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HARKNESS: Floyd Almer October 28, 1949 - December 6, 2010. Floyd passed away at home in Calgary surrounded by his family at the age of 61 after a brief battle with cancer. Floyd was born in Brandon, Manitoba, and raised on the family farm in Alexander, Manitoba. Floyd is survived by his loving wife Linda, children; Lorne (Krista), Kerri (Myles), Sherri (Kevin); four grandchildren: Josh, Nicholas, Kaitlyn, MyKaila and close nephew Tony. He is also survived by his parents Lorne and Shirley Harkness of Alexander, Manitoba; siblings: Bill (Judy), Larry (Donna), Lloyd (Shawna), Cheryl (Tony), Shawna (Ralph) as well as Linda's family, and numerous nieces and nephews. Floyd drove a gravel truck in Brandon while working the farm until 1986 when the family moved to Calgary. He worked for the City of Calgary in the Parks Division, then the Sewer Services Division until he was forced to be off with his illness. Floyd loved his pool game, and looked forward to the BCA and VNEA tournament in Vegas every year. He was an avid woodworker, repairing pool cues and he was a pen maker. If you could not find him, he was usually in his shop. Sundays, he always had a group watching NFL Football on TV. Floyd and Linda traveled extensively in North America, and enjoyed their vacation condo in Las Vegas. Floyd loved the horse races, and his last trip was to Del Mar Racetrack. Family was Floyd's life. He was always there for advice and to help. Thanks to Dr. Patricia Tang, Dr. Brian Liggett and the Palliative Home Care team. If so desired, memorial donations in Floyd Harkness' name may be made directly to the Alberta Children's Hospital Foundation (2888 Shaganappi Trail NW, T3B 6A8). A Celebration of Floyd's Life will be held in the Chapel of Mountain View Funeral Home on Friday, December 10, 2010 at 2:00 p.m.
To email expressions of email@example.com Subject heading: Floyd Harkness. Arrangements entrusted to Mountain View Funeral Home and Cemetery, 1605 - 100 Street SE (17 Ave. SE at Garden Rd.), Calgary, Alberta, T1X 0L4. Telephone (403) 272-5555.
LOMBAERT: It is with great sorrow that our family announces the passing of our beloved husband, father and grandfather, George Lombaert, on Saturday, December 4, 2010. A Celebration of Georges Life will be held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, on Wednesday, December 8, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Shannon McCarthy of Central United Church officiating. A private family interment will follow at Rosewood Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of George may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, 415-1st Street, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 2W8. Complete obituary information to follow.
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NEFF: Mrs. Elizabeth (Betty) Neff of Melita, passed away at the Reston Health Centre, Reston, MB. on Friday, December 3 , 2010, at the age of 83. She was predeceased by her parents; son Vernon and husband Elmer; granddaughter Maggie Neff; grandson Brett Neff and great grandson Rylen Morrison. Betty is survived by her daughter Dale (Cecil) Patterson; 2 sons: Paul & Richard; 3 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. A service to celebrate Betty's life will be held on Wednesday, December 8, 2010 at 1:30 pm from the Redpath Funeral Home, Melita, MB. with Reverend Allan Gairns officiating, interment will follow at the Tilston Cemetery. Donations may be given to the Melita & Area Handi-Van, Box 613, Melita, Manitoba, ROM 1LO. Arrangements in care of Redpath Funeral Home Melita 522-3361. Neil Redpath & Kurt Ardron Funeral Directors.
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WILTON: Passed away at the Glenboro Health Centre on Friday December 3, 2010 at the age of 65 years, James Henry Wilton of Wawanesa, Manitoba. Jim leaves to mourn his passing his loving wife Patricia (nee Clark), sons Shane & daughter-in-law Corinne of Wawanesa, Jamie & wife Dianna of Winnipeg, four grandchildren Brantin, Bradley, Katherine & Taylor; sister-in-law Audrey Wilton as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins & friends. Jim was predeceased by his father George Jackson (1945), stepfather Bain Jackson (1994), mother Maxine Jackson (2010), brothers Bill Jackson (1968) & Hugh Wilton (1987) & by a sister Betty Jean Masson (1993). Funeral services will be held on Wednesday December 8, 2010 at 2:00 pm in the Wawanesa United Church with Rev. Carolyn Rushton officiating. Interment to follow in the Wawanesa Cemetery. Friends that so desire, memorial donations can be made in Jims memory to the Wawanesa Waterpark Fund, Box 427 Wawanesa, Manitoba, R0K 2G0 or to the Kidney Foundation of Canada, Unit 1-452 Dovercourt Dr. Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3Y 1G4.
