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LAWRENCE PATZEL VE4LQ (published on April 18, 2015 Winnipeg Free Press)

LAWRENCE PATZEL On April 10, 2015 at Concordia Hospital in Winnipeg, Lawrence Patzel passed away at the age of 89 years. He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Sonia, his daughters Fay Croall (Stan) and Doreen Bowden, his son Ken Patzel (Barbara) as well as his sister Lilian Johanson (Hugh) of Calgary. He is also survived by eight grandchildren, Stuart Croall (Sherri), Alison Skopalek (Jiri), Carrie Bowden (Don), Rodney Bowden (Colleen), Stacey Bowden-Sass (Shaun), Isaac Patzel, Julia Zanewich (Josh) and Dan Mroz along with ten great-grandchildren and nephews and nieces. He was predeceased by his brothers, Gordon Patzel (Betty), Ernest Patzel (Irene) and Edward Patzel. Lawrence was born in Winnipeg but grew up near Gimli, Manitoba. He met Sonia while travelling on the bus to visit his family and they started dating. They were married in 1946 and lived in Winnipeg. Lawrence worked for the City of Winnipeg Water Works where he advanced from fixing water mains to becoming a pumping station operator and eventually a supervisor for all three pumping stations. He retired in 1984 after 38 years of service. After retiring he made sure to continue to have his morning coffee break at McDonald's and then would go for his daily walk. Dad's mandolin playing was a special treat for us and he always surprised us with his wit and his humor. He was an amateur radio operator (VE4LQ) and was self-taught in electronics and later in computer programming. He was a modest man and he was always happy to help others. We loved him and will miss him. The Family would like to thank Dr. Tunovic, Dr. Johnson and the nurses and staff of N1 South, Concordia Hospital for their exceptional care and compassion. Many thanks as well, to home care workers Pete and Oliver for helping Dad over the past year. A funeral service has already taken place along with interment at Brookside Cemetery in Winnipeg. CROPO FUNERAL CHAPEL 204-586-8044

HARVEY KIMELMAN VE4HR(published on September 24, 2011 Winnipeg Free Press)


HARVEY KIMELMAN Sadly, we announce the passing of Harvey Kimelman at Riverview Health Centre on September 18, 2011 at the age of 86 years. He is survived by his wife, Gladys, his sons, Doug (Marsha), Barry and David, grandsons Josh and Sam, sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, his sister Nina, and his brother Ed. He was a Hospital Pharmacist at the Health Sciences Centre for many years, retiring in 1985. He was a man of many hobbies and a fixer extraordinaire, he was a problem solver, he loved the great outdoors and all the critters, and he loved good music. Upon retirement, he and Gladys trailered the Continent, and he fed every squirrel from coast to coast. They spent many winters 'Down South', but his greatest pleasure was his summers spent at the cabin at Clear Lake with family, friends and wonderful neighbours. He enjoyed family dinners when he could kibitz with the grandchildren and tell corny jokes. Services were held at Etz Chaim Synagogue, with interment at Rosh Pina Memorial Park. Sincere thanks to Dr. Bennigen, Dr. Czaykowski at CancerCare, and especially to Riverview Palliative Care E3. Donations in his memory can be made to CancerCare Manitoba, or a charity of your choice.

GEORGE N. GILLESPIE VE4GNG (published on September 23, 2011 Winnipeg Free Press)


GEORGE N. GILLESPIE 10 February 1934 19 September 2011 Call sign: VE4GNG Winnipeg Senior Citizens Radio Club; Winnipeg Radio Amateur Radio Club. On Monday, September 19, 2011 George Gillespie passed away at the Health Sciences Centre at 77 years of age. He was predeceased by his parents Ted and Mary, and his daughter Pat McAlpine. George is survived by his wife Enid and her children Jack Dubois (Kim Monson), Toot (Kevin) Minch, Tim (Leah) Dubois, Mikel Dubois (Pearl Tomchuk), nine grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. George grew up on Ellen Street, attending Victoria Albert and Hugh John McDonald schools. He resided on Banning Street for over 40 years and was a member of Alano Group for 32 years. George served 12 years with the Princess Patricia Light Infantry, signing up at age 17, including service in Korea, Africa, Europe and postings across Canada. Prior to his retirement he was employed by Canadian Linen Supply. George was a wonderful husband and father, and had a great sense of humour to the end. We will cherish his memory. Cremation has taken place. At George's request, no service will be held.

