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BIRCH: Irene Birch beloved wife of Ron Birch of Minnedosa, MB entered into rest on December 11, 2011 at the Minnedosa Health Centre at the age of 84 years. Funeral Service will take place on Thursday, December 15, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. in the Minnedosa United Church, Minnedosa, MB. Interment to follow in the Minnedosa Cemetery. Donations may be made to Minnedosa Handi Van, CNIB or Canadian Blood Services. Minnedosa Funeral Service, Minnedosa, Manitoba in care of arrangements (204) 867-3868.
ARMSTRONG: Roy (Spud) Armstrong. On Friday, December 9th Roy (Spud) Armstrong passed away peacefully at Bayside Care Home in Killarney at the age of 97. Spud was born on August 12th, 1914 in Brandon, Manitoba to George and Georgina ( Isaac) Armstrong and was one of three children. Roy grew up in Brandon and as a young man enjoyed playing hockey and baseball. In 1936 he started working at the Brandon Mental Hospital and was employed there until he retired in 1979 after 43 years of service. Spud also served during the second world war as a medic in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. In 1940 he married Aileen Muirhead, and they had four children, Evan, Gay, Al, and Shayne. Spud and Aileen enjoyed travelling during their 63 years of marriage. They visited Hawaii and Victoria, B.C. more than a dozen times each. They also spent their summers at their cabin in Killarney. He was predeceased by his brother Archibald, his father George, his mother Georgina, his brother Victor and his wife Aileen. Spud leaves to mourn his passing Evan (Karen) of Henderson, Nevada, Gay (Bob) of Killarney, Manitoba, Al (Karen) of Calgary, Alberta, and Shayne ( Dorothy) of Brandon, Manitoba. He also leaves 8 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. In lieu of flowers the family asks that you make a donation to the charity of your choice. As per Spud’s wishes there will be no funeral service.Wheatland Funeral Service Killarney in care of arrangements.
GILBERT: Florence Gilbert of Fairview Home, passed away peacefully at her residence on Monday, December 12, 2011 at the age of 87 years. The Funeral Service will be held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, on Friday, December 16, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. with Rev. Chris Arthur officiating. Interment will follow at the Brandon Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Florence may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Manitoba, Unit 3, 824 – 18th Street, Brandon, MB R7A 5B7. Complete obituary information to follow.
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DICKSON: D. Barry Dickson beloved husband of Lois, dad to Glenn, Janet, Dianne & Alison Ruth. Barry died on December 8, 2011 at the Boissevain Health Centre in Boissevain, Manitoba at the age of 88. A memorial service will be held on Saturday December 17, 2011 at the St. Paul’s Untied Church in Boissevain, Manitoba at 2:00 p.m. Due to severe allergies, please refrain from wearing any perfumes, colognes or scented products to the service. Interment will take place at the Boissevain Cemetery following the service. Donations in memory of Barry may be made to The Boissevain & Morton Foundation designated towards kids activities and interests; Box 1075 Boissevain, Manitoba, R0K 0E0.
Messages of condolence may be made online at & Boissevain Funeral Home LTD. (204) 523-7791
WELLS: The death of Donald Duncan Wells of Brandon occurred in the city on Tuesday, December 6, 2011. A time of visitation will be held at Memories Chapel on Sunday, December 11, 2011 from 7:00 pm. to 8:00 pm. The Funeral Ceremony will be held at Memories Chapel on Monday, December 12, 2011 at 2:00 pm. Rev. Chris Arthur will officiate. Interment will follow in the family plot in the Brandon Cemetery. Complete obituary information will follow.
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Arrangements are with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 727-0330.
ROBINSON: It is with great sadness that the family of Hamilton E. "Robbie" Robinson, age 78 years, passed away at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Friday, December 2, 2011. Robbie will be lovingly remembered by his wife Bev of fourteen years, his children, grandchildren and sister. A private service will take place. Special thanks to Drs. Benning, Glenn and Egan for their care during Robbie's illness and to Bob and Pattie Simpson for their kindness and support. Donations in memory of Robbie may be made to Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation for Brandon RHA Cancer Services, 150 McTavish Avenue East, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 2B3.
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Arrangements are with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 727-0330.
