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McCAUSLAND: Alma Jean McCausland (Riddell) (nee Hill) 1926-2016. Alma passed away peacefully on September 1, 2016 surrounded by her loving husband, all her children and many other family members. Alma was born April 23, 1926 on the family farm to Thomas Antony and Ida Florence Hill. She had two older sisters, Muriel and Ruth. They were known as ‘The Hill Girls”. Alma attended school in Ninga and Bethel. She talked about how one student would go early to light a fire in the potbelly stove to warm the schoolroom before the other students arrived. Her lunch usually consisted of a sandwich, cookie and an apple that she brought from home. She was especially fond of the Christmas concerts and field days held in Killarney or Boissevain. During the winter months she enjoyed pushing the desks back at lunchtime and dancing. As she got older she enjoyed going to school dances every second Friday evening and recalled how a battery, cord and light bulb were hooked up in the schoolroom to provide lighting for the evening. Alma had polio when she was 10 years old. She often talked of their hired man. George Rogers, who was very kind to her. She felt like he was like the brother she never had. She often thought about him and wondered how hard it must have been for him to be quarantined, while she was sick. Alma enjoyed farm life, describing herself as the “boy” in the family because she liked working with her Dad, driving the tractor and bedding the animals down. She talked about their big garden and how that was so important to survive the ‘30s. A story she told was that every year a traveller came by and traded peaches and pears for old hens. The wrappers on the peaches and pears was a soft paper and was used as toilet paper – a big improvement over the Eaton’s catalogue. Alma met Robert (Bob) Riddell in 1944 at a Bethel School dance and their first official date was to attend a dance at the Parish Hall in Boissevain. They were married on May 3, 1946 at her parents’ home. She was now a farmer’s wife and they began their lives together on a farm several miles north of her parents’ farm. Between 1947 and 1956 their happy home was blessed with five children – Les, Kenn, Pat, Ron and Arlene. Much of their social time was spent at dances, square dancing with the ’64 Club, travelling to ball tournaments, entertaining friends and taking up the game of golf. Alma’s strong work ethic and selflessness ensured that her five children were always well cared for. She was an amazing baker; her homemade pies, buns, angel food cake and chocolate chip cookies won many awards at local Fairs and the admiration of her family. She knew the importance of being there to help family, friends, neighbours and community groups. She never showed up on anyone’s doorstep without food in hand. An early snowfall in 1959 prevented the crops from being harvested so Bob went to work for Kinsey’s Plumbing & Heating in Boissevain. A short time later the family moved to Ninga and in 1965 to Boissevain. Alma worked for Westview Lodge, Riddell’s Plumbing & Heating and Houston’s Drug Store. In Boissevain, Alma could now enjoy running water and a golf course close by. Her passion for the game grew and she soon had many titles to her name. Her love of the game has been passed on to many of her family. Her strictest lesson on the golf course was etiquette and sportsmanship. On August 14, 1973 she lost her husband Bob suddenly. This was a very sad and lonely time for her. She always remained strong and brave and found comfort being with her children and grandchildren. Her heart found love and devotion once again. Eugene (Gene) McCausland was a friend and a farm neighbour since childhood. They were married on October 25, 1975. Alma was now farming again and working hard alongside Gene. They farmed until 1985 when they sold the farm and retired. They loved to golf, travel and attended many curling briers. Alma was the spark plug at family functions, dancing with everyone whether boy or girl. She loved to play cards or games with family and friends. A tradition she passed down to her grandchildren. At 70+ years of age Alma accepted the challenge and purchased her first computer. She became very proficient on how to use a computer and an iPad in order to stay connected to her family. She was a long time member of the Ninga Presbyterian Church Ladies’ Group and taught 4-H for many years. Eighteen years ago Alma’s life was touched by cancer. Throughout this personal battle she demonstrated courage and perseverance of unimaginable proportions. There are several very important people that helped her through these difficult times. The first is her loving husband, Gene. The care, love and devotion he gave is undoubtedly a love story of its own. Dr. Nell, who held a special place in her heart, and provided her with many years of devoted care! And of course her family who were always there to support her, especially Pat, Bob and Kenn. Alma was predeceased by her mother Florence Ida Hill (nee Brown) on November 7, 1968, her first husband Robert Leslie Grant Riddell on August 14, 1973, her father Thomas Antony Hill on April 5, 1981 and her sister Muriel Irene Nay on February 16, 2009. She is survived by her husband Gene, her five children: Les (Christine) Riddell, Kenn (Doreen) Riddell, Pat (Bob) Gouldie, Ron (Brenda) Riddell, Arlene (Ron) Carlson, sixteen grandchildren, fifteen great-grandchildren, one great- great -grandchild, five step- grandchildren and her sister Ruth Campbell. Alma was our true inspiration. Most importantly she was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, great- grandmother, great-great-grandmother and sister.
