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MCCLAIN: Charles Kenneth McClain, beloved husband of Tina, father of Jennifer and Connie, and brother of Lorne, passed away at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Friday, September 30, 2016. In keeping with his wishes, there will be no formal service held.
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GREGORASH: John (Johnny) beloved husband of Margaret, passed away September 28, 2016 at the Fairview Home in Brandon at the age of 88. In accordance with John's wishes, cremation has taken place and a private memorial service will be held at a later date. Donations can be made to a charity of choice. Complete obituary information will follow.
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HACKENSCHMIDT: It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our loving husband, father and poppa, Alfred Philip Hackenschmidt on Sunday, September 25, 2016. Alf was born on March 26, 1929 in Brandon, MB where he resided all his life. He attended King George and Earl Haig Schools in the East End. At age 16, he started his life’s career as a plumber for Neil and Stoddard later working at Relf’s Plumbing & Heating with his brother Jack. He moved on to construction jobs which took him to Estevan, Dauphin, Thompson (INCO), the Steam Plant, Hooker Chemicals and finally Simplot Chemicals where he retired at age 63 in 1992. Alf also worked as a pipefitter, tinsmith and gas fitter and was recognized for 50 years of service with his Union Local 254. He was a hard worker and provided a good life for his family. Alf enjoyed gardening, curling in his retirement and meeting for coffee with his friends at McDonald's. He was a loving and caring man who was happiest when helping out a friend or neighbour. His love and commitment to his family will always be remembered. He was a very generous and outgoing person who made friends wherever he went. His greatest joy in life was his 2 loving daughters Bev & Brenda, grandson Ryan and great grandson Finn. There was nothing he would not do for them. The more he had, the more he gave. Alf married Grace Dushnisky on October 1, 1949, enjoying almost 67 years together. Alf is survived by his wife Grace, daughter Bev Smith, daughter Brenda (Colin) Hardy, grandson Ryan (Heather) Smith, great-grandson Finn Smith and their "furry son Sholto". Also surviving are sisters-in-law Jean Ewanyshyn, Doris Hackenschmidt and Marie Folmes and brother in-law Bill Illchuk plus many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents John and Augusta, brothers John, Jack, Charlie, Edward and Joey, sisters Kate Smith, Edith Gibson, Alma Dedrick, Ann Walansky and Elizabeth Kusela. To learn more about Alf and celebrate a life well lived, join with his family and friends at Memories Chapel, 330 18th Street North, on Tuesday, October 4th, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. with Pastor Laurel Seyfert from Redeemer Lutheran Church officiating. The family requests anyone wishing to make a donation can do so to Redeemer Lutheran Church, 114 Ashgrove Blvd, Brandon, Manitoba R7B 1E1 or a charity of their own choice.
We grieve at his passing, but also rejoice in having had him as part of our family. We thank you for all the years of love and happiness. You will always live on in our hearts & memories. Thanks Dad and Poppa. We love you forever!
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GREASLEY: It is with love and fond memories that the family of “Jack” John Harry Greasley announce his sudden passing on Sunday, Sept. 18th, 2016. Jack was born in Victoria, B.C. on November 11, 1955. Shortly afterwards the family moved to Oak River, where his father taught school. A couple of years later the family moved again, this time to Rivers and lived in the upstairs apartment above his grandparents - in the big house on Main Street. Jack was a very adventurous young boy….”Trouble” could have been his middle name but he was no stranger to hard work on the farm either. At the tender age of 15 he ran away from home, “riding the rails” to Thunder Bay, Ont., from there he hitched a ride to Toronto and worked at Woodbine race track. The family owned and raced horses - which was one of Jack’s passions. His love for adventure didn’t stop there, he enjoyed hand gliding, riding and training horses, hunting, fishing, watching his kids play sports and playing solitaire. He was a bit of a restless soul - moving around and holding down numerous jobs throughout his life. Long haul trucking, working heavy machinery and working at Cando Rail Services to name a few. He enjoyed the History channel, documentaries - he was a “sponge” when it came to learning. A brain full of useless facts and a great teammate in Trivial Pursuit. Jack was predeceased by his parents, John Robert Greasley and Frances May “Franky” Saville (nee Fehr) and his wife Rhonda Marie Greasley (nee Fehr). He leaves to cherish his memory: his “Main Squeeze” Joyce Thomson; children; Kristy Fehr (Jason) of Dauphin; Kendra Greasley (Glen) of Wpg; and Kyle Greasley (Jaucinda) of Rivers; step-children; Ryan (Meredith) Mikkelsen; Ayron (Shannon) Mikkelsen; Lucas Mikkelsen and Kevan (Haylee) Mikkelsen all from Alberta. Jack’s zest for life, positive outlook, big booming voice and laugh are among our many memories. His greatest achievement …. his children and grandchildren, oh how he loved being a Grandpa! So long for now. Thanks for the memories and see you in the sunset. xoDonations in memory of Jack can be made to Rivers and Area Game & Fish, Box 779 Rivers, MB, R0K 1X0.
