the second youngest of seven born to William and Eileen (Watters) Nankivell. He received his schooling at Crandall and at a young age went to work for several farmers in the Crandall, Hamiota and Kenton area. He started to work for Lawlor and Strange in 1959 as a mechanic and then for Woodworth Dodge after it changed ownership. Altogether he worked there for 30 years. He married Lorraine Long of Crandall in 1962 and has lived in Kenton ever since, they raised a family of two - son Sheldon and daughter Heather. In 1980 he rented the Souter farm and began farming. In 1983 he bought the farm and in 1990 built a machinery repair shop and went into business full-time. Stan worked hard all his life. He got up early in the morning to repair tractors and in the afternoon combined. He and Lorraine were a team - she did the books and fetched the machinery parts while Stan did the repairs and worked the farm. He liked gardening until he got busy with the farm, loved camping with the children when they were younger and in later years with friends for a yearly trip to Lake of the Prairies. This year he was well enough to take the annual camping trip but they went to Killarney to explore a different area. Stan enjoyed many trips with friends and family, out west and to the States and also enjoyed two bus trips to Arizona and this past February to New Orleans for Mardi Gras. He knew everyone in the area as he fixed their machinery. He enjoyed curling, golfing, football, and hockey. He especially liked to follow his grandson’s hockey games. They were his pride and joy. Stan was predeceased by his son, Sheldon in 1989, parents William and Eileen Nankivell, brother Edwin, brothers-in-law, Ivan Lawrence, Frank Warren, sister- in-law Phyllis Nankivell, parents-in-law Walter and Vera Long. He will be remembered and sadly missed by his wife Lorraine of 51 years, daughter Heather (Bill Feschuk), grandsons Derek and Kyle. His sisters Lena Lawrence, Mary Warren, brothers, Lawrence (Dorothy Coupland), Cliff (Joanna), Dennis, brothers-in-law Doug (Darlene) Long and Wayne (Harolyn) Long, along with many nieces and nephews. A celebration of Stan’s life was held in Kenton Memorial Hall on Monday, December 30th, 2013 with Rev. Rachel Robinson officiating. Interment followed in Greenwood Cemetery. Donations may be made to Canadian Cancer Manitoba, P.O. Box 2248 Stn. Main, Winnipeg, MB, R3C 9Z9 or a charity of one’s choice.
PEAREN: In loving memory of Doraine Pearen beloved wife of the late Alfred Pearen died peacefully at the Delwynda Court Personal Care Home on January 8, 2014 at the age of 87. A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at the Lauder United Church in Lauder, Manitoba at 2:00 p.m. Private interment will take place at the Lauder Cemetery. Donations in memory of Doraine may be made to the Lauder Cemetery Fund.
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ROWE:  Isabelle Grace (Renwick) Rowe passed away Sunday, October 27th at the age of 89 in Deloraine, MB. Isabelle was born at Wakopa, Manitoba on May 9, 1924 the 8th child of David & Grace Renwick. After schooling Isabelle worked as a telephone operator, then as an egg grader in Boissevain and Waskada.  In Waskada she met Russell Rowe and they married December 8, 1945. They celebrated 51 years before Russell passed away. During their early years they lived on the Rowe home farm near Waskada, then Elva and to Goodlands in 1960 where they resided until retirement to Deloraine in 1989. Russell and Isabelle were blessed with three children, Lynn, Wayne and Bryce. There was nothing more important to Isabelle than time spent with family and she left a legacy of generously sharing her renowned cooking abilities with friends and family. It was with great pride she began teaching her grandchildren and great-grandchildren how to bake or cook something they loved from Grandma’s recipe box.  Isabelle spent many years teaching 4-H and in her later years enjoyed crafting quilts either with the Goodlands’ Quilting ladies or on her own, trying many new knitting or quilting patterns.  She took great pride in being able to do these things in her own home up until the time of her passing.  Isabelle was predeceased by her husband Russell in 1997, daughter Lynn Bawtinhimer in 2010, sisters Laura Wall, Alice Jasper, Irene Bell, Jean Miller, Ina Toft and  brothers Keith and William Lorne, as well as Russell’s siblings. She is survived by her sons Wayne (Julie) Rowe, Christopher and McKenzie; Bryce (Laurie) Rowe, Bethany and Nevada; Lynn’s family Bill, Kim Bawtinhimer, Tara Besser (John Braun); and great-granddaughter’s Jaelynn & Ali Besser; her sister Ada (Scott) Meggison  and many nieces and nephews.  Isabelle was laid to rest at the Goodlands' Cemetery in a private graveside service on October 31, 2013 followed by a time of remembering and fellowship at Goodlands Community Hall. Special memories were shared by niece Linda Sprung and grandchildren Bethany and Christopher Rowe. Many thanks to Glen Whetter and the congregation of the Goodlands Fellowship Community Church for the wonderful service, as well as Paul Smith and staff of Smiths Funeral Homes of Deloraine as well as the many friends and family being their during our families’ loss. If friends so desire donations may be made in Isabelle’s memory to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Manitoba, 824 – 18th Street, Unit 3, Brandon, MB, R7A 5B7.