PHILLIPS: Randall Wayne Phillips. “Randy” passed away at Brandon Regional Health Centre on Wednesday, November 25, 2011 at age 61, after a courageous fight with lung cancer. Randy faced his disease with determination and a quiet dignity, never complaining. Randy was born at Pipestone, Manitoba on March 25, 1950, the middle son of Sid and Joan Phillips. Randy grew up on the family farm in the Findlay area. He attended school from grades 1 to 9 at Maple Lake School and then Hartney Collegiate. Randy married Elaine Kohut on September 14, 1984 and from this union one daughter, Karen was born. Randy is survived by his wife Elaine and daughter Karen and her boyfriend Stacee Trout. Randy is also survived by his mother Joan; brother Terry (Mavis) and nephews Mark, Scott and Chris; brother-in-law Ken (Mailodys) and step-daughter Melissa; brother-in-law Tim (Joan) and nephew Evan; sister-in-law Shannon and children Joshua and Jessica. Randy was predeceased by his father Sid, brother Wade, father-in-law Harry, mother-in-law Joan and brother-in-law Glen. Randy enjoyed curling, fastball, fishing and visiting with friends and relatives. He enjoyed the company of his relatives Elaine and Dennis Berkowski, especially his fishing trips with Dennis. Randy truly loved cattle farming - especially seeing the new life in the spring when the calves were born. On the morning of his passing he fed the cattle - a farmer right to the end, doing what he truly loved. Memorial services were held Saturday, November 26, 2011 at St. Paul’s United Church in Souris, Manitoba with Reverend Mark Murray officiating. Urn bearer was nephew Scott Phillips. A time of fellowship followed in the Souris Legion. If friends so desire, they may donate to CancerCare Manitoba or the Souris Hospital Palliative Care Fund or to a charity of your choice in Randy’s memory.
McDONALD: Alexander James. September 27, 1914 – December 6, 2011. Alex (Bus) McDonald passed away peacefully at home in Calgary, surrounded by family, on Tuesday, December 6, 2011 at the age of 97 years. Alex was born on the family farm near Rivers, Manitoba, the first of six sons of William and Katherine. The war took him west where he met the love of his life, Margaret, and settled in Alberta. Alex worked as a laborer until being hired by the City of Calgary, retiring in maintenance at City Hall. Alex’s passion was music. From when he was a young lad he loved to play his fiddle, guitar, mouth-organ and auto-harp at home, church, and dances. Alex is survived by his wife of 64 years, Margaret; sons Murray (Lily) and Tom; daughter Lori (David Little); granddaughters Shawna-Seah and Tamara; brothers Lloyd and Jack (Peggy), and sister-in-law, Bernie, all of Manitoba, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Alex was predeceased by his father, mother and brothers, Glen, Gus and Wally. Funeral Services will be held at Foothills United Church, 3803 – 69 Street NW, Calgary, AB, Monday, December 19, 2011 at 1:30 pm. If you so desire, donations in Alex’s name may be made to Foothills United Church 3803–69 Street NW, Calgary, Alberta, T3B 2J9 or charity of your choice.