GRAY: Donald Jerome Gray, husband of Shirley Gray, passed away peacefully on September 29, 2016. He is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Shirley, two daughters, Shauna (Gil Magat), Lake Simcoe, ON, Barbara (Darell Naismith), Winnipeg; three grandsons, Codey Gray, Brandon, Brayden Gray, Winnipeg, Diego Magat, Lake Simcoe; one sister Pat Allen, Winnipeg. He was predeceased by a daughter in infancy, Katherine Dawn. Don was born August 5, 1940 to John L. (Les) and Pat Gray. He grew up on the family farm on Grand Valley Road, attending school in Brandon. Don took up farming with his Dad at an early age and continued until 1978. Don married Shirley Fox from Portage in 1964 and they started married life on the family farm. Don always took pride in the farm home and grounds, and with Shirley’s help the place was always kept well groomed, with wonderful shows of flowers and great landscaping. In 1978 Don and Shirley bought the Country Style Donut Franchise at 10th Street and Victoria Avenue in Brandon. The business closed in 1998 after a successful run of 20 years and the Grays retired. Don’s love of travel took him to 50 countries on five continents over the years. Hostelling around the world, meeting people and making friends was a great joy for him. Shirley, not as enthusiastic a traveller as Don, did not stand in the way of his interest and desire to see the world. Don was a family man, taking his role as Father and Grandfather seriously. Many happy hours were spent with his grandsons, grandpa teaching them how to play cards, ride bikes, shoot a gun safely, to name a few. One of Don’s proudest moments was when he finally taught his eight year old grandson how to ride a 2-wheeler. Don loved family and stayed connected with cousins, friends and relatives scattered around the world, special friends Theo and Lettie Van Niekirk, Heidleberg, South Africa. It is Don’s request that there will be no formal funeral service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Don’s memory, to CancerCare Manitoba.
DUNCAN:Julia (Julie) Daphne Duncan (née Fox) passed away peacefully on Sunday, 18 September, 2016 in the Palliative Care Unit at Brandon Regional Health Centre. Julie was born on 12 July, 1933 in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. At the age of five she moved to the Fort Garry area of Winnipeg with her parents, Myrtle and John Fox and her older sister Pat. She loved all animals and enjoyed many pets growing up and throughout her life. After graduating from high school, Julie attended nursing school at Grace General Hospital in Winnipeg in 1955. Julie nursed at Cartwright Hospital, The King George in Winnipeg and both the old and new Assiniboine Centres in Brandon. Julie met Erle Duncan while she was in visiting her Uncle Ben and Aunt Anne’s restaurant in Austin, Manitoba. The pair were married in March of 1957 and would have celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on 30 March, 2017. As newlyweds, Erle and Julie moved to Winnipeg where Erle began his career with highway engineering for the Province of Manitoba. The couple moved to Brandon the following year and it was here that they settled to raise their family. They welcomed three children: Scott, Lisa-Dawn and Jay. For many years the family lived on 12th Street, making life-long friends in the neighbourhood. Mom was very involved in her children’s extracurricular and school activities. She was a wonderful cook and baker, as well as a talented seamstress. Julie was also a dedicated volunteer in the community. She was an integral part of the Westman Christmas Cheer Registry for over 25 years; including holding the position of Director, spending countless hours organizing Christmas hampers for those in need. As well, Julie volunteered at the Nearly New Shop, helping to raise thousands of dollars yearly for the Brandon Regional Health Centre. Julie continued to volunteer at the Nearly New right up until her last admission to hospital. She formed many close friendships through her volunteer work. In 1978 the family moved to an acreage in the Chater area. Erle and Julie worked hard to build a lovely home with gardens of vegetables, flowers and hundreds of trees. Julie loved walks and cross-country skiing on their property with the company of their beloved Chesapeake Bay Retriever, Diggity. In 1986 Julie and Erle moved back into Brandon to their current residence on Queens Crescent. They enjoyed hosting many family gatherings there; especially when grandchildren came to spend summer vacations attending Brandon Mini University day camps. As a retired couple, Julie and Erle enjoyed traveling. They took cruises to Alaska, the Panama Canal and the Caribbean. As well, they enjoyed destinations that included Portugal, the Bahamas, Australia and New Zealand. They loved to drive to the West Coast to visit family in the autumn, taking their cherished Diggity with them in the back of their station wagon. Their last big trip was to Belgium and northern France in 2012 to tour World War I battlefield sites and to visit the graves of relatives who had fallen during the war. Julie had numerous health conditions which impeded her last few years of life. Despite these challenges she remained interested in the lives of those near and dear to her; her husband, children and grandchildren and her close friends and relatives. She looked forward to the many music and dance recitals, school plays, family visits and trips to Clear Lake. Julie was predeceased by her parents John Fox and Myrtle Vant (née Fox and Bird), as well as her sister Pat Floyd, who passed away in the spring of 2016. She leaves to mourn her passing her loving husband Erle; her son Scott and his wife Elizabeth, their children Kaitlin, Saxon, Callum and Lachlan; her daughter Lisa-Dawn and her husband Jamie and son Nelson, with partner Aleesha and children Lennon, Jack and Kai; her son Jay and his wife Heather, their children Liam, Carlyn and Ellie; her sister-in-law Ruth Duncan and many cherished cousins, nieces and nephews. A Memorial Service was held at St. Matthew’s Cathedral, 403-13th Street, on Friday, September 23, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. Donations in memory of Julie may be made to the Brandon Humane Society, 2200-17th Street East, Brandon, MB, R7A 7M6, or the Acoustic Neuroma Association of Canada, PO Box PMB #1005, 7-B Pleasant Blvd., Toronto, ON, M4T 1K2.
