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DRAKE: With profound sadness the family of Lorna Elaine Drake (nee Richards), age 83, announce her passing on Sunday, October 19, 2014. She passed away peacefully at the Assiniboine Centre with her family by her side. Lorna was born April 8, 1931 in Vanguard, Saskatchewan to Clint and Ellen Richards. When Lorna was only four her mother passed away and Norma Anderson came to look after the family and married Lorna’s father. She graduated from nursing school at Providence Hospital in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan in 1952. Lorna was extremely proud to be a nurse! In Moose Jaw Lorna met her future husband Bernard William Drake whom she married October 15, 1953. Due to Bernie being in the military they lived in various locations including Barrie, Ontario, Shilo and Germany. In 1962 Lorna took a nursing job in Shilo, she worked here for a few years as well as casual in Brandon. She eventually took a job at Brandon General Hospital and worked on the wards for a few years before taking the job as director of the Central Supply Department. Lorna truly loved this job! In 1968 the family moved to Brandon. In 1972 they purchased an acreage on the Treesbank road. The family had many great neighbours here who were always willing to lend a helping hand. Bernie was killed in a car accident in 1974 and Lorna was left to raise her five daughters. Lorna was an excellent and dedicated mother and worked hard to raise her family. In 1980 she made the decision to move into Brandon. Lorna retired from the CSR Department in 1991. To this day her staff raves about what a great boss she was! During her working years and in retirement Lorna was always involved in the community. Over the years she belonged to Tops, Toastmasters, Curves, volunteered doing archives at the hospital, belonged to a group of women who played the stock market, did fundraising for different organizations, and was actively involved in her church through such activities as bible study, the 55+ group, the refugee committee, organizing Christmas hampers and more. Lorna’s bible study raised enough money to buy two wells for a community in a third world country, an accomplishment she was very proud of. She was very proud that she played a substantial role in bringing a refugee to Brandon and they kept in contact for many years after. Lorna’s friends were always extremely important to her - she especially enjoyed her Thursday morning coffee group, bridge groups and retirement luncheons. Lorna loved to travel and ventured to faraway places with her friends Gwen Vigneron and Betty Popovits. She travelled coast to coast in Canada, including a special trip to her father’s native PEI where she met a number of relatives and family acquaintances. Lorna’s children and grandchildren were central to her life and she was famous for bragging about them. Her family could always count on her for anything, she was always full of helpful advice, wanted or not! Her caring nature, loving smile, twinkling blue eyes, as well as her famous Sunday suppers will be missed by the entire family! Lorna was predeceased by husband Bernie, father Clint, mother Ellen, stepmother Norma, father-in-law William, mother-in-law Chelta, stepmother-in-law Norma, brother Dale, brothers- and sisters-in-law Fred, Laverne, Shirley, Eunice, Kay, Donald and Dale. Lorna is survived by daughters Chelta (Andy), Linda(Alex), Peggy, Veronica (Brian), Nancy (Neil); grandchildren Kerri (Glen), Angela (Devon), Kristine, Kim (Keith), Chad (Kristyn), Meagan, Cassandra, Danielle and Logan; great grandchildren Alex, Arianna, Holly, Analynne, Rylan and Norah. Lorna is also survived by brothers and sisters Williard (Helen), Eleanor (Ray), Howard, Joyce, and Val (Didier) and Doug (Darlene); brothers and sisters in law, Lorraine (Al), Bert (Leta), Jeanette, Helen (Wayne), Larry, Rod (Marge), and numerous nieces and nephews. Lorna remained very close to her ex-son in law Larry Howe, as well as good friends the McNish family. The Ceremony to Celebrate Lorna's Life was held at Central United Church on Saturday, October 25, 2014 with Rev. Wayne Sanderson officiating. Donations in memory of Lorna may be made to the Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation, 150 McTavish Avenue East, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 2B3 or the Canadian Cancer Society, 415 1st Street, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 2W8. Expressions of sympathy may be made at Arrangements with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 204-727-0330.
