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DUNCAN: Gordon Bruce (Butch) Duncan, February 22, 1947 – March 17, 2013. Butch…is what most people knew him by. But he was much much more than that. He was a Partner to a very special lady…a Dad to two sons….a Son to his mom…and a Brother. He was a proud Grandpa to eight amazing kids, a Friend to many and Uncle Butch to many more. Butch was born in Moose Jaw in 1947, to Aut and Myrla Duncan. His dad called him Butch from the second he was born. The name Gordon was a brother of his dad's who has passed at an early age. He lived in Castle Point for a short time then moved to Carberry in 1953. He received his schooling there and also attended the United Church where he went to Sunday School and High C. In school he played football and basketball and later in life played, coached and umpired baseball. He was told in no uncertain terms he should get glasses, that he was missing the game. He actually got glasses and the game improved immensely!! He decided on a career in plumbing and began his apprenticeship with Ed Bowley and continued his trade until he retired in 2012. Butch applied his trade in many places over the years including Thompson, Gilliam, Winnipeg, Brandon and Strathclair. Butch was instrumental in getting the Carberry Golf course off the ground. Building, painting, plumbing, clearing and lot of stories in between. He was most happy on the shores of Salt Lake, where he quickly became part of the community. Shirl and Butch had duck hunters from Wisconsin living in the back yard (complete with hunting cabin that Butch had built) and campers living by the lake (complete with hookups.) It was one big happy family down by the lake where good food and many stories and laughter was had. Trips to Wisconsin were returned, where Butch and Shirl stayed at the Flying Eagle resort. Many other winter trips became a must. Most visited was Mexico but also included Australia, Jamaica, and the southern states. Lake experiences including the making of a dock, acquisition of a pontoon boat, and a sea-doo. All the toys were enjoyed by all who visited, especially the grandkids. He became a member of the local Old Iron Club in Strathclair. Fair time saw him selling home-made ice cream and popcorn on their behalf. He also became a regular at the Drop-In Centre in town for coffee every morning. There he became known for his 'stories', teasing and 'embellishments.' He was a big man with a bigger heart who lived every moment to the fullest. We say farewell to him with the knowledge that whenever a few of his friends or family get together there will be a "remember when…." and a Butch story will follow. Butch's passing has left a huge hole in our hearts. Butch was predeceased by his dad Austin Reid in 1987. Butch will be lovingly remembered by his family, extended family, aunts, uncles, and many many friends.Missing him most will be partner Shirley English; daughter Shari, husband Al, Shania and Matthew Baraniuk; son Derek, wife Nicole, Sienna and Grayson English; daughter Deborah. Gordie's mom, Myrla Duncan. In 1969 he married Elsie Balcuinas and from that union two sons were born. Son Tremelle, Rhonda Ritcher, Tyler and Jordyn. Son Brett, wife Linda, Barrett and Carter; sister Shirley Meyers, husband Richard; niece Ashlyn, husband Christian and Cayden Bohonos; niece Shalya Meyers and Michael. Funeral services were taken care of by Rae's Funeral Home in Shoal Lake. Minister was Peggy Reid. Services were at United Church in Carberry on March 26, 2013.
