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ADDISON: It is with great sadness that the family of Mary (Millie) Janette Addison (nee Lumsden), dear mother of Paul and Sean, and loyal caretaker and friend to her beloved dogs, Sparky and Kola announce her passing on April 01st, 2011 at the age of 72 at the Souris Health Centre. Mary was born September 14th, 1939 in Minnedosa and was a wonderful painter, artist, reader, traveler, and genuine animal rights advocate. She was a supporter of the wild feral horses of Suffield, Ab and Bill C-544. Mary had many wonderful memories with her pony (teddy) roaming across the Clanwilliam prairies in her youth and got into all sorts of mischief at a very early age with her childhood / lifelong close friend Jean. It was in Brandon, Manitoba, that she married and raised her two sons with John and kept busy with her horses and antique picking business. Many antiques acquired from numerous auctions throughout rural Manitoba were purchased from an antique dealer in Calgary, Alberta and appeared on movie sets, including Buffalo Bill in 1976. Mary’s creative and artist talent grew immensely while in Dawson City, Yt in the 1980’s where she was an integral part of the artisan’s community. She assisted in managing the local art gallery and put her fierce love of reading to use while operating the public library. Living in the Berton House was a highlight that Mary spoke of often as she had the opportunity to meet Pierre Berton and give him a tour of his childhood home. Many of Mary’s fondest memories are from these times in Dawson and her special interests with the frontier history. Her summer cooking for a gold mining crew was interesting and she always had time for a tia maria with her kindred spirit, Wanda. Mary’s entrepreneur spirit led her to Okotoks, Alberta in the early 1990’s, where she owned and operated a pet grooming studio. She was happy to work with and take care of all animals and could always be found volunteering at the local veterinary clinic and spending time with the pets waiting for adoption. Spending quality time with her parents Amy and Max in Lethbridge, Alberta was very important to Mary and she enjoyed her summer visits with her Granddaughter Melissa Amy. Her family and friends could always be assured of strong coffee, conversation and her critiquing of the latest local and world events. Mary had the opportunity to spend several years on Vancouver Island with Paul and most recently, in Souris with Sean. She and her loyal companion Sparky could always be found enjoying a walk down by the swinging bridge or having a visit at the tea house. Mary is predeceased by her father William (Max) and survived by her loving mother Amy, sons Paul (Geri) and Sean (Sharon), granddaughter Melissa, one sister and three brothers, many nieces, nephews and close friends. Her sister Sheila (John) Heide, Jason, Victoria, Jacob, Lisa, Mike, Robert, Hayden, Jenna, Martin, Heide and Myla. Brother Keith (Linda), Rick, Sherry, Gille, Lori, Joselyn and Taylor. Brother Bill (Barb) and Scott. Brother Robert (Heather), Matthew and Ian. Mary will also be missed and mourned immensely by her childhood and lifelong friend Jean Gugin (Wilf) of Winnipeg and her longtime friend Wanda Lee Roe of Dawson City. Sean, Paul and all the family would like to express our sincere appreciation to Dr.Stone and the entire nursing staff at the Souris Health Centre whose genuine care and compassion is sincerely appreciated. Thank you also to Laura McDougald-Williams for your kindness and guidance. A memorial bench will be dedicated to Mary at Victoria Park in Souris this summer and a celebration to follow in Fernie, B.C. If friends so desire donations in memory of Mary may be made to your local SPCA
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KUTA: Gerald Joseph Kuta. Unexpectedly on April 3, 2011 at his residence, Gerry Kuta beloved husband of Deana Halladay and father of Kalan and Rylan died at the age of 59 years of coronary artery disease.A Celebration of Life Gathering for Gerry will be held on Saturday, April 9th, 2011 at Larters at St. Andrews Golf & Country Club, 30 River Road, St. Andrews (10 min. north of the Perimeter off of Main St.). Friends are invited to drop in between 2:00-4:00 p.m. to share their stories and memories with the family.
McKENZIE: Agnes (Nan) McKenzie; beloved wife of the late Geordie McKenzie and mother of Judy (Poole), Heather, and Wayne; passed away at Birch Lodge Personal Care Home, Hamiota, Manitoba on Monday, April 4, 2011 at 82 years of age. A service to celebrate Nan’s life will be held at Campbell Funeral Chapel, Hamiota, Manitoba, on Saturday, April 9, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. A reception will follow at 2:45 p.m. at Chumah Hall, Hamiota United Church. For those so desiring, donations may be made in Nan’s memory to the Parkinson Society Manitoba, 7-414 Westmount Dr, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R2J 1P2 or to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Manitoba, 824 -18th Street, Unit 3, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 5B7.
