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HAMILTON: It is with great sadness that the family of William “Billy” Arthur Hamilton announce his sudden passing on Friday, December 16, 2011 at age 40 years. Billy will be dearly missed by his beloved fiancé, Stacie Clark, his children Hayden and Payton Hamilton and Emily and Spencer Kraft, his parents Bill and Marg Hamilton, his sisters Nancy Dane (Brent), Colleen Funk (Ron), Barb Howe (Brian) and Karen Bouverat (Bob), his father-in-law and mother-in-law Dwight and Marilyn Clark, his sister-in-law Katie Wood (Derek), brother-in-law Troy Clark (Michelle) and many nieces and nephews. Billy was born on May 11, 1971, was raised in Brandon and was truly a Brandon boy at heart. Following in his father's footsteps, he trained as a welder and founded Hamilton Iron, working side by side with his Dad. Billy loved to golf, play and coach youth hockey and was a loyal ChicagoBlackhawks fan. Deeply proud of his Irish heritage, a highlight of his life was a trip to Ireland with his Dad and sister Barb a few years ago. Billy was a loving, committed father to his children. His fiancé, Stacie Clark, brought joy and love to his life and he was looking forward to their future together. Billy was a loyal son, devoted brother, favorite uncle and was the centre of our family. Billy's circle of friends was wide, and his legendary sense of humor brought joy and laughter to all who knew him. Simply said, to know Billy was to love him. We rejoice in the fact that Billy is with his Father in heaven now, as his faith was strong and his trust was steadfast in the Lord. The Hamilton and Clark/Kraft families wish to thank all of ourfamily and friends for the love and support shown to us at the passing of our beloved Billy. Your kindness and thoughtfulness was greatly appreciated. Thank you to those strangers present who stepped forward and tried to help us and assist Billy-we will be forever grateful for your courage. A service to celebrate Billy's life was held on Thursday, December 22, 2011 at McDiarmid Drive Alliance Church. For friends who wish, donations may be made in Billy's memory to Kidsport, Sport Manitoba, #146 340 9th Street, Brandon, MB, R7A 6C2.
May the road rise to meet youMay the wind be always at your backMay the sun shine warm upon your faceAnd rains fall soft upon your fieldsAnd until we meet again BillyMay God hold you in the palm of His hand.
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Arrangements were with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 727-0330.
BAKER: Ivy May, 101 years, beloved wife of the late Cecil Baker, died in Souris, Manitoba on Thursday, December 29, 2011. Memorial service will be held at the Fellowship Club, 21 Crescent Avenue W. Souris, Manitoba on Monday, January 2, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. Interment will be held in Victoria, B.C. at a later date. In lieu of flowers, in memory of Ivy, donations may be made to a charity of your choice. Kowalchuk’s Funeral Home, Souris, in care of arrangements. Expression of sympathy may be made at
DICK: Norman Cowan - Norm passed away peacefully at the Moira Place Long Term Care Facility in Tweed, Ontario, on Dec. 26, 2011, at the age of 95. The beloved husband of the late Florence Muriel (Brem) Dick (nee Bremner), Norman will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by daughters Barbara Dick, Belleville, and Brenda (Rick) Courneya, Tweed, grandsons Burton Courneya and Taolana Dick Chakela, many nieces, nephews and friends. Norm was predeceased by his sisters Beth Sinclair and Norah Beattie and his brother David. Norm was born in Teeswater, Ontario on March 23, 1916. The family moved to Brandon, Manitoba, where he spent his youth and completed an apprenticeship as a linotype operator at the Brandon Sun newspaper. In 1942 Norm joined the Royal Canadian Navy and served on convoy duty in the North Atlantic until the war ended in 1945. He married Brem in Vancouver on January 10, 1946. The following years were spent on a newspaper career that took them from the Vancouver News-Herald, to the Estevan Mercury and the Alameda Dispatch in Saskatchewan, to the Brandon Sun and finally in 1952 to the Atikokan Progress. There, Norm published the weekly paper with his partner Bob Clarke for 35 years. In Atikokan, Norm belonged to the Lions Club (charter member) and the Legion. He was an avid curler and golfer, and was instrumental in developing a golf course for the community. In 1987, Norm and Brem moved to Thunder Bay and subsequently to Napanee and Belleville to be closer to family. At Norman’s request there will be no service. Arrangements have been entrusted to Wartman Funeral Home, "Napanee Chapel" (613-354-3722). The family extends grateful thanks to Dr. Mustard and the wonderful staff at Moira Place.