SCHAFFER: Jason Stuart, loyal husband of Angela (Thompson) and loving father of Tyler and Ashley, passed away suddenly while assisting a customer on the TransCanada Hwy, on Monday, December 9, 2013 at the age of 39 years. Jason was born in Regina, SK on April 11, 1974 to Diane Nelson and Stuart Schaffer. Jason started his elementary school years in Regina, SK before the family relocated. He and his family, now including a sister, Natasha Schaffer, moved from Regina, SK to Swan River, MB. The family welcomed a brother and another son while living in Swan River, Jared Schaffer. Jason continued to attend elementary school and started middle school in Swan River before the family moved to Flin Flon, MB, where Jason graduated from high school in 1992 from Hapnot Collegiate. Shortly after graduation, Jason relocated to Brandon, MB which he called home for over 20 years. Not long after his move to Brandon, MB, Jason met Angela and they have been each other’s loves for over 20 years. In 1996, Jason became the proud father of a son, Tyler Jason Schaffer, on September 2, 1996. “Second tember,” Jason always called Tyler’s birthday every year. As a toddler, Tyler always told everyone his birthday was, “second tember” and the saying stuck for Jason. Then almost seven years after the arrival of Tyler, Jason was blessed a second time with a daughter, Ashley Jordyn Schaffer, (Beauty, as Jason called her all the time) on July 10, 2003. Jason was incredibly proud of each of his children; they meant the world to him. Providing and caring for his family was one of Jason’s top priorities, whether it was working long hours, making delicious meals, doing the laundry or cleaning the house. He was always there for all of us whenever we needed him, we never went without anything. While still living in Flin Flon, MB, Jason started his working career at the local Home Hardware when he was 15 years old. When Jason moved to Brandon, MB, he delivered building supplies for South End Lumber. Although Jason liked these jobs and always went above and beyond, his next job was his truest life’s passion, he started to work for Brandon Towing Service as a Tow Truck Operator. It takes a unique person to operate a tow truck and Jason was definitely one of these people who had towing in his blood. Jason worked for BTS for several years either as a full time or a part time operator. During his employment with BTS he achieved his class 1 license and started operating heavier tow trucks. While operating a tow truck part time, Jason started selling vehicles at Kelleher Ford as his full time employment, which he excelled at. He enjoyed selling vehicles and many months he would earn the spiff for exceeding the monthly sales goal. He was amazingly good at anything and everything he put his mind to. Jason made another career change and started with Jamieson & Judd Electrical, and continued to operate a heavy tow truck on a part time basis for All Rig Towing. He continued on with Jamieson & Judd for several years and became a Journeyman Construction Electrician, with a grade of 98%. If you knew Jason, you would know that 98% wasn’t quite good enough for him. He always strived for perfection, a trait that served him well. While still employed with Jamieson and Judd, Jason worked on the Royal Oak Inn expansion as well as numerous other electrical jobs in the area. Jason also managed several large construction projects, for his employers, such as the Brandon Hospital expansion for an electrical company based in Newfoundland named JS Murray Electric, and the construction of the PPCLI buildings in Shilo, MB for Park City Electric located in Brandon, MB. When Jason finished his employment in October 2004 in Shilo, MB, he was laid off. Jason took this opportunity and began to write a business plan to start his own towing company here in Brandon, MB. He spent several months preparing to start his own business, now known as Accel Towing and Transport Ltd. Jason successfully started this business with 2 trucks, a goose neck trailer, himself and support from Angela, and transformed it to the largest company of its kind in the Westman area, with approximately 20 trucks, trailers and 20 employees. Jason was a risk taker, a visionary, every risk he took paid off and every vision he had always came to life due to his perseverance. Failing was never an option for Jason, no matter what he did. Jason took much pride in the business he and Angela created. Customer service and exceeding the typical expectations of a towing company was extremely important to Jason. He was a true professional at everything he did. Spending time