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Campbell Funeral Home, Hamiota are in care of arrangements. (866) 620-2744.
COMBS: In loving memory of Herbert H. “Herb” Combs, of Deloraine, Manitoba. Herb died on April 1, 2011 at the Deloraine Health Centre in Deloraine, Manitoba at the age of 93. A funeral Service will be held on Saturday April 9, 2011 at the Smith Funeral Home in Deloraine, Manitoba at 11:00 a.m. with Rev Allan Gairns officiating. Interment will be held at the Del-Win Cemetery. Donations in memory of Herb may be made to the Cancer Society, or to the Doc Bonar Arena Fundraiser; Box 510, Deloraine, Manitoba, R0M 0M0. Messages of condolence may be made at Funeral Home Ltd. (204) 747-2088.
GRAHAM: In loving memory of Dorothy A. Graham of Deloraine, Manitoba. Dorothy died on April 3, 2011 at the Deloraine Health Centre in Deloraine, Manitoba at the age of 78. In accordance with Dorothy’s wishes cremation has taken place and a public graveside service will be announced and held at a later date at the old Deloraine Cemetery. Donations in memory of Dorothy may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation, or to the Lung Association. Messages of condolence may be made at Funeral Home Ltd. (204) 747-2088.
DOUGLAS: The death of Marion Myrta Douglas occurred at her residence Fairview Home on Saturday, April 2, 2011 at the age of 82 years. Marion wasborn April 18, 1928 at Oak River and grew up on the family farm at Oak River and later Griswold. Marion received her education at Oak River, Griswold and Oak Lake schools. She attended Normal School from 1947 to 1948 and later received her Bachelor of Teaching in 1973. She taught school for twenty eight and a half years. Marion married James Douglas on April 4, 1952 and they raised two children, Maureen and Perry. They farmed and Jim drove truck. Marion received her Class 1 learners license and drove truck with James whenever she was on school vacation until James sold his truck. Some of the happiest times were spent on family vacations, fishing and camping trips. They travelled from coast to coast in Canada and enjoyed trips to the Black Hills, Florida, Apache Junction and North to the Alaska Highway. Marion participated in sports such as softball, skating, curling and in her retirement years she liked to golf. Marion is survived by her husband James; daughter Maureen (Jack) Kolosky; son Perry; grandson Michael (Kristyn) Kolosky and great-grandchildren Hayley and Blake Kolosky. Marion was predeceased by her parents William and Laura McKenzie in 1968, brother Hubert in 1979, sisters-in-law Effie McKenzie, Hazel Pillar, Helen Erlenbeck and brothers-in-law John Douglas, Alfred Pillar and Fred Erlenbeck. The Funeral Ceremony will be held at Memories Chapel, 330- 18th Street North on Thursday, April 7, 2011 at 2:00 pm. Pallbearers will be Douglas McKenzie, Neil Douglas, Brian Pillar, Ken Niivila, Don Carter and Darrell Steele. Interment will take place in the Brandon Cemetery. Friends who wish may make a donation in memory of Marion to the Canadian Diabetes Association, Office, B-727 10th Street, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 4G7.
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Arrangements are with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 727-0330.
SCOTT: Jean Scott of Neepawa, Manitoba entered into rest on April 2, 2011 at the Neepawa Health Centre at the age of 86 years. Memorial Service will take place on Thursday, April 7, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. in White’s Funeral Chapel, Neepawa, Manitoba with Rev. Mark Satterly officiating. Interment will follow in Riverside Cemetery. Donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society. White’s Funeral Home Neepawa-Carberry in care of arrangements. (204) 476-2848.