She will be deeply missed and forever in our hearts. May the orchestra play on!
A family graveside service was held at Ninga Cemetery on September 7, 2016 followed by a Memorial Reception at the Community Centre in Boissevain. Donations in memory of Alma may be made to the Boissevain Palliative Care Fund, Box 899, Boissevain, MB R0K 0E0.
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MARTENS: It is with great sadness that our family announces the passing of our dearly beloved Abe Martens, who passed away peacefully on Tuesday, September 13, 2016 at his loving home of the past few years, Dinsdale Personal Care Home, where he lived with his devoted wife Roberta of 60 years. Within this sadness we are at Peace and we Rejoice that our Abe is now in the loving arms of his Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, and will continue to shine among us as he has throughout his 85 years with us. Abe leaves behind the love of his life Roberta (nee Carter); sons Ken (Martha), Dale (Angela), Daryl (Christiane); grandchildren Jason, Tara (Travis), Kyle and Chad, and the one and only great-grandson Wade. He also leaves behind two brothers, three sisters and many other loved family members. He was predeceased by his daughter Diane; great-granddaughter Rubi and four brothers. Born in Manitou, Manitoba to William and Anna Martens, Abe attended the Pembina Valley School and grew up learning and loving the farm life, but soon realized God was leading him down a different path. This path lead him to Winnipeg, Manitoba into the electrical trade, and also the start of Abe and Roberta's family, with the births of Ken and Dale. The family then moved to Russell, Manitoba, and once again the family grew with the birth of Daryl. After a few moves to Brandon and Thompson, Manitoba, the family then settled into their permanent home in Brandon, Manitoba in the early 1970's. A Celebration of Abe's Life will take place at Calvary Temple, 620 - 34th Street, Brandon, on Thursday, September 22, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. with Pastor Gary Jennings officiating. A reception will take place at the church followed by interment at Rosewood Memorial Gardens. As a family we cannot express in words the gratitude for the amazing love, care and compassion of all the staff, residents and families at Dinsdale Personal Care Home, where Abe and Roberta are known lovingly as "Pops and Momma Martens". Donations in memory of Abe may to made to the Samaritan House Ministries Inc., 820 Pacific Avenue, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 0J1.
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KELLIE: National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) Associate Director Al Kellie, died unexpectedly at his home in Superior on Wednesday, September 7, 2016. He was 71. He was born Alasdair Robert Kellie on March 24, 1945 in Brandon, Manitoba, the son of Charlotte Edna (Murchie) and Angus Kellie. He grew up, and received his early education, in Brandon. Al went on to receive his B.Sc. from the University of Manitoba in Science, with postgraduate work for an M. Sc. from the University of Alberta in Edmonton. Prior to coming to NCAR in 1998, he spent more than 30 years with Environment Canada’s Meteorological Services of Canada (MSC), with the last 7 of those in managing the supercomputer and telecommunications centre, located at the Canadian Meteorological Centre in Dorval, Quebec outside Montreal. Primary in this responsibility was operating the largest NEC supercomputer complex outside Japan. In the last years with MSC before joining NCAR, Al served as the Director General of the Canadian Meteorological Center. He was prominent in the international arena, representing Canada at the United Nations Agency, and NCAR at the World Meteorological Organization working group committees for data management, observations, and telecommunications, and most recently serving as Chair of the Working Group on Data Processing. At the time of his death, Al was the NCAR Associate Director of the Computational and Information Systems Laboratory (CISL). He held this post for the past 18 years. Under his direction, NCAR has transitioned from a parallel vector supercomputing environment to scalar clusters and increased available resources seven-fold. Realizing that the data center in the basement of the NCAR Mesa Laboratory in Boulder had reached its physical plant limit, he presided over the funding, design, and construction of the state-of-the-art NCAR/Wyoming Supercomputer Center (NWSC) located in Cheyenne, Wyoming. The NWSC opened in 2012. Al is survived by wife Jean Grill, who he met in Boulder in 2005. He is also survived by his two children Karma Cyr and Robert Kellie, his brother Duncan Kellie, two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. In his leisure time, Al loved playing golf, traveling the world to be with friends and colleagues, a fine glass of wine, and honing his creative cooking skills. He cherished the time spent with his family. He considered his co-workers at NCAR his extended family, and enjoyed the working relationships he had with his colleagues. In celebration of Al’s life, a memorial service will be held on Sunday, September 18, at 1:00pm, at the NCAR Mesa Lab facility, 1850 Table Mesa Dr., Boulder, CO 80305. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund is being established in Al’s memory to support Education and Outreach in CISL. Details on how to support this fund will be available at a later date. Darrell Howe Mortuary, 1701 W. South Boulder Rd., Lafayette, CO 80026, has been entrusted with all service arrangements.