with his family was very important to Jason. He was a very busy guy, but he always made time for Angela, Tyler and Ashley. The family enjoyed travelling together and took many family vacations and created many memories that will be cherished for a lifetime. He also enjoyed taking Tyler on fishing trips to the Whiteshell area and creating a bond with his son. Jason enjoyed camping with his family in the summer, he was a fantastic camp cook; actually he was a fantastic cook all the time. Snowmobiling and quading were also activities Jason liked to entertain himself with. If it had a motor, burned fuel and was loud, he liked it. He also spent many hours working on his 1980 Camaro and 1979 Nova. The Demo Derby at the Manitoba Summer Fair was always great fun for Jason. Accel sponsored the event for the past several years and Jason loved to participate, pulling out all the smashed up cars at the end of the heats. He enjoyed creating things, from a new meal he had never made before, all the way to a successful business. Jason enjoyed making things work and was a lifelong learner, if he didn’t know how to do something or how something worked, he would teach himself. His ambition was contagious. Jason was a man that was larger than life. Even though his time with us was too short, he lived, experienced and achieved more than most do in a life time. If you knew Jason you had to know who Dusten Bittle was, and vice versa. For those of you who may not know, here are some sections of the eulogy Dusten wrote. “It is never easy to lose someone so close! Jason was my best friend. He was the brother I never had. Any time we took a trip somewhere together people would always ask, are you guys brothers? We’d look at each other and smile and say pretty much. This loss is particularly hard for me because I have known Jason for 15 years and watched him grow into the awesome guy I will forever remember. So I wonder how we are supposed to find peace and comfort in feeling this seemingly unbearable loss! All I can say is I’m glad to have taken the time to get to know you Jason you truly are the type of person you just don’t meet every day. You were awesome in every way imaginable. We were definitely like kids together.” Jason and Dusten had a friendship like no other. They were there for each other no matter what, it could have been to clear snow at the yard to electrical work in the barn, or just talking to each other, it didn’t matter what they were doing, and they were always up to something. They enjoyed being together, having snacks and having show and tell, as Jason and Dusten would call it. They truly were little boys at heart sometimes. Jason couldn’t have asked for a better friend, because he had one that he thought was perfect. Jason is survived by his wife of 20 years Angela (Thompson), son Tyler Schaffer, daughter Ashley Schaffer. Parents Diane Nelson and Stuart Schaffer (Jean Marino) of Winnipeg, MB. Sister Natasha Schaffer (Curtis Kalyta), nephew and niece Rylan and Laneya of St. Andrews, MB. Brother Jared Schaffer of Winnipeg, MB. Numerous Uncles and Aunts, Ted and Sue Nelson, Laurie and Yen Nelson, Barb and Russ Dobson, Patrick Nelson, Rod Schaeffer, MJ Schaeffer, Earl and Joanne Schaeffer, and many cousins. Parents-in-law Russ and Kathie Thompson of Brandon, MB. Jason was predeceased by grandparents Roy and Patricia Nelson, John and Cecilia Schaeffer and Uncle Allen Nelson. A Celebration of Jason’s Life was held at Central United Church, on Saturday, December 14, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. with Rev. Craig Miller of Knox United Church officiating. Donations in memory of Jason may be made to the Tyler and Ashley Schaffer Trust Fund, c/o RBC Royal Bank, 740 Rosser Avenue, Brandon, MB, R7A 0K9, or any RBC Royal Bank branch. 35 Tow Operators were killed in 2013. Respect Tow Truck Operators, Slow Down and Move Over
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WOOD: George W. Wood, beloved husband of the late Emily (Kay) Wood and father of Georgina, Roberta and Clayton passed away at Valleyview Care Centre, Brandon, Manitoba Tuesday; January 7, 2014 in his 94th year. Funeral service will be held from St. Paul's United Church, Virden Tuesday; January 14, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. M. Dwight Rutherford officiating. Interment will be in Virden Cemetery. Viewing for family and friends will be at Carscadden Funeral Chapel Tuesday morning from 10:00 a.m. to Noon. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made to Canadian Cancer Society or to Virden Health Auxiliary Remembrance Fund in memory of George.