(published on September 19, 2011 Winnipeg Free Press)




FRANK M. DEELEY 1935 - 2011 It is with great sadness the family of Frank Mitchell Deeley announce his peaceful passing at Grace Hospice after a courageous battle with cancer at the age of 75 on Thursday, September 15, 2011. Frank is survived by: his loving wife Helen of 55 years; sons: Robert, James, Christopher; grandchildren: Trevor, Jennifer, Leah, Shelby, Joshua, Nova; and great-grandsons: Lucas and Keaton; brother Richard (Joylynn); sister June Berg (Leif) and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Frank was predeceased by parents, Frank (1984) and Mary (2000) Deeley. Born October 5, 1935, Frank grew up on Prince Rupert Avenue in East Kildonan. He began working in 1945 at Colter Brothers Market Garden, in 1954 went to Dominion Motors and worked as a tow truck driver before moving to Shoemaker Mackenzie as an Electrical Apprentice completing his apprenticeship obtaining his Red Seal (July 17, 1958). Frank joined the Winnipeg Fire Department December 16, 1958 as a fire fighter, promoted to Fire Prevention Officer May 31, 1981 and Retired September 23, 1989, as Senior Fire Prevention Officer after 30 years and nine months of service. One of Frank's greatest joys as a child and adult were model airplanes; this passion was shared with many people across North America and especially with the members of WHAM (Winnipeg Headingley Aero Modellers). Frank and Helen often travelled to various competitions and shows. Camping played an important role in Frank's life beginning with the purchase of a truck for $1.00 then turning it into the family's first RV over one winter in the basement of their home. Frank and Helen were one of the founding Families of the Winnipeg Wandering Wheels Trailer Club. Later after the call of the wandering wheels waned, Frank and Helen enjoyed lake life at Twin Beaches from the late 1970s and continued at Longbow Lake in Ontario until 2010. Frank was a member of the Kinsmen Refit Centre for 30 years, enjoyed his attendance and the friendships he made with people from all walks of life. Special thanks and a deep debt of gratitude to the Winnipeg Fire and Paramedic Service, Dr. Boroditski and the staff at Kildonan Medical Centre, Dr. Jeremy Lipschitz, Margaret, and his surgical team, the nurses on H3, the amazingly gifted emergency staff at the Health Sciences Centre. Dr. Gingerich, his nurses and all the staff at CancerCare Manitoba (St. Boniface Hospital), everyone at the Grace Hospice for their amazing care and human touch that they provided to Frank and his family during this difficult challenge. You all truly have a special gift. In lieu of flowers, it was Frank and his family's wish that donations be made to the Winnipeg Fire Fighters Burn Fund, The Grace Hospice or to CancerCare Manitoba in remembrance of him. A memorial service will be held Friday, September 23, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. at Westwood Community Church, 401 Westwood Drive., Winnipeg Manitoba. A private family interment will take place at a later date. For those who wish to sign the online Guest Book please visit our website. Chapel Lawn 885-9715

August 4TH, 2009

ALBERT (ROY) COLDWELL Peacefully on Tuesday, August 4, 2009, at 5:00 a.m., Roy passed away after a brief stay at the Riverview Health Centre. Roy was predeceased by his parents, Perry and Mary; brothers, Bill and Don; sisters, Edith and Beth; and granddaughter Colleen. Remaining to forever cherish Roy's memory are his wife of 62 1/2 years, Isobelle; daughter Lynn; sons LeRoy and Robert (Sandy); sister Judy (Bob); sisters-in-law Ruth and Joyce; brother-in-law George; as well as five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Roy was born on August 6, 1922. He lived and was educated in the Elmwood area. Roy joined the No. 1 Motor Ambulance Convoy in 1939 and was there until 1946. He worked for C.N.R. from 1948 to 1952. He then went transport trucking across Canada and the United States, where he was very proud of never having been in an accident. In 1964 Roy started working for Arnie's Welding, where he remained until his retirement. Roy was a Ham Operator for many years. He was a 'go-between' during the Falcon Island War. He communicated with Spaceship Columbia, and was known as 'Santa Claus' for many years. He had communicated with 350 countries, the last one being a small island of Rodriguis. Roy loved his sports. Curling, bowling, golfing, he was good at it all. He was a true friend to everyone and was loved by all. He will be deeply missed. The family would like to express their appreciation to the staff of both Home Care and the Riverview Health Centre for the warmth and compassionate care they provided for Roy during his illness. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Roy's memory to the Liver Foundation. At Roy's wishes, cremation has taken place and there will be no service. A family gathering will be held at a later date.

August 30th, 2010

DOUGLAS OSWALD BAINES FYSH February 6, 1922 - August 30, 2010 Our beloved dad, grandpa and great-grandpa passed away peacefully at the Strathmore Hospital surrounded by the love of his family. Doug left this world to go meet the Lord Jesus in heaven and his beautiful wife Marina (nee Van der Raadt) who predeceased him on March 21, 1977. Doug never remarried after Marina left as she was the only woman he could ever give his heart and love as deeply as he did. In the past two years, Doug and his youngest daughter Lois joined part of his family in Alberta. In the last year of his life, his daughter Linda (Laddie) opened their home to Doug. Doug is also remembered by his children, John Hood-Fysh (Francey), Linda Pokornik (Laddie), Katy Watkins (Stuart), his youngest daughter Lois Fysh and his sister Betty Welgan (Ron). The grandchildren, Cindy Blumhagen (Warren), Barb Bauer (Sean), Julie Lamacraft (Andrew), Jennifer Gregor (Mike), Tony Pokornik and Kyle Fysh are going to miss their grandpa and his stories. The great-grand-children, Brett, Braden, Alanna, Kaitlyn and Hunter are also going to miss great-grandpa's endless humour and jokes, as well as all his stories and history that he shared (and still wanted to share). Doug was a Second World War veteran and an avid amateur radio operator. His call signs were VE6 DOF, VA6 DOF and the much-loved VE4JP (Julia Papa). Our dad, grandpa and great-grandpa is now a silent key in heaven next to Marina. Doug will be cremated and then laid to rest next to his beloved Marina in Winnipeg. A celebration of his life will be held in Strathmore where we can all say 88 Hugs Kisses . To send condolences please visit WHEATLAND FUNERAL HOME LTD. (Strathmore) in care of arrangements. 403-934-5666

December 9th, 2009


Larry Arthur Toms, 58, 1951 - 2009 Pensacola, Florida, passed away on Wednesday, December 9, 2009 due to an aortic dissection.