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GARLAND:The family of George Edward Garland of Boissevain, Manitoba are saddened by his passing on September 2, 2016 at the Brandon Regional Health Centre at the age of 78. George was born May 23, 1938 in Brandon, Manitoba to parents Ernest N. and Mary Alice (Redding) Garland. George is survived by loving wife, Donna L. (Long), stepson Robert E. (Jackie) Long, grandsons Robert, Rodney, and Ray, as well as sister Dorothy Jenson of Souris, MB. George was predeceased by his parents, 3 brothers and 2 sisters, his mother and father-in-law, Edward Bayard and Margaret May Maley and brother-in-law Robert James Maley. In accordance with George’s wishes cremation has taken place and no formal service will be held. Donations in memory of George may be made to Boissevain Health Centre Ladies Auxiliary Box 403 Boissevain, MB, R0K 0E0.
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DILLISTONE: Ted (Edward Grant) Dillistone passed away in Campbell River, B.C. on August 31, 2016 after a 4 year battle with Alzheimer's and dementia. Ted was born September 12, 1931 in Winnipeg, and died just shy of his 85th birthday. Ted has 3 children, 11 grandchildren, and 2 great -grandchildren. He was an Air Force Pilot, and then City Engineer in Brandon, Campbell River and Whitehorse. Ted was a public speaking instructor with Dale Carnegie. His many musical talents included piano, Church choir, community theatre and Barbershop Quartet singing. He also taught hand bells to school children. Ted was an avid sailor. He had an amazing sense of humour, and will be greatly missed. A Memorial Service will be held at Saint Peter's Anglican Church in Campbell River, B.C. on Saturday, September 17th at 2:00 p.m. Reception to follow in the church hall.
DENTON: Bernice Cecilia March 8, 1938 – Sept. 7, 2016 Our dear mother, grandmother and great grandmother passed away suddenly at her home in Brandon. She was predeceased by her husband Bill on June 18, 2016. She will be lovingly remembered by her sons Jim (Liz), Rod (Brenda), Daughter Shelly (Trent Cory), granddaughter Rae-Ann and great granddaughter Kigh, grandson Corey (Corrie-Jo) and family, Clinton (Trina) and family. Also surviving is her sister -in-law Helen Ramsey, niece Lisa (Cori) Bodkin and great-nieces Alli and Carlee. As per Bernice’s wishes a private family interment has taken place in the Rapid City Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of one’s choice.Minnedosa Funeral Service in care of arrangements.
COTE: April 28, 1935~September 11, 2016. It is with great sadness that we have to announce the passing of Raymond cote; husband, dad, grandpa, brother and friend. With all of his women by his side he passed away peacefully at the age of 81, September 11, 2016, following a courageous battle with cancer. He leaves to mourn his wife Lorraine, daughters; Sandra (Wally) Kurtis, Daniella, Mattias; Donna (Brian) Dixie; barb (Mac) Pearce, Rayna; Jeannie (Neil) Samantha, Reid. He is also survived by brother Gerry Cote, Lucille Legare, sister-in-law Doreen Cote. He was predeceased by baby girl Marie in 1963 and brother Oliver Cote. Raymond will be missed for his infectious smile (smirk), famous nicknames of just about anybody or anything and of course the facial expressions and hand gestures that went along with them. Raymond was born a farmer on April 28, 1935, to Harry and Melvina Cote in the Dunrea area. He retired from farming in 1995. His daughters can say that the first swear words they ever heard him say happened when we rounded up the cattle or watched one of the many combine repairs. Raymond travelled the back roads of the hills and valley and later the streets of Killarney on many a daily tour (or sometimes 2-3) always the fishing pole in the truck “Just in case.” These tours sometimes involved a son-in-law, a daughter, a grandchild, or the wife!!! and a dog. With great wisdom to be shared. After the sale of the farm Raymond enjoyed his career with Manitoba Pool. It allowed him to (legitimately continue to travel the countryside crop checking…. Raymond’s love of travel brought him and Lorraine to many exciting places from east to west, north and south, sometimes with an old tent, a camper, or a sleazy hotel. Always with a cooler full of bologna and cheese and a beer or maybe two. A few of his favourite holidays included crab fishing and panning for gold. Raymond’s many hobbies included snowmobiling (when it would start) curling, first with a straw broom and then with a stick!! And of course the fishing (ice or otherwise). The fish story would most likely change depending on the time of day it was told or who was listening…. T.V. was a great pastime, Heartland being the most recent favourite. The new season is coming up dad (you have been waiting) so you will get to see it before us! So don’t spoil the beans….! The many wood projects (thanks to T.V.’s Bob Vila!!) and later Pinterest!! Are scattered on the trees, in houses and backyards of family, friends and neighbours. Dad’s greatest joy was his grandchildren and there many accomplishments. His smile, gestures and laughter as well as his sense of humour lives on in their unique personalities. Each grandchild has their own special way of expressing the impact grandpa has had on their lives.