Death comes for us all; even at our birth – even at our birth, death does but stand aside a little. And every day he looks towards us and muses somewhat to himself whether that day or the next he will draw nigh.PEPPER: Dr Evan Harold, 1927-2013. Our father, Evan Pepper, died peacefully on March 27, 2013, surrounded by his daughters. He is survived by his children Mary, Julie (Ray), Perpetua (Jim), Jane (Mark) and David (Michael); grandchildren Tony (Jackie), Jason, Marita (Luke), Lauren, Claire (Nick), Stefan (Deneen), Tristan and great-grandson Carter. He is also survived by his wife Bozenna and her family, sister-in-law Judy, and numerous nieces and nephews from Michigan. He was pre-deceased by his parents, Evan and Inez Pepper, his first wife Marie (nee Poznanski), his son Damien, his sisters Mary (Meme) Pepper and Ellen (and Joe) Callahan, brother Robert and son-in-law Bob Kosta. At Evan’s request, there will be no funeral service. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Evan’s memory to Fred Douglas Society, 1275 Burrows Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R2X or to the Stephen Lewis Foundation, 260 Spadina Ave, Suite 501, Toronto, ON, M5T 2E4, family invites you to share your memories about Evan at
CHAMBERS: The family sadly announces that Clifford Chambers passed away peacefully at Fairview Personal Care Home on Thursday, March 28th, 2013 with his beloved wife Alice and his daughter Darlene by his side. Clifford was born in Yorkshire England on May 22, 1921. At the young age of four, Dad travelled to Canada by boat with his parents, Joseph and Mary Chambers along with his brothers Lawrence and Sidney, and sister Olive with the hope of a greater life here in Canada. They originally settled in the Orangeville district and then later to a farm in the Pine Creek area in Manitoba. Dad joined the army in 1942 and due to being ill with rheumatic fever was honorably discharged several months later, which was a huge disappointment as he wanted to see service overseas in England where he was born. Dad met the love of his life, Alice Anderson in 1946 and he and Mom were married on January 22, 1947. Dad and Mom farmed in the Pine Creek area in the early years of their marriage and later Dad worked at Campbell Soup Company in Portage la Prairie until his retirement. In 1962 they moved to Austin and lived there until they moved to Brandon in 2000. In his younger years, Dad was an avid curler and Mom and the older kids would go to the rink to watch him. He loved the outdoors and loved to hunt, fish, and especially camping. Every summer, Dad and Mom would load four or five kids in the car and travel west, camping in a tent throughout the mountains for three weeks at a time. We as a family were able to experience the exquisite beauty and peaceful wonderment of nature in Banff, Jasper and the Rocky Mountains before they became commercialized. As kids we all remember the fun times, eating in the cook kitchens in Banff, watching the bears and mountain goats, setting the tent up in the rain, making snowballs in July high up in the mountains, stopping at the Calgary Stampede for a few days every year as we travelled west, picking fruit in the Okanagan Valley, walking the paths in Stanley Park, visiting so many museums and places of interest throughout Canada and the United States. Much to Mom's dismay at times, Dad loved to travel the back roads in the other provinces in order to see absolutely everything. Mom and Dad also made two trips up the Alaska Highway in their camper van to Alaska and the Northwest Territories. Expo in Vancouver was a wonderful trip for them as well as the trip to Niagara Falls. In 1987, Mom and Dad were thrilled to spend a month in England and Scotland, seeing the sights of London and staying with his cousin Nellie Thornton and her family in Yorkshire, visiting the place where he was born and where his parents and relatives lived. A few years later, Dad and Mom took a second trip to England, taking in even more sights and visiting with Nellie and other family members. Dad certainly enjoyed the English fish and chips wrapped in newspaper. In June of 2006, we celebrated Dad and Mom's upcoming 60th wedding anniversary with a huge family reunion in which all of their children attended along with most grandchildren and great grandchildren. Dad loved his seven children dearly and was a wonderful grandpa to sixteen grandchildren and a great grandpa to 30 great grandchildren. In Austin, Dad took great pride in his yard and garden and produced a great garden every year. His raspberries bushes and fruit trees always did so well. Dad spent hundreds of hours riding his motorcycle, his snowmobiles and his four