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TETZLAFF: Beverley Frances Jean (nee Sanderson) passed away peacefully at her home in Brandon, with her family by her side, on November 28th, 2010. She was raised and schooled in Brandon and was an employee of the Manitoba Provincial Government for 25 years. Bev was predeceased by her father Maurice (1974), mother Myrtle (1992), infant great grandson Brayden Tetzlaff (2000), brother-in-law James Buckmire (2003), sister Marlene Reilly (2008), and brother-in-law Robert Reilly (2010). She was also predeceased by several aunts, uncles, and her cousin Tammy Bradley (2010). Surviving are her husband Walter, son Theodore (Darlene) and daughter Kimberley Monaghan (Kevin), siblings, brother Edward (Gail), sister Inez Buckmire, and brother Fred (Margaret), Aunt Gertie Bradley (age 102), Aunt Daisy Johnson, (age 106), several cousins, nieces and nephews. Bev's life was blessed with the enjoyment of having eight grandchildren, Helena, Tera, Amy, Melissa, and Trevor, as well as Kassandra, Krysten and Kyle. Bev also had eight great grandchildren. They were all important in her life, but the one great grandchild who could give her a twinkle in her eye and became her "fix" during her struggling time with cancer was her little "Soso" (Sophia). In July of 1963, Bev and Walter were married and enjoyed 47 years of happiness together. Bev was a very caring, loving and thoughtful person who never backed away from the challenges of life, especially those she thought she could overcome. Bev's favorite moments of happiness were spending quality time with her family, especially cooking, visiting and laughing with them. Her enjoyment in life was spending time doing her oil paintings, camping, fishing and curling. She will be sadly missed by all those she touched in her life. The memorial service took place December 1, 2010 at the Redeemer Lutheran Church, followed by interment at the Rosewood Memorial Gardens, with Pastor Jason Zinko officiating. Urnbearers were her two grandsons, Trevor Tetzlaff and Kyle Monaghan. A Celebration of her life took place at the ANAF Unit #10, Brandon, Manitoba. In memory of Bev, donations may be made to the Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation, "Palliative Care" or "Cancer Services Project", 150 McTavish Ave. East, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 2B3. The family would like to express their sincere thanks to the following: the compassionate and dedicated care given by Doctor L. Moller, and Doctor E. Moller, the Cancer Care Manitoba Oncologists, Cancer Care and Palliative Care nurses and support staff at BRHC, the S.T.E.P. program, all the BRHA support services, Pastor Jason Zinko for fulfilling Bev's spiritual needs, friends and relatives for the many concerns, visits and phone calls, the ANAF, and reception caterer, Laurie Olenick.
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TAYLOR: Margaret Taylor (née Makinson) passed away Saturday, November 20, 2010 after a lengthy battle with cancer. Margaret was born the oldest of six siblings on March 11, 1936 in Winnipeg, to William and Reba Makinson. Margaret grew up in Austin, Manitoba, where she completed her schooling and upon graduating attended Normal School obtaining her teachers degree. In 1962, she married Vern Taylor. Vern and Marg resided in Brandon until the mid 1970's. They both decided to try a different career path and they purchased a store in Glenboro. They then returned to Brandon and Marg started teaching in Rivers where she continued to teach until her retirement in 1990. Marg influenced many students during her 35 year career. Marg retired from teaching but she always kept herself busy. Marg enjoyed spending time with her nieces and nephews. The yard kept her occupied in the summer; cutting grass, watering flowers and tending to her vegetable garden - she loved to garden. In the winter, she spent many hours baking, cooking and crocheting. In her early years, she enjoyed curling and in her retirement years televised curling was the highlight of her winter. Many enjoyable hours were spent playing bingo with her good friend Elaine Commons. Participating in afternoon card playing introduced her to another special group of friends.Marg was predeceased by her parents, her husband Vern and brother Bill Makinson. She will be lovingly missed by brother Campbell (Lorraine) Makinson, sister Carol (Glen) Bray, sister Shirley McGregor and brother Murray (Karen) Makinson and sister-in-law Deanna Makinson. Marg is also survived by many nieces and nephews and many great nieces and nephews. A funeral service was held at Rivers United Church on November 24, 2010. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Families of Spinal Muscular Atrophy Canada, Box 97, Rivers, Manitoba, ROK 1XO or Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation "Western MB Cancer Care Project" 150 McTavish Avenue East Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 2B3.
