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SHEPHERD: Venie Melville (Mel) Shepherd passed away peacefully with her loving family by her side at Fairview Home on September 7, 2011. Mel was born August 17, 1918 to William and Sarah Boyd in Brandon. She married Robert Douglas Shepherd on April 14, 1939 on her parents farm south of Brandon. They had five children, Robert, Barbara, Beverley, Dianna and James. She was predeceased by her parents, her brother Stewart Boyd, her husband, Douglas and infant daughter, Barbara. She leaves to mourn her passing, her children, Robert (Ethel) Shepherd, Beverley (Bruce) Preston, Dianna (Albert) Krahn and James Shepherd; her grandchildren, Sharon (Dan) Shepherd-Dechka, Ken (Laurie) Shepherd, Kerrie (Al) Gibbs, Stacey (Chuck) Hutton, Becky (Rob) Switzer-Ricard and Jeff (Kate) Switzer and all of her great-grandchildren, Blake, Kirk, Brandon, Ella, Emmalee, Lyndsi, Abi, Cody, A.J., Riley, Rayna, Mackenzie, Avery, Bradley and Charleigh. Also surviving are her sisters, Flo Johnston of Brandon and Aileen Hassan of Winnipeg, brother-in-law Angus Shepherd of Moosomin, SK and sister-in-law Rosella Shepherd of Virden, MB, along with numerous nieces and nephews. A funeral service will be held at Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, on Monday, September 12, 2011 at 2:30 p.m. with Pastor Phil Price officiating. Interment will follow at Rosewood memorial Gardens. Pallbearers will be Ken Shepherd, Jeff Switzer, Dan Dechka, Blake Dechka, Kirk Dechka and Brandon Switzer. In lieu of flowers, donations may made to a charity of your choice.
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RAMSAY: John David Ramsay passed away in the City of Brandon on Thursday, September 1st, 2011 at the age of 94 years. John was born on a hot summer day, July 21st, 1917, on his paternal grandparents homestead near Bradwardine, Manitoba. He was the oldest child of Vinna and Willie Ramsay. When John was about 8 months old the family left Bradwardine and went to live at the Freeland farm in the Brookdale area near his maternal grandparents. John would live at Freeland until he was 19 years old. John's brother Robb was born in 1919 giving him someone to play and tussle with. Like all little boys John wasn't beyond getting into his fair share of trouble. In 1929, John's parents brought home a baby sister 'Betty' from the hospital. This was pretty special for an 11 year old boy. School learning was not hard for John but he found it somewhat a bit tedious. By the time he was 15 he had completed Grade 11 in Brookdale. During 1933-35, John spent two school terms at Canadian Junior College (CJC) near Lacombe, Alberta. Here he was baptized into the Seventh- day Adventist church. In John's last year at CJC there was a young lady that took his fancy. Little did he know that he would discover Esther some 15 years later and she would become wife and mother to his five children. In 1935, John graduated from the pre-medical course with the idea of attending the College of Medical Evangelists at Loma Linda, California. At that time he was only 17 years old and the college would not accept him until he was 19 years old. John returned to Brookdale to help his father farm on the homestead property. In 1937, John and his friend Bill McDonald were awarded a trip to the Royal Winter Fair in Toronto because of their work with the boys and girls calf club. John never intended to be a farmer and never forgot his ambitions of becoming a doctor. During the winter of 1939-40 and the following summer, John went to the University of Manitoba to upgrade his education. Disappointingly he did not do well and this ended his formal education. In 1940 the Battle of Britain was on and John applied for status as a Conscientious Objector. This was granted by Judge Adamson in the Brandon Court House. On December 7, 1941, John was called to do Alternative Service at Riding Mountain National Park for four months. John's job in camp was grubbing out trees on the right of way on the road to Whirlpool Lake. The park was building a campsite there for sport fishermen. John returned from Alternative Service Camp in the Spring of 1942 on humanitarian grounds. In 1947, John's father Willie retired and John took over the homestead at Brookdale. Around this time John