wheeler with his family and friends. He even rode his snowmobile and four wheeler until 87 years of age. He was one of the original founders of the Austin Snowmobile Club, was very active in the Canadian Order of Foresters and the Austin Leisure Centre. He loved his life in a small town and was very mechanically inclined so many brought their rototillers and lawn mowers to him to be repaired. Dad could fix anything. Dad also restored a couple of antique Model T's and loved scouting the countryside looking for parts. Upon retirement Dad worked helping a farmer in the spring and fall and later with a potato farmer driving a truck. He spent his retirement helping his kids with various projects, gardening, travelling and woodworking in his shop. He enjoyed making lawn furniture, log cabin clocks, fern stands, wheel planters, etc. In 2000, Dad and Mom decided it was time to move to Brandon to be closer to good medical care and to get away from the hard work of taking care of a large yard. They enjoyed their apartment and living at Lion's Manor where they made many new friends and were able to take part in the many activities there. Dad enjoyed the bean ball toss and shuffleboard tournaments, the pancake breakfasts, the Wednesday noon meals, the Friday dinner and dances and especially playing whist and cribbage a couple of nights a week. In July of 2012, Dad and Mom moved into Fairview Personal Care Home where he no longer had to do household chores and could let someone else do all of the work. Special thanks to the staff of Fairview Home for the loving care that they gave Dad. Clifford is lovingly remembered by Alice, his loving wife of 66 years and his children: Gary (Rita); Gayle (Paul Ham); Merlin (Debbie); Darlene (Ken North); Doug (Melody); Joann (Grant Calvert). He leaves to cherish his memory: sixteen grandchildren and thirty great grandchildren. Also surviving are sisters in law Rosnah Chambers, Nellie Nelson, June Smith and brother in law Melford Smith. He was predeceased by his son Rick; parents Joseph and Mary Chambers; his brothers Sidney and Lawrence and his sister Olive; parents in law Charlie and Alma Anderson; brothers in law Carl Anderson, Norman Schneider, Jack Nelson and Nick Kowalchuk; sisters in law Ruth Hanna and Ella Kowalchuk as well as several aunts and uncles. In keeping with Dad's wishes, a private family graveside service and interment will be held in July, 2013 at the Austin Cemetery. Flowers are gratefully declined. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association, A1-800 Rosser Avenue, Brandon, MB, R7A 6N5. Clarke’s Funeral Home, MacGregor in care of arrangements.
BURNS: Barbara Joan. October 24, 1929 – March 29, 2013. On March 29, 2013 Barbara Joan Burns (nee Smith), of Langley BC, passed away after a long illness. Joan was born in Toronto on October 24, 1929 and lived in Long Branch. She married Peter Burns on September 4, 1953 and they were together for 59 years. Joan worked as an operator for Bell Telephone until she and Peter started their family in 1956 when she then turned her attention to raising their two boys. She enjoyed sewing and needlepoint. She was actively involved in volunteering at the local school as a librarian and with the Boys Scouts as an Auxiliary Volunteer. The family moved to Brandon Manitoba in 1975 where Joan became a driving instructor to high school students. She often spoke of the fine young men and women she instructed. Active in charitable work she chaired the Rotary Women’s Committee. Joan spent the last 20 years researching her family tree. She embraced the internet at age 69 and through her genealogy research made friends all over the world. Joan is survived by her loving family husband Peter; sons Raymond (Luanne) and Richard (Janice); grandsons Taylor, Jason, Cameron and Ian. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Canadian Diabetes Association. The family wishes to thank the staff of Langley Memorial Hospital for their loving care.
BROWNRIDGE: The death of Marjorie Alfreda Brownridge of Brandon, beloved wife of the late John Walter Brownridge, and mother of daughters: Janet (Robert) Davidson, Cheryl (Shawn) Tait, Debra (Greg) McLeod, and Karen Brownridge, as well as eight grandchildren, occurred on Friday, March 22, 2013 at her residence, Hillcrest Place Personal Care Home, Brandon. Service to Celebrate Marjorie’s life will take place at Trinity United Church, 1515 6th Street on Tuesday, June 25, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. Rev. Wayne Sanderson will officiate. Complete obituary information will follow.
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Arrangements withMemories Chapel &Pre-Planning Centre, 204-727-0330.
