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McLAREN: Harold William James McLaren, beloved husband of Gladys, passed away peacefully on Saturday, March 7, 2015 at Rideau Park Personal Care Home. Harold was born on August 31, 1918, to Bill and Lena McLaren, and grew up on the family farm in the Montgomery District near Virden, Manitoba. He was very interested in sports including curling, hockey, baseball, and in later years was very involved in organizing outdoor and indoor shuffleboard tournaments. Harold and Gladys were married on February 20, 1941 and farmed for 12 years in the Montgomery District. He started working at the McLeod’s store in Virden, later working for the McLeod’s store in Foam Lake, Saskatchewan and built the McLeod’s store in Hamiota, Manitoba, where they both worked for many years. While in Hamiota, Harold was involved with the town council and serving as Mayor of Hamiota for four years. He was also a member of the local Lions Club, Masons Club and involved in many community activities. They moved to Brandon in 1980 where he worked for Perth's until 1997. They vacationed in the British Isles in 1977, Victoria, BC in the fall of 1977 and the east coast of Canada in 1989. Harold and Gladys had 74 wonderful years together. In their retirement, they wintered at Pine to Palm Park in Weslaco, Texas for 18 years, later moving to Osoyoos and Penticton, British Columbia. They made many great friends in all their travels and had many wonderful memories to talk about. They moved back to Brandon in July of 2013 to Victoria Landing. Due to health issues, Harold was moved to Rideau Park in January of 2015. Harold was predeceased by his parents, Bill and Lena, brother Jack, sister-in-law Kay and grandson, Mark Kachur. Harold is survived and will be dearly missed by his wife Gladys, children: Marlene (Leighton) Kachur, Barbara (Ronald) Funk, Teresa (Allan) Deutsch and Bill (Shirley), 11 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. A private family service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Heart & Stroke Foundation, Unit 3-824-18th Street, Brandon, MB, R7A 5B7.
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LOUGHEED:W. Russel Lougheed, beloved husband of the late Elva Lougheed died March 6, 2015 at Bren Del Win Lodge in Deloraine, Manitoba at the age of 89. Funeral service will be held Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at Deloraine United Church, Deloraine, Manitoba at 11:00 a.m. Interment to follow at Boissevain Cemetery, Boissevain, Manitoba. Donations in memory of Russel may be made to Bren Del Win Lodge; Deloraine, Manitoba R0M 0M0.
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KOLESAR: Phyllis Ellen Kolesar formerly of Rapid City, MB passed away on March 6, 2015 at the Minnedosa Personal Care Home at the age of 88 years. Funeral service will be held on Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. in the Minnedosa Funeral Chapel, Minnedosa, MB. Interment will take place at the Kelwood Cemetery, Kelwood, MB. Donations may be made to CancerCare Manitoba. Minnedosa Funeral Service, Minnedosa, Manitoba in care of arrangements (204) 867-3868.
LINSKI: Hope Ethel, age 80 years, passed away at the Assiniboine Centre, on Monday, March 2, 2015. Hope was born on January 9, 1935 in Imperoyal, North Woodside, Nova Scotia. She received her education at Dartmouth, Nova Scotia and at the age of sixteen, she moved to Nesbitt, Manitoba to help take care of her sister's children. One year later, she met the love of her life, Steve. Hope completed her hairdressing apprenticeship at Scory's Beauty Salon in Brandon. She was a hair dresser most of her life and with her husband, they owned Top Spot Beauty Stylists. Hope enjoyed fishing and was a member of the Game and Fish Association and the Brandon Snow-goer Association. She was an avid 10-pin bowler, winning many awards and trophies and was also a member of the Women's International Bowling Congress. She enjoyed gardening, latch hook, baking - was famous for her chocolate chip cookies, and playing cards. Hope loved to socialize at her favorite get-away location in Sandy Lake, Manitoba where she also played women's softball for the Sandy Lake Comets. But most of all, Hope loved to spend time with family and her pets. She will be greatly missed by her husband of sixty years, Steve Linski; children Kim (Milt) Leganchuk, Rick (Marie) Linski, and Mark (Heather) Linski; grandchildren: Amber (Kris), Travis, Paige, Haley (Blake), Lauren, Cody, Johannah Hope and Maddie; great granddaughter McKenzie Hope and sisters Dorothy Smith and Jean Wilson. Hope was predeceased by her parents Irvine and Ethel Harnish; brothers: Jack, Ray, Alvin, and Murray Harnish; sister Hazel Hawkins and grandson Brett Leganchuk. The Funeral Ceremony was held at Memories Chapel on Friday, March 6, 2015 with The Ven. Paul Curtis officiating. All those in attendance were considered honorary bearers. If friends so desire, donations in memory of Hope may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, 415 1st Street, Brandon, MB R7A 2W8 or the Brandon Humane Society, 2200 17th Street East, Brandon, MB, R7A 7M6 or Funds for Furry Friends, #208-740 Rosser Avenue, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 0K9.