His memory will never die.
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CLEAVER: It is with great sadness that the family announces the passing of Brian Cleaver on August 23, 2016 at the Brandon Regional Hospital with his family by his side, at the age of 59. Brian was born on July 11, 1957 in Minnedosa, Manitoba to Harold & Marie Cleaver. Brian was married to Lynn Smith on August 16, 1980 in Polonia, Manitoba. After graduation Brian moved to Minnedosa and became a Commercial Painter and later in years Brian farmed with his Dad at Justice and painted on the side. In these years they had 3 boys Kevin, Ricky and Mitchell. When Marie and Harold moved to Brandon in 1996 Brian and Lynn and the boys moved to the family farm where they have lived ever since. In 2005 Brian decided to rent his farm and took a job with Adriaansen Farms and worked there until his passing. Brian was predeceased by his parents Harold & Marie. He was greatly loved and will always be missed by his family and friends. Brian leaves to mourns his passing and cherish many wonderful memories: his wife Lynn, his son, Kevin (Amanda) and their children Mya-Lynn and Liam, his son Ricky and his son Mitchell; his sister Louise (Tom) and his niece Paula (Clayton) and their children Ava & Emmet, as well as numerous family members and friends. Funeral services were held on Friday August 26, 2016 at 11:00 AM at the Central United Church in Brandon. Interment followed in Moore Park Cemetery.
ALLEN:  Patricia Ann passed away peacefully with family by her side on Friday, July 22, 2016 in Brandon, Manitoba at the age of 65 years. Patricia was the first born of twin daughters to Stan and Winnifred Biggs on October 7, 1950 in Luton, England with twin sister, Jennifer, arriving shortly afterwards. At the age of six, both Pat and Jennifer moved with their parents from England to Canada; arriving to a blistery winter welcome in Brandon, Manitoba in March 1957. When the girls were 12 years old, the family returned to England to visit with family and friends. Upon their return to Canada they were given the news that an addition to the family would be added and Jackie was born in 1962, completing their family. While growing up, Pat attended various schools in Brandon and graduated from Vincent Massey High School in 1968. It was during these school years that she met her future husband, Craig Allen. After graduation Pat began working for MTS; until she decided to return to England for an extended visit with family and friends. After returning back to Brandon, she began her employment with the Brandon General Hospital working at the switchboard. On January 20, 1973, Pat and Craig were married and in 1974 the happy couple were blessed with the birth of their first child and son, Chris. In 1979, they were blessed once more and welcomed their daughter, Erin, which completed their family. After a family vacation to England in 1984, Pat and Craig made the decision to live abroad, returning to Pat’s roots in England permanently. The family packed up and moved to Rushden, England in 1986 and returned back to Brandon two years later in 1988. It was at this time that Pat began her employment with IGA (now Sobeys); which over the years became her loving work family. She started at IGA as a bagger and worked her way up over the years, ending as the store’s Deli Manager until her retirement earlier this year in March of 2016. Pat was predeceased by the love of her life husband, Craig, who passed away earlier this year on March 13, 2016. She leaves to mourn both her children: Chris (Melissa) Allen and granddaughters Abby and Tori; daughter Erin (Rob) Meagher and granddaughters Kate and Sophie Meagher. Also to mourn are: sisters Jennifer (John) Kennedy; Jackie (Glen) Johnston; nephew Phil (Carrie) and children Kally and Carter; niece Wendy (Donnie) and children Landon and Olivia; as well as in-laws; extended family, both in Canada and England; her many friends; and of course, her adopted Sobeys family.  A Celebration of Pat’s Life was held on Friday, July 29, 2016 at Brockie Donovan Chapel. Donations in memory of Pat’s life may be made to the Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation, “Palliative Care” 150 Mactavish Avenue East, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 2B3.