was elected to the Brookdale Board of Directors of the Manitoba Pool Elevators. He also served as Secretary to the Board for 21 years. He enjoyed his work with that organization very much and deeply appreciated the fine qualities of the men who served with him. On March 16, 1949, John married Esther Neufeld from Hague, Saskatchewan. It did not take long for the babies to come: Phyllis (1950), Patricia (1951), Roberts (1952), Bruce (1954), and Judy (1956). In 1959, John was one of the pioneer members who was instrumental in the founding of the local Seventh-day Adventist church in Brandon. He was one of the last surviving members of this group. John faithfully enjoyed serving the local church as an ordained elder, Bible teacher, and Board member. John was a firm believer in Christian education and all his children completed college or university at a tremendous financial sacrifice. John and Esther's children presented them with six grandchildren (including triplets). They were saddened that their grandchildren did not live closer, but they had lots of reasons now to make trips to Edmonton and see them at least once or twice a year. In 1981, Esther and John retired to Brandon after 32 happy years on the farm at Brookdale. John was 62 years old. John and Esther were very active in their retirement. John built grandfather clocks for each of his children. They loved to go to church camp meetings and travel. John joined the Seniors for Seniors Co-op, an organization to help seniors stay in their houses longer. John enjoyed the work and met a lot of very nice people. Often you would see John driving his 1953 International pickup truck down the streets of Brandon with a lawnmower in the back. There were many family gatherings. A camping trip to Kananaskis in 1996 was a big highlight as well as their 50th anniversary celebration in 1999 in Edmonton. In 2006, Esther was diagnosed with terminal cancer and passed away that year. She was able to see a picture of her first great-grandchild before she died. Now John is the proud great-grandfather of 12 children, the last born one week before his death. John's oldest daughter, Phyllis passed away after a short illness in 2009. After her death, John's home began to lose its appeal, and John began to weaken. He was very lonely and needed more care. On January 13th, 2010, John entered the next stage of his life at Hillcrest Place and lived there until his death. John was predeceased by his wife Esther, and his daughter Phyllis Willauer. He is survived by his brother Robb Ramsay of Brandon; sister Betty Aab of California; four children; Patricia Selman (Jim) of Tsawwassen, B.C., Robert 'Bob' Ramsay (Marty) of Edmonton, Bruce Ramsay (Estelle) of Sherwood Park, Judy Ramsay (Charlie) of Brandon. There are six grandchildren; Carlene Ramsay, Shaun (Jessica) Ramsay, Michelle (Ryan) Jutras, Scott (Rose) Ramsay, Matthew (Noelle) Ramsay, Greg (Alex) Ramsay, all of Edmonton; twelve great-grandchildren: Gavin, Liam, Lauren, Darren, Alaina, Matthew, Kurt,Chloe, Mirielle, Nicole, Amelia, and Jonas. A Graveside Ceremony was held at the Riverside Cemetery, Neepawa on Wednesday, September 7, 2011 at 2:00 pm. Pastor Roy Jamieson officiated Pallbearers were: Pat Selman, Jim Selman, Judy Ramsay, Charlie Partridge, Bob Ramsay and Bruce Ramsay. Friends who wish may make a donation in memory of John to Camp Whitesands, c/o Man.-Sask. Conference, 1004 Victoria Avenue, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, S7N 0Z8.
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PLASESKI: The death of Minnie Plaseski, widow of Joseph and formerly of Rivers, occurred at her residence, Hillcrest Place, Brandon on Thursday, September 8, 2011. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at the Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church, Rivers on Tuesday, September 13, 2-011 at 11:00 am. Rev. Dominic Yuen will officiate. Interment will follow in the Rivers cemetery. Friends who wish may make a donation in memory of Minnie to either the Riverdale Health Services Foundation, Box 222, Rivers, Manitoba, R0K 1X0 or the Prairie Crocus Regional Library, Rivers, Manitoba, R0K 1X0 or the Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church, Rivers, Manitoba, R0K 1X0. Complete obituary information will follow.