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WRIGHT: 1924 - 2014. Richard “Dick” Fleming Wright of Brandon, beloved father of Larry (Pat,) Rick (Joan) and Joanne Wright, passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 5, 2014 at Brandon Regional Health Centre at the age of 89 years. Born on August 3, 1924 near Winnipegosis, Manitoba, Dick was the youngest of five children born to James and Minnie Wright. Dick spent his youth fishing, trapping, hunting and helping his father at the family-owned sawmill until he became restless and joined the army in 1941. He saw action in several European countries from 1941 to 1945, including Italy and Germany. In 1954 and 1955, he saw action in the Korean conflict. Dick was a life-long avid member of the Royal Canadian Legion, ANAVETS and the United Nations Peacekeepers. Dad married Emma, in 1947, and following his military service moved the family to Churchill, Manitoba in 1957. There he worked as a cook at the Fort Prince of Wales rebuild project and then as a firefighter at the Fort Churchill military base, eventually becoming Fire Chief. Dick was in his glory in the northern wilderness and never missed an opportunity to fish and hunt. In 1968, Dick moved the family south and was fire chief in The Pas and then an Assistant Fire Commissioner in Thompson, and finally with the Fire Commissioner’s Office at the Fire College in Brandon. He remained at this post until he retired in 1994. In his job, he travelled a lot to northern communities and he would always have his fishing gear with him ready to try out a new fishing hole. Fishing and gardening remained his passions and kept him busy long after he retired. Dick and his lovely wife, Emma, and their three children Larry, Rick and Joanne, enjoyed frequent family get-togethers and outings, where good times were had by grandparents, sons and daughter and grandchildren.Dick is survived by sons Larry (Pat), Rick (Joan), daughter Joanne, grandchildren Craig, Tracey, Jeff and Adam and great grandchildren Kaitlyn, Jenna, Griffin and Aubrey. Dick was predeceased by Emma, his wife of 63 years, brothers Jim and Bill, sisters Margaret and Frances and grandson Kelly. He will always be remembered as a family man, generous in spirit and friendship. May there always be a fishing pole waiting for you, Dad. A Service of Remembrance to Honour Dick’s life will be held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Dick may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association, Unit A1-800 Rosser Ave., Brandon, MB, R7A 6N5.
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WOOD: George W. Wood, beloved husband of the late Emily (Kay) Wood and father of Georgina, Roberta and Clayton passed away at Valleyview Care Centre, Brandon, Manitoba Tuesday; January 7, 2014 in his 94th year. Funeral service will be held from St. Paul's United Church, Virden Tuesday; January 14, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. M. Dwight Rutherford officiating. Interment will be in Virden Cemetery. Viewing for family and friends will be at Carscadden Funeral Chapel Tuesday morning from 10:00 a.m. to Noon. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made to Canadian Cancer Society or to Virden Health Auxiliary Remembrance Fund in memory of George.
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G.R. Carscadden Funeral Chapel, Virden in care of arrangements.