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HOOPER: Helen L. Hooper beloved wife of the late Jack Hooper Died on March 5, 2015 at the Bren Del Win Lodge in Deloraine, Manitoba at the age of 90. A Public Graveside Service will be held on Monday, March 9, 2015 at the Waskada Cemetery in Waskada, Manitoba at 2:00 p.m. Everyone is invited to a Memorial Reception at the Waskada Community Hall following the graveside service. In lieu of flowers donations in memory of Helen may be made to the Waskada Legion.
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KILFOYLE: Robert “Bob” James Kilfoyle, beloved husband of Joan, passed away at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Friday, February 27, 2015 at the age of 90 years. Bob was born on the farm north of MacGregor, Manitoba as one of ten children born to Martha and Robert Kilfoyle. He attended Pathhead School. He joined the army in 1943 and served in Belgium and Holland. After World War II, he worked many short-term jobs including Manitoba Hydro, before settling in Brandon. Bob was employed as a house plasterer for a short period of time. He then worked for Modern Machines, and finally for the Brandon Correctional Centre, retiring in 1987. Bob was a member of St. Matthew’s Cathedral as well as a member of the Manitoba Government Employee’s Association. He loved tending to his garden, fishing and travelling with his wife throughout the countryside. Bob was a dedicated family man - a devoted husband, father and grandfather. Bob will be lovingly remembered by his wife Joan (née Smythe), son Dennis, daughter Debbie, grandchildren Adam, Rebecca and Jesse. Also surviving are his sisters Lillian Tarr, Alice Ross, Isabel Naswell, sisters-in-law Doreen Jenner, Betty Lacey, Joan Kilfoyle, Lucille Robertson, brother- in-law Harry McVannel and many nieces and nephews. Bob was predeceased by his brothers Melvin, Howard, Milford and Clifford, sister Margaret McVannel, brothers-in-law Samuel and Wentworth Smythe, Bill Lacey, Leslie Jenner, Russ Tarr, Larry Naswell and Bill Ross. The funeral service was held at St. Matthew’s Cathedral on Wednesday, March 4, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. with The Very Rev. Nigel Packwood officiating. Interment followed at Brandon Cemetery. Active Pallbearers were Gregg Lacey, Ken Jenner, Justin Jenner, Jack Leonard, Brent Tarr and Robert McVannel. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Bob may be made to a charity of choice.
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KRYNSKI: It is with great sadness that we announce the very sudden passing of Olga Krynski, mother of Andrew, Albert (Laurie) and Joanna (Jay); grandmother to Emily, Danika, Aidyn, Olivia and Andrea, and Auntie to numerous nieces and nephews, on Thursday, March 05, 2015. She will be dearly missed as a mother and grandmother. Prayers will be held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, on Monday, March 9, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will beheld at St. Augustine’s Roman Catholic Church, 327-4th Street, on Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. with Fr. Patrick Neufeld as Celebrant. Interment will follow at the Brandon Cemetery. Complete obituary information to follow.
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HAYWARD: Elizabeth (Betty) Hayward, beloved wife of Harold Hayward of Virden, Manitoba and loving mother of Anne, Terry, Marlene, Joyce and Barry passed away at WestMan Nursing Home, Virden, Manitoba Sunday; March 1, 2015 in her 95th year. Funeral service will be held from St. Paul's United Church, Virden Monday; March 9, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. with The Reverend Janis Campbell officiating. Interment will be in Virden Cemetery. Viewing for family and friends will be at Carscadden Funeral Chapel, Virden Sunday; March 8th from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made to WestMan Nursing Home Remembrance Fund, Heart & Stroke Foundation of Manitoba or to the charity of your choice in memory of Betty.