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SOMERSET: Mr. Gordon Donald Somerset, beloved husband of Georgina and dear father of Steven and Barry (Tara), passed away peacefully at the Assiniboine Centre on Sunday, November 21, 2010 at the age of 80 years. Gordon was born on January 26, 1930 in Croydon, Surrey, England to George and Elsie Somerset. He had one older sister, Patricia. Gordon served two years with the armed forces and was on the reserve list. He met the love of his life, Georgina (Humphreys) in 1953 while working at Muirheads Factory in Elmers End, England. They became married in 1954. Together, on June 26, 1957, they sailed across the ocean from South Hampton to Montreal, settling in Brandon. Gordon soon became employed with Manco Dairies as a driver/salesman. He worked there for eight years and then moved on to become a Security Guard with Simplot. Gordon also worked for Behlen Wicks and later as a maintenance man for an apartment block. His most recent position was as a Commissionaire with C.F.B. Shilo. Gordon was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion. In younger years, Gordon and Georgie loved to dance they were known as Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers on the dance floor. In later years, they went out for coffee faithfully every night to Robins on 8th Street. He was very involved with his children and grandchildren. He thoroughly enjoyed taking part in Stevens and Barrys activities while they were growing up, especially moto-cross and hockey. Gordon is survived by his wife Georgie, sons Steven and Barry (Tara), grandchildren Journey, Samuel, Valley, Athalia and Layla, sister Patricia (Tom) Webb and their family. Gordon was predeceased by his parents. The family would like to thank the staff at the B.R.H.C. ICU and 300 and the Assiniboine Centre 200 and 300 for their compassionate care of Gordon. A Celebration of Gordons Life was held at the Bethel Christian Assembly on Friday, November 26, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. with Pastor Mike Davis officiating. Donations in memory of Gordon may be made to the Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation, Palliative Care, 150 McTavish Avenue East, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 2B3.
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SMITH: Tyrus Ty Raymond Smith. June 26, 1918 November 27, 2010. With heavy hearts we announce the passing of our beloved Ty; husband of Mary Ellen (nee Lawrence) Smith. Ty was predeceased by son James Arthur Smith. He leaves as his legacy daughters Mary-Jane Hale and husband Frank; Barbara Joan Smith; grandchildren Christopher Harris and wife Karen Lawrie, Aimee Fortier and husband Chris, Jennifer Janz and husband Don Brereton, James Janz; Jessica Williams and husband John, and Matthew and Patrick Smith; great-grandchildren, Stephen Janz, Ailie and Emma Harris, Ethan and Gryphon Fortier, and Rhy and Bex Williams. Ty was born to Hazel Irene Davis and James Arthur Smith in Sussex, New Brunswick. He began his working career in the Bank of Nova Scotia in St. John, New Brunswick. He and Mary met when he was transferred to Windsor, Nova Scotia. On February 21, 1942 they were married. Ty immediately joined the Royal Canadian Air Force as a flight sergeant and was posted to Labrador. After the war Ty and Mary were transferred to St. John, then onwards to Edmonton, Regina and Brandon. He went into private business in Brandon where the family lived for many years. Following an expansion of the business, and move to Winnipeg Ty and Mary moved further west to Calgary, eventually settling in Canmore after Tys retirement. Ty loved classical music and skiing, and Mary was the perfect ski buddy. Together they skied the mountains around Canmore for 30 years. In addition they enjoyed working with their sled dogs and horses. They were also avid hikers and bikers, coming to know and love every nook and cranny of their Rocky Mountain home. Ty was many things to many people but few knew of his many accomplishments and awards. He savoured his titles but was very modest about the many things he did in life and was very active in service in Canmore. He served on the Hospital Board, Regional Housing Committee, Canmore Legion, Sled