Classifieds / Obituaries
ROBERTS: Margaret Elizabeth Louise Roberts (née Cobb) died peacefully at the Agape Hospice in Calgary, AB. on December 21, 2012. Margaret was born on October 16, 1929 in Netherhill, SK. At the age of eleven she attended the Qu'Appelle Diocesan School (QDS) in Regina, followed by nurses training at the Regina General Hospital. It was in Regina that Margaret met and married Denis Roberts, a young Anglican minister, on August 20, 1952. Through the years they lived and served in many parishes across the prairies: Medicine Hat, Kenaston, Neepawa, The Pas, Killarney, Dauphin, and Rivers. Margaret nursed and with Denis raised five children. Margaret is predeceased by son Michael and husband Denis. She is survived by her brother Herb, her five children David (Elizabeth), Edwin (Joy), Kathryn (Jerry), Kenneth (Gwen), and Ronald (Jenny), fourteen grandchildren and several great grandchildren. Funeral service will be held at St. James Anglican Church, Rivers, MB. at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 29, 2012 with The Very Rev. Jim Njegovan officiating. Interment will follow at the Rivers Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Margaret may be made to the Canadian National Institute of the Blind (CNIB), 1080 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg, MB, R3G 3M3.
Messages of condolence may be made at www.brockiedonovan.com
ELDER: It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Edmund James Jim Elder of Holland, MB on Monday, December 24, 2012 at the age of 75 years. Jim leaves to mourn his passing his beloved wife Joyce (nee Early) of Holland, MB, son Scott (Leanne) of Wawanesa, MB, daughter Kim (Denis) Le Heiget of Winnipeg, MB and grandchildren Ashlyn, Genevieve, Amelie, Evangeline and Mathurin, sisters Gayle (Johnnie) Ouellette and Sharon (John) McCoy, and brother Lynn Elder, as well as many nieces, nephews, in-laws and extended relatives. Jim was predeceased by his parents Bill & Edith (nee Munro) Elder, brother & sister-in-law Bryson and Lucille Elder, sister & brother-in-law Cheryl and Ron Muir and mother & father-in-law George & Lily Early. Funeral service will be held at the Holland Community Hall, Holland, MB, at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, December 29, 2012, with Rev. Robert Campbell officiating. Private family interment will take place prior to the service in the Brookdale Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to CancerCare Manitoba, 675 McDermot Avenue, Winnipeg, MB, R3E 0V9, The Tiger Hills Manor, Treherne, MB, R0G 2V0, or to a local charity of ones choice.
Online condolences may be made at www.willmorchapel.comJamiesons Funeral Service of Holland, MB in care of arrangements. (204)526-2380.
SCHOONBAERT: Augusta M. Schoonbaert died peacefully on December 22, 2012 at the Delwynda Court Personal care home in Deloraine, Manitoba at the age of 96. Mass for Augusta will be held on Thursday, December 27, 2012 at St. Antoninus Catholic Church in Deloraine, Manitoba at 2:00 p.m. Interment will follow at the Deloraine Catholic Cemetery. Donations in memory of Augusta may be made to a charity of own choice.