DOUGLAS: James Alexander Douglas, beloved husband of the late Marion Douglas and loving father of Maureen Kolosky and Perry Douglas passed away at Fairview Home on Thursday, October 30, 2014 in his 90th year. Jim was born in Saskatchewan on April 9, 1925 and spent his childhood in Saskatchewan. In 1952, he married Marion McKenzie. He farmed in early years and drove semi truck. In later years, he drove long haul for several firms, but most recently with TransX. He retired from driving at age 68 years. Jim enjoyed music, camping and fishing with the family and the numerous family gatherings over the years. Following his retirement, Jim enjoyed golf and baseball. He was predeceased by his wife, Marion in 2011. Jim is survived by his daughter, Maureen (Jack) Kolosky and his son, Perry; one grandson, Michael (Kristyn) Kolosky and two great grandchildren: Hayley and Blake. Jim also leaves one brother, Ken Douglas, numerous nieces and nephews. The Funeral Ceremony will be held at Memories Chapel, 330-18th Street North on Tuesday, November 4, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. with Pastor Phil Price of Bethel Christian Assembly officiating. Interment will follow at the Brandon Cemetery. Donations in memory of James may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association, Unit A1 - 800 Rosser Avenue, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 6N5.
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DENBOW: Carman Fraser Denbow was born in the RM of Sifton on June 18th, 1932, the last of twelve children born to John and Lydia Jane Denbow. He completed school at Deleau, and became a permit teacher in a school near Gilbert Plains. Although he enjoyed the children, Carman secured work for the next eleven years in the freight yards of the Canadian National Railway. This took him to northern Manitoba as well as Brandon where he began taking Grade 12 courses unavailable at Deleau, allowing him to enter the Faculty of Pharmacy at the University of Manitoba. Upon graduation, he practiced at Johnston's Drugs in Brandon, and eventually partnered with Darryl Darling to own the pharmacy. After a fire destroyed their business, Carman worked for several pharmacies in Brandon and Rivers, always serving his customers as if they were friends. He belonged to the Garden Club, the Masons and the Shriners, and enjoyed showing dachshunds with Jim. Travelling, dancing, playing piano, needlepointing, raising poultry, growing flowers and vegetables and most of all spending time with family and friends were all important to Carman. After several sojourns in the hospital, and getting settled into Victoria Landing, Carman passed away on October 15th, 2014 at the Brandon Regional Health Centre. He is survived by his partner Jim Terhune, brother Ross Denbow, sister-in-law Rita Denbow and aunt Bertha Denbow, many nieces and nephews, cousins and their families. He was predeceased by his partner Jack Smith, his parents John and Jenny Denbow, brothers Alvin, Harold, Scott, Reuben, Lyle, Les, Lloyd and Cleve and sisters Eva Lever and Isabel Boorman and their spouses, nephew Jack Denbow and niece Marlaine Boorman. Funeral services were held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel on October 21, 2014 with Rev. Joe Ball officiating. Interment followed at Rosewood Memorial Gardens. Donations in memory of Carman may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, 415-1st Street, Brandon, MB, R7A 2W8 or to the Lung Association of Manitoba, 8-940 Princess Avenue, Brandon, MB, R7A 0P6.
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CHECKLEY: Patricia Betty Checkley 1936-2014. Patricia (Pat) Checkley (nee Hodgson) of Carman, MB passed away peacefully with her family surrounding her in the Palliative Care Unit at the Carman Memorial Hospital on Oct 30, 2014 after a brief but courageous battle with colon cancer. A celebration of Pat’s life journey will be held on Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. at Doyle’s Funeral Chapel in Carman, MB with interment in the Manitou Cemetery. If friends or family so desire, donations can be made to the Carman Palliative Care ,Box 610, Carman, MB R0G 0J0.To view obituary please visit
CANTLON: W. Lynn Cantlon, died October 28, 2014 at Brandon Regional Health Centre, Brandon, Manitoba at the age of 89. Memorial service will be held Friday, November 7, 2014 at Wheatland Chapel, Killarney, Manitoba at 2:00 p.m. Private family interment will take place prior to the service at Cartwright Cemetery. Donations in memory of Lynn may be made to a charity of one’s choice.