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DERKSEN: Abbigail Lauren Derksen, daughter of Steve and Tobi, was born Tuesday, December 20, 2011 at 12:22 a.m. at Brandon Regional Health Centre. She stayed long enough to touch our hearts before she passed away on Wednesday, December 21, 2011. A private family service will take place at Brockie Donovan Funeral Chapel on Tuesday, January 3, 2012 at 1:30 p.m. and interment will take place at Rosewood Memorial Gardens. In memory of Abbigail, donations may be made to the Sandra Schmirler Foundation in support of neonatal care, 1660 Vimont Court, Orleans, ON, K4A 4J4.
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BENNETT: Mary Josephine Bennett (nee Kavanagh). Peacefully, after a brief confinement in the Misericordia Hospital in Caen, France, Mary Bennett died on Christmas Day. Mary was born in 1931 in Brandon, Manitoba. There she graduated from St. Michael’s Academy in 1949 and subsequently obtained degrees from St. Mary’s College and from the University of Manitoba’s Faculty of Social Work. By her many friends Mary was seen as a compassionate and brave person. These admirable characteristics did not prevent her from being a frivolous and sparkling freshie queen in 1950 nor from parenting g her five sons with a limitless sense of humor. Mary was that special kind of person who, as a teenager, would face down a school yard bully, or as a young adult quit her job to spend time with her mother in her final months. As a wife she supported unreservedly the formation of her husband’s academic career from early days at Brandon College and subsequently at Middlebury College, Vermont; The University of Saskatchewan at Regina; St. Paul’s College in Winnipeg. Their journey ended with his Doctoral Studies at the University of Caen, France where Robert ultimately taught for many years. In those years Mary became a special friend to Canadian Veterans and their families who came to visit the nearby beaches of the D. Day Invasion and the Environs of Caen where so many of our soldiers fought to liberate France. Mary was predeceased by her husband Robert. She is survived by her sons Charles (Isabelle), Robert (Caroline), Paul (Catherine), Daniel and Richard; her grandchildren Pierre, Olivier, Marion, Louise, Melanie, Mathilde, Marina, Thomas, Theo and Clara, and her brother Kevin Kavanagh of Winnipeg. A Mass celebrating Mary’s life was said at 3:00 p.m. in the village of Authie, Normandy on Thursday, December 29th. Donations may be made in Mary's memory to St. Mary’s Academy, 550 Wellington Crescent, Winnipeg, Manitoba.
BENSON: Marianne Florence passed away in Brandon on December 26, 2011. Marianne (nee Curtis) was born to Stanley and Florence Curtis in 1963 in Flin Flon, Manitoba. After completing her Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Saskatoon Marianne spent several years teaching in small communities before she came to Brandon to find her passion as an elementary music teacher at George Fitton Elementary School. In 2000, Marianne moved from Music to Reading Recovery. Reading Recovery was a program developed to help grade one students who were having problems with literacy. During her career Marianne helped many students open their doors to the beauty of music and the love of reading. Marianne is survived by her sons; Curtis and Chace, her parents; Stanley and Florence and her siblings; Roger, Barb and Kenneth. Marianne was a loving mother, a faithful daughter and dedicated teacher. A service will be held in her home town of Flin Flon in July of 2012.
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Arrangements were with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 727-0330.
FARLEY: Donna Mae. 1945 -2011. It is with sadness we announce the sudden passing of Donna Mae Farley on December 25th, 2011 in Calgary, Alberta. In accordance with Donna’s wishes cremation will take place, with a family service at a later date. Complete obituary to follow.