Messages of condolence may be made online at www.wheatlandfs.com.Smith Funeral Home (204) 747-2088. www.wheatlandfs.com
JASPER: Marilyn May Arnold Jasper (nee Arnold). It is with great sadness we announce the death of Marilyn Arnold Jasper on Thursday, December 20, 2012 in Portage la Prairie at the age of 70. She will be lovingly remembered and greatly missed by her son Guy Moffat, granddaughters Jayda and Katelyn, and many more. My mom, without effort has touched the lives of so many, and will be missed by all. This is very apparent from looking through her facebook, and seeing that many of her friends that had re-posted the news of her passing, only to receive condolences for their loss. As well, there have been many stories and fond memories shared through many facebook pages. I want everyone to know that mom held all of those moments and memories very dear and shared them often, from the meals with friends to mending and making dresses. My mom, Marilyn was born in Deloraine, Manitoba and grew up in the Southwest corner of Manitoba. She relocated many times throughout southwestern Manitoba with Ted and Dot, her parents, and sisters Betty and Judy. After graduating high school she attended Brandon University and earned her credentials to start teaching; which she did in Manitoba, British Columbia, and Ontario. She married my dad, Michael Moffat in 1962. After I was born in 1970, her attention was turned to raising her family, and she did not return to teaching until after I graduated and had moved out to start my adult life. During that time she found new careers, such as owning and operating Arnolds Market in Deloraine with her sister Betty, and cooking in a restaurant setting. In 1989 she returned to her love of teaching and moved to Northern Manitoba to resume her teaching career in Red Sucker Lake. Mom continued to teach in Northern Manitoba in various places such as Berens River and Oxford House. Mom returned south in the mid 1990s and started a couple of new ventures. Being the person she is, she saw the need of those in the north and started a personalized shopping service for people who lived in isolated communities. The Thistle Stop Bed and Breakfast at Sharpe Lake gave her another opportunity to showcase her kind and generous spirit. Brian Jasper and Marilyn married in 1995 and purchased Holiday Hills at Lake Metigoshe. Holiday Hills became a love of hers because of the many people she was able to develop great friendships with. The business expanded to include a restaurant and cabin rentals. Mom then returned to teaching in the late 1990s at Oxford House, Manitoba until being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2006 and chose to retire a year before she would have liked. In 2007 mom joined Big Brothers and Sisters of Portage La Prairie as a case worker and immersed herself in that program and the community. To say that my mom had passion would be an understatement, and that passion was for many things, first and foremost family, but painting, teaching, sharing, laughing, loving, and an intense commitment for her littles. I had to smile when on Tuesday, December 18th we were headed to Winnipeg by ambulance in an attempt to identify her shortness of breath my mom was trying to recruit one of the ambulance attendants to become a Big Brother, but that is the person mom is. Memorial Service will be held at the Herman Prior Centre on Friday, December 28, 2012 at 2:00 pm. As expressions of sympathy, if friends so wish, donations may be made in Marilyns memory to Big Brothers/Big Sisters, 20 Tupper St.N, Portage la Prairie, MB, R1N 1W8. A tree will be planted in memory and cared for by McKenzies Portage Funeral Chapel. 204-857-4021. mckenziesportagefuneralchapel.com
GOOD: Howard Good, beloved husband of Frankie Good of Virden, Manitoba and loving father of Valarie and Murray passed away at Virden Health Centre, Virden Saturday; December 22, 2012 at the age of 84 years. A reception for family and friends will be held in the Banquet Hall of St. Paul's United Church (286 Nelson St. W.) Virden, Thursday; December 27, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. Interment will be in Virden Cemetery at a later date. If friends so desire, in lieu of flowers, memorial tributes may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba in memory of Howard.
E-mail messages of condolence or sign the on-line Book of Condolences at carscaddenfuneralchapel.comG. R. Carscadden Funeral Chapel, Virden in care of arrangements.
WELLS: Edgar William. It is with deepest sadness that we announce the passing of our father and Poppa, Ed Wells on December 13th, 2012 at the Souris Health Centre. Ed will be lovingly remembered by son Clint (Tannis), daughter Kim (George), grandchildren, Tara (Cory), Melissa (Shaun), Jillian, Cole ( Debra) and Jessica (Jon), and great grandchildren, Saydee, Mayson, Austin, Brayden and Brittney. He was predeceased by wife, Janette (Cruise) in 2009 and daughter Georgia, in 1960. Ed was born to Joe and Verna Wells of Ewart, Manitoba in the Virden Hospital on December 12, 1930. He attended school in Ewart until November of 1939 when the family moved to Dauphin, Manitoba. He married Janette Cruise on May 10, 1952. In 1958, they ,along with son Clint and daughter Georgia moved to Hartney. Kim was born in Hartney in 1958. Hartney was to remain their home for the rest of their lives. Dad purchased the BA garage and bulk Petroleum in 1958. He sold it in 1966 and was employed for the majority of his years with the Hartney Co-op as Petroleum manager. He was a member of the Hartney Flying Club, Masonic Lodge, Hartney Curling Club, Hartney Golf Club, and Hartney Legion. He was also very active in the Hartney Junior Sports Club over the years. Dad had a lifelong love of sports. He especially enjoyed hockey, baseball, golf and curling. Together they (mom) attended several briers, and enjoyed meeting new people along the way. He remained an active golfer right into his 82nd year, always enjoying the opportunity to try a different course and visit a new club. He was an avid fan of the Hartney Blues, the Westman Wildcats, the High School hockey team, Hartney Hoppers and Hopperettes. Dad like to tour the countryside driving many miles taking in the scenery, visiting historic sites, looking at the crops, old barns and machinery. He and mom travelled to many small towns on the harness racing circuit always finding a new route to travel. Dad really enjoyed people, young and old alike. He loved being around the youth of the community and had a tremendous respect for the pioneers and the characters that came before him. His dedication and commitment to the Hartney Legion was a great source of pride for him, and he would have been humbled and touched by the participation of the Legion Honour Guard at his funeral service. The most important people in his life were his family. We shall all cherish the happy times spent with him and know in our hearts that he is at peace. Funeral services were held at the Hartney United Church on December 17, 2012.