PELOQUIN: Leo, 77 years, beloved husband of Yvonne Peloquin, father of Corey and Paula, died in the Souris Health Centre on Saturday, April 2, 2011. Funeral service will be held at the Centennial Centre, Hartney, Manitoba. Private interment in the Riverside Cemetery, Hartney, Manitoba at a later date. In memory of Leo, donations may be made to the Hartney Community Health Centre. Kowalchuk’s Funeral Home, Souris, in care of arrangements. Expression of sympathy may be made at
WALKER: Ruth Walker (nee Eccles) passed away suddenly but peacefully at the Melita Health Centre on Wednesday, March 16, 2011. Ruth was born on December 28, 1925 in Lower Darwen, Lancashire, England, the youngest daughter of Thomas and Jane Eccles. Ruth received her training as a nurse working at Booth Hall Children’s Hospital in Manchester. She then went on to qualify as an X-ray Technician and a Radiotherapy Technician, training and working in Leeds, Yorkshire. In 1952 she decided to spend three years on a working trip to Canada with her friend, Dorothy Wood. They made the journey on a five day ocean voyage from Southampton to Quebec aboard the “S.S. Atlantic”. Ruth worked one year at the Ottawa Civic Hospital and two years at the Calgary General Hospital in the X-ray and Radiotherapy departments. Ruth met Keith Walker in 1954 when he was on a visit to Calgary and they were married in Winnipeg in 1956. They made their home in Virden where Keith and his partners built up their business, Virden Television Ltd., which they ran successfully for over thirty years. Ruth worked at the Virden Hospital as a X-ray Technician for one year until the arrival of the first of their four children, Patricia born in 1957, Rodney in 1958, Janice in 1961, and Fiona in 1965. Over the years she also accompanied Keith on his many buying trips and she kept the books for the store. In the spring of 1960, Keith and Ruth and their family moved to the Glengarry Farm in the Hargrave district where in subsequent years they built up a herd of registered Polled Herefords. In 1993 Keith and Ruth sold the farm, and enjoyed their retirement in Souris and Deloraine. They traveled extensively over the years, both with their family and later in retirement, visiting Ruth’s family in England many times, as well as taking trips throughout North America, Europe, and Australia. Ruth passed on her fondness for travel as well as her love of music, art and gardening to her children and grandchildren. After her husband, best friend and traveling companion Keith, died in 2008, Ruth continued to live in Deloraine until moving to the Melita Lodge for the last months of her life’s journey to be closer to family. Ruth was predeceased by her parents, Thomas and Jane Eccles; her husband Keith; sister Ann and brother-in-law Stan Hawkings of Shrewsbury, England. She is survived and mourned by her children, Pat (Ron) Rutherford, Rodney Walker, Janice (Bruce) Waddell, and Fiona Walker; and her grandchildren, Grant Rutherford, Christine (Graham) Poole and Alana Rutherford (Adam Scarth), Geordie Waddell (Christine Tollenaar), Eddie Waddell (Lauren Usick), Ben, Reggie, and Heather Waddell, and Danielle and Alec Stirbisky. The funeral service was held Saturday, March 19, 2011 at St. Andrew’s Anglican Church, Deloraine, Manitoba with the Reverend Mark Murray officiating. Interment followed at the Miniota Cemetery. Donations may be made in memory of Ruth Walker to a charity of your choice.
THIESSEN: John David Thiessen was born in Felsenbach, Ukraine on October 31, 1923, to David and Margarethe Tiessen. He passed away on March 25, 2011, at Brandon Regional Health Centre. John is survived by his wife Aggie (nee Thiessen) and six children: Bill (Debbie) Thiessen of Brandon, Marg Rempel of Ste. Anne, Ken (Irmgard) Thiessen of Abbotsford, B.C., Larry (Lavina) Thiessen of Mitchell, Marv (Rhonda) Thiessen of Alexander, Marianne Thiessen of Alexander. He is also survived by 13 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren: Victoria (Neil) Neary and son Andrew, Nolan (Christine) Thiessen and daughters Taylor and Tyra; Jason (Kristy) Rempel and daughter Avery, Joel Rempel, Alison Rempel; Chris (Jessica) Thiessen and son Emmett, Erin (Lyndon) Braun, Marty Thiessen; Kayla Thiessen, Samantha Thiessen; Andrea Thiessen, Eric Thiessen, Matt Thiessen. John is also survived by three brothers, one sister, and their families. He was predeceased by his parents, three brothers, three sisters, and one son-in-law, Ron Rempel. Leaving behind revolution and famine, John immigrated to Canada at three years of age, with his parents and one older brother, in January, 1927. Within a year they were settled on a farm near Khedive, Saskatchewan. John received his education (Grades 1 - 9) at the nearby