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NICOL: Joan. Died peacefully on December 5, 2011 at Lions Gate Hospital, North Vancouver B.C. after a brief period of ill health. She will be remembered lovingly by her family and relatives - sons John of West Vancouver B.C. and Patrick of Vernon B.C. and brother L. W. (Bill) Ellis and wife Jo of Dartmouth N.S. Also many nieces, nephews, other close relatives, and friends in Canada and the United Kingdom. Joan was a kind and wise lady who held a strong Christian faith and belief in traditional values, family, home, practical solutions, and neighbourliness. She was born at home in Hessle, Kingston-upon-Hull, Yorkshire, U.K. Her early years were happy ones tempered by the trials and dangers of the Depression and then World War II. Joan graduated from Hull College of Commerce and started work as a legal secretary in Hull and London. In 1945, she met her husband, Laurence, who was stationed with the RCAF in Yorkshire. They corresponded by letter after the war and then were married in 1947 in a garden ceremony on the farm in Petrel Manitoba. Joan led an active life in community, church, and school affairs raising her family in Brandon Manitoba. She remained very close to her beloved mother, Olive Mary Ellis, periodically exchanging lengthy visits between Canada and the U.K.  In 1966 the family moved to the more temperate climate of Ripple Road in West Vancouver B.C. where, until her death, Joan delighted in her home and garden activities, cooking, and intellectual pursuits with reading and, in the later years, use of her computer. Her formative war experiences engendered a realistic no-nonsense approach to the challenges of life that served her admirably in self-managing treatment of her heart condition for over 20 years. Throughout her life, Joan maintained an intense interest in current affairs, politics, history, philosophy, and ideas and gifted that passion to her family. Joan was predeceased by her beloved husband of 54 years, Laurence (Nick). The family gives special thanks to the staff of Lions Gate Hospital for their consideration and care. Funeral service will be held on Wednesday, December 14, 2011 at 2:00 PM at Hollyburn Funeral Home, 1807 Marine Drive, West Vancouver, B.C. Flowers gratefully declined. Donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation in Joan's memory. Hollyburn Funeral Home 604-922-1221
MARTIN: Shirley Edyth Martin passed away peacefully on November 25th, 2011 with family at her side, to join Bob, her loving husband of 59 years, who passed away in June of this year. Shirley was born July 27, 1927 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, where she was raised alongside her four older siblings. Although she grew up in Winnipeg, her fondest memories were of her times spent at Cloverlodge Farm – the family farm south of Morris, Manitoba. She was an animal lover by nature and could often be found on the back of a horse or with a pet by her side. As a youngster, she would help cool out the teams of draft horses when they came home from working in the fields. Thus began her lifelong love of horses, which included participating in and watching many horse shows, as well as following thoroughbreds at Assiniboia Downs in Winnipeg and ultimately attending the Kentucky Derby. As a young woman, Shirley attended the University of Saskatchewan and graduated with a diploma in Agriculture in 1948, at a time when there were few women in that faculty. While studying at the U of S, she met Bob Martin, who had returned from the military to finish his Agriculture degree. Upon graduation, Bob followed Shirley back to Winnipeg, where they were married in 1952. They began their family in Winnipeg and soon moved to Brandon, Manitoba, where their family expanded to six boys, including two sets of twins. Eventually they purchased farmland on the outskirts of Brandon, which they called Brookwood Farm but is now known as Brookwood Park. While Bob operated the local International Harvester farm equipment dealership, Shirley took an active role in their expanding mixed farming operation, which involved raising horses, grain, hay, and cattle. She balanced economic challenges and the demands of raising a family with her desire to provide opportunities for her sons to pursue their interests and activities. She was a beautiful, elegant, and talented lady, and her eye for quality extended from horses to art and fashion. Brandon, Manitoba was very good to Shirley and Bob and to their family. They were fortunate to know many tremendous people in Manitoba and Saskatchewan. Shirley contributed to the schools, churches, athletic associations, and clubs in her community, such as the Rotary Club, in which they were active for more than fifty years. In 1981, Shirley and Bob retired to White Rock, B.C. and enjoyed their West Coast home and holidays to Maui, HI. They also loved to host the many wonderful friends they made in their community and through their continued involvement with the Rotary organization. They were always thankful for their many blessings, particularly for the opportunity to share time with their beloved family. Shirley extended her hospitality to many, and affected all with her love of life. She will be fondly remembered as a loving and inspirational woman, who selflessly devoted herself to her husband, her sons, and the many family and friends who will dearly miss her. Shirley was predeceased by: her parents, Gertrude and Honourable William R. Clubb; her sisters, Wilma Christie and Catherine Mitchell; and her brothers, William Garth Clubb and George Clubb. Shirley is survived by: her sister, Marguerite Sloan; her six sons, Larry (Heidi), Doug (Kari), Rob (Dori), Bill (Lorna), John (Elly), and Gord (Caroline); her fifteen grandchildren, Robert (Joyanna), Carla (Ryan), Brian, John, Kristine, Andrew, Kelsey, Haley, Stacey (Mark), Lesley, Giulia, Madeleine, Emilie, Peter, and Laura; her two great-grandchildren, Liam and Heidi; and her many extended family members. The family thanks the staff of the Delta View Life Enrichment Centre for Shirley’s exceptional care throughout the past five years. A service for Shirley Martin will be held on January 7th, 2012 at Victory Memorial Park Funeral Centre, in Surrey, B.C., at one o’clock. A Celebration of Life will be held in Manitoba, during the summer of 2012, to honour the life of Shirley Martin. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alzheimer Society, British Columbia.