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HAMILTON: It is with deep regret, we announce the peaceful passing of Stanley Eugene Hamilton, on February 23, 2015 following a very brief illness at the Brandon Regional Health Centre. Stan, only son of Freda and Jim Hamilton was born June 8, 1927 in Carnduff, SK. As a young boy he attended the rural elementary Wheatland School and later attended High School in Carnduff where he graduated. Following graduation, he bought farmland and began farming with his father. During the winters, Stan worked away from home on the railway mail car, as well as attending different agricultural courses at Saskatoon. It was during his years in Saskatoon that he met Lillian Arnott, a Registered Psychiatric Nurse and they were married on December 27, 1958. Following their marriage, Stan and Lillian moved onto his parent’s farm where they worked together in a mixed farming operation. Stan was very fond of the cattle and enjoyed working with them. He served as a member of the Carnduff Wheat Pool Committee and was a member of the Saskatchewan Seed Growers Association. He also served as a member of the Wheatland United Church Board. Stan and Lillian were delighted in June of 1964 when their chosen daughter Leah, made their family complete. Leah, from a small child was close to her Dad and Stan encouraged and supported her as she grew, no matter what her interests. Leah left home to further her education and in 1988 married Gordon Link. The cattle were sold and they semi-retired but they continued to operate the grain farm until 1988. They sold their farmland and remained on the home acreage until fully retiring in 1989. They moved to Brandon, Manitoba where Stan finally found the time to take up bowling (5 and 10 pin), golf, attending hockey games and some local traveling. Stan, always the farmer at heart, enjoyed his yard and a small garden as well as regular trips to the country in spring and fall for crop inspections. In 1990 Stan and Lillian welcomed their first grandson Justin and in 1994 their second grandson Mark. Since Leah and Gordon lived nearby, Stan was able to be a very proud Grandpa Ham. They were always at the boy’s concerts, music recitals, soccer and bowling games and took an interest in all of their activities. Grandpa had great confidence that they were growing into fine young men. Stan enjoyed a productive, very healthy life until just the last month. Stan and Lillian shared 56 years together and were completely devoted to each other. Stan is survived by his loving wife Lillian, Daughter Leah and husband Gordon Link, Grandsons Justin (Emma Simmons) and Mark Link as well as numerous extend family members and many special friends. Stan was predeceased by his parents Jim (1964) and Freda (1974) and In-laws Merlin (1966) and Verlie (2003) Arnott. A Celebration of Stan’s Life was held at Memories Chapel on March 2, 2015 with Rev. Wayne Sanderson officiating. A private, family interment will take place at Carnduff Cemetery at a later date. If so desired, donations may be made to a Charity of Choice in memory of Stan.
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FINLAY: Emily May Finlay of Virden, Manitoba beloved wife of the late Ross James Finlay and beloved mother of Donald and Norman passed away at Brandon Regional Health Centre, Brandon, Manitoba Monday; March 2, 2015 at the age of 93 years. Funeral service will be held from St. Paul’s United Church, Virden Tuesday; March 10, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. with The Reverend Janis Campbell officiating. Interment will be in Johnston Cemetery (north of Oak Lake, Manitoba) at 11:00 a.m. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made to Johnston Cemetery in memory of Emily.
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G .R. Carscadden Funeral Chapel, Virden in care of arrangements.
DOWNEY: Evelyn Jane (nee Hunter), age 88 years, passed away on February 25, 2015 at Fairview Home in Brandon. Evelyn was born in Neepawa, Manitoba in 1926. She taught school for many years, finishing with her teaching at A.C.C. in Brandon. Evelyn was predeceased by husbands; Andrew Downey in 1988 and Donald LeRoy in 2011. She will be lovingly remembered by her daughters; Barbara Mote (Gary), Marilyn Downey, Cathy Downey, Darlene Dyck (Harley). There are many stepchildren, grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren. According to Evelyn's wishes, cremation has taken place. A private family interment will take place at Carberry Plains Cemetery. A Come and Go Memorial Reception will be held at Memories Chapel, 330-18th Street North on Friday, June 26, 2015 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. If friends so desire donations in memory of Evelyn may be made to the Alzheimer Society, Unit 4B - 457 - 9th Street, Brandon, MB R7A 1K2.