STACEY: Jean D. On December 7, 2012, with her family by her side, our mom, Jean, passed away. She is now reunited with the 50 year love of her life, Tom, who predeceased her in 1997. Mom was born in Montreal and packed a lot into her 87 years of life. Mom and Dad lived in Montreal, Toronto, and Hamilton, prior to settling in Brandon, Manitoba. Mom was a not a stay at home kind of gal and thoroughly enjoyed her many different occupations culminating in her retirement from the registrars office at the Brandon School of Nursing. Mom was active in the Anglican Church and a very involved leader and participant with Queen Mary Chapter #3 Order of the Eastern Star and the White Shrine. You could always rely on things to be completed in an excellent manner when Mom was involved. Mom was very proud to receive her O.E.S 50 year pin with a celebration in fall 2012. Mom moved to North Vancouver and then Burnaby in 2005 and soon became involved as the president of the resident counsel where she lived and enjoyed her affiliation with the Crown Jewels (Red Hats). Moms interests and accomplishments were many and she was always game to try anything. She enjoyed dancing, travel, animals, gardening, shopping, dining out, bling and creating a beautiful home. Moms greatest love and pleasure was her family and she revelled in being a mom and nanny. She is survived by her daughter Marilyn (Jack) of North Vancouver, her daughter Helen (Duane) of St. Albert, Alberta, and grandchildren Karmen (North Vancouver) and Brad (Trish) of Calgary, Alberta. She is also survived by her sister, Helen, of Toronto. An excellent role model, she has left us with a life time of wonderful memories. Mom was really a people person and we know she leaves many friends who will miss this exceptional lady. Flowers gratefully declined. Please consider a donation to the Tuberous Sclerosis Foundation 92 Caplan Ave. Suite 125 Barrie, Ontario L9N 0Z7 Canada or your local SPCA in Jeans memory. A memorial service to celebrate Mom's life was held in North Vancouver on Friday, December 14th at 2 PM. with Pastor Todd Wiebe officiating. We will bring Mom home to Brandon for a service in 2013, (details to follow).
REID: Delmar Reid of Russell, Manitoba passed away on Thursday, December 20, 2012 at the Russell District Health Centre at the age of 64 years. Delmar is survived by his loving wife Donna, daughter Lorissa (Orland) Cook of Russell, son Devin (Maria) Reid of Winnipeg, four grandchildren, brothers Garth (Edith) Smart of Binscarth, Ron Smart of Redcliff, AB, and sister Shirley Bradley of Minnedosa. The funeral service will be held on Thursday, December 27, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. from the George P. Buleziuk Centre, Russell with Rev. David Howell officiating. If friends so desire, donations may be made to the Russell Health Centre, Palliative Care or CancerCare Manitoba.
Remembrances and condolences may be emailed to email@example.comBraendle-Bruce Funeral Service of Russell is in care of arrangements. (204) 773-2747.