KOKORUDZ: Helen Kokorudz, beloved wife of Milton, of Brandon, passed away in the city on Wednesday, December 7, 2011. Helen was born at Rossburn, Manitoba on May 11, 1932, one of seven children born to John and Rose Wozney. In her younger years, she taught school and it was at that time she met her future husband, Milton Kokorudz. Helen and Milton were married in Rossburn, Manitoba on October 29, 1952. They farmed in Oakburn and Fisher Branch. After several years of farming, Milton and Helen began operating a store for the Hudson Bay Company in northern Manitoba, then Saskatchewan. They then moved to Brandon, where they operated a convenience store until their retirement. During their years in Brandon, Helen and Milton took great pride in their yard and garden. They were members of the Brandon Horticultural Society. Their yard and garden won numerous prizes and one year their yard won Best Garden in the city. Helen is survived by her husband, Milton, a sister, Hannah Sherman and a brother, Zanon Wozney of Winnipeg. She was predeceased by her parents, John and Rose Wozney, a sister, Jean Wozney and by three brothers, Leonard, Ronnie and Tony. Cremation has taken place. A ceremony and interment service will be held at a later date.
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Arrangements are with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 727-0330.
HAMILTON: Charles J. A. Hamilton, Brig. Gen. (Retired), MBE, CD. Charlie Hamilton was buried with full military honours in Elgin, Ontario on November 28, 2011. He died in Ottawa General Hospital following a brief illness. He was 90 years old. He was predeceased by his wife, Anna Fleming of Minnedosa and his parents, James and Jane Hamilton of Brandon. Charlie was born in Brookdale, Manitoba in 1921 and at the age of 20, joined the Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders in Winnipeg. He earned his commission in March 1942 and was sent to England to prepare for the invasion of Italy. His troopship (The City of Venice) was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea on July 4th 1943 just off the coast of Gibraltar. After coming ashore in North Africa, Charlie rejoined his mortar platoon and eventually joined the invasion on September 3rd. He fought with the First Canadian Division throughout Italy and then up into northwest Europe where he saw the war end in 1945. Charlie returned to Canada and married Anna Fleming in Minnedosa, Manitoba and the two embarked on a 58 year adventure that included postings in Kingston, Ontario, Edmonton, Alberta, and Whitehorse, YT. In 1950 he was appointed the Senior Staff Officer of the 25th Canadian Light Infantry Brigade in Petawawa, Ontario, where he trained soldiers for duty in Korea. From 1950-1952, Charlie served with the 2nd Battalion of Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry in Kapyong, Korea. He was awarded Member of the British Empire (MBE) for his outstanding service. Returning to Canada, Charlie was posted to Fort Leavenworth, Kansas and later, Washington, D.C. with the US Army Research and Development Staff at the Pentagon. Charlie moved to the 2nd Battalion of the Princess Patricia Canadian Light Infantry in Calgary and was later appointed to command the 2nd Brigade of the PPCLI in Edmonton. He served on the Directing Staff at the Canadian Staff College in Kingston from 1964-1967, and was promoted to Colonel and appointed Director of Studies and Deputy Commandant in 1967. Charlie attended the Imperial Defence College in London, England from 1967-1968. In 1968 he was promoted to Brigadier-General and served as Canada’s Senior Military Observer in Nigeria during their civil war. From 1969-1970 he commanded the 3rd Armoured Brigade in Gagetown, N.B., and later commanded the 1st Canadian Light Infantry Brigade in Calgary, Alberta. Charlie completed his working life with a 10 year career with Great West Life Assurance Company in Winnipeg. During this time, he was appointed an Honorary Citizen of Brandon, Manitoba, served on the Board of Governors at the University of Manitoba, the executive panel of the Corps of Commissionaires, and was Chairman of the Manitoba Army Cadet League. Upon retiring in 1983, Charlie and Anna moved to Ontario, where they divided their time between their retirement home at Chaffey’s Lock and their winter home in Port Charlotte, Florida. They enjoyed a busy social life as well as keeping tabs on their five sons and their families. Anna passed away in 2003 and in 2007 Charlie married Kay Beaumont. They moved to Greely, Ontario in 2009, where they resided until Charlie’s passing in November, 2011. Charlie is survived by his wife Kay, sons Jim (Shelley), Jack (Jennifer), Rick (Donna), Chuck (Danielle), and Pat (Josee) as well as 12 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. He has left an incredible legacy of family, pride in the Canadian Armed Forces, and pride in Canada.