WILKINSON: It is with deep sadness that the family announces the peaceful passing of our dear mother, Linda Wilkinson, following a courageous battle with cancer on Tuesday, January 7th at the Ste. Rose General Hospital at the age of 74 years. A celebration of Linda’s life will be held on Saturday, January 11th at 2:00 pm in the Westlake Community Centre, Eddystone, Manitoba. The service will conclude at the hall with a private interment to follow at a later date. Should friends so desire, please consider making a donation in memory of Linda to Palliative Care at Ste. Rose General Hospital c/o the Prevost Foundation, Box 60, Ste. Rose du Lac, MB, R0L 1S0. Sneath-Strilchuk Funeral Services, Ste. Rose Chapel in care of arrangements, 204-447-2444,
STORY:Mr. Terry Story of Melita, passed away at the Melita Health Centre on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at the age of 68. He was predeceased by his son, Ryan; parents, Ivan and Myrtle Story; in-laws, Ivor and Kay Davies. Terry is survived by his wife, Barb of Melita; son, Jeff (Jody) and children, Ryan, Shaye and Zak all of Steinbach, MB.; sister, Delores (Dick) Krueger of Winnipeg; sister- in-law, Diane (Larry) Hacker of Brandon; brother- in-law, Don (Linda) Davies of Shuswap, BC.; nieces and nephews: Kevin (Liz) Lindsay of Ottawa, Jerry Hacker of Calgary, Lisa Hacker of Calgary, Tracy (Laird)(son Rylan) Lidster of Brandon, Troy (Nicole) Davies of Saskatoon, also Brandy, Cindy and Trent all of Red Deer, AB. The Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. from the Victoria United Church, Melita, MB., with Reverend Barb Alston officiating. Interment will be at the Melita Cemetery on a later date. Donations may be given to the Melita Cemetery Memorial Fund, Box 429, Melita, MB. R0M 1L0 Arrangements in care of Redpath Funeral Home Melita 522-3361. Neil Redpath & Kurt Ardron Funeral Directors.
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WRIGHT: Richard “Dick” Fleming of Brandon, beloved father of Larry (Pat), Rick (Joan) and Joanne Wright, passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 5, 2014 at the Brandon Regional Health Centre at the age of 89 years. A Service of Remembrance to honour Dick’s life will be held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. Complete obituary information to follow.
MINARY: (Prouten - nee Moore) The death of Marjorie "Marge" Minary, age 75 years, occurred at her residence, Fairview Home on Friday, January 3, 2014. Marge was born on November 18, 1938 in the Rural Municipality of Arthur to Everette and Edna Moore. She was predeceased by her first husband Donald Prouten, her parents Everette and Edna, sisters Sherry and Marilyn, and brother Arnold. She leaves her husband Bruce Minary, and her children:Sharon Shepherd, Lorrie Shepherd, Dave (Michelle) Prouten and Andy Prouten; grandchildren, Nicole and Brad Shepherd, James and Braidy Shepherd, Kelly Prouten, Reilly and Brandon Prouten as well as great grandchildren: Mikayla, Jayce, Mya and Emmerson. She also leaves two sisters, Bev Hutchins (Garry) and Marie Bessette. Marge is also survived by Bruce's children: Denise, Gail, Maxine and Tracey and their families, along with many nieces, nephews, and extended family. A time of visitation for family and friends will be held at Memories Chapel, 330-18th Street North on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 (Tonight) from 7:00 pm. to 8:00 pm. The Ceremony to Celebrate Marge's Life will be held at Memories Chapel on Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at 2:00 pm. Rev. Wayne Sanderson of Trinity United Church will officiate. Interment will follow in the Brandon Cemetery. Friends who wish may make a donation in memory of Marge to the Amyotropic Lateral Sclerosis Society of Canada (ALS), 493 Madison Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3J 1J2.