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PENTICO: Jean. In her 65th year we sadly announce the passing of Jean, loving mother to son Alfred and wife Rachel, and son Dean and friend Kim. She was Grandma Jean to Sophia, Emma and Jackson. She was predeceased by her husband Clare and her mother and Dad Ethel and Alf Black of Rapid City. Jean worked for Home Health Care and will be missed by her friends and co-workers.
McKIBBON: Calvin Brook, born October 26th, 1959, died accidentally in Seattle, Washington on August 18, 2011. He is survived by his wife, Marissa, her children Eddie, Lorena and Anthony; his only child Madeleine from his first marriage to Kim Pollard. His mother, Lorna McKibbon of Wawanesa; sister Corinne Downey (Craig) her children Bond Ward (his daughter Emma) and Brooke Ward. He was predeceased by his father Jack McKibbon. Cal graduated from Wawanesa Collegiate in 1977 and received his Bachelor of General Studies from Brandon University in 1981. Cal worked as a Special Constable with the RCMP in both The Pas and Arborg before attending Depot in Regina and being posted to Surrey in 1981. In 1985 Cal joined the Surrey Fire Department where he spent 26 years and achieved the rank of Captain. Always an athlete he enjoyed most sports including his most recent passion skydiving. Cal chose to spend his life protecting and serving the citizens of Surrey, B.C. Although he left us too early we are so proud to have had him in our lives. A celebration of Cals life was held at Victory Memorial Park Funeral Centre, Surrey, B.C. on August 26th. Interment will take place at 2:00 p.m. on September 24th at the Wawanesa Cemetery. A time of remembrance will follow at the Wawanesa & District Memorial Hall, Wawanesa, Manitoba. In lieu of flowers a donation may be made to the Wawanesa Swimming Pool, Box 427, Wawanesa, Manitoba, R0K 2G0.
McINNES: Bettyann McInnes (nee Turner) died suddenly on August 30, 2011. Betty was born on March 27, 1935 and grew up in the Whirlpool and Onanole districts. At a young age Betty ventured out to work as a nanny in Winnipeg and California. This began her lifelong passion for children and travel. Following her heart Betty returned to western Manitoba where she could be closer to the love of her life while working as a cashier at Safeway in Brandon. In 1955 Betty married Leslie McInnes and they farmed on the McInnes home farm until 1960, when Les obtained employment with Beaver Lumber, living in Carman, Manitou, Waskada and Teulon. In 1963 Les and Betty, along with their four children, Laurie, Cameron, Shelley and Susan, returned to Erickson where they established their own grocery and meat market business. For over 12 years they worked side by side every day strengthening the bond that already existed. With the sale of their business in 1976 Betty ventured out into the tourism industry in the Clear Lake area, first as a waitress and then soon thereafter as the resident manager of Elkhorn Ranch, restaurant manager of Wasagaming Golf Course and finally as Executive Housekeeper of Elkhorn Resort and Conference Centre. Betty and Les enjoyed time for leisure and travel. Their travels took them to places as close as their family cabin at Ditch Lake, camping throughout Manitoba, a seasonal spot at Minnedosa Beach; to as distant adventures as Venezuela, Costa Rica, Hawaii and Mexico. While not an athlete herself, Betty devoted endless hours to the support of her children and the community. For years Betty was on the Figure Skating Committee in Erickson, the Erickson Minor Hockey Committee, served on the original building committee of the new Erickson Skating rink and, for a time served as a Board member for the Manitoba Minor Hockey Association. This passion for sport led to Betty becoming quite an armchair athlete and right up to her passing she never missed a televised Blue Jays game. Betty was a talented seamstress and loved doing handicrafts. This talent led to years of service as a 4-H leader in Erickson. Bettys creativity was frequently called upon for carnival and snow festival costumes and even leadership in the creation of endless community floats. Betty is survived by her three children, daughter, Laurie Jackson, son, Cameron McInnes and his wife, Arden, and daughter, Shelley Serle, and her husband, Kevin; five grandchildren, Sheena Jackson, Kelsea and Torea McInnes and Brett and Dylan Serle; two brothers, Gordon Turner and Bob Turner (Cynthia), as well as, two sisters in law, Gwen Steiman (Gary) and Alice McInnes and numerous nieces and nephews. Betty was predeceased by her parents, William and Rose Turner; her daughter, Susan; her son-in-law, Wayne Jackson and, most recently in April of this year, by her husband, the love of her life, Les. The family would like to thank Dr. Roche of Minnedosa for his years of care shown to Betty and to the Minnedosa Hospital staff for the respectful compassion shown in her final hours. A private service was held on Friday, September 9th at the Minnedosa Beach Pavilion with burial in the Erickson Cemetery. Long time family friend, Elgin Hall, officiated at both. Memorial gifts in Bettys memory can be made to the Erickson Recreation Centre, Erickson, MB, R0J 0P0.