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BROWN: With family by his side, Elwood Harvey Brown passed away peacefully on Thursday, October 16, 2014 at the Health Sciences Centre, Winnipeg, Manitoba. Elwood was born on April 26, 1941 at Erickson, Manitoba, the middle child of three boys. He took his schooling at Crawford Park and Onanole. Elwood remained on the farm until he married Ruth Burnett on June 22, 1963. They left for Ontario after the wedding and settled at Stratford, Ontario. A son Douglas was born in 1964 and daughter Lorie in 1965. They moved to Cambridge, Ontario in 1968 and son Dwayne was born. Elwood was very active in his children's sports: coaching t-ball, baseball and hockey. In 1975, they moved back to Onanole to be closer to family. Elwood worked at Agri-Steel and Parks Canada. Again he was very involved in the kid's sports. Elwood loved hunting and fishing with his buddies and in the winter, curling, which took over many weekends. In 2005, Elwood and Ruth moved to Monterey Estates in Brandon. Morning coffee with the guys started his days, while most weekends were spent at Sandy Lake, golfing and visiting around the bonfires. Elwood and son Dwayne were faithful Brandon Wheat Kings fans. He is survived by his wife Ruth of 51 years, son Dwayne, daughter Lorie and precious grandchildren Eric and Ryan. He is also survived by sisters-in-law Marian, Verna, Connie, brother and sister- in-law Len and Shirley and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Elwood was predeceased by his son Douglas in 2011, parents Jim and Dorothy, brothers Gerald and Richard, in-laws Earl and Margaret Burnett, brother-in-law Glen Mayor, brother and sister-in-law Melvin and Audrey Hofdahl. The Celebration of Elwood's Life was held at Memories Chapel on Thursday, October 23, 2014 with Mr. Elgin Hall officiating. A time of visiting followed at Monterey Community Centre. Interment took place at Onanole Cemetery. Donations in memory of Elwood may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, 415-1st Street, Brandon, MB R7A 2W8.
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"Rest in peace dear loved one."
BOITEAU: Rosemarie Boiteau of Brandon passed away on October 30, 2014 at the age of 64 years. She leaves to mourn her two sons, Wayne (Lindsey) and Trevor (Jennifer); grandchildren Tyler, Dustin, Jayden, Abbigail, Sabrina, Bethany and Jackson; great-grandchildren Adarah and Maci; and two brothers, Ron (Velma) Davis and Gary (Rita) Davis. Rosemarie was predeceased by her mother Therese Comeau, daughter Gail Mathieu and brother, Andrew Davis. The Funeral Service will be held at Bethel Christian Assembly, 440 Richmond Avenue, on Monday, November 3, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. with Pastor Mike Davis officiating. Interment will follow at the Brandon Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Rosemarie may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association, A1-800 Rosser Avenue, Brandon, MB, R7A 6N5.
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BODIN: Peacefully, Pierre (Pete) Bodin went to be with the Lord on Friday, October 10, 2014, at the Souris Hospital at the age of 86. Pierre was the oldest child of 12. Born August 2, 1928, to Clement and Cecile (nee Cancade) in Grande Clairiere, MB. Pierre was predeceased by his parents, his brother Jacques, and his sister, Marie Marcq. Pierre leaves to mourn his brothers; Paul, George, Jean, Roger, and his sisters; Louise, Jeannine, Therese, Agnes, and Lucie. He also leaves behind many nephews and nieces. Pierre, along with his brothers, took over the family farm in 1960. Bodin Bros were well known for importing Gelbvieh livestocks from Europe. They were recognized across western Canada in Gelbvieh genetics, winning numerous awards. His desire to lead went beyond the responsibilities of his family and were extended to his community. As one example, he served as Counsellor for the R.M. of Cameron from 1960-1973. Although he worked hard and was dedicated to his family and farm, he enjoyed travelling to Costa Rica and spent many enjoyable winters in the sun. He was a caring and thoughtful man and will be missed by his community, his church, and his family. L’amour ne disparait jamais. Il est plus fort que la mort. Nous garderons vos douces souvenirs dans nos coeurs. The funeral mass was held at the St. Jean Roman Catholic Church in Grande Clairiere on Saturday, October 18, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. followed by interment in the Grande Clairiere Cemetery. In memory of Pierre, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society. Expression of sympathy may be made at
BEECH: Wilfred Harvey Beech passed away suddenly on Sunday, October 19, 2014 at the Brandon Regional Health Centre with his wife Pat and daughter Jackie by his side. Wilfred was born October 13, 1936 in Portage La Prairie. He was the youngest of his four siblings by just a few minutes to his twin brother Bert. His family had a small farm just south west of Portage La Prairie. Wilf's childhood was very simple, there was not much money to be had in those times. His father worked at the airport and cleaned up plane debris while his mother worked hard on the farm raising five children that included two sets of twins. After Wilf's education he went to work at a variety of jobs. He met and married his first wife and had two children Kim and Kelly, they lived in the Hartney area. After the separation and divorce Wilf moved back to Brandon where he worked for Cancade as a welder. Wilf soon met Pat through a friend and married and had a daughter Jackie. Wilf continued to work for Cancade for thirty-five years, then went to work for Grant Hall until his full retirement at the age of 65. He spent his retirement going for coffee with his friends and hanging around at the mall. Wilf is survived and well remembered by his wife Pat of thirty-nine years, children Kim (Kevin) Ross, Kelly (Kathy), Jacqueline (James) Jones, grandchildren: Michael, Rhonda, Leigh, Bryanne, Chanda, Kaol, Ryan, Lana, Tessa, Matthew, and Andrew, great-grandchildren: Kane, Abigail, Jackson, William, Dannielle, Cady, Ethan and Autumn. Wilfred is also survived by sisters Joan Defoort, Joyce Brown and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by brother Baby Beech, parents Walter and Velma, twin brother Bert, sister and brother-in-law Audrey (Earl "Bud") Davies and brother- in-law Albert Defoort. Wilf will be greatly missed by his family and friends. Wilf was never too quick to have loving words or flowery speech. He had a rough exterior and a witty sense of humour, but his family knew it covered a soft, loving heart. The Ceremony to Celebrate Wilf's Life was held at Memories Chapel on Thursday, October 23, 2014 with Rev. Barb Jardine officiating. Donations in memory of Wilf may be made to the Parkinson Society of Manitoba, 208 - 1011 Rosser Avenue, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 0L5.