McKAY: James (Jim) Richard 1950-2012. It is with heavy hearts that we, Jims family, announce his sudden passing on Thursday, December 13, 2012. Jim was born and raised in Brandon, Manitoba and moved with his wife and three young sons to Calgary, Alberta in January 1980. He leaves behind to honor his memory his wife and high school sweetheart, Bev; his three sons, Ryan (Kaarina), Trent (Leanna), Scott (Stephanie), and grandson Kailur. Also surviving is brother Robert (Bob) and his wife Stella Fedeniuk; mother-in-law Mabel White, and his nephews Jason and Landen. Jim is predeceased by his parents Frank and Peggy McKay and sister-in-law Barbara White. We have come to know just how memorable Jim has been to the many colleagues and acquaintances in his almost 40 year career in IT. On his behalf we thank each and every one of you for the many cherished memories and stories shared with us, his family. At Jims request, the family will have a private service to honor his memory. In lieu of flowers or donations, it would be Jims wish that those who knew him spend extra time together with their families this holiday season.
Messages of condolence may be left for the family at www.myalternatives.ca12 East Lake Way NE, Airdrie, AB. (403) 216-5111 & (403) 912 0307.
INNES: It is with great sadness that the family announces the passing of Norma Lorraine Innes on December 3, 2012 at the Killarney Hospital, surrounded by her family. She was the beloved wife to Jack and loving mother to Phillip, Jodie and Julie. Norma was born September 5, 1941 in the town of Deloraine, the youngest of two children to Lillian and Robert Sambrook. Normas childhood was spent in and around Medora with a majority on the family farm two miles east of town. Normas love of animals was evident with the cat scratches that covered her arms. This love of animals would continue all through her life. She belonged to many groups, such as CGIT, 4-H and the junior choir, always surrounded by many cousins and friends. Normas first school years were spent at Sherwood and Medora schools and finishing at Deloraine collegiate. After graduation from high school, she attended St. Michaels Academy in Brandon. Following her graduation from St. Michaels in 1962, Norma worked with the Brandon City Police Department, becoming the first female stenographer. Norma and Jack were married October 5, 1963. Following the birth of their first two children Phillip and Jodie, the family moved to a home on Ashgrove Boulevard. In 1977, the family moved to Melita. After the arrival of their youngest daughter, Julie, Norma worked at the Melita branch of the Virden Credit Union. In 1983, Mom and Dad purchased a business and moved to the Village of Waskada. Again, Mom was involved with various groups, including the church womens group and Evening Circle in addition to helping run their business, Innes' Garage. Camping was a big part of life in the summer months, travelling around Manitoba, northern Ontario and Saskatchewan and out west. Winter months were a time for snowmobiling and hotdog roasts in the country. Saturday nights were spent watching Hockey Night in Canada with popcorn made on the stove. Many wonderful times were spent in and around the family cabin on Sharpe Lake. Norma always encouraged her children to appreciate the beauty of nature and wildlife, especially birds. Whatever time of year, her childrens friends were always welcome. One comment her kids would invariably hear was what a nice and kind lady she was. Her gentle nature was accompanied by a mischievous and cheerful side that would regularly appear on April fools day. The connection with Aunts and Uncles and cousins was very important for Norma. She always looked forward to family gatherings and reunions and any chance to talk with family or friends about news or happenings on both Norma and Jacks side of the family. Holidays, especially Christmas, were always a chance to catch up with family and friends. Normas first grandchildren, Kyla, Kellie and Maisie Rose brought out Moms fun side and made her so proud over the years seeing the girls accomplishments. More recently, she was again blessed with the arrival of two grandsons, Braden and Ryan. At the same time three great-granddaughters, Emerson, Cora and Meggie, gave Norma much to talk about. Just a mention of any of their names would put a smile on her face and cause her to laugh about something they had done. They all gave lots of hugs and kisses to brighten her day. Phillip, Jodie and Julie will remember their Mom as the person they looked up to their whole life. Their Mom taught them many lessons and skills, the most important one, how to be a loving person. She was not only a mother, but also a friend. They can see many of their Moms loving attributes in her five grandchildren and threegreat granddaughters. They are thankful for the time they each had with their Grandma and Great Grandma. For the last part of her life Norma struggled with the affects of COPD. Mom moved to Bayside in 2008. In Killarney she was well liked by the staff and fellow residents. All through this her family and friends were always the first thing on her mind. She never complained and was always more concerned about the well-being of her family and friends. Norma was very fortunate to have many people who always had time to spend with her. Norma's smile and loving gentle way will be missed by all who knew and loved her. If ever there is tomorrow when we're not together... Promise me youll always remember. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. But the most important thing is, even if we're apart... I'll always be with you. - A. A. Milne Norma was predeceased by her parents Bert and Lillian Sambrook, Jack's parents Orval and Marjorie Innes and her Grandson Billie Millard. Norma is survived by her loving husband Jack; children Phillip, Jodie (Bill) Millard and Julie (Steve) Sample. Also left to mourn are: grandchildren, Kyla (Adam) Urquhart, Kellie Millard, Maisie Rose Millard (MacKenzie Hole) Braden Sample and Ryan Sample; and great-grandchildren Emerson, Coraline and Margeret Urquhart. She is also survived by her brother Murray Sambrook and wife Edith; plus many cousins, nieces and nephews and members of Jacks family. A private internment was held Friday December 7, 2012 at the Medora Cemetary followed by a memorial service at the Waskada United Church, with Reverend Heather Sandilands officiating. All in attendance were considered honourary pallbearers. A time of fellowship and refreshments was held at the Lions Hall following the service to celebrate Normas life. Donations in memory of Norma may be made to the Tri-Lake Health Centre Palliative Care Fund: Box 5000, Killarney, MB, R0K 1G0 or to the Medora Cemetery Fund. Funeral Arrangements were made by Smith Funeral Home.
COOPER: Surrounded with love, Judith Diane Cooper (Waller), beloved wife of Larry, passed away on Sunday, December 2, 2012 at the Assiniboine Centre, Brandon. Judy was born June 30th, 1944 at Dauphin, MB while her parents Jack Harland and Marjorie Lenora (Southworth) Waller were posted at Paulsen Base of the RCAF. Judy grew up at Elkhorn, MB and after graduating from Elkhorn Collegiate, she worked for the TD and CIBC banks in Brandon and Winnipeg. October 5, 1963 she married Gary Collins of Pilot Mound and they had two daughters Elizabeth Jane on October 1, 1964 and Melinda Lee on June 11, 1968. A talented artist, Judy returned to school and took Commercial Art at ACC and was then employed with ARM Industries in the screen printing shop. After moving to Souris with her two daughters in 1975, Judy once again returned to ACC where she received her Licensed Practical Nursing diploma. Over the next several years, she was employed at the Souris Hospital, Fairview Home and We Care. January 12, 1989 Judy married Larry Cooper and the following September they moved to the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island. For the first few years that they were Islanders Judy was employed as the Coordinator of the Adult Day Program at the Cumberland Health Centre and then started her own cottage industry as a seamstress, doing custom work and creating unique handbags and crafts. Judy was also an avid knitter and cross stitcher, producing many pictures, sweaters, socks, mitts and scarves for family and friends. She also had a life-long love for reading. Judy and Larry returned to Brandon in November 2007. Judy was predeceased by her parents, Jack in 2002, and Marjorie in 2008 and by her sister Jacqueline Anne Hardy in 2003. Left to mourn her passing are her husband of 23 years, Larry; daughters Jane Collins of San Jose, CA and Melinda and son-in-law, John Rose of Banff, AB; granddaughters Emma Paine of Brandon, MB and Wynne Powell of San Jose, CA; grandson Jesse Johnston of Edmonton; step-grandchildren Heather and Brad Rose; sister Wendy Dickie; brothers-in-law Ken Hardy and Keith Dickie; nephews Trevor and Ian Dickie and Scott Hardy; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law Norma and Gordie Gadsby, Raymond and Catherine Cooper and George and Margaret Cooper and their families. A memorial service to celebrate Judys life was held at Memories Chapel, Brandon on Friday, December 7, 2012 with Rev. Joe Ball officiating. Eulogists were Melinda Rose and Wendy Dickie and Cory Gadsby was the urnbearer. Ashes will be scattered at a favorite spot on Vancouver Island at a later date. If friends so desire, donations in memory of Judy may be made to the Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation, Palliative Care Unit, 150 McTavish Avenue East, Brandon, MB, R7A 2B3 or to a charity of ones choice.