MCDONALD: Grant Finlay McDonald, 72, died Wednesday, September 7, 2011 at the Brandon Regional Health Centre from respiratory disease. Grant, born in 1939 and his younger brother Murray (Pat) of Winnipeg were born in Oak Lake, Manitoba to Ida (died 1986) and Ken (died 1992) McDonald and raised on a farm north of town. Ida referred to the homestead as "the beaver dam farm". Growing up on the farm, Grant developed a strong attachment to the landscape and people of Manitoba and this only deepened with time. His favorite place in Manitoba was located on a hill rising above the farm where he could look out and in a long sweeping view see seven towns, the location of the one-room school house he attended and the Johnston Cemetery where his parents were buried; he enjoyed sharing this spot with his family and friends. Grant left the family farm to attend Brandon Agricultural College and graduated in 1958 with a Diploma in Agriculture from the University of Manitoba. In 1960 Grant married Marilyn Milne and they settled in Brandon. They had three children together: Kim (Wayne) of Hamiota, Sharon (Eric) of Ste. Anne and Russell (Traci) of Winnipeg. For 27 years Grant worked as a surveyor for the Manitoba Department of Highways, the City of Brandon, Underwood, McLellan & Associates and Zenith Paving. For the past 26 years, he was employed with Crane Steel Structures Ltd, Brandon as a project manager. From a very young age, Grant's greatest joy was to help those who needed help - whether rescuing his brother from a trough of water on the farm, putting together a building system, mowing his neighbors' lawns or shoveling snow from their driveways. Grant always ensured that each experience included a bit of time for a lively conversation. He enjoyed being with his grandchildren, especially during special occasions - festivals, plays, sporting events, graduations - and spending time at his cabin on Otter Lake with his partner of ten years Marlene Campbell of Brandon. For the past couple of summers he enjoyed driving his quad to one of his many friends' campsites searching for a lawn to mow or a friend to chat with along the way. Grant also loved harvest time on the farm. Aside from this, Grant's favorite pastime was playing the spoons, either in his living room with friends or around the stage at the Irish Pavilion during the Winter Festival in Brandon. Grant also loved to dance and he and Marlene took every opportunity to step-out. Grant was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion and served on the boards of Trinity United Church and the Otter Lake Development Corporation. He was also a supporter of the Oak Lake Beef Club. In addition to his brother, children and partner, Grant is survived by his grandchildren Paige and Laine Mathison and niece and nephew Heather and Scott, as well as Marlene's family including Lindsay (Lori), Kelly (Kim), Leah-Anne, Alison (Mike) and her grandchildren Deena, Emily, Jessica, Alex, Jordan, Brenden, Tyler, Brandon, Stephanie, Nicole and great- granddaughters Tatum and McKenzie. A Service to Celebrate Grant's Life will be held at Trinity United Church, 1515 6th Street on Monday, September 12th, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. Rev. Wayne Sanderson will officiate. A private family interment will take place at Rosewood Memorial Gardens. Donations in Grant's memory can be made to the Manitoba Lung Association, 940 Princess Avenue, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 0P6 or to Trinity United Church, 1515 6th Street, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 6B3.