one room Fordyce School. After working for a few years to help support the family, he furthered his education with a year of studies at Swift Current Bible School, 1941-42. Having turned 18 during the Second World War, he received registration as a conscientious objector, and was assigned a placement as an unpaid farm labourer. In 1945, John's parents sold their farm in southern Saskatchewan and moved to a farm near Alexander, Manitoba. After helping move livestock, equipment and family members, he enrolled at the Musker Engineering School in Winnipeg. From that institute, he received his certification as an electrician, oxygen-acetylene welder, and senior auto mechanic, by February 1947. He opened his own mechanic's shop on Hwy. 1 west of Brandon. On June 18, 1949 he married Aggie and they purchased Oak Valley Farm, along the Assiniboine River Valley, six miles northeast of Alexander. They farmed (dairy and crops) and raised their children at that location. In 1990, John and Aggie retired to a house on Centennial Avenue in Brandon. Within a decade John was facing some of the challenges of Parkinson's Disease and in 2005, the move was made to Village Green Apartment complex on Ottawa Avenue Requiring full-time care, he moved to the Fairview Home on 13th St. in April 2009. He was hospitalized with severe Parkinson's related pneumonia on Sunday, March 20th, and passed on into eternal rest early on Friday, March 25, 2011. We were blessed with a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. We wish to express our deep and sincere gratitude to the Home Care staff, nurses and volunteers at the Fairview Home, and the medical staff on the 4th floor, Brandon Regional Health Centre, for the loving care extended to John these past years. The funeral service was held at Oak Lake Mennonite Church in Oak Lake, Manitoba on Wednesday, March 30, 2011. nterment took place at Rosewood Memorial Gardens. If friends so desire donations in memory of John may be made to Mennonite Central Committee, 134 Plaza Drive, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3T 5K9.
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Arrangements were with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 727-0330.
McINTYRE: February 6th, 2011 the death of William Barry, 74 years young, occurred peacefully at home in Brandon with his wife and family by his side. He leaves to mourn his life partner of 52 years Beverley (Asham); daughter Karen (Rob) grandchildren Sam (Wren) and Jeslin (Tyler); daughter Teresa (Rupert) grandchildren Chey Anne and Ashley; daughter Leona; son Willie (Diane) grandchildren Kayla (Brody) and T.J. and grandchildren Kyle & Krista; daughter Georgina (Brian) grandchildren Monica & Thomas and faithful Poodle Cooper, who misses him dearly. Bill was predeceased by granddaughter Kaitlyn Mae and his beautiful Cocker Spaniel Penny. Special friends: Bruce, Marge, Denise, Hank, Vince, Dorothy, Dennis, Frank, Heather, Johnnie, Shane, Jim, Judy, Gary, Emily, Natalie (our little brown sista) and Marcie. Bill was born July 24th, 1936 in Cabri, Saskatchewan and raised in Arden, Manitoba, the son of Lydia & Andy McIntyre. He and Bev were married Nov 15th, 1958. Because he helped build many highways and roads in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba over the years, their places of residence were: Calgary and East, Winnipeg and West, Holland (Manitoba, not Europe) and North, Waboden and South. He had a variety of vocations: security, catering; manager; chemical abuse counsellor; road construction (paver, crusher, loader, gravel trucks). He had a passion for: Bill W’s group (34 yrs) where he was so affectionately nicknamed Whisper; camping; curling; cooking; travelling and events occurring at the Keystone Center. Bev and children would like to extend special thanks to: Rob Tom, Medical Center Pharmacy; Home Care Nurses who attended Dad in his final week at home; Dr. Riche for his care over the past 16 years; Dr. Sammy Mikail for his support; all Bill W’s friends who stopped by to see dad at the hospital, that final week at home & for all the cards, flowers, love and support. We would like to thank all the family and friends that sent cards, meals, flowers, phone calls and your thoughts and prayers. In accordance with Dad’s wishes, cremation has taken place and when the time comes, he will rest with mom. A memorial service celebrating Dad’s life will be held at the Arden Community Hall in Arden, Manitoba, on Apr 30th beginning at 1:00 p.m. We welcome everyone who would like to drop by and share memories and refreshments with Bill’s family. Donations may be made to: Kidney Foundation of Canada, Westman Chapter, 42 McTavish Avenue East, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 2B2.