We will miss him.
ERNEST: Bertha Adele Ernest (nee Morrissette) of Fairview Home, Brandon, passed away peacefully at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on December 7, 2011. Bertha was born on September 11, 1925 at Russell, Manitoba. During her early life, she lived in various locations throughout Manitoba. Bertha worked on the family farm and as a nurse’s aide in Ninette, Manitoba and Minnedsosa, Manitoba. She married Stanley Ernest on December 15, 1959 in Neepawa, Manitoba and they lived on his parents’ farm in Codova, Manitoba. They later moved to Minnedosa, Manitoba until Stanley’s passing in 1992. Bertha then came to Brandon where she has resided since. Bertha enjoyed baking, canning, gardening, playing Bingo and stitch work – making many blankets. She also cleaned horse harnesses for horse shows. She loved spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Bertha is survived by her daughters: Theresa (Randall) Simpson of Kamloops, B.C., Debbie (Barry) Woodson of Bowsman, Manitoba, Maggie (Tim) Smith of Brandon, and Susie Ernest (Gord) of Brandon. She will also be missed by her grandchildren: Melissa (Justin) of Brandon, Stephanie (Daniel) of Bowsman, Manitoba, Ashleigh (Sean) of Calgary, AB, Jake (Kyla) of Brandon, Adam of Calgary, Matt (Chantelle) of Brandon, William (Nicole) of Swan River, MB, Sarina (James) of Brandon, and Cheryl (Carlos) and James of Vancouver, BC; nine great-grandchildren and one great-great granddaughter. Sisters Margaret Fulford, Florence (Jack) Mulvena, Marion (Ed) Mercer, Yvonne Morrissette; brothers Joe (Pheobe) Morrissette and Frankie. Bertha was predeceased by her husband Stanley Ernest, daughter Pearl Ernest, sisters Mary and Agnes and parents, Francois and Clara Morrissette. A Celebration of Bertha’s Life will be held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, on Thursday, December 15, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. with Marion and Ed Mercer officiating. Interment will take place at the Minnedosa Cemetery at a later date. Donations in memory of Bertha may be made to the Manitoba Arthritis Society, Suite 105-386 Broadway, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3C 3R6.
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DIXON: Joan Dixon, beloved mother of Jo-Ann (Garry) Mitchell, Dan (Donna) Robleski, Mike (Beth) Robleski and Marshall Hirst, passed away, surrounded by her family, on Thursday, December 08, 2011. A Celebration of Joan’s Life will be held at the McDiarmid Drive Alliance Church, 635 McDiarmid Drive, on Tuesday, December 13, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. with Pastor Darryl McAuley officiating. Interment will follow at the Brandon Cemetery. Donations in memory of Joan may be made to the Brandon Humane Society, 2200-17th Street East, Brandon, MB, R7A 7M6. Complete obituary information to follow.
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BIRIN: Stella Cecilia Birin, passed away comfortably at Fairview Home on December 3rd, 2011 at the age of 97 years. Born April 20th, 1914, Stella lived in Brandon all her life. She loved her property, which was always well groomed. John, her husband predeceased Stella in 1977. Surviving are her sons Don “Bartz”, Richard (Paulette), grandchildren Donna, Dennis, Raeshell, Tammy, Candace (Barry), great grandchildren Justin, Sara-Lee, and Jason. A service to honor Stella’s life was held at Brockie Donovan Chapel on Wednesday, December 7th, 2011 with Fr. Jerzy Urbanski officiating. Donations may be made in memory of Stella to the Brandon Humane Society, 2200-17th Street East, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 7M6.
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