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HUNTER: Earl Amandus Hunter January 9th, 1924 (Kaleida, MB) - January 2, 2014 (Morden, MB). Earl passed away peacefully at Boundary Trails Health Centre on January 2, 2014, just one week shy of his 90th birthday. Earl was born on the home farm near Kaleida, the youngest of seven children born to George and Christina (Simms) Hunter, where he was raised and worked with his father. He was predeceased by his first wife, Jean (Dickson) Hunter, his parents and siblings May (Kinsman), Violet (Brown), Albert, George, Charlie and Margaret (Mitchell). He is survived by his second wife, Ruth Frith, Earl and Jean’s family of 5 and their families; Rodney and wife Colleen Hunter of Calgary Grandchildren Michael & Blair (Emily); Janet and husband Bob Boyd of Pilot Mound Grandchildren Lindy (Darcy) Davis, Great Grandchildren McKenna, Leah, and Gavin of Portage La Prairie; Marnie (Tyler) Butler and Great Grandson Linkyn of Portage La Prairie; Grandson Darren (Kara) Boyd and Great Grandchildren Mason and Ryker of Calgary. Robin and husband Sam Robinson of Binscarth, Grandchildren Kristin (Dave) Barrett, Great Grandchildren Morgan and Hunter of Virden, Lindsay (Justin) Great Grandson Hayden of Virden; Bill and wife Lois Hunter of Powell River B.C. and Granddaughter Amanda of Edmonton; Daughter Cindy of Manitou. As with many men of his generation, he answered the call to serve his country, along with brothers George & Charlie, during the Second World War. In 1943, at age nineteen, he enlisted in the Canadian Army and was sent to England where he served in France, Holland and Belgium as a member of The Calgary Highlanders. He was later posted to the Queens Own Cameron Highlanders of Canada and saw service with occupation forces in Germany, returning home in 1946. In his retirement he returned to Europe for the 60th anniversary of D Day, which was a real highlight of his life. He always said he wanted to return to Europe to see the countryside when it hadn't been destroyed by war. Earl was a lifetime member of the Manitou Legion Branch 21. After his military service Earl obtained his mechanical papers and worked at C.P. Moore’s Garage and later Pembina Motors. He also operated a Bulk fuel business for The British American Oil Company and, later, for Gulf Oil and Petro Canada, until his retirement in 1988. Dad was a very hard working man and a well respected business man in his home community of Manitou. Family and community were very important to Earl. He was very supportive of any activities his children participated in. He was involved in the Kinsman Club, past president of the Manitou Branch 21 Royal Canadian Legion, long serving treasurer of the Anglican Vestry, founding member of the Manitou Curling Club, member of Manitou Duck Club. He enjoyed his retirement years by travelling extensively, enjoying many new hobbies such as golfing, bowling, playing cribbage and pool at the friendship centre. After Jean passed away, Dad found companionship with Ruth and they enjoyed many years together. In the last number of years Earl was affected by Parkinson's disease, which he dealt with, with great strength and courage. He was a great supporter of the local chapter of the Parkinson's Society, and attended local chapter meetings... Rest in peace Dad, your work is done, you were much loved and you have left behind many footprints. An Anglican Funeral Service will be held on Saturday 11 January 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at St. Andrew’s United Church in Manitou. Donations in memory of Earl can be made to St .Mary’s Anglican Church, c/o Leanne Lea Box 313 Manitou ROG 1G0 or the Parkinson's Society of Manitoba or a charity of one's choice. Doyle’s Funeral Home in care of arrangements.