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MACSON: Lyle James Macson. Lyle was born at Brandon General Hospital to Mary and John Macson on May 1, 1933. Educated in the Brandon public school system, Lyle started his career at Laird, Sprague and Company (Meyers, Norris, Penny, and Co.) later joining the Brandon Daily Sun, owned by the Whitehead Family, in the accounting department in 1954. Soon Lyle was appointed Business Manager, then Comptroller and ultimately Vice President in charge of Finance, a position he held until the companys sale in 1987. During this time, he and long-time friend Frank Scherer became owners of the Wallingford Press Company in Winnipeg. Lyle was a silent partner in this venture. In 1958, Lyle married Beverley McRae of Carberry, Manitoba. Beverley and two children survive him: Lynda (Grant) Matchullis of Manitou, Manitoba, and Bradley (Sherri) Macson of Calgary, Alberta. Lyle is also survived by four beloved grandchildren: Daniel Matchullis of Winnipeg, Jaclyn Matchullis of Brandon and Ethan and Aiden Macson of Calgary. Lyle loved Brandon and all that this prairie city stood for. He belonged to many organizations and sat on various boards. Those closest to his heart were the Kinsmen, K-40, and St. Matthews Cathedral. Who Lyle became was shaped by these experiences and the many friendships that resulted. A service to celebrate Lyles life was held at St. Matthews Cathedral on Saturday, September 3, 2011. Dean Robin Walker officiated, aided by Bishop James Njegovan and the Venerable Paul Curtis. Final resting place is the Columbarium in the Cathedral. If so desired, donations may be made in Lyles memory to the charity of your choice.
LOGEOT: Violet Gertrude (Gertie) (nee Morris) Logeot, was born August 15, 1919, in Lampman, Saskatchewan to Albert Edgar and Mary Almyrta (nee Nephew) Morris. She was the youngest and only girl in a family of five children. When Gertie was five her father died while having preventative surgery for appendicitis. When she was 15, her mother succumbed to injuries sustained in an accident caused by a runaway horse upsetting the buggy. Gertie, herself, barely survived the incident. After her mother passed away, Gertie went to live with her Uncle Jim and Aunt Maggie Morris, at Lampman, where she stayed until she was 18. She came to the Hartney area where her brothers had found employment and went to work for Joyce and Harriet McBurney. It was there she met René Logeot, who was to become her husband on July 11, 1939. They were blessed with three sons. Gerald Albert was born on November 4, 1940, James René born on July 25, 1942 and Gary Charles on June 14, 1945. Sadly Gary was taken from the family as an infant on October 25 of the same year due to pneumonia. René and Gertie lived on several farms, working hard to make ends meet and provide for their sons. When the boys were born they lived near Belleview, Manitoba on a rented half section. By 1947 the family moved to the Findlay district where they finally had their own farm. They stayed there until 1963 when they moved to the Deleau area. Gerry married Carmen Marcq the same year and Jimmy married Doreen Hunt in 1981. René and Gertie retired into a new home in Souris in the fall of 1984. They enjoyed their time there until 1991 when René passed away, after which Gertie moved into the Breslaw Apartments and then later to Crescent Manor, both in Souris. Due to a need for personal care, she moved to Hartney in July of 2008. Over the years she was blessed with seven grandchildren, ten great grand-children and one great-great grandson. In her younger years, Gertie loved to play soft ball with family and friends. She was well known for her hospitality and generosity and it was impossible to go to her home without stopping for at the very least, coffee and snack. Her friendships followed her through her life. In her mid-80s good school friend Harry Reviere came back into her life and certainly brought her some much needed companionship. Sadly not long later it was learned that dementia was starting to become part of her life and in 2008 she needed the attention of the Hartney Personal Care Home where she resided until her death. After a very short illness Gertie peacefully passed away in the Souris District Hospital. Gertie was predeceased by her parents, Albert and Mary Morris and four brothers and three sisters-in-law, Melville, Raymond and Mary Morris, Wilson and Anne Morris and Everette and Doris Morris. Her husband, René Joseph in 1991 and sons, Gary in 1945 and Gerald in 2002. She is survived by sister-in-law Betty (Melville Morris) Reichert, daughter- in-law Carmen Logeot, son James René and his wife Doreen, grandchildren, Gwen (Tim) Murphy, Darryl (Diane) Logeot, Kim (Denis) Masson, Andrew (Jennifer Cook) Logeot, Albert (Gina Anderson) Logeot, Gary Logeot and Joseph Logeot, Great-grandchildren, Krista, Kendall, Ryan and Dylan Murphy, Lauren, Devon and Justin Logeot, DArcy, Chantelle and Brittany Masson and great-grandson Hayden Murphy. A memorial service was held in St. Pauls United Church, Souris on August 23 with the Rev. Wendy Rankin officiating. Grand-daughters Gwen Murphy and Kim Masson gave the eulogy. Interment was in the Souris and Glenwood Cemetery with pallbearers Brittany Masson, Krista Murphy, Kendall Murphy, Darryl Logeot, Gary Logeot and Albert Logeot. Kowalchuks Funeral Home of Souris was in charge of all arrangements. In Gerties memory, donations may be made to the Hartney Community Health Centre, c/o ARHA, Box 10, Souris, Manitoba, R0K 2C0.