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WELBOURNE: The family of Dwight Angus Welbourne regret to announce his sudden and untimely passing on October 21, 2014 at Thompson. He is survived by his children Kimberly, Kerwyn (Raylene) & Kent; granddaughters Kaleigh and Holly and twin grandsons Sam and Jack. Also surviving are four sisters Helen Toovey, Norma Owen, Marlene Bialas (Ted), Sandra Mitchell (Jim); five brothers Gordon, Eric (Rea), Bill, Brian and Duncan, as well as several nieces and nephews and members of the Hogarth family. He was predeceased by parents, Minerva in 1999 and James in 1974; brothers Robert in 1952 and Lionel in 1998 and an infant sister in 1942, brothers-in-law Harold Toovey and Harold Owen. Dwight was born on April 21, 1947. He attended Mount Calm School and when it closed he went to school in Newdale. He worked for Manitoba Pool Elevators on construction; farmed for awhile; before working at Inco in Thompson for over 35 years. After retiring he had a wood cutting business. Cremation has taken place and burial will be at a later date.
WILLIAMSON: Edith Mabel McPhail was born on June 30, 1927 in the Delta District south of Belmont. She was the fourth child, a second daughter to William and Laura (Kerr) McPhail. She passed away following a brief illness at Victoria, B.C. on October 10, 2014, at the age of eighty-seven years. Ede took her schooling in Belmont and in 1944, Ede was Dr. Duxbury’s receptionist at Killarney and from there went to Winnipeg to the Grace Hospital where she worked as a Nurses’ Aide. She returned to Belmont, and was employed by Harrison’s Groceteria when it opened. Contrary to her saying that she would never marry a farmer, Ede married Murray Williamson of Belmont and with Murray lived on the farm in the Alma District for sixty years. She was a busy farm wife raising four children and helping Murray in keeping the farm going. She again joined the workforce at Pelican Lake Training Centre and later at Baldur Hospital until she retired in 1992. Ede was a dedicated member of the Order of the Eastern Star for over fifty years, worked hard for the ALS Society, and many other community and social groups. She loved parties – especially birthdays and Red Hat functions. She and Murray spent many hours playing 500, cribbage and whist in many surrounding communities, as well as down at the lake with friends and family. She loved to travel and made many trips to the East and West Coasts, U.S. and overseas as well. Her first love was her family; husband Murray, children Sharon, Vernon (Valerie) and family, Muriel, Blaine (Wendy) and step-daughter Dorothy and family. Grandchildren were very special to her and they include Derek and Don (Melanie) Kate and Ryliegh Schmidt, Andrew (Jennifer), Kayleigh and Addison Boake, Heather (Travis) Teagan, and Bayley Creasy and Trevor Boake. She was predeceased by her parents, brothers John, Roy and Jim and sister Beatrice, Brothers in law Ivan Wanless and Gord Carnahan as well as son-in-law Jack Boake and stepson-in-law Bill Enns. She is survived by sister Jean Wanless, sisters-in-law Beryl McPhail, Marjorie McPhail and Marilyn Kittle as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Ede and Murray’s cabin at Strathcona Park was a happy place for many friends and family to gather for countless campfires, parties and lots of visiting for over 50 years. Ede had many interests including gardening, quilting, knitting to name a few. She was never scared to try something new, and usually mastered anything she attempted to do. At age 80 she started painting and created many beautiful pictures for family to treasure. Ede and Murray recently went on a trip to Vancouver Island. Little did we know that this would be Ede’s last trip. They spent a glorious and fun-filled week with Ede’s cousins, Sharon and Derek of Salt Spring Island, as well as many other relatives. The pictures that were taken showed Ede was very relaxed and at ease there and these images will be treasured forever. A celebration of Ede’s life was held at Belmont United Church on October 18, 2014 with Rev. Larry McPhail (Ede’s nephew) presiding. Interment was at the Hillside Cemetery in Belmont. Urnbearer was Don Schmidt. The family would like to convey their most heartfelt thanks for all the support they have received at this time.