Born in Gander, Newfoundland, Canada, he was the son of Arthur W. Toms and Elizabeth Mina Toms (nee March) and spent his early childhood to teenage years in La Scie, Newfoundland. He started his career in radio communications, navigation and telemetry with the Canadian Marconi Company. From Marconi, he joined Adga Inc, initially as a radio specialist for Hydro Quebec, and subsequently as a ground science office for the National Research Council Canada's rocket range at Churchill, Manitoba and the high altitude balloon launch at Gimli, Manitoba. In 1980, his success led him to the Canadian Pacific Railway in Montreal, Quebec where he replaced outdated software with a number of expert systems that were to become the first expert systems to be used by a corporation in its daily operations. In 1987, he left CPR to pursue continued development and marketing of the novel Locomotive Oil Analysis Expert System, working both independently and for GasTOPS Ltd. The culmination of this innovative work was published in his book, Machine Oil Analysis: Methods, Automation and Benefits, now an industry reference book in its third edition. In addition to this text, he developed a training program including videos which he delivered to a number of Fortune 500 companies. In more recent years, he established with his wife, Allison, Lubrication and Fluid Power, Inc. which published the technical Lubrication and Fluid Power Journal as well as continued to build new knowledge bases primarily for the support of engine maintenance.

In addition, to his active, productive and innovative work life, Larry enjoyed private life with family and friends. He was an avid musician who taught himself to play bass at an early age and the passion for music continued throughout his life. He enjoyed working with his hands - from designing and building replicas of guns and boats for his sons, to fine carpentry projects at home. Always a problem solver with inventive solutions, his most recent project was an off-grid solar photovoltaic and hot water system to power his home.
Larry is survived by his wife, Allison Toms; son, Eric (SSGT USMC ret.) and his wife, Devin (Springfield, Tennessee); son, Christopher (Sgt. USMC) (Bristow, Virginia); his mother, Elizabeth (Victoria, British Columbia); twin brother, Maxwell and his wife, Sandra (Carleton Place, Ontario); sister, Karen and her husband, David Wright (Victoria, British Columbia);and sister, Elaine (Halifax, Nova Scotia) as well as an extended family and numerous friends in both Canada and the United States. He was deceased by his daughter, Carolyn and his father, Arthur.
There will be a memorial service, on Saturday, December 12, 2009, at 2:00 pm in the Faith Chapel Funeral Home, 100 Beverly Parkway, Pensacola.

FAITH CHAPEL FUNERAL HOME SOUTH, 100 Beverly Parkway, is in charge of arrangements.
Condolences may be placed online at

Published in Pensacola News Journal on December 11, 2009

August 6th, 2010

KEN HOUSTON It is with deep sadness that we announce the sudden and unexpected passing of Ken Houston on August 6, 2010, age 56. Ken was predeceased by his father Ron and brother Brian. He leaves to mourn his loving family: mother Mary, daughter Jennifer (Hendrik), precious grandson Connor and grandchild to be, sister Kathy (Terrence), sister-in-law Cindy, special friend Irene, special uncles Bob Young, Ray (Pat) Young, brother Jim (Katie), nieces and nephews, friends and co-workers. Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, August 15, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. at Cropo Funeral Chapel, 1442 Main St. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The War Amps in memory of Ken by visiting or by calling 1-800-250-3030. CROPO FUNERAL CHAPEL 586-8044

  July 1st, 2010

FRANK SAMUEL SHAW August 30, 1937 - July 1, 2010 Peacefully, after a year-long battle with cancer and in the company of family, Frank passed away on July 1, 2010 in Teulon, MB. Frank is lovingly remembered by his children Craig (Pam) and Christine; his grandchildren Erin, Brenna and Caitlyn; his granddog Jasper, and his cherished puppy poo', Patches. Also left to remember are his sister Phoebe (John) Sigurdson, nieces Donna (Jim) Fowler and Diane (David) Stariha, and nephew David (Janice) Sigurdson; grandnieces and nephews, and many cousins. Frank was predeceased by his parents, Sam and Phyllis (nee Coote), and his twin brother David, who passed away shortly after their birth. Frank enjoyed the simple things in life - hunting, fishing, canoeing, and spending time outside whenever possible. He was an incredibly strong man who never wanted to be a bother to anyone. Frank was old-fashioned in most things, except his embracing of technology, especially computers and cell phones. He became a master texter' as a means of keeping in touch with his children and friends. He was a handyman and a ham radio operator for many years. He had a real sweet tooth, and never met a lemon meringue pie he didn't like. He didn't always express himself fully in words, but his deeds spoke volumes. He was always there for his children in their times of need. We wish to express our heartfelt gratitude to the staff at Teulon Hunter Memorial Hospital for the care and compassion they showed our Dad during his final days. The tenderness and respect you gave to Frank will be remembered always. In accordance with Frank's wishes, cremation has taken place. A private gathering in celebration of Frank's life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the CancerCare Manitoba Foundation, 1109 - 675 McDermot Ave., Winnipeg, MB R3E 0V9.