LAVOIE: Donna Marie Lavoie passed away on August 24, 2011 in Brandon, Manitoba. Donna was born in Flin Flon, Manitoba; a daughter to a miner who loved the outdoors. Her childhood at the lake instilled a love for nature that Donna would have her whole life. Donna attended early school years in Flin Flon and St. Charles Convent in Winnipeg, returning to Flin Flon to complete high school. Donna earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Winnipeg and a Bachelor of Education Degree from the University of Manitoba. She loved learning and during this time she discovered the world and friends that would become family and friends for a lifetime. Donna's passion for learning became her vocation, always bringing her new ideas to a career teaching and counseling youth. She took special pleasure in being part of young peoples' lives, and helping them find their future. On October, 1987, Donna married Dick Vreeman and soon after would join her husband at the Greenspot into bringing her love of new, different and beautiful things to their life every day. Donna valued family, friends and being together in beautiful places. Some of her favourite memories were from time spent together at Lake Athapap, Clear Lake, Maui, The Greenspot and home. Donna will be sadly missed by her husband, Dick Vreenam and leaves to mourn many friends and extended family. Donna was predeceased by her father, Leo Lavoie and her mother, Connie Lavoie. In keeping with Donna's encouragement for a chemical free environment, friends who wish may make a donation in her memory to an organization for the promotion of a chemical free environment or to the Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation, 150 McTavish Avenue East, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 2B3.
Expressions of sympathy may be made at www.memorieschapel.com.Arrangements were with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 727-0330.
LARSON: Jo, 1933-2011. It is with great sorrow we announce the passing of Jonas George Larson on September 7, 2011. Jo will be lovingly remembered by his wife Blanche, son Todd, daughter Wanda (Rick), grandson Eric (Aleah), brother Jack (Lana), loyal companion Brie, friends Claire and Barb, Lorne and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents Ed and Phyllis. Dad you have always been known as the gentle giant and a man of few words. We love you and are forever grateful for the extra four years God granted us. The family wish to extend a grateful thanks to the staff at the Souris Health Centre for their excellent care during dads many visits and stays over the past four years. To Dr. Stone and Dr. Cram for their care and devotion in Souris and to the many specialists which dad has seen in Brandon and Winnipeg. To Dexter of Kowalchuks Funeral Home for all the arrangements made and for always being there when needed. A private graveside service will be held at the Souris & Glenwood Cemetery. In memory of Jo, donations may be made to the Souris Palliative Care Fund c/o ARHA Box 10 Souris, Manitoba, R0K 2C0. Kowalchuks Funeral Home, Souris, in care of arrangements.
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GOODEN: George Kent Gooden of Brandon, beloved husband of Evelyn Mary Gooden, passed away at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Thursday, September 8, 2011 at the age of 90 years. A funeral service will be held at Central United Church on Thursday, September 15, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Shannon McCarthy officiating. Interment will follow at Brandon Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be to the Brandon University Foundation, 270-18th Street, Brandon, MB R7A 6A9 or to the Elspeth Reid Family Resource Centre, c/o Child & Family Services of Western Manitoba Foundation Inc., 255-9th Avenue, Brandon, MB, R7A 6X1. Complete obituary information to follow.