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Jamieson’s Funeral Service of Glenboro, MB in care of arrangements. (204)827-2480.
WILSON: John (Jack) Edmund Norris Wilson of Russell, Manitoba passed on  October 16, 2014, at the Russell Hospital, with family by his side.  He left to join the love of his life, Grace.  He is survived by his daughters  Jacquie (Ed) Zimmer, Valerie (Terry) Kearns, and son Jim (Janice).  He is also survived by 4 grandchildren, Christopher (Angela), Trevor, Jeffrey,  and Jennifer and 6 great grandchildren, Hannah, Madelyn, Siena, Ava, Carmen and Owen.  He was predeceased by his parents, William and Bertha (Cairns) Wilson, his 5 older sisters, Marjorie, Eileen, Wilma, Elmer, Gwen, and his beloved wife, Grace (Simms). Dad was born on September 25, 1925 in Russell, Manitoba. In 1944 he proudly served on the HMCS Ft. Erie as a radioman. He married his schoolmate Grace Simms in 1947 and they were together until her death in September, 2009.  Dad graduated from law school in 1950 and practiced law with his father, in Russell, until 1964. He took over his father's practice and continued until his retirement in 1989.  Dad was a voracious reader, mostly of local history books, WW1 and WW2 material.  Reading was his passion and he had the most remarkable memory. Dad was devoted to his hometown of Russell and was always proud to serve his community.  He was a sportsman in his youth playing baseball, and a devoted curler and golfer most of his life. He enjoyed the outdoors, friends, music, and a good story.  Dad spent much of his time at the family cottage at Silver Beach and referred to it as heaven on earth. He loved to fish, play horseshoes, explore the countryside, cross country ski, spend time with family and his annual chicken shoot. He often commented that "such are the vicissitudes of life" and I guess this  is your final transition Dad. We would like to express our appreciation to the staff of the Russell PCH for their wonderful care of him the last 6 years. We would also like to thank the many friends and family in Russell who have extended kindness and compassion to Dad over the past few years. We will never forget the many ways you enriched Dad’s life as well as ours. His love for his community never wavered. A celebration of life was held in Russell on October 21, 2014 and his ashes were interred with his wife Grace, at the Russell Cemetery. Honorary pallbearers were Jack Dow, Peter Haliuk and Jim Hamilton. If friends so desire donations can be made to the ALS Society of Manitoba.
You are loved by many and will be greatly missed Dad.
TUTKALUKE: Surrounded by her family, Jean Betty Tutkaluke passed away peacefully at her residence on Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at the age of 77 years. A private family graveside service will be held. Please join the family for a reception at the George Brockie Fellowship Centre (Brockie Donovan Funeral Home), 332-8th Street, on Saturday, November 1st, 2014 at 1:30 p.m. Donations in memory of Jean may be made to Canadian Cancer Society, 415-1st Street, Brandon, MB, R7A 2W8 or to the Brandon Humane Society, 2200-17th Street East, Brandon, MB, R7A 7M6. Complete obituary information to follow.
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GARA: Laura Elaine Gara of Brandon, beloved Mom of Joan, Gene and Irene, passed away peacefully at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Monday, October 27, 2014 at the age of 88 years. In keeping with Laura’s wishes, cremation will take place and a Memorial Reception Service to honour Laura’s life will be held at the George Brockie Fellowship Centre (Brockie Donovan Funeral Home) 332-8th Street, on Tuesday, November 4, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation, “Cancer Services,” 150 McTavish Ave. East, Brandon, MB, R7A 2B3. Complete obituary information to follow.
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