McGUINNESS: The death occurred in Brandon, Manitoba of Frederick George McGuinness on March 22, 2011. In Fred’s own words: He was born in Brandon in 1921 and attended Park and Earl Oxford Schools before quitting to work for CP Telegraph, first as messenger and later as Morse operator. At the outbreak of WW II he enlisted in the Royal Canadian Navy and served as wireless operator of HMCS Alachasse. In 1940, he was seriously injured in a shipboard accident that ended his wartime service. He studied in Winnipeg at St. Paul’s College, United College and the University of Manitoba. He began his career in newspapers as editor and publisher of the Medicine Hat News. In 1966, he transferred to the Brandon Sun where he worked for the next 30 years. Fred McGuinness may have written more words about Brandon and Westman than any other scribe. Along with his administrative duties for the newspaper, he also wrote a three-times-a-week around-town column under the name of F. A. Rosser. Along with his writing duties for the newspaper, Fred McGuinness maintained a continuing flow of copy for other media. For CBC, he was writer-commentator for the weekly broadcast “Neighbourly News from the Prairies”. For close to 20 years he was a regular correspondent for the broadcast “Morningside”. He was also the editor or co-editor of a dozen books of social history. He also wrote many feature articles for Reader’s Digest. He had a deep and continuing interest in anniversaries. This stemmed from the three years he spent as executive director of the Saskatchewan Golden Jubilee. The success of this event led to his appointment as a director of the Canadian Centennial Commission in 1967. For his writings and his volunteer activities he received numerous awards. From the Manitoba government he received the Order of the Buffalo Hunt and the Order of Manitoba. When she presented him with his Order of Canada, Governor General Clarkson described him as the voice of the Prairies. He was also awarded an honorary degree from Brandon University. He was predeceased in 2009 by his wife of sixty-one years, the former Christine Thomson of Port Arthur; and his sisters Mary Oldfield, Ruth McGuinness and Dorreen Inglis. Fred is survived by his daughter Colleen, of Vancouver; sons Fred Jr., Duncan, B.C.; Gallagher of Brandon and Timothy in Vancouver and; and two sisters, Carol Young of Langley, B.C. and Orma Longphee of Sidney, B.C. He was very proud of his four grandsons and two granddaughters. In lieu of flowers, gifts can be made to the “Fred McGuinness Endowment” that he established at Brandon University, 270-8th Street, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 6A9. A memorial will be held at a date yet to be determined.
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McDONALD: Eleanor Irene McDonald (née Haithwaite) of Brandon, beloved wife of Lloyd and mother of Greg and Glen, passed away peacefully with family by her side at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Wednesday, March 30, 2011 at the age of 75 years. A funeral service will be held at Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, on Monday, April 4, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Shannon McCarthy of Central United Church officiating. A time of viewing will be held immediately prior to the service. Memorial donations may be made to the Brandon Humane Society, 2200-17th Street East, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 7M6 or the Canadian Diabetes Association, 727B-10th Street, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 4G7. Complete obituary information to follow.
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McCAHON: Frederick James, leftus on Wednesday, March 23, 2011 at the age of 87 years. Fred was born in Harding, Manitoba on August 25, 1923, the second oldest child of Hugh and Ellen (Buckley) McCahon. Fred attended school in Harding, and worked various jobs around the community and on farms until volunteering for service in 1943. Fred served asa mid-upper gunner on Lancaster bombers. Fred, in recounting this part of his life, would often state that he and other crew members sighed relief when they made it back after the unlucky # 13 bombing mission in September of 1944. As fate would have it, they would be shot down on Mission # 14, with Fred and only one other crew member surviving. During the rest of the war, Fred, along with other Allied soldiers endured the hardship of POW camps, which included gruelling marches as they moved camps during a cold winter with little food and warmth as the war slowly came to an end. If Fred had even entertained the idea of leaving Harding beforethe war, he certainly had no intention after he returned. He settled down, married the love of his life (Eunice Chambers) and raised six children. He was employed by Charlie Howell until he bought the business in 1967 where he worked his six days a week without fail. He spent his time fixing cars, trucks, and farm equipment around the area. He especially loved those Cockshutt tractors!! Fred was a loving husband and father who always took time for his family. His children fondly remember ” doing the rounds “ which always included keeping the ice ready at the rink, fires burning when townspeople were away, caretaking at the church, and hauling water from the well. Fred was a real hands-ondad who had a true partnership in his marriage. Arriving home from work each night, he would feed his oldest daughter Irene, help get the kids ready for bed, and