Dog Race Committee, Chamber of Commerce, Canmore Museum, PC Party, Rotary Club and Cascade Branch of the Masonic Lodge. In addition he was an Honorary Dr. Of Laws and Humanities and served as the chargé daffaires for the country of Mali in Northern Africa. Much of his service was in leadership roles. Ty served as President of the Duke of Edinburgh Awards, held the rank of Lt. Col in the 26th Field Artillery and was a Knight of Malta, Order of St. John of Jerusalem. A very great honour was to have been nominated for the Order of Canada. His most important role in life was as patriarch of his family and although he was awarded the title of Sir, to us he was our beloved Dad and Papa. To all who knew him, our Dad was an inspiration, a mentor and always a great friend. He was an active member of the community, rising to challenges and working hard to ensure a better place for future generations. With his great sense of humour, quick wit and intelligence Dads active participation on many committees, boards and in groups was a pleasure for all who worked with him. Dad had a strong personality and steely determination to always keep moving forward. He had a playful, youthful spirit of adventure, displaying courage and fearlessness in all his endeavours. He never ever gave up and always did his best. It is likely that Dad will already have organized the first Rotary Club of Heaven! While his passing is a great loss to so many, we are forever grateful to have had Dad in our lives. He had a life very well lived. Go well Dad and save a place for us. Until we meet again. We love you. A celebration of Tys life was held on Saturday, December 4, 2010 at 12:00 in Canmore.
Messages of condolence may be sent to the family at www.bowriverfuneral.comBow River Funeral Service assisting the family. Telephone 403-678-4880 for further info.
SMELTZ: May Lorraine Smeltz of Brandon, beloved wife of the late Harvey Smeltz (Schmelz), passed away at Fairview Personal Care Home on Thursday, November 25, 2010 at the age of 97 years. May is survived by her sons: Elwin (Lorraine) of Cromer, Manitoba, Morris (Deb) of Calgary, Alberta and Keith (Marilee) of Reston, Manitoba, daughter- in-law, Poppy Cumming of Oak Lake, Manitoba; grandchildren: Kevin (Lucille), Kerry (Kate), Phil (Renee), David, Michelle (Trevor), Jaimie, Kimberly and Marcie and great grandchildren: Lissa, Martin, Sarah, Steven, Bradley, Julie, Jordan and Emily. She also leaves two sisters, Vera Munn and Ella Lacey of Brandon, brothers-in-law, Gordon Smeltz of Reston and Neil McLeish of Calgary, sister- in-law, Lenora Churcher, of Victoria, B.C. and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, parents, brothers Grant and Bob, and sister Norma Wilson.May was born March 22, 1913 at Sinclair, MB, the first child of Robert and Olive Churcher. The family farmed at Antler, SK until 1929 when they moved to Brandon. May completed school and then attended the School of Nursing at Brandon Mental Hospital, graduating as a Registered Psychiatric Nurse in May 1937. She married Harvey on October 12, 1940 and they farmed in the Elm Valley District near Cromer. Harvey passed away on February 6, 1962 and May continued to live on the farm until 1969 when she moved to Brandon. She returned to nursing, working at Fairview from December 1969 until February 1978. She enjoyed her summer cottage at Oak Lake Beach and her apartment in Brandon for many years after retirement. She was a member of Knox United Church and participated in the life and work of the church as long as she was able to. She has resided at Fairview PCH since March 2005. She was a very caring person and was happiest when she was doing something to help others. The family would like to thank the staff at Fairview PCH for the wonderful care they have provided to May over the past five years and especially during the last several weeks. Thanks, also to Eleanor Broadhead for her friendship and care to Mom. A celebration of Mays life was held at Brockie Donovan Funeral Chapel on Monday, November 29, 2010 at 2:30 p.m. with Rev. David Cathcart officiating. May was interred beside Harvey in Reston Cemetery at a private family service on November 30. If friends desire, memorial donations may be made to a charity of choice.