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McMILLAN: June 4, 1920 – September 11, 2016. With great sadness we announce the passing of Murray David McMillan, at the age of 96 full years. Murray will be sadly and lovingly missed by his family; sons Vaughn and Graham (Susan) McMillan; daughters Sheree (Paul) Weisenberger and Nancy McMillan; four grandchildren, Jason McMillan, Andrew (Hannah) Weisenberger, Rachel (Michael) Swanberg and Angela (Eric) Franck; one brother, Lorne (Pat) McMillan as well as other relatives and many friends. Murray was predeceased by his parents, Ethel and George, and his wife Enid, of 60 years. Murray was known as McMillan Movers for many years in the Brandon area, and later he and Enid ran a U-pick market garden on their farm. His passions were playing violin and reciting and listening to poetry. His sense of humour and interest in life made him a joy to be around, and unforgettable to those who met him. A funeral service will be held on Monday, September 26, 2016 at 11:00 am at Beaumont Community Church, 5423–55 Street, Beaumont, AB. Donations can be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation www.heartandstroke.ab.caArrangements entrusted to Hainstock & Son Funeral Chapel, Leduc, Alberta.
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MELNYK: On Friday, September 16, 2016, Anne Melnyk, age 81 years, widow of the late Daniel Melnyk, and beloved mother of Murray (Carol), Mary-Anne (Barry) Bailey and Gail (Gord) Hyde, passed away at the Brandon Regional Health Centre. Prayers will be said at Memories Chapel, 330-18th Street North, Brandon on Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. Divine Liturgy will be celebrated at St. Mary's Ukrainian Catholic Church, 927 Assiniboine Avenue, Brandon, on Wednesday, September 21, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. Rev. Fr. Michael Tkachuk as Celebrant. Interment will take place at the Brandon Cemetery with a reception to follow at the Ukrainian Reading Association Hall, 1005 Assiniboine Avenue, Brandon. Donations in memory of Anne may be made to the Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation for Palliative Care, 150 McTavish Avenue East, Brandon, Manitoba R7A 2B3. Complete obituary information will follow.
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McKAY: Ernest “Ernie” A.J. McKay, of Oak River, MB, beloved husband of Debbie Cal; father of Jesse, Ryan, and Chad; grandfather of Owen, Sage, Griffin, Berkley, and Emma; passed away at the Hamiota District Health Centre, Hamiota, MB on Tuesday, September 13, 2016 at 65 years of age. A service to celebrate Ernie’s life will be held at the Oak River Memorial Rink, Oak River, MB on Sunday, September 18, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. For those so desiring, donations may be made in Ernie’s memory to the Canadian Heroes Foundation, 142 Catharine Street S., Hamilton, ON, L8N 2J8 ( or to the Oak River Dodgers, Oak River, MB, R0K 1T0.
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WOODS: On Wednesday, September 14, 2016, Marjorie Annie Woods, age 88 years, widow of the late Ivan Woods and mother of Gordon, Nelson and Gary, passed away at her residence, Hillcrest Place Personal Care Home. The Funeral Service will take place at Memories Chapel, 330 18th Street North on Saturday, September 17, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. with Rev. Milo Spooner Craig officiating. A reception will follow at Memories Chapel. Family and friends will gather on Sunday, September 18, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. at the Shoal Lake Cemetery, Shoal Lake, Manitoba, for interment. Donations in memory of Marjorie may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association, Unit A1-800 Rosser Avenue, Brandon, Manitoba R7A 6N5.
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LACHARITE: Alvin. It is with great sadness that the family of Alvin Lacharite announce his passing on Sunday, September 11, 2016 at Vulcan Hospital, after a courageous battle with cancer. Alvin was born in St. Rose de Lac on June 29, 1942. In 1967, he began a career at Brandon Chrysler Dodge. He continued working with them for the next 26 years, until 1993, when he and his wife, Marlene moved west to pursue further opportunities with Chrysler. In 2001, they settled in Vulcan, AB to enjoy their retirement years. Alvin is survived by his loving wife, Marlene of 48 years; and his sons, Shane (Calgary) and Todd (Lethbridge). In keeping with the wishes of Alvin, there will be no funeral services. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Alvin’s memory to FCSS, Vulcan, AB, T0L-2B0.
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