When Im Gone
When I come to the end of my journeyAnd I travel my last weary mileJust forget if you can, that I ever frownedAnd remember only the smile. Forget unkind words I have spokenRemember some good I have doneForget that I ever had heartache And remember Ive had loads of fun.Forget that Ive stumbled and blunderedAnd sometimes fell by the way. Remember I have fought some hard battles and won, ere the close of the day.Then forget to grieve for my goingI would not have you sad for a dayBut in summer just gather some flowersAnd remember the place where I lay.And come in the shade of the evening,When the sun paints the sky in the west Stand for a few moments beside meAnd remember only my best.- Author unknown
BRIMMELL: It is with sadness that the family of David Robert Brimmell, age 66 years, announce his sudden passing on Tuesday, December 18, 2012. David was born in Port Arthur, Ontario on May 11, 1946, son of Howard and Elizabeth Brimmell. David was a Journeyman pipefitter/steam fitter and was a member of UA628. He enjoyed golf, fishing, nascar and loved his pets. David is survived by his wife Patricia; stepdaughter Jennifer; son Jonathan (Kirsten), son Jordan; son Kyle; daughter Shannah (Larry); daughter Joley (Ryan); grandchildren Boden, Macklin, Kelti, Kyra, Taelyn, Benjamin, Ava, Shane, Stevie and Shanel. He was predeceased by his parents and sister. Following cremation, a family service will take place at a later date in Thunder Bay, Ontario.
Expressions of sympathy may be made at www.memorieschapel.com.Arrangements withMemories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 204-727-0330
ANDREWS: Alice Patricia Andrews (nee Chisholm) was a wife, sister, aunt, relative and a good friend to all she met. Alice was born May 24, 1922 on a farm south of Lafleche, Saskatchewan. She passed away September 4, 2012. Alice was predeceased by her husband Ernest in 2002, her parents Duncan and Myrtle Chisholm, brothers Donald, Melvin, Allister, sister Margaret. Alice is survived by her brother Calvin of Edmonton, numerous nieces and nephews. Alices early education was in Lafleche, Saskatchewan. In 1944 she graduated from the Brandon General Hospital (BGH) School of Nursing and began her nursing profession as a General Duty Nurse at Deloraine Memorial Hospital. In 1945 Mrs. Andrews was appointed Head Nurse at BGH on a surgical ward and later was promoted to Head Nurse on a medical-surgical ward. During this period she was also on private duty at BGH. In 1951 Alice journeyed west to continue her nursing career as General Duty Nurse at the Royal Alexander Hospital in Edmonton, Alberta and at the Royal Jubilee Hospital in Victoria, B.C. Alice returned to Brandon in 1954 as an assistant teacher in the School of Nursing (surgery and orthopedic nursing area). After 2 years in that capacity, her appointment to Evening Supervisor in 1956 followed where she remained until her transfer to Area Coordinator. In 1963 she received her diploma in Nursing Administration which was followed in 1968 by a diploma from the Manitoba Institute of Management. A third diploma was received in 1970 from ACC, Management Development in basic instruction. Alice belonged to several committees and was a member of the Board of Directors of the BGH Credit Union, including a 2 year term as President. In 1953 Alice married Ern Andrews. They were keenly interested in travel and after Alices early retirement in 1978, they visited several foreign countries, with Hawaii being their favorite. Alice, her sister Marg and (Margs) kids would travel to Edmonton and the mountains every year. The nephews still talk about the adventures of those trips and have many fond memories. Alice loved to dress-up and either attend gala dinners or put on her own elaborate dinners. It was often said that there wasnt anything she couldnt cook and do it great. From turkey dinners to Oyster Rockefeller to Flaming Duck La Ronge and oh the cream puffs! Alice and Ern did not have any children of their own; the nieces and nephews were all their kids. For many of us who were involved in sports or others activities we cant forget Alice in the stands as our number 1 cheer leader. It wasnt hard to hear her give her opinion of a call made by an umpire or referee. The family would like to thank the staff of Fairview Home for the care Alice received as a resident.