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HUNT: Doris Mae Hunt (January 7, 1920 December 1, 2010). Doris Mae Hunt passed away peacefully at Fairview Nursing Home on Wednesday, December 1st. Born January 7th, 1920, youngest child of Thomas and Vanna Pue, sister to William and Fred Pue. Left to mourn are her son Richard and Karen Hunt of Brandon, three children Robert, Ryan (Jennifer), Kelly (Greg) Clark; daughter Judy and husband Arthur Huzzey of Abbotsford, B.C., their three children Julie, Jill, Steven; and daughter Patty and husband Grant Griffith of Brandon and their three children Courtney (Jon) Feldman, Jesse (Nadine) and Curtis (Laura). Mom was blessed with six great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband Charlie Hunt in 1997 and daughter- in-law Beth Hunt in 2002. In 1940, Mom graduated from Brandon Normal School with a teaching certificate and began her teaching career at the Robert Burns School south of Alexander followed by the Gorrie School, south of Brandon. She met the love of her life, Charlie Hunt, playing tennis at the young peoples group of First Baptist Church, became engaged October 22nd, 1941 and was married April 6th, 1942. For 56 years, Mom and Dad enjoyed a rich and adventure filled life together. Following Dads death, Mom lived in Riverheights Terrace where she took great pleasure in the opportunity to meet new acquaintances and restore old friendships. Following a stroke in 2006, Mom moved to Fairview Nursing Home where she was treated with the utmost respect, care and dignity until her passing. Due to the war, Dad was stationed in Coal Harbour, B.C. in 1944 where Mom taught school for 18 months until Dad was posted overseas. At that time, Mom returned home to Brandon and taught school at King George School. In 1945, Dad returned home and was in the Sanatorium at Ninette for one year as he had contracted tuberculosis. While still teaching, Mom received her Master Barbers License, which allowed her to oversee the operations of Dads Barber Shop in the old bus depot at 11th and Princess. Mom continued to teach at King George until 1950, when their first child, Richard was born. Mom returned to teaching in 1968 and in1974 graduated from Brandon University with a Bachelor of Teaching certificate in Special Education and continued teaching Special Education at Brandon Collegiate Institute (BCI/New Era) until her retirement in 1980. Music was an important part of Moms life. She spent countless years as part of the First Baptist Church choir and up until she became ill in November of 2006, played the organ at her Church home, First Baptist Church every Sunday. She will be remembered for her favorite solo He Touched Me, which was favored by many and evident in the number of times she was asked to perform it. Moms life was enriched through the many adventures and journeys she and Dad had the good fortune to enjoy. Learning about people and different cultures was a passion of Moms and she never missed an opportunity, whether through reading, television or actually visiting a far off land to learn and embrace the people and their culture. Along with exploring every inch of the United States and Canada in their motor home, Mom and Dad enjoyed thirteen winters in Weslaco, Texas following their retirement. Mom treasured her family and friends, and kept connected with everyone when the opportunity arose. Through visits, calls, letters and being a gracious hostess whose home was open to everyone, our family life was enriched through staying so closely connected to so many friends and relatives. She will be sadly missed by the many cousins, nieces and nephews whom she truly loved and treasured. Our heartfelt gratitude goes to the many who faithfully visited Mom, Dr. Egan for her care and compassion and the remarkable dedicated staff of Fairview Nursing Home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the First Baptist Church Building Fund, 3881 Park Ave. Brandon, Manitoba, R7B 3Y6 or Fairview Foundation Fund, 1351-13th Street, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 4S6. A time of visitation will be held on Sunday, December 5, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. at Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, Brandon, Manitoba. The funeral service will be held at First Baptist Church, 3881 Park Avenue, Brandon, Manitoba on Monday, December 6, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. Interment will follow at the Brandon Cemetery.
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HOWELL: Tina, age 86 years, beloved wife of the late Albert Howell, mother of Ray, Barb and Gary, died in the Souris Personal Care Home, Souris, Manitoba on Wednesday, December 1, 2010. Funeral service will be held at St. Pauls United Church, Souris on Tuesday, December 7, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. Private interment in the Souris & Glenwood Cemetery. In memory of Tina, donations may be made to the Parkinson Society, Souris Personal Care Home Sunroom Fund or a charity of your choice. Kowalchuks Funeral Home, Souris, in care of arrangements. Expression of sympathy may be made at firstname.lastname@example.org.