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DODDS: On Friday, September 16, 2016 Joan Dodds passed away peacefully at her residence, Fairview Personal Care Home, at the age of 94 years. Left to mourn are sons: Michael (Marian) and Keith (Marcie); grandchildren Christopher (Larissa); Robert and Chelsea (Andrew). She also leaves two great-grandchildren Caitlyn and Juliana; as well as her brother Bert (Jean) in England. Joan was predeceased by her husband, Nelson; and in England her sister, Jean; niece Anne and nephew Michael. A Memorial Service will be held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, on Saturday, October 8, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. with Kim Lewarne officiating. Flowers are gratefully declined. If friends so desire, donations may be made to a charity of one’s own choice in Mum’s memory.
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CHAPMAN:Having lived a productive, fulfilling life, Robert Stewart (Bob) Chapman died peacefully at the Assiniboine Centre, Brandon, Manitoba on Saturday, September 24, 2016 at the age of 87. He was predeceased by his parents: Ernest Edward (Teddy) and Edna Mary (née Stewart); his wife, Shirley (née Moulton) and his nephew Ted Bridgett. He is survived by his children and their families: John Chapman (wife Kareen, daughters Mikayla and Shayna); Rob Chapman (wife Alida, children Amanda, Marissa and Kevin); Susan Linto (husband  Terry, sons Ross and Ryan); by his sister Frances Bridgett and brother Norman Chapman; nieces Chris, Margot and Kate Bridgett; and by his beloved Bridgett Overby. Bob was born March 10, 1929 in Brandon, Manitoba, the third generation of a family of agricultural innovators who pioneered Belfield Farm, close to Brandon, in 1881.  He farmed all his life. From his boyhood through the Great Depression to his years studying agriculture at the University of Manitoba to farming with his father, on his own, and finally with Susan and Terry; from horses and hired hands to bigger and more complex trucks and tractors, from mixed farming to specialized crops; his work was his life. Planting and harvesting, husbanding animals from birth to death, completing all the daily chores, keeping the machinery working, the farm accounts current and his agricultural knowledge up-to-date, playing a part in his rural community and hardly ever missing a Sunday in church, he felt that his life on the farm had been a privilege. As well as the land and the community, he loved kids, relating first with his sister’s children, then his own children, and in the last two decades, his grandchildren. Bob valued honesty and integrity, co-operation, good stewardship, hospitality, thrift, and his Christian faith, and he exemplified those qualities. He was kind, gentle, brave, patient, hard-working, considerate, and steady. In his final days, he declared that he had been blessed. He was certainly loved. Thanks go to all staff, friends and family, who cared for him and visited him in hospital. Bob really enjoyed his friends and family in Brandon and area community and wishes all the best for everyone.  In his deep, halting voice, Bob spoke only when he had something worthwhile to contribute; he chose words carefully. He was a faithful hospital visitor, a Soup Kitchen volunteer, a reader in church. His hobby was tree-planting. In his last years, when he could not bend over or kneel, he achieved his vision by lying on his side to plant and tend to the century-old shelter belts. Bob’s Memorial Service will be held at St. Matthew’s Cathedral, 403 - 13th Street on Wednesday, September 28 at 1:00 p.m. with The Ven. Paul Curtis officiating. A private family interment will follow in the Brandon Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, his family would appreciate your support of what was important to Bob: Helping Hands Centre, 111-7th Street, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 3S5; or Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation, 150 McTavish Avenue East, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 2B3 or St. Matthew’s Cathedral, 403 -13th Street, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 4P9.  