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DICKSON: Maurice Howard. It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Maurice Howard Dickson, age 77 years of Rivers, MB, on Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at the St. Boniface Hospital, Winnipeg. Maurice is survived by his wife Marilyn; sons Mike (Emily) and Jeff (Bonnie) and grandchildren: Brendon (Tammy), Shandra and Shane and his sister Norma. Maurice was born on October 25, 1937 at Walpole, Saskatchewan and moved to Rivers, Manitoba as a young man with his brother Edgar, to put in sewer and water. He later got a job with International Water Supply Company, where he worked until 1964 when he started his own business... M & M Drilling. He found the time to serve his community with the Rivers Ambulance for twenty-five years and many years as a firefighter, including a time as Chief. The station wagon was usually loaded with as much equipment and kids as it would take and many a mile was driven going to either a ballgame or hockey tournament. Each year his family's entire summers were spent camping and installing the water wells there. He was always quick to respond to a request to fix something or lend a hand either from his family or the community. He would always seem to have the right thing on hand to fix whatever needed to be done. It was once said that he wasn't a hoarder, just Scottish. While standing in a trench, Maurice first laid eyes on his future wife, Marilyn, as she walked by. Their conversation and subsequent marriage was his wisest choice, and lasted for the next fifty-three years. He loved to dance to old time music with his wife or new music with his grandchildren. Maurice enjoyed trips with Marilyn to Cuba, Spain and Scotland, where the highlight of his trip was a pheasant hunt. He tore down a barn to use some of the wood to build the family cabin at Lake Metigoshe. He always said that the best part of the cabin was enjoying the friends and family gatherings while building it. Later in life, Maurice had more spare time to spend with his grandchildren and watch them grow. He loved his gardening in the summer and ice fishing in the winter. He would start his seeds out early in the garage, but many times he would lose the labels and therefore it was, what could be called, a random garden. You had to wait and see what you were going to get. As an avid ice fisherman, Maurice shared his catch with many seniors in town but it was only recently he learned to hone his filleting skills. He always seemed to fit in time to read his westerns and kept the local library busy trying to find books he hadn't already read. He would put on the inside cover his initials, MHD, so they would know he had already read it. You always knew when Maurice was in the building, his "Dickson Laugh" was unmistakable, and he was always quick to give a good nature tease to anyone who gave him an opening. Maurice was a businessman, handyman, fisherman, hunter, golfer, curler, a maker of jerky; a beloved husband, dad, grandpa, son-in-law, kind neighbour, good friend, an active member of the Rivers Community, a loved one by all. He will be sadly missed. Funeral Service was held at the Rivers United Church on Wednesday March 4, 2015. Rev. Glenna Beauchamp officiated. Interment will be held at the Rivers Cemetery at a later date. Continuing his community involvement, donations may be made in Maurice's name to the Riverdale Community Centre, P.O. Box 520, Rivers, MB, R0K 1X0.
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COOPER: Lloyd “Donald” Cooper passed away suddenly at home on February 28th, 2015 at the age of 75. He was predeceased by his parents Lloyd Cooper and Josephine (Openshaw) Cooper. Donald married the love of his life, Helen (Muir) Cooper, on September 30th, 1983 in Minnedosa. Donald will be lovingly remembered and sadly missed by his wife Helen; his children: Garry (Kelly), Garth, Jacqueline (Brad), Cory (Michelle), Walter, and Charlene (Patrick). Donald's pride and joy were his seven grandchildren: Nicholas, Deven, Cody, Carla, Alexis, Sophia, and Dominick. Donald was born January 18th, 1940 in Brandon, Manitoba, where he attended school at King George. After school, Donald worked at several workplaces before he found his pride at the Westman Central Laundry at the Brandon General Hospital. He worked there for thirty years, sadly retiring in 1995 after becoming sick with meningitis in 1992. Donald was a long time member at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #3 and the Army & Navy Unit #10 for twenty-five years. He had many hobbies including fishing and camping at Lake William, cribbage, cards, household renovations, gardening, attending meat draws, and watching “The Young and Restless.” Of Donald's many hobbies, his favorite was spending time with his family and friends. Donald's family was everything to him. Another great love of Donald's was his puppies. Donald touched many lives and those who knew him will remember him for his goofy sense of humor, his love, his strength and courage, and sensitivity. A Celebration of Donald’s Life will be held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, on Saturday, March 7, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. with Arlene Robertson officiating. Donations in memory of Donald may be made to the Brandon Humane Society, 2200-17th Street East, Brandon, MB, R7A 7M6.