WATSON: Keith "Walter" Watson, age 70, died on December 27, 2011 at the Boissevain Health Centre, Boissevain, Manitoba. Memorial Service will be held on Friday, January 6, 2012, St. Paul's United Church, Boissevain, Manitoba, at 2:00 p.m. Donations in memory of Walter may be made to Prairie Partners Boissevain, Manitoba, R0K 0E0
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WELLS: Don Wells, hockey fan, baseball enthusiast, animal lover, spirited conversationalist, friend, co-worker and beloved cousin and nephew died suddenly on December 6, 2011 at his residence in Brandon Manitoba. He was 56 years of age. Don attended the University of Winnipeg in the mid-1970's graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Administrative studies (Economics) in 1976. Following graduation, he worked as an accounting student with Meyers Norris Penny & Company in Brandon until 1982, at which time he took on a new role as an office manager for Centra Gas, a position he held until 1994. It was during this time at Centra Gas that he received his Certified General Accountant (CGA) designation. Later that year, Don accepted an offer for the prestigious position of controller for the Brandon 1997 Canada Summer Games, an opportunity that allowed him to blend his accounting skills with his love of sports. With the completion of the Games, Don was employed by Leech Printing as controller, a position he held for 13 years until his passing. Hugely devoted to major league baseball, and a fan of the Baltimore Orioles, Don would travel to Minneapolis and Baltimore withfriends to watch the games and share his profound knowledge of baseballfacts and trivia. Not one to always watch from the sidelines, he participated in the company baseball team at Centra Gas and played defence for the Brandon Gallery Flames hockey team. Don was a quiet, gentle, unassuming guy whose love for a spirited debate with his coffee buddies at the local A&W, was surpassed only by his devotion to his pets and volunteer time (as treasurer) at the Brandon Humane Society. He took exceptionally good care of his dog and cats, well-known to be his pride and joy. Don Duncan Wells was born in Petawawa, Ontario, and moved to Brandon,Manitoba at age 12. The only son of the late Kae and Don Wells, he will be forever remembered by his cousins, Diane Lomas, Debbie Prevada of Brandon; Donna Knight, David Knight, Charles Knight, Gary Prevada, Brenda Prevada, Alexander Stanwyck of Toronto; Brian Cox, Debbie McInerny of Hamilton and loving aunt, Marie Knight (Toronto); along with countless other friends andfamily. Don was a genial, compassionate, selfless person. We were blessed to know him and he will be deeply missed by all. The Funeral Ceremony was held at Memories Chapel on Monday, December 12, 2011. Rev. Chris Arthur officiated. Interment followed in the Brandon Cemetery. Friends who wish may make a donation in memory of Don to the Brandon Humane Society, 2200 17th Street East, Brandon, MB R7A 5Y4.
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Arrangements were with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 727-0330.
THOMAS: Ross, 86 years, beloved husband of Anita Thomas, father of Eric, Chris, David and Cathy, died in the St. Boniface Hospital, Winnipeg, Manitoba on Saturday, December 17, 2011. Funeral service will be held at the Centennial Centre, Hartney, Manitoba on Tuesday, December 27, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. Interment in the Riverside Cemetery, Hartney at a later date. In memory of Ross, donations may be made to the Hartney United Church Memorial Fund or to the Riverside Cemetery Fund, Hartney, Manitoba. Kowalchuk’s Funeral Home, Souris, in care of arrangements.Expression of sympathy may be made at
SWITZER: Rose (Rosalia), nee Drozdowsky, entered into eternal rest on December 13, 2011 at the age of 102. In 2007, due to her mobility problems, she became a resident at Fairview Personal Care Home in Brandon, Manitoba. She died peacefully at the Home with her best caregiver, daughter Fran at her side. Rose was born on August 19, 1909 to Theodore and Annie Drozdowsky in the Silver Creek Municipality of Manitoba. She grew up on the family farm where her other 15 siblings were also raised. Rose was the 11th child born into the family and lived to be the last remaining child. Rose married Cecil Switzer on October 28, 1933 and farmed in the Angusville district. In 1949 they purchased and operated Switzer’s General Store in Angusville. They had three children, Percy, Joy, and Fran. Cecil died on June 1, 1958. In the mid-1960’s, Rose lived with her daughter Fran, son-in-law Nelson, and their son Terry, in different towns in Manitoba where the family worked. When they began living in Brandon, Rose worked for different employers and also enjoyed working at home, cooking, sewing, gardening, etc. Rose loved children, church activities, and, especially, interacting with her large extended family. Rose leaves behind an adopted sister, sister-in-law, Francis, a daughter-in-law, Mary, son-in-law, Jack; also, many fond memories as a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great-grandmother, nieces, nephews, and many friends. Donations may be made to the Manitoba Heart and Stroke Foundation.