  May 25th, 2010

James, beloved husband of the late Mary Holiday, passed away on May 25, 2010 at the age of 77 years in Winnipeg. In accordance with his wishes, cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held Wednesday, June 2 at 11:00 a.m. at Cropo Funeral Chapel, 1442 Main Street. 586-8044

  May 7th, 2010

ALEXANDER PARKINSON (ERB) 1943 2010 On May 7, Alexander (Rex) died peacefully at the Grace General Hospital in Winnipeg. Rex is survived by his siblings Ray Erb (Arlene) and Ron Erb and his niece Tracy; nephews Christopher and Craig. At Rex's request, he has been cremated without ceremony and his ashes will be spread. VE4APN SK

  May 12th, 2010

WALTER ERNEST WINTERS VE4ACY January 1, 1935 - May 12,2010 It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of our dear husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather Walter Winters on May 12, 2010 at the St. Boniface Hospital at the age of 75 years. Wally was predeceased by his father Harry, mother Edna, brother Dave and sister Dorothy. Wally was born January 1, 1935 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Remaining to forever cherish Wally's memory are his loving wife Mattie, they would have celebrated their 51st anniversary on May 23, 2010. His daughters Brenda (Wayne), Linda (Andy), son Walter Jr., granddaughter Colleen (Darryl), stepgrandsons Nelson (Michelle), Wade (Mellisa), great-grandson Braiden, stepgreat-grandson Drew. Wally as a youngster growing up spent most of his time at the local community club in Brooklands. His favourite sporting interests were hockey, baseball and soccer. In the early 1950s Wally was hired on by the CPR on Locomotive 2362 as a fireman. Later Wally went to work for the City Of Winnipeg Fire Department in 1956. Wally served the Winnipeg Fire Department for 33 years and five months, retiring April 22,1989 as senior fire prevention officer. After a short retirement, Wally went to work for the Corps Of Commissionaires for 20 years. Many of Wally's hobbies and accomplishments were, being involved in the Pipe Band Circles for approximately 58 years. Pipe bands he played with in the past starting from the year 1947 up to the present time are as follows: Queens Own Cameron Highlanders, Cadets, Queens Own Highlanders (reserve), 402 Air Reserve Squadron, Pipes and Drums (reserve), City Of Transcona Pipes and Drums (Civilian), Khartum Pipe Drums. The greatest part of his career was being a volunteer instructor teaching and working with the younger generation, children and teenagers, teaching them Highland Drumming both in the military and civilian pipe bands as follows: City Of Transcona Pipes Drums (Civilian), HMCS crusade cadets, 177TCA Air Cadets, Heather Girls Pipes Drums (during the 1950s). He was also presented with the Canada 125th Commemorative Medal for outstanding community involvement, also presented with the Navy League Of Canada award of appreciation (under the patronage of Her Majesty the Queen). Wally also was a life member of the Royal Canadian Elmwood Legion #9, and a member of the Grand Lodge Of Manitoba, he volunteered at the Winnipeg Humane Society, and was self taught the morse code and Ham radio. Our family would like to extend a special thank you to the nurses and doctors at the VGH emergency Dept., and the St. Boniface Hospital emergency Dept, and MICU for the kind and compassionate care. Respecting Wally's wishes cremation has taken place. A celebration of Wally's life will be held on Tuesday, May 18, 2010 at the Elmwood Legion #9, 920 Narin Ave. at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Wally's name to the Humane Society or the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Forever in our hearts Forever in our thoughts Til we meet again. Funeral Arrangements in care of: WHEELER FUNERAL CHAPEL 211 REGENT AVENUE, WEST(AT BOND ST.) 224-1525