HICKS: It is with great sadness that we announce the death of our husband, father and grandfather, Merton Orvin Hicks at Brandon Regional Health Centre on Saturday evening November 27th, 2010 at the age of 85 years. He was predeceased by his parents Garnet (1982) and Alice Hicks (1928) of Killarney, Manitoba and his step mother Myrtle (1989). He is survived by his loving wife of over 60 years, Joy and their son Mark, and his wife Diane of St. Albert, Alberta, and their three children Kurtis, Kristopher and Kathryn, all who live in St. Albert, Alberta. Merton or just "Mert" as he was known to most, lived a very full life. He was born at home in Ninga, Manitoba, September 30th 1925, the only offspring of Garnet and Alice Hicks. He attended elementary and high school in Ninga and like many young men during the Second World War joined the Royal Canadian Air Force in support of his country. After his time in the military he took up the Watch Making trade and subsequently became a Graduate Jeweler. Mert lived in a number of places early in his career, Winnipeg, where he met and married his wife Joy, Regina, where their son Mark was born, and finally Brandon where he and Joy have resided for the past 52 years... He joined Ted Duffield, his friend and future business partner, and moved to Brandon in 1958 to be involved with the management of Reesor's Jewellery, a longtime successful Brandon business. His wife Joy was also close by his side working with him for decades. Mert was active in the business community throughout his career in Brandon. Merton was a physically active man, barely sick a day in his entire life. In the Air Force he was a renowned baseball player. He swam, golfed, bowled, and played baseball to name a few sports, he was even curling into his 80s, only stopping at 82, because he was concerned one of these days he would slip on the ice, not because he could not do it. Mert was an active member of the Brandon Lions Club for decades, happily involving himself in many of their community events. He was also very proud of his involvement with a small group of Brandon businessmen in the establishment in 1960 of Brandosa Beach at Lake Minnedosa, a vibrant summer community that holds happy fun memories for many people of Brandon and surrounding area. The family continues to have a summer cottage at Brandosa Beach. Mert loved watching his three grandchildren enjoy the various lake activities on and off the water and was always so pleased that his foresight for the cottage would result in such pleasure for his family. Merton will be remembered as a kind loving man who was always willing to lend a friend a hand and help others. He had a clear concept of principles by which he lived his life and would be considered by most to have been a gentleman in the true definition. Mert taught his son the value of a work ethic and right from wrong, and was always proud of Mark's endeavors in school, sport and business which he will never forget. The family extends its most sincere thanks to the Hospitalist Doctors, along with the nursing staff and the health care aides of 400 and ICU at the Brandon General Hospital, as well as the staff of "We Care" for the care they all afforded our husband, father, and grandfather over thepast five months. Merton felt special and knew that you all cared about him and his well being. After cremation, a memorial service and celebration of Merton's life will be held at Central United Church, 327- 8th Street, Brandon, at 10 a.m. on Saturday December 4th, 2010. Rev. Shannon McCarthy will officiate. His Interment at Rosewood Memorial Gardens will be open to all and will be followed by a light lunch at the church after the Interment. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to the Manitoba Lung Association, #8 - 940 Princess Avenue, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 0P6 or the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba, #3, 824 18th Street, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 5B7.
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BOYER: James Jim LeRoy. It is with great sorrow that the family announces the passing of James LeRoy Boyer, on August 28, 2010, after a very courageous battle with cancer. Jim was born to Olga and Roy Boyer of Lavenham, Manitoba. He was born in the Portage La Prairie hospital and raised on the family farm. Jim loved the outdoors He was a worker! He helped his father on the farm after school and on weekends. Later he worked with his father, farming and in the off season he worked in the northern oil fields of Norman Wells, and Fort St. John area. In 1967 he started to work at the Carnation Foods Potato Processing Plant at Carberry, Manitoba. He started as a shift foreman, however his desire to be outdoors led him to a Field Supervisor. In 1970 he started his own potato growing business at Souris, Manitoba. Jim was a very intelligent man, quite capable of running a very successful farming business. He farmed and grew potatoes for 29 years. In 1999, due to ill health, Jim was forced into semi-retirement. After recovering he worked for Redfern Farm Supplies at Souris. He was always ready for a joke, either giving or receiving. After the move to Virden, Jim worked part-time for Cam Manser as a water truck driver/farmer. In the fall at Carberry, Jim would drive a potato truck for growers. He loved the smell of the fresh earth and excitement of getting the crop off. Jim was a man quite capable of all things related to farming and was never afraid of a challenge. Jim loved to play ball, curl, golf, hunt, and spend time at the lake fishing. He truly enjoyed watching his grandson, Will, play ball and hockey. Jim knew it would be only a matter of time before Will would get the upper hand in a game of golf. Jim was a 25 year volunteer member of the Elks organization. He will be greatly missed and lovingly remembered by his wife, Mary of 29 years, children: Michelle (Jon), Clint (Allison), Kim (Dan), and Michele. His grandchildren: Will, Sean, Blake, and Skylar. His two sisters, Joan and husband Kelly, and sister Donna, numerous brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews. Funeral service was held at St. Pauls United Church, Virden at 2:00 p.m., September 2, 2010, with lunch being served by the Royal Purple Ladies at the Elks Hall in Virden. Rev. Jan Van Aertsealer officiated. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made to Cancer Care Manitoba, or to the Virden Palliative Care, in memory of Jim.