Rest peacefully Bob. The harvest is over.  "All is safely gathered in, ere the winter storms begin."Messages of condolence may be placed at
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BRAY: Richard Merton (Mert) Bray, August 27, 1925 - September 23, 2016. In loving memory of Mert Bray, who was born in Alexander, Manitoba and lived most of his life in Brandon with his beloved wife, Shirley and children Reg and Sandy. In his early years, Mert farmed in the Alexander area and continued to do so while building a successful career as Sales Manager in the automobile industry. Mert and his family were faithful and active members of St. Matthews Cathedral. From a young age, Mert was an avid curler and could always “find the button”! He enjoyed working on many Hosting Committees. Mert was a Honorary Life Member of the Wheat City Curling Club, Manitoba Champion Canadian Order of Foresters in 1967 and Manitoba Masters Champion in 1997. Leisure summer passions were golf and gardening. Mert will always be remembered for his great sense of humour that made him so much fun to be around. He was a very kind and thoughtful person and will be greatly missed. Mert was predeceased by his father Louis, mother Constance, brother Reg, sister Eleanor, brother Harry, and daughter-in-law Judy Bray. He is survived by wife Shirley, son Reg, daughter Sandy (Tim), as well as grandsons Cary (Jeannie), Tyler (Katherine), Joel (Jamie) and Kelly (Laura) and great grandchildren Willa, Sloane and Jude. In lieu of flowers, a donation to the Alzheimer Society of Canada would be appreciated. A Celebration of Life will be held at the Auburn Heights Chapel in Calgary on Sunday, October 2, 2016.
Only the BestA heart of gold stopped beating Two shining eyes at rest, Broken are our hearts to prove He only takes the best.God knows you had to leave us But you did not go alone,For part of us went with you The day He took you home.To some you are forgotten To others, part of the past, But to us who loved and lost you Our memories will always last.
ARNOLD: Sylvia Joy (nee Orr). It’s with great sadness we announce the passing of our dear sister, Sylvia, whom passed away at the University of Alberta Hospital, September 19, 2016, with her loving family by her side. Sylvia was born and raised in Alexander, MB. She was predeceased by her Dad and Mom, Matt and Iris Orr, and her husband Bob Arnold from Oak Lake, MB, her brothers, John and Jimmy Orr, sisters, Marylin and Barbara Orr and Audrey Gabrielle. She is survived by her son Rob Arnold from Surrey, BC and daughter Irene Arnold, granddaughter, Tonya (Anthony) Faggiani, two grandchildren whom she adored, Adirianna and Austin Faggiani from Quesnel, BC. A service will be held to celebrate Sylvia’s life at the Oak Lake United Church on October 8, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. Minister Don Sellsted officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Brandon Humane Society in Sylvia’s memory.
ALEXANDER: Helen Agnes Alexander of Minnedosa, MB entered into rest on September 29, 2016 at the age of 96 years. Funeral service will be held on Monday, October 3, 2016 at the Minnedosa United Church, Minnedosa, MB with Rev. Natasha Pearen officiating. Donations may be made to a charity of choice. Minnedosa Funeral Service in care of arrangements.
HUGHSON: Lloyd passed away July 14, 2016 in Edmonton, AB. The family is holding a Celebration of Life on Wednesday, October 5, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. at Clarke’s Funeral Home, Gladstone, MB.
McDOUGALD:Sharon E. McDougald, beloved wife of the late Al McDougald, beloved mom to Rob and Jen died September 24, 2016 at the Boissevain Health Centre Boissevain, Manitoba. In accordance with Sharon's wishes cremation has taken place and a private family graveside will be held in the spring. Donations in memory of Sharon may be made to the Boissevain Heath Centre Palliative Care Box 899 Boissevain, Manitoba R0K 0E0 or to a charity of one's choice.
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McKENZIE: Peacefully, on Saturday, September 24, 2016 at her residence, Hillcrest Place, at the age of 95 years. Nora was born in Brechin, Scotland in 1920; the eldest of eleven children of David and Susan Lawson. She moved with her family at an early age and settled in Brandon, Manitoba. Nora worked for several years at the Wheat City Tannery, where she met her husband, Roy. They spent many happy years together working in their large garden on Sixth Street; where their speciality was their popular gladiolas. Nora was pre-deceased by her parents, her husband, Roy Thomas McKenzie and eight siblings. She is survived by her sister Beth Rowley, brother Glen Lawson (Eileen) and numerous nieces and nephews. A Graveside Service was held at Brandon Cemetery on Thursday, September 29, 2016. Donations may be made to a Charity of choice.
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