  January 21st, 2010

ROBERT (BOB) FREDERICK TINKLER (VE4TX) It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Robert (Bob) Tinkler on January 21, 2010, at Concordia Hospital with his family at his side. He is survived by Evelyn, his wife of 63 years, and daughters Marilyn (Ed Sloane), Cathy (Greg Sneyd) and Bev (Dan Paukovic); grandchildren Graeme (Karen) Sloane, Devon Sloane, Jackie Sneyd, Robyn (Ryan) Jensen, Mathew Sneyd, Lauren and Jason Paukovic; his pride and joy, great-granddaughter Makenzie Sloane, three and one half weeks old; and brothers Ed and Brian (Bev) and families. Bob was born February 9, 1921 in the West End of Winnipeg. He attended Isaac Brock and Daniel McIntyre Schools. He began his career with Manitoba Telephone System (MTS) on March 1, 1940. He began as an apprentice in the Shop Department, moving to the City Plant where he left to join the R.C.A.F. (Second World War) as a Radio Tech, May 2, 1941. He spent four and one half years overseas in North Africa, Cyprus and Palestine. He rejoined MTS after the war in 1945 and spent a total of 43 years in the Plant and Engineering departments, retiring in 1983 as Director of Operations. Bob was a member of the Telephone Pioneers of America, a Life Member (58 years) and Past Section Chair (1952 to 1953) of The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Fort Rouge Legion, Air Force Association (500 Wing), Past President of the Kiwanis Club of South Winnipeg, Winnipeg Amateur Radio Club, Manitoba Repeater Society, Winfall Seniors Group - Whiteshell and Churchill Park United Church. Dad had many hobbies some of which were his wonderful ability to build and create anything that was asked of him. He built the family cottage at Star Lake in the Whiteshell where he and Eve and family spent many happy summers for the past 54 years. He was an active Amateur Radio Operator, VE4TX, loved to wood carve, silver smith, fish and hunt, play with his computer - lovingly referred to by Karen as hi tech Grandpa , and traveled for many winters to Mesa, Arizona and then Oosoyos, BC. Dad was well respected by friends and colleagues and was a mentor to many - one of a kind . He will be dearly missed. The family wishes to thank friends and neighbours for their kindness during Dad's recent hospitalization. Thanks also to the Staff of 2 NE at Concordia Hospital for providing such comfort and compassion to Dad during his hospitalization and who cared so much for him and our family. We truly appreciate your dedication to your patients! Cremation has taken place. A celebration of Bob's life will take place on Saturday, January 30, 2010 at Chapel Lawn Funeral Home, 4000 Portage Avenue at 3:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Lung Association of Manitoba, 629 McDermot Ave., Winnipeg, MB 774-5501; Canadian Cancer Society, Manitoba Division, 193 Sherbrook Ave., Winnipeg, MB 774-7483 or a charity of your choice. To love a Dad and then to part Is the greatest trial of the human heart. A cherished smile, a heart of gold To the dearest Dad and Grandpa the world could hold. Happy memories, fond and true, From us who thought the world of you. Beautiful memories are treasured ever, Of happy days when we were together. With aching hearts, we whisper low, God Bless You, Dad and Grandpa. Rest in Peace. We love you so. Chapel Lawn 885-9715

December 15th, 2009

KENNETH (GARY) GARFIELD BARBOUR Peacefully, on Tuesday, December 15, 2009 at the age of 72 years, Gary passed away at the Gimli Community Health Centre. Gary will be sadly missed by his loving wife of 50 years Lynne; daughter Nikki; son Rory; grandchildren Christine, Erin, Jordan and Micheal. Also mourning his loss are his brother Wayne (Sandra); Gary's niece Shanon; nephew Chris; his many friends as well as the Ham radio community. Gary was predeceased by his son Kenneth Barbour; parents Andrew and Vera Barbour; in-laws Stoney and Jean Eliasson and brother-in-law Wayne Eliasson. Gary was born on March 5, 1937, and raised in Winnipeg. For the past 13 years he made his home in Whytewold, Manitoba. Gary's greatest passion in life other than his family was his love of travelling over the airways on his Ham radio. He has achieved many communication awards from being able to communicate all over the world and his greatest Ham radio achievement was his contact with the NASA space station. The family would like to thank all the staff at the Gimli Hospital for all their support, it was greatly appreciated. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Gary's name to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, 6 Donald St., Winnipeg, MB, R3L 0K6. As per Gary's wishes cremation has taken place and there will be no memorial service. Gilbart Funeral Home, Gimli in care of arrangements. 