BRANDON: It is with sadness the family of Larnold James Brandon, of Rivers, announce that his death occurred on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at the Riverdale Health Centre, Rivers. Born September 24, 1940 at Hamiota, Manitoba, Larnold’s early years began in Oak River and then Rivers, Manitoba; attending school in Rivers and Brooke High School at Rivers Air Base. When he was young, Larnold spent a great deal of time playing baseball and was a member of the Rivers Comets, which was inducted into the Manitoba Baseball Hall of Fame in 2012. This made Larnold extremely proud. Larnold spent 10 years with the Air Force as an airframe technician. He married Jo Ann Taylor in 1965 and subsequently moved to Winnipeg, returning to Rivers in 1969 to raise a family and manage Taylor’s family hardware store. Outside managing the hardware and running his furniture store, Larnold’s life revolved around family, church and community activities that included the Kiwanis Club, Rivers Handivan Committee, the Chamber of Commerce, being a member of the Legion and was active in Rivers United Church on a variety of committees. Larnold loved to dance, snowmobile, curled in the mixed league for many years, coached minor baseball, liked watching sports on TV (especially the Toronto Blue Jays), enjoyed hunting and fishing, and being at the cottage. He was a gentle, patient, and kind man and this was reflected in the messages of condolence from friends and the community. During his long battle with Multiple Sclerosis, Larnold never complained and showed courage, control and determination along with an acceptance of each stage of the disease. Always more concerned with how others were doing or managing, Larnold was always “good” when asked how he was. Larnold is survived by his wife Jo Ann; two sons Michael (Chris) and Chris; sister Myrna (Yvon); brother Allen (Sharon), mother-in-law, Margaret Taylor, as well as sister-in-law and brother-in-law Richard and Sandra Wade. He was predeceased by his father Wesley Brandon; mother Elizabeth (Bessie) Brandon, and brother Daryl Brandon. A celebration of Larnold’s life was held on Saturday, March 30, 2013 at Rivers United Church followed by a gathering at Rivers Legion Hall. Memorial Donations in Larnold’s name may be made to the Adult Day program at Riverdale Personal Care Home, Rivers Recreational Complex, or the Manitoba MS Society.
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Arrangements with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 204-727-0330.
ADAMS: David “Chips” Charles Adams was born on May 21, 1934 in Brandon, Manitoba. He was the eldest son of Rose (Stritz) and Charlie Adams. David passed away peacefully in his sleep surrounded by family on April 3, 2013 after a brief and courageous battle with cancer. David is survived by his wife of 57 years, Nora (Slevin); their three sons, David (Kathy), Mark (Sandi), Michael (Cindy); grandchildren Bradley (Val), Courtney, Troy and Trent Adams, Kevin and Michael (Kyleen) Mallin; brother Larry (Randy); numerous brothers- in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents Rose and Charlie Adams and his favorite aunt, Lillian Adams. Chips was born and raised in Brandon, Manitoba where his schooling and sporting activities started. He was actively involved in hockey and baseball in his early years, playing with the Brandon Wheat Kings and Brandon Cloverleafs. Both of these teams were a source of pride in his later years because many of the long standing relationships with teammates continued. In 1959 he and Nora relocated to Winnipeg to start a new chapter in their life together. He established his career in the accounting profession which he continued up to his final weeks. Chips’ love of sport never waned. He was an avid fan of all three boys’ endeavors which carried through to his grandchildren both in sports and everyday life. Chipper was an awesome dad and grandpa! Thank you to all of our family friends for the numerous calls and visits during his final days. Also, thank you to all the doctors and nurses who were instrumental for his care and comfort. A celebration of Chips’ life will take place on Saturday, April 13, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at Southwood Golf and Country Club (new location), 80 Rue de Monastere, St. Norbert, Winnipeg, MB. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to The Winnipeg Humane Society, 45 Hurst Way, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3T 0R3.
PARAMOR: Lawrence Albert Paramor entered into rest at Country Meadows Personal Care Home, Neepawa, MB on April 4, 2013 at the age of 82 years. A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, April 10, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at White’s Funeral Chapel, Neepawa, MB with interment to follow in the Arden Cemetery. Donations may be made to the C.N.I.B. White’s Funeral Home – Neepawa in care of arrangements. 204-476-2848.
PARKER: Sally Zophia Parker; beloved wife of the late Bruce Parker; passed away at the Shoal Lake-Strathclair Health Centre, Shoal Lake, MB on Saturday, March 9, 2013 at 90 years of age. Sally will be lovingly remembered by her daughter Carol (Brian) Midwinter, grandson Parker Midwinter, sister Bernice Drennan, and numerous nieces and nephews. A service to celebrate Sally’s life will be held at the Strathclair United Church, Strathclair, MB on Saturday, April 13, 2013 at 2:00pm. Interment to take place at a later date at the Strathclair Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Sally’s memory to a charity of one’s choice.