WHITE: Mitchell James, (July 9, 1957 - December 10, 2012). Mitch passed away in Brandon, MB on Monday, December 10, 2012 at the age of 55 years. He was born on July 9, 1957 in Portage la Prairie, the second of three born to Alan and Hilda. He followed Murray, and was in turn followed by Tara. Mitch was always a sportsman, involved in hockey and baseball, winter and summer. Hockey started for Mitch at age four, and he was part of a number of city and provincial championship teams in his day. Highlights of his hockey years included playing for the Ft. Garry Warriors as a Pee-Wee, and representing Manitoba in the Western Canadian Pee-Wee tournament which they won. He also played for Portage in Jr. B and Jr. A hockey. He was shortstop and 2nd baseman in baseball and softball, which occupied a lot of summers. When he got a little older, he enjoyed golf and water-skiing, as well. Mitch graduated from Arthur Meighan High School; but years before he graduated, he got his start in what would turn out to be a career with Canada Safeway. At age 19, work with Safeway took Mitch to Thompson, where he met Vickie Cooper. Dustin was born in August of 1981, three days after they moved to Brandon. Mitch and Vickie were married in May 1982 in Thompson. Michael was born in March of 1984 and not long after, Mitch found himself caught up in a slowdown at the Safeway. It was then that Vickie decided to go back to school, and she started studies to become a nurse. It was quite a role reversal for Mitch, to find himself being the primary parent; but he really took to it and was always there for his boys. When they got old enough for hockey, Mitch was at the rink, serving as timekeeper, or team manager, or goal judge. Both boys were goalies, Dustin playing until AA Bantams, and making the travelling team; and Michael playing into High School. Of course, Mitch knew everybody at the rink. Mitch shared his passion for hunting and fishing with his sons as well, and Vickie put up with his need to camp. Vickie tried to civilize him a bit by taking him out to see live theatre, which he was surprised to discover that he enjoyed. If Vickie put up with camping, and Mitch with theatre, they shared an interest in travel. There were three trips to Portugal, a few more to Mexico, a trip to the Maritimes, Cuba, Holland, and Vegas, always with friends. Last year, with Mike working in China, Mitch and Vickie were able to go all the way to Vietnam, where they met up with him. Mitch, who always had an interest in history, found that a really fascinating trip. As a parent, Mitch always wanted the best for his sons. He was proud of Michaels success in school, and the way his career took him around the world. He was thrilled to be Poppa to Dustins daughters, Riley and Brooklynn, who were a real joy to him, especially in these last months. Mitch leaves behind his mother, Hilda, brother Murray and spouse Heather, sister Tara, Vickie, his wife of 30 years, and his sons, Dustin and Michael and his partner, Lesley. Mitch is also sadly missed by his granddaughters Riley and Brooklynn, and their mother Jen, as well as his in-laws, Al and Joyce Cooper, his sisters-in-law Debbie and husband Dennis, Penny and husband Lyle, Pam and husband Steve, his brothers-in-law Brent and wife Nancy, and Kim and wife Marilyn, and a countless number of nieces and nephews. Mitch made friends wherever he was, and from Portage, Thompson, Brandon and beyond, many will miss his company and treasure the memory of this man. A memorial service was held at Central United Church on December 15, 2012 with Rev. Joe Ball officiating. Interment will take place at a later date. Donations may be made to Central Plains Cancer Care Services, 318 Saskatchewan Avenue East, Portage la Prairie, MB, R1N 0K8.
Messages of condolence may be placed at www.brockiedonovan.com.
LOUGHEED: Elva Irene, beloved wife of Russell, age 93, died at the Deloraine Health Centre on December 18, 2012. Funeral service will be held Friday, December 21st at 1:00 p.m. at the Deloraine United Church. Interment in Boissevain Cemetery. Donations in Elvas memory may be made to the Cancer Society or a charity of choice.
Messages of condolence may be made online at www.wheatlandfs.comSmiths Funeral Service, 204-747-2088
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