December 04, 2009

JOHN ARTHUR SWAIN WESTDAL It is with thankfulness for an incredible life that we announce the passing of a wonderful son, husband, brother, father, afi, and dear friend to many on Friday, December 4, 2009. John leaves to cherish his memory his mother Evelyn, his wife Heather, his siblings Harold (Heather), Barb (Alan), his children Tanis (Rodney), David (Sarah), Paul (Jen), grand-children Christopher, Charlotte, Robertson, and Veronica. He will be fondly remembered by his uncle and aunt as well as his many cousins, nieces and nephews. An incredible man with an interest in everyone's story, John's friendship will be treasured by the many people he has met throughout his life. John was born on February 17, 1944 at the Winnipeg General Hospital to loving parents Jack and Evelyn. Jack brought his young family to Elk Lake on Vancouver Island where he flew for the R.C.A.F. After the war his father's career as a bush pilot took John to The Pas, with summers spent at Norway House. He spent his youth in Swan River and Neepawa and returned to graduate from Kelvin High School in Winnipeg in 1962. John attended and graduated from the University of Manitoba in the Faculty of Engineering. It was during his studies that he met the love of his life, Heather Robertson as they carpooled to and from university together. John would take Heather on dates flying in a Piper Colt. John and Heather were married on August 5, 1967. Following their marriage, John continued his studies at the University of Manitoba, completing his Masters degree in control systems engineering in 1969. Schooling complete, John and his young bride decided on a new adventure and working for C.U.S.O. they travelled together to Tanzania, where he taught at the Dar es Salaam Technical College. Time in Dar was filled with new-found friendships, sailing on the Indian Ocean and travelling around the country by motorbike. After the birth of their first child Tanis, John and Heather returned to Canada, settling in Pinawa, Manitoba where John worked at AECL. Their family continued to grow with the birth of two sons, David and Paul. John shared many gifts with his family, including his love of the outdoors, teaching his children how to sail, ski, canoe and camp. John loved life in Pinawa, where he formed life-long friendships cultivating his interests in bridge, ham radio, sailing, and bee-keeping. He was quick to volunteer in the community, particularly with the Trans-Canada Trail and radio-work at triathlons and cross-country skiing events. After early retirement from AECL, John's consulting work allowed for winters spent on the water. John and Heather shared many sailing adventures in the Florida Keys, including a crossing to the Bahamas on their boat Freyja. They shared dry land adventures as well, cycling the east coast of Canada, hiking Scotland and travelling to Mexico and Iceland. John loved learning through books, people and life-experience. While loathe to give advice, when asked, he would share his knowledge in his typical easy-going manner. John was a thoughtful, strong and wise man who loved deeply. His house was always open for a visit from friends and family. He loved spending time with his grandchildren, taking them to the conservatory in Winnipeg, or along the river trail to Book Break in Pinawa. Plainly stated, John was a good man and will be missed by all who knew him. Funeral services will be held at the Pinawa Lutheran Church on Wednesday, December 9 at 1:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Manitoba Recreational Trails Association or the St. Boniface Hospital Research Foundation. SOBERING FUNERAL CHAPEL CREMATORIUM, Beausejour 268-3510 or MB toll free 1-877-776-2220

  October 22nd, 2009

NICHOLAS ANTHONY LEONE It is with sad hearts that we announce the passing of our dear Dad and Papa, on Thursday, October 22, 2009, at the age of 86 years. Remaining to forever cherish Nick's memory are his sons Philip (Lesley) and Nicholas (Michelle); daughters Niki (Richard), Colleen (Rob), Sheree (Bill); nine grandchildren, Richard, Philip, Kathryn, Melissa, Rachel, Abigail, Benjamin, Ryan and Olivia. He was predeceased by his beloved wife Adele and his parents Filipo and Rosina Leone Our Dad was an old fashioned kind of guy and married an old fashioned kind of girl. His great passions in life were his beautiful, loving and very smart Adele, his children and grandchildren, his work and his never ending thirst for knowledge and its practical application! Dad did all the middle class things that are the heart and soul of our family, our society and our country. He grew up speaking two languages, graduated from high school, went to war while still a boy, was married to the same girl for 60 years, worked 30 years for the same company and brought home his pay cheque every two weeks and gave it to Mum! Dad was the head of his union and worked hard for the rights of people who built things and fixed things and worked shifts, because, they were very important people. Dad made incredible things like beautiful wooden boats, collapsible house trailers, arc welders, a small gas turbine (honestly, Philip watched him machine it on his lathe), extra bedrooms and bathrooms, fences, driveways, garages, a 30 foot welded aluminum TV tower, tree houses, card board forts and even a vegetable garden with Grandpa (and lots of other cool stuff from Popular Mechanics). Dad could fix everything from a toaster, to a TV, to a Ford, to a DC-3 or a 747 and when we were kids Dad was sent to far off places like Saskatoon, Regina, Calgary and Vancouver to get airplanes back into the air! He spent 30 hard working years with Air Canada. He met many lifelong friends there, many of whom he still kept in touch with to this day. Dad could talk about anything: politics, religion, history, mechanics, electronics, sport, because he knew his onions! He always stood his ground, that's how he was made! Dad also enjoyed 30 years of retirement with Mom. They made many trips to Florida in the winter and thoroughly enjoyed their summers at West Hawk Lake. Lifelong friendships were made there as well, as were many beautiful and happy memories. Dad was a proud man right until the end. He made a promise to Mom that they would stay in their home until their time here was done, and he was successful in keeping that promise. Dad has taught us that determination and spirit will never fail you. God bless Dad for his obstinate position on those things that really mattered to him, his toughness, his resilience and his great passion and love for his family. Dad has much to be proud of and we all take pride and comfort in his accomplishments, his life and finally, his peaceful end. Dad will be missed by many, and especially by his two special companions, Buddy and Percy. They owe their lives to Dad, and part of his to them. In his last hours, all he wanted was to make sure they would find a good home. Dad, we will not let you down. We know you are at peace and we know you are with Mom. We know your souls needed to be together again. We miss you more than words can say, but we will see you again one day. As we said, only nine short months ago to Mom, we will not say good bye, we will only say so long. We love you Dad. Bless your heart and thank you from the bottom of ours. We are better people because you were our Dad. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, October 28, 2009 at 10:30 a.m. in the St. Paul the Apostle Roman Catholic Church, 2400 Portage Avenue, with Rev. Fr. Mark Tarrant, presiding. The family would like to thank Father Mark of St. Paul's, Dr. Schellenberg for his care of Dad over the years and Dr. Allback most recently. Thanks also to the WRHA Home Care and Drake Medox staff. Special thanks and love go to Janice Youmans for the never ending care, love and devotion you gave to Dad and to Mom. You are truly an angel on earth. You became part of our family and so you will remain. Also to Pierrette, your presence in Dad's last few days made our last journey with him so much easier. You too are our family and we will never be able to thank you enough. Donations in Dad's memory can be made to the Paddock House, Integra Support Services Ltd.,Unit 2 - 745 Vanalman Avenue, Victoria, BC V8Z 3B6. They will be used to assist his dear Granddaughter Melissa. HE'LL ALWAYS BE REMEMBERED He'll always be remembered as a man, both strong and good. Who gave his best for others and who did the best he could. He'll always be remembered for all the joy he brought. As a man who made a difference and a man who meant a lot.