CROSS:  Thomas Stanley Cross of the Griswold area (March 6, 1931 - December 24, 2013). Correction to donation address for Manitoba Burrowing Owl Recovery Program: Cheques payable to the: Turtle Mountain Conservation District, Memo: “Manitoba Burrowing Owl Recovery Program” (MBORP), 129 Broadway Street North (Box 508), Deloraine, Manitoba, R0M 0M0, (204) 747-2530,
DAVIS: It is with deep sadness that the family of Irwin Davis announces the unexpected passing of our beloved husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. Born Arthur Irwin Davis on September 19, 1928 to Arthur and Charlotte Davis in Hamiota, Manitoba and passed away on December27, 2013 at the Souris Personal Care Home. Irwin spent his childhood in Hamiota. He married Verna Tyler September 4, 1954. Dad and Mom raised six children, Laurie (David), Bonnie (Robert), Rose Marie (David), Jack (Doris), Susan (Jim), and Tyler (Kathy). He was Grandpa to Jennifer, Lana, Ryan, Erin, Sean, Dale, Carli, Brenna, Julia, Justin, Charmaine, and step grandchildren, Jennifer and Christopher and great-grandpa to 15 great grandchildren with #16 on the way. Dad worked for 32 years for CNR doing track maintenance. Mom and Dad lived in several small communities finally settling in Hartney for 45 years. Hartney was home. After retiring, Dad opened the Hartney Shoe Repair store where he fixed everything from shoes and boots, to hockey gloves, to tents and tarps . He was innovative, creating and fixing everything. Dad could fix almost anything!! Dad loved sports! He loved to play baseball, golf, curl, play pool and watched all kinds of sports on TV. Dad loved to play bingo, all sorts of card games and spend lots of time with family. Dad loved to knit and many, many people have received knitted items from him. Dad spent his final years at Souris PCH where he continued to knit and play cards and keep everyone smiling! Dad had an awesome smile and great sense of humour. His smile and laughter will be missed and remembered always A heartfelt thanks to the staff of Souris Personal Care home for their awesome care of Dad during his final years. In lieu of flowers , donations can be made to Souris Personal Care Home or Charity of your choice. Kowalchuk’s Funeral Home, Souris, Manitoba in care of arrangements.
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CROSS:  Thomas Stanley Cross of the Griswold area died December 24, 2013 in Fairview Home, age 82. Iris, his wife of 50 years; daughters Beverly (Mepunga, Australia), and Marion (Calgary); sons-in-law Andrew Holloway and Bill Irsa; and grandchildren Jack and Janie Holloway, and Wyatt Irsa, will miss him forever.  Stan’s siblings:  Jean, Win, Archie, Joe, John, Evans, and families; as well as a multitude of friends, will miss Stan’s cheeky grin, readiness to lend a hand, and his quiet generosity.  He worked on the family farm from an early age, driving the tractor for his Dad at the age of seven, but he didn't complain. He loved a good laugh, more often than not at his own expense, and he was a fine mimic. When he threw back his head and laughed, it made you smile inside.  Dad was respected by neighbours and friends, and was a pallbearer more often than we can remember.  He helped to dig graves at the Griswold Cemetery for many years, and helped at the curling rink to make ice and haul water. He used his bulldozer to clear snow in Griswold and area, and later cleared bush with it. He helped others with farm work whenever and however he could.Stan was born March 6, 1931 to Marion and Jack Cross, in Woodrow SK in the house that Jack built. The Cross family moved to the farm north of Griswold in 1937, and Stan worked the family grain and beef farm the rest of his life.  He took a short mechanical course in Edmonton in 1952 and used the skills he learned to fix all matter of machinery. Almost every summer Stan could be found in the workshop, taking a motor out of a tractor and repairing it. He created a hoist out of steel beams to help lift tractor motors out. Stan was known for his fiery temper, and we could often hear him cussing from across the road.  He mellowed with age, but still loved to make wisecracks up until a few weeks ago. There are not many farmers around Griswold that Stan hadn't helped at some point. He was often called upon by friends to fix or weld everything from lawn mowers and rototillers (he hated both passionately), vehicles, and all manner of farm machinery. He could put his hand to many things but as he was quick to admit, not any of them real well.  He dabbled at curling, welding, carpentry, basic plumbing and electrical work. He loved simple things in life - spring crocuses, newborn calves running in the spring sunshine, a new National Geographic, a trip to Canadian Tire, and a beer with a friend. In 2010, Dad was diagnosed with vascular dementia, which robbed us of the man we knew.  Dad never wanted to be a burden in any way, so although we mourn his passing, we are relieved he is at peace. A Celebration of Stan’s Life was held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 2:30 p.m. with Marianne Whyte officiating. If you so wish, donations can be made to the Burrowing Owl Recovery Program.  While cutting hay, Stan inadvertently killed many of these small owls, and it always bothered him. This program works to re-establish owls, and that would have pleased Dad. Manitoba Burrowing Owl Recovery Program, Box 508, Deloraine, MB, R0M 0M0,
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