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Campbell Funeral Home, Hamiota are entrusted with the arrangements. (866) 620-2744.
SCHROEDER: Jeannette Lea (Jenny) passed away at Beausejour Hospital on April 2, 2013, age 56. Cremation has taken place and a graveside service will be held at Ninette Cemetery in the summer. Survived by son Michael Mackenzie, daughter Crystal Mackenzie and mother Agnes Sayer. Three sisters Judy (Dennis) Mackenzie and family, Bonnie (Martin) Shaw and family, Peggy (Ed) Symons and family. In lieu of flowers and cards, donations may be made to Tri-Lake Health Centre Cancer Care, Box 5000, Ellice Drive, Killarney, MB, R0K 1G0 or charity of your choice.
SIMS: Christopher Douglas Sims of Brandon, MB, passed away suddenly at his home on Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at the age of 64 years. Chris was born in Winnipeg, MB on September 23, 1948. He resided in Brandon most of his life. He attended schools in Brandon, Brandon University and Red River College in Winnipeg. He started work at the city in the Recreation Department at Curran Park. He later transferred to a job opening in the Engineering Department and in time he was in charge of his own surveying crew. He was employed by the City of Brandon for 39 years. He belonged to the Brandon Orchid Society and was the Union Representative with CUPE for the City. In his younger years, he enjoyed cross country skiing, hiking, photography, snowshoeing, cards, canning and preserving his produce from his ever bountiful garden. A specialty of his was the Engineering Department's Christmas Meal. His dogs, Seamus and Maggie, were his constant companions. They spent many hours trekking thru the fields exploring. He is survived by his sisters Sheila, Carol Britton (Randy), and Joyce Smith (Jim). Nephews Ryan and Kevin Britton, Michael Smith, niece Jennifer Smith and great nephew and niece Brendan and Skyler, cousin Douglas Sims, Uncle Norman Sims and sons, Norman (Elizabeth) and Peter Sims (Rhea) and their respective families. He was predeceased by his father and mother, Douglas and Dorothy Sims of Winnipeg, MB. A celebration of his Chris' life was held at the Central United Church on March 14, 2013. Chris’ family wish to express their thanks to Pianist, Ruth Nickel, Soloist, Sandy Jasper, also for her heartfelt words regarding Chris, and Urn Bearer, Marv Alexander (close friend) for all his help and continuing support. Our heartfelt thanks to Ian Christiansen (Chris' Boss) and Bruce Ross (close friend) for their shared reflections to our brother. A special thank-you goes out to all who took care of Chris at the time of his passing. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to "Funds for Furry Friends", 208-740 Rosser Avenue, Brandon, MB R7A 0K9. Interment will be held at a later date at the Brandon Cemetery Columbarium.
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SPARROW: Russell James Sparrow, December 04, 1927 – March 02, 2013, beloved husband of Leone and loving father of Jim, Barbara and Janice. A Remembrance Service to celebrate Russell’s life will be held at Central United Church, 327-8th Street, Brandon, on Friday, April 12, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Barb Jardine officiating.
TOPINKA: Tunie Berniece Topinka, wife of James Topinka, born in Whitewood, Saskatchewan in 1918, passed away March 25, 2013 in the Dinsdale Personal Care Home in Brandon. She enjoyed life and always rejoiced in the opportunity to help others. Tunie was predeceased by her husband Jim, two brothers and two sisters. She lived in Manitoba since 1944, mostly in Brandon. Tunie is survived by her children Olive, Ron, Keith and Janet, as well as six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. She will be dearly missed by her family and many friends. The funeral service was held at the Whitewood United Church, March 30th. A memorial service will be held April 10, 2013, 2:00 p.m. at Dinsdale Personal Care Home, Brandon.