SCOTT: Charles Craig, aged 56, passed away suddenly after a short illness in the H.S.C. on November 25, 2011. Craig was born February 22, 1955 in Winnipeg, MB. He was predeceased by his parents Martha and Bob. He is survived by his brother Bill (Cindy); sons, Robert Andrew Cameron (Tamara Hames), and Charles Mathew William, who reside in Souris. Craig will be remembered by Donna (mother of his sons), friend Shirlee (Katie and Willy). Craig attended school in Hebron, Carroll, Souris and St. Joseph’s in Saskatchewan. He was a beautiful writer and artist. He was also a member of the Souris Elks for many years. Craig was a glazier by trade. He worked with Hometown Auto for many years, then went into business for himself and helped his friends. Craig enjoyed his music and belonged to a band called Dizaster Band many years ago. He played the drums and guitar. He also enjoyed animals and had many pets throughout the years. He played baseball in his early days. Craig had many friends and cousins who held a celebration of life for him at the Souris Legion on December 1, 2011. All in attendance were honourary pallbearers. Donations can be made to charity of choice.
Donna, Andrew (Tamara) and Mathew Scott
McLEAN: Elyda Edith McLean of Rapid City, MB beloved mother of Bernice Dmytriw, passed away on December 21, 2011 at the Minnedosa Health Centre at the age of 101 years. Funeral Service will be held on Thursday, December 29, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. at Rapid City United Church, Rapid City, MB with memorial lunch to follow in the Rapid City Legion Hall. Interment will take place at Darlingford Cemetery, Darlingford, Manitoba. Donations may be made to IOOF and Rebekah’s Memorial Eye Foundation, #118, 4025 Roblin Blvd., Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3R 3V5.Minnedosa Funeral Service, Minnedosa, Manitoba in care of arrangements (204) 867-3868.
NICHOL: Iris B. Nichol. Iris Berthena passed away peacefully with her family at her side at Tri-Lake Health Centre on December 5, 2011 after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Iris was born on a farm north of Killarney to Clifford & Aileen Bridges on December 25, 1931.  Iris worked at Coleman Drug Store before marrying Russell Nichol on December 29, 1956.  They then moved to Russell’s family farm. They raised one son, James and twin daughters, Shelley and Sherri. Iris and Russell continued to reside on the farm until moving into Killarney in November of 1995. Iris enjoyed working on the farm, and hauling the grain in the fall.  Iris also enjoyed being around the cattle.  She enjoyed and loved being with her grandchildren. Mom enjoyed travelling especially her trip to Nashville with her husband, daughter and son-in-law. Iris will always be remembered by her excellent cooking, love of playing cards, dancing, going uptown for coffee with the ladies, watching her grandchildren play hockey and other sports. Mom will also be remembered by her sparkling eyes, wonderful smile and amazing strength. Iris was predeceased by her father Clifford and mother Aileen, sister Enid and Iris’s husband Russell. She leaves to mourn her children son James (Colleen) of Killarney, daughters Shelley (Ken) McKay of Brandon and Sherri (Darcy) Fluker of Brandon. Grandchildren, Conner (Brooke), Brett (Brooklyn), Tanner and Shayna.  Also her sisters Muriel Lyons of Portage, Shirley (Bob) Bachinski of Brandon, and brother-in-law Stewart Archibald of Killarney as well as numerous nieces, nephews and friends. The funeral service was held at the Killarney United Church on Friday December 9, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. with Cole Grambo officiating. Pallbearers were:  Conner Nichol, Brett Nichol, Tanner Fluker, Jim Cobbledick, Kim Kemp and Harvey Sorensen.
“Mom,you are going to be missed”.
KLYWAK: Olive Klywak (Wilson), wife of the late Julian (Joe) Klywak, passed away on December 17, 2011 at the age of 81 years. In accordance with her family’s wishes, cremation will take place and services will be private.
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