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BREAULT: Alton James Breault (VE4BD) of Deloraine, Manitoba, passed away, peacefully, at the age of 97. Alton was born December 6, 1917, in Deloraine, to Harriet and Marcus Breault. He was raised by his parents with the help, owing to his mother's ill health, of his Aunt Anne and Grandfather Jacob Brownsberger. Alton attended school in Deloraine, and throughout his life he enjoyed telling stories of his youthful experiences and accomplishments. Alton took great pride in his service to his country. He served in the RCAF (seconded to the RAF) during the Second World War, as a radar technician. Anyone who met him will have heard his keen and accurate recollections of those experiences both in Canada and overseas. On his return, he worked at the Deloraine Post Office. This is where he met his wife, Evelyn. They married on January 14, 1948. They lived in the house that Alton's father built and where Alton was raised until the 1990s. They then move to 208 Morton Ave., where he lived out his days. They had two children: Mark and Jo-Ann. Shortly after the war, Alton began repairing radios in his home. This avocation evolved into a radio sales and service business, and later into Breault's Radio and TV Sales and Service. He had lots of entertaining stories about those days as well, some of which he shared in one of the books he wrote. He retired from the radio and TV business in 1990s. He took up woodworking, following in his father’s footsteps. He continued making specialty items for people into his eighties. His work can be found in many homes and businesses in Deloraine and area. Alton was the projectionist at the Jubilee Theatre for many years and again when the Deloraine Community Theatre opened. He enjoyed this activity and marvelled at the changes in the movie industry over the years. Again,lots of stories to tell. Alton was always active in the community, belonging to several service groups and on numerous boards. Alton began his hobby in amateur radio as a young man. It was his experience as a ham radio operator and knowledge of Morse code that was the basis for his entrance into radar operations. He remained active in his radio activity until his passing. QsoNet (virtual ham radio) gave him many hours of conversation and allowed him to continue to meet new people throughout his later years. Alton had a large network of friends and regular radio contacts that will miss his daily sign-ins. He has now become a silent key. Over the years Alton and Evelyn built three uniquely designed cabins at Lake Metigoshe. When the children were young, summers were spent at the lake and those experiences were frequently shared with other children and families. At the age of 84, Alton wrote his first book, “Live and Learn,” about his WWII experiences. This was followed by a second book, “Sparks and Signals,” and later a memoir of his early childhood. Alton was well known in the community for his lively step and sharp ability to recollect details. He took great pride in his participation in the Terry Fox Walk each year. The last two years his daughter accompanied him along with his friends Alice and Frank, whose pictures he carried on his cane. He lived his life well. He and Evelyn ensured that their children had lots of good and memorable experiences. They travelled through the U.S.A., into Ontario, to the West Coast, and California and spent many Thanksgivings with Gilbert Rae and his family in Foam Lake, Saskatchewan. Most special occasions were spent with Evelyn's extended family. Alton loved music and he had numerous stories of his experiences playing in John Pont's band. Alton spent his last years in his own home with his feline friend Alley. In 2011 Alton travelled to Newfoundland with his grandson Danny to meet his ham radio friend Harry White. They had spoken every day for a few years but had never met. He had a wonderful time. Alton enjoyed life and sharing his experiences with others. Due to severe hearing loss, his last couple of years were difficult as he could not hear what others had to say and he missed that interaction. He still enjoyed his coffee times with Roy and Howard and was thankful for their friendship. Alton was predeceased by his wife Evelyn in 2008. He will be greatly missed by his family Mark, Jo-Ann, Albert and his grandchildren, as well as nieces, nephews and many friends.
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