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CUNNINGHAM: Merlin Frederick. It is with heartfelt sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend, Merlin Cunningham, on September 3, 2011, at 69 years of age. He was predeceased by his parents Liskum and Nancy Cunningham and grandson Darrell. Merlin is survived by his wife Sadia and her daughter Madeleyne of Santo Tomás Chontales, Nicaragua. He is survived by his children with Eleanor: Peter (Tara) of Elkford, BC, Pattie (Leigh) of Souris, Tim Inkster (Toby) of Hartney and his grandchildren Tamara, Marie, Drew (Kaela), Timothy (Chelsea) Inkster, Courtney Inkster, Vicki Blagden, Mykle, Stephanie, Michael, and his great grandchildren, Jessica, Tray, Jordyn and Summer. He is also survived by his brother Carl (Sally) and nephews, David (Laural) and Jeff (Tammy) and their families. Merlin was born in Brandon on September 17, 1941 and raised on the family farm in Nesbitt, Manitoba. Merlin married Eleanor Fedak in 1961 and started a family in Brandon with their son Peter and then daughter Pattie. Merlin was a car and motorcycle enthusiast and took up parachute jumping and stock car racing in his younger years. He began his career in Brandon with the Manitoba Telephone System, and then worked as a technician with National Cash Register (NCR). Tim Inkster, a foster son, joined the family in 1971. Merlin purchased the 580 Hotel in Binscarth, Manitoba and sold the hotel in 1984 when Merlin went into partnership with his longtime friend Doug Mott. Together they purchased the Red Fox restaurant and lounge in Brandon. He enjoyed being an entrepreneur and in 1994 purchased the Windsor Hotel in Fleming, Saskatchewan which he ran for several years before retiring to escape Canadian winters in Central America. He met his present wife Sadia Fonseca Plata in Costa Rica and they resided in Santo Tomás Chontales, Nicaragua until his passing. His funeral was held in Villa Sandino, Chontales, Nicaragua, September 3, 2011. A memorial service will be held at a future date in Canada.
He is forever in a tropical paradise with his feet in the sand.
CLIFFORD: Kimberly Faye (nee Greggor) July 21st, 1968 - August 23rd, 2011. Kim passed away peacefully with her family by her side after a long battle with cancer at Hospice, North Okanagan in Vernon. Kim was born in Brandon, Manitoba and moved to Salmon Arm in 1981 with her parents Alvin and Shirley Greggor. She attended Shuswap Junior High and later graduated from Salmon Arm Senior High in 1985. She met the love of her life, Randy Clifford in 1985. They were married in 1990 and lived in Vancouver. In 1999 a little girl, Jaicee was born. They moved to the Okanagan to be near family and friends and lived with Randys family, Jim (Penny) Walker for 2 years. Along came another baby girl, Jaiden and their family was complete. They built their dream home in Enderby and the girls attended school there. Kim was active in the community and made many good friends there. She helped out at the school and supported the Ringette Association where both the girls played the game. She loved all the family with a passion and many a family dinner was held. She leaves to mourn, her husband Randy, daughters Jaicee and Jaiden, parents Al (Shirley) Greggor, Brothers Darcy, Dean and Brad, sisters Darla (Rick) Wilkinson and Shari (Bruce) Ball. Special thanks to the medical staff, family and friends for their care and support. If so desired, contributions in Kims memory can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, Research Centre), P.O. Box 3451, Salmon Arm, B.C., V1E 4S2 or the Hospice, North Okanagan, 3506 27th Avenue, Vernon, B.C., V1T 1S4. A celebration of life was held August 26, 2011 at Fischers Funeral Services, Salmon Arm (250) 833-1129.
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GOODEN: George Kent Gooden, beloved husband of Evelyn Mary Gooden, passed away at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Thursday, September 8, 2011. Arrangements are pending with Brockie Donovan Funeral and Cremation Services (727-0694).
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