Weep not for me;Im free from pain,My earthly suffrings are oerI hope to meet you all againOn a peaceful, happy shore.
BILOWUS: John Bilowus, beloved husband of Ruth and dear father of Hope and Debra, passed away at the Assiniboine Centre, Brandon, in the early morning hours of Saturday, November 27, 2010 at the age of 85 years. A Memorial Service to celebrate Johns life will be held at Trinity United Church, 1515 6th Street, Brandon, on Friday, December 10, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Wayne Sanderson officiating. A private graveside service will be held at the Brandon Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of John may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Manitoba, Unit 3, 82418th Street, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 5B7 or the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 2 Carlton Street, Toronto, Ontario, M5B 1J3 or Trinity United Church, Memorial Fund, 15156th Street, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 6B3. Complete obituary information to follow.
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BEARD: Linda Ann Beard (Murdoch) May 2, 1953 - October 31, 2010. It is with profound sadness we announce the peaceful passing of Linda on Sunday morning October 31st at the Boissevain Hospital surrounded by family. Left to cherish her memory is her loving husband of 38 years, Lawrence, and her two sons Ken (Amy) and Robert (Candace). She is survived by her grandsons, Rylan and Blake, her mother and father, Marge and Bob Barefoot, brother Bob Murdoch (Jean) and sisters Susan Barchyn (Jim), Judy Barefoot (Paul), and Brenda Whittington (Roger). Linda will be fondly remembered by her many nieces and nephews as well as family and friends from near and far. She was predeceased by her father, William Innes Murdoch. Linda was born in Deloraine and grew up in Whitewater and Boissevain, completing her Grade 12 at Boissevain Collegiate. After graduation, she continued her education at Red River Community College in Winnipeg to become a secretary. She returned to Boissevain to marry her red headed sweetheart Lawrence, and raise their two sons, who meant the world to Lyn. She worked for the Ag Office and then moved on to the RCMP Boissevain detachment. In 2007 she received her 30 year service award from Prince Edward. She also worked for the Town of Boissevain in the same capacity. Besides working, Linda was a very active volunteer in the community, Legion Auxiliary, Tops, fundraising campaigns to name but a few. She loved to watch her sons play hockey as they grew up and rarely missed a game. One of her biggest pleasures was spending time with her family and her grandsons. Family was very important to Lyn and she showed her love for everyone by being interested and involved in their lives. She was a skilled crafter and quilter, loved to read and enjoyed camping. Lindas funeral was held on November 3, 2010 at St. Pauls United Church in Boissevain followed by interment at Boissevain Cemetery. The RCMP honored Linda by being her pallbearers and many members lined the steps of the church, in their Red Serge. The Legion Auxiliary Honor Guard and many friends and family were present for the service. The family wishes to express its sincere gratitude to Dr. Nell and the staff of the Boissevain Health Centre who provided Linda and her family both comfort and support throughout her illness. Also a thank you to Dr. Bashir and his health care team at CancerCare for their compassion and care. Linda met each of the challenges of her illness with grace and dignity and was always protective of her family.
We love and missyour happy spirit.Death leaves a heartache no one can heal;Love leaves memories no one can steal. Love you always. May you rest in peace.
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