WILLIAMSON: Audrey Perrin (Wilken) formerly of the Roseland District, wife of the late Jim Williamson, passed away peacefully at Fairview Home on March 22, 2013 at the age of 74. Audrey was born on May 12, 1938 to Alfred and Ruth Wilken in Gull Lake, Saskatchewan. Audrey had two brothers, Cyril and Roger and one sister, Della. Audrey married Jim Williamson, a farmer from the Roseland, MB District on July 19, 1958. They met on the curling ice and curling became a life-long passion they shared for many years. Jim and Audrey were married 48 years and had four daughters, Deb, Kim, Sheri and Wenda and five grandchildren, Dallas, Darcy, Corey, Brittany and Chelsea. Jim and Audrey farmed the Williamson homestead, a century farm, for over 40 years. Audrey always had a fondness for animals and had pets all her life including a goat during childhood to cats, dogs and horses throughout her adult life. Audrey was a talented artist and enjoyed gardening and the outdoors. Audrey grew up involved in many sports and became an exceptional fastball player and a very competitive curler. Audrey was a well-known curler in the Westman area and won many Bonspiels and local championships. Jim and Audrey were two of the first in the province to receive a Curl Canada Instructor’s certificate and together they taught curling at many different venues including local high schools. They volunteered at numerous curling events over the years. Audrey and her team won the Manitoba Provincial Ladies Curling Championship in 1972 and represented the province in the Canadian Championship where they placed second. Audrey also enjoyed golfing in the summer. Jim and Audrey had many fun times with family and friends at their cottage at Oak Lake Beach for over 30 years. Jim and Audrey were fortunate to celebrate their 25th Anniversary in Hawaii and their 30th Anniversary in Las Vegas. Together they enjoyed many fun times. Their five grandchildren were very special to them. Grandma and Grandpa were always interested in what they were up to and how they were doing. Audrey leaves to mourn her daughters, Deb Williamson; Kim James and husband Bob, son Dallas and his partner Ashley; Sheri DeGagne and partner Ed Gilbert and Sheri’s sons Darcy and Corey and step- daughter Genevieve; Wenda Aube and husband Lorne, their daughters Brittany and Chelsea as well as their extended family of Lorne’s daughters Amber Aube, partner Cory Taylor and children Layne, Rylan, Payge, Pyper, and Ryder; daughter Courtney Aube and partner Steve Whitmore and children Todd and Darian, daughter Lyndsey Klassen and husband Kevin and children Deklan and Cole. Sister in Law, Estelle Brown, Brothers in Law, Clarence (CK) Williamson and Art (Marie) Williamson and Reg Anslow as well as many cousins, nieces and nephews. Audrey was predeceased by her loving husband Jim Williamson, parents Ruth and Alfred Wilken, brothers Cyril and Roger Wilken and sister Della Anslow as well as many brothers in law and sisters in law. Funeral Service was held at Brockie Donovan on Tuesday, March 26, 2013, with Jamie Berry officiating. Internment will take place at a later date in the Roseland Cemetery. Daughters Kim James and Sheri DeGagne shared memories of their mother on behalf of her four daughters. Active Urn Bearers were grandsons – Dallas James and Darcy DeGagne. Audrey was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease at the age of 65 and entered personal care at 67 years. The family wishes to express their sincere thank you to the 5th Floor staff at Fairview Home. Friends who wish may make a donation in memory of Audrey to the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba, 4B – 457 9th Street, Brandon, MB, R7A 4A9. Thank You to Bev and crew at the ANAF Unit #10 for providing the luncheon after the service and a Special Thank You to all Friends and Family who sent flowers, food, etc. or stopped by to visit during this very difficult time. Your kindness was greatly appreciated. Arrangements were with Brockie Donovan. Thank You to Sonny, Ken, Lisa and the staff for all their assistance.
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HOWES: Doug Howes, formerly of Brandon, passed away March 29, 2013 in Sarnia, ON. He is survived by his Mother Millie Mckerracher and brother Wayne Mckerracher of Sarnia; his children Donna, Rod (Lisa), and Brad (Teresa), all of Calgary, AB; and 5 grandchildren Justin, Courtney, Taylor, Stepheny, and Ben.
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