throughout the year would entertain his brood. He would play ball with his and the neighbourhood kids during the summer, go for bike rides, and take his kids skating and tobogganing. He had the touch when it came time to warm up those frozen feet at skating! Fred loved his games, and if you were in the McCahon house on a Saturday night, there was a good chance you would be sitting around the kitchen table playing cards or dominoes. Fred was also an enthusiastic curler in the 50s and 60s and enjoyed watching the sport on TV in his final years. Sadly, in 1966, and then, in 1969, Fred lost his two eldest children. Fred stoically took his licks and moved ahead in his life, never once saying hewanted to quit. He and Eunice put the pieces of their lives together and moved on as best they could. They ensured their children all graduated from high school and Fred took pride in the fact that all his children attended post-secondary education. As time moved on Fred had more time on his hands, enjoying his grandchildren as work slowed down and he and Eunice took some trips together until her death in 1995. Fred was always active in his community andwas an avid Harding supporter. As the population dwindled, he carried on believing in his small community. He never missed a Harding Fair with the exception of his time overseas. In his later years, you would often see him out for drives to check the crops or sayhi as he picked up the paper in Kenton. He was a quiet, humble man who simply wanted his family happy and safe, a warm place to layhis head at night, and food in his belly. As his health declined, his last remaining wish was to stay in his own home until the end. You got your wish, Dad; you died in the home you were born in. The entire McCahon family would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to all who attended Dad’s Celebration of Life on Monday, March 28. Thank you to Barbara Rediker for leading the service and prayers. Thank you to the members of the Kenton and Rivers Legion who honoured us with your presence. Thank you to Dwayne Campbell and staff for your guidance and support. We were especially touched by the strong support of the Harding community both past and present. Thank you to the Harding Community Club and to all the extra volunteers who helped serve lunch and who helped in the many preparations. No wonder Dad never wanted to leave! Fred leaves to mourn his children Cathy (Wayne) Foster of Brandon, and daughters Cheri (Julian Day) of Winnipeg, Cindy (Martin) of Switzerland, Harvey, of Winnipeg, Mary McCahon of Harding and son David (Vicky) of Calgary, and Julie McCahon of Harding, brother Sid (Ivy) of Duncan, B.C., sister Alice of Winnipeg, along with numerous nieces and nephews. Fred is pre-deceasedby his wife Eunice, son Hugh, daughter Irene, parents Ellen and Hugh. If so desired, donations may be made to the following: Harding Community Club, c/o Janice Hunt, Harding Manitoba, R0M 0V0, Royal Canadian Legion, Rivers, Manitoba, R0K 1X0, Royal Canadian Legion, Kenton, Manitoba, R0M 0Z0.
Be at Peace, Dad and Grandpa. We will miss you.
KALMAKOFF: John James (Jim) Kalmakoff, Charlotte’s beloved husband for 47 years; father of James and Dwayne; and grandfather of Justin, Jenessa, Brittany, Hanna, Lacey, Ashton, John and Christopher, passed away suddenly at his residence on Monday, March 28, 2011 at the age of 63 years. Jim was born in Brandon on November 28, 1947 to Mike and Agnes Kalmakoff. He grew up and was schooled in Brandon. Jim was employed with DOTC as a housing inspector for 25 years. Prior to these years, Jim’s many endeavors included carpentry, erecting steel buildings and general construction. Upon his retirement in 2004, he actively enjoyed working full time rebuilding and restoring his numerous older vehicles, one in particular being his 1948 Chevy Coupe. Jim loved to share his passion for his vehicles, as well as helping his friends with their vehicles. Jim’s favorite times were spent with his grandchildren and family; camping, fishing and visiting with his numerous relatives and friends in Saskatchewan. Jim is survived by four brothers; Bill (Kim), Vern (Kathy), Michael (Michelle),Lenny; and four sisters Sally (Sylvia), Susie (John), Darlene and Denise. Also left to mourn are his step-sisters, step-brothers, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, as well as Boomer, his Chow Chow. Jim was predeceased by his daughter, Tina in 1989; parents Mike and Agnes; stepfather Phil and sister Annie. A funeral service to honor Jim’s life was held at Brockie Donovan Chapel on Friday, April 1, 2011 with Rachelle Wilk officiating. Interment followed at the Brandon Cemetery. Pallbearers were sons James and Dwayne; grandsons Justin, John, Christopher, Ashton Kalmakoff; and his cousin Kenny (Muffin) Pritchard. The family considers all who attended to be Honorary Pallbearers. Charlotte, James and Dwayne would like to extend their sincere appreciation to family and friends who have been so supportive during this very difficult time. Special thanks to the staff of Brockie Donovan for their guidance, the R.C.M.P. for their kindness and compassion, and the Paramedics for their heroic efforts. Thank you also to Vern and Kathy, and to my special niece (daughter) Annie, and Kelvin for their support, help and love. In memory of Jim, donations may be made to the Diabetes Association, 727B – 10th Street, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 4G7.
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