August 15th, 2009

THOMAS HITCHON HIGGINS Thomas Hitchon Higgins of Gunton, Manitoba passed away suddenly on Saturday, August 15, 2009. A former manager for the Canadian Standards Association, Tom Higgins was highly regarded for his charitable work in the community. Survived by his loving sister Jane and her family, as well as his best friend Ellie. For funeral arrangements, please call MacKenzie Funeral Home at 467-2525.

October 15th, 2009

HAROLD PENGELLY It is with great sadness that the family announces the peaceful passing of Harold Jason Pengelly on Thursday, October 15, 2009. Remaining to cherish Harold's memory are his wife Pauline Joyce; daughter Penny (Rick); son Richard (Kathleen); and grandchildren, Ricky, Alivia, Bianca and Dalsin. He was predeceased by his son Barry Allan. Harold was born on January 19, 1927 in Vancouver, BC. He farmed for several years in Melfort, SK, but then attended Radio College in Montreal. Harold was employed with the Department of Communications for over 25 years. He was stationed in Churchill, MB where he was instrumental in the erection of the Ionosphere Station. He was also stationed in Melville, Regina, Saskatoon and then Winnipeg. After retirement Harold enjoyed ham radio, but most of all he loved his family and friends. Harold's memorial service will be held on Tuesday, October 20, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. in the Messiah Lutheran Church, 400 Rouge Road. The family wishes to acknowledge the care and compassion provided by the staff at Oakview Place. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to CancerCare Manitoba, 675 McDermot Avenue, Winnipeg, MB R3E 0V9 or a charity of your choice.

October 18th, 2009

FRANK E. LAY VE4 ZN October 8, 1929 - October 18, 2009 It is with heavy hearts that we announce the sudden passing of Frank Lay, on Sunday, October 18. Frank is survived by his beloved wife, Lorraine, sons Norman (Sharon), Brian (Jill), and Gordon (Helen); grandchildren, Rachel, Morgan, Robyn, Jeffrey, Michael and Jackson; sister Joyce Cameron. Also left to mourn are Lorraine's children, Heidi (Wade), Mark (Tania) and grandchildren, Brennan, Jayden, Paul and Andrew. Remembered also by cousin Alice Reid and family. During his career Frank held several senior positions with Transport Canada. He began in Winnipeg as Superintendent, Maintenance and Operations Division. He was promoted to Chief of the Division in Ottawa. While there he was appointed Director of Telecommunications Bureau and in this role traveled to many parts of the world. His career took him back to Winnipeg as Administrator, Central Region. He remained in this position until his retirement in 1985. Frank's retirement years were filled with the activities he loved most. He was an avid golfer, winning many tournaments in the Senior Division. His HAM radio was never far from his side and he will be sadly missed by his radio friends. He and Lorraine traveled extensively, including their yearly winter vacations in Florida. Frank lived his life to the fullest! A celebration of his life will be held on Friday, October 23 at 11:00 a.m. at the Selkirk Golf and Country Club , 100 Sutherland Ave. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or a charity of one's choice. Gilbart Funeral Home, Selkirk in care of arrangements.

October 11th, 2009

GEORGE JAMES FORSYTH With sorrow, we announce the passing of George on October 11, 2009 at Seven Oaks Hospital at the age of 86. Left to cherish his memory are daughters Carrie (Walter) Kolisnyk and Janice (Rick) Heetebrij; son Ross (Sandy) Forsyth; and grandchildren Tara, Michael, Shaina; Nicole, Natalie, Kristy; Lynn, Graham, and Clark; four great-grandchildren; and sister-in-law Brenda Ellis of Neepawa, Manitoba. George was predeceased in January by his wife Nina (nee Ellis) of 58 years, brother Murray Church, and sister-in-law Doris Church. George was born on August 30, 1923 in Dauphin, Manitoba to Alexander and Myrtle Forsyth (nee Hutchinson). He spent most of his formative years in Winnipeg until he left to join the R.C.A.F. During the Second World War he was stationed as a medic in Teslin, Yukon. Dad and Mom were married on October 28, 1950 in Neepawa, Manitoba. They lived and worked throughout Manitoba, retiring to Vancouver Island in 1978. Being prairie people at heart, they returned to Winnipeg in 1991. Dad was an eternal optimist, a consummate story teller, and life long learner. Some of his greatest joys were socializing, food, dogs, fishing, humour, and family. Dad was a proud grandfather and great-grandfather. The family would like to extend a thank you to all who helped and cared for Dad. A memorial service will be held Friday, October 16th at 2:00 p.m. at Cropo Funeral Chapel, 1442 Main Street. CROPO FUNERAL CHAPEL 586-8044

  October 11th, 2009


TOM ALBERT PREST Tom Albert Prest, a resident of Devonshire Village in Edmonton, passed away peacefully at the Misericordia Hospital on October 11, 2009 at the age of 95. Tom had moved from Winnipeg, his long time residence, five years earlier. Tom was predeceased by his loving wife Margaret in 2003, his son Robert in 1953, and his three brothers William, James and Robert. He will be sadly missed by his four surviving children Bill (Claire) of Toronto, Doug of Guelph, Larry (Joanne) of Vancouver, Barbara (Arthur) of Edmonton, ten grandchildren, and many relatives throughout Canada. Tom was born in Goderich, ON on December 19, 1913, the eldest of four sons of Thomas Linwood and Helen Irene Prest (nee Shephard). Tom's family moved to Saskatchewan in 1919 and he graduated from Edam High School. Tom's fascination with electronics led to him being licensed as one of Canada's first Amateur Radio operators in 1933. This led to Tom joining the Royal Canadian Air Force in September 1939 as a Wireless Electrical Mechanic. He was quickly transferred to England with No. 110 Squadron (later designated No. 400) and served actively in London and southern England during the Battle of Britain. In 1943 he helped in the formation of No. 433 Squadron (a Halifax Bomber unit) where he assumed the responsibility for all airborne communications. He returned to Canada in 1945 and chose to stay with the Air Force where he served in many communications and radar capacities, including several NORAD radar stations throughout Eastern Canada. After a long and distinguished career Tom was honourably discharged from the Air Force in 1965, and moved with his family to Winnipeg. Tom's second career started that same year when he joined the CBC, where he remained until his retirement in 1978 at the age of 65. Soon after the war Tom met Margaret (Peggy) Parker of Winnipeg and they were married on November 15, 1947. From 1948 to 1960 Tom and Peggy had five children. Tom was a very proud and devoted father, and his children will always remember his interest, help and patience throughout their childhoods. Tom loved the summer cottage he built with his family at Minaki, ON, and Tom and Peggy spent every summer there up until her death in 2003. Tom moved to Edmonton in 2004 to be closer to his daughter Barbara. A service will be held for Tom in the chapel of Devonshire Village, 1718 Rabbit Hill Road, Edmonton on Saturday, October 17 at 2:30 p.m. Presiding over the service will be the Venerable Michael Sung and Reverend Jonathan Connell of Holy Trinity Riverbend Church. The family has plans for a formal interment in Winnipeg at a future date to be announced. The family wishes to thank the staff at the Misericordia Hospital for their kind, compassionate and attentive care shown toward Tom during his stay there. The family would also like to thank the staff and residents of the Devonshire Village for the past five years of involvement in Tom's life.

July 5th, 2009

WALLACE EDGAR CLARK December 13, 1918 July 5, 2009 Surrounded by his loving family, Wallace Clark passed away on July 5, 2009 at Tiger Hills Health Centre in Treherne, Manitoba at the age of 90 years. Left to mourn his loss are his loving wife of 63 years, Emma (Telford); three sons, David (Morlyne), Donald (Sandra) and Charles (Laurel); eight grandchildren, Bruce (Cheryl), Sharon, Trevor, Alain (Charlene), Stephen (Rachel), Jeanette, Raymond, and Michael (Cheryl); two great-grandchildren, Colin and Emily. He is survived by his sister Vera Glawson of Brandon; brothers Lorne (Jessie) of Carberry and Gordon (Evelyn) of Treherne; numerous nieces and nephews. Dad was born at Somerset, Manitoba and spent his boyhood years on the farm homesteaded by his grandfather. He received his early education at Harmer School, a one room building near the farm. He completed high school by correspondence and graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Diploma in Agriculture in 1938. As Canada entered the Second World War, Dad responded to his need to help by enlisting in the Royal Canadian Air Force. He completed basic training as a Wireless Air Gunner and began his service at various military bases in Canada. Following a few perilous trans-Atlantic flights to deliver bombers from Dorval, Quebec to overseas bases, Dad received a promotion to the rank of Flight Lieutenant and a posting to London, England where he remained until the end of the war. It was while Dad was stationed at Dorval that he and Mother met and fell in love. In 1945 the war ended and Dad requested a discharge from military service. He and Mother were married in Montreal and set out to Manitoba to begin their lives and raise their family. Dad was a successful farmer and put his natural abilities and University training to good use. After his retirement from farming, Dad spent many years in the grain buying industry, general insurance, real estate and appraisal business and earned his CRA (certified residential appraiser) accreditation in 1980. During his twenty years as a hail adjuster for Co-op Insurance, he took great delight in travelling throughout the Prairie Provinces and talking to the many farmers he met along the way. Always a strong supporter of his community he spent many years throughout his life serving on the board of directors of many organizations including Swan Lake Hospital, Norquay School, Treherne United Church and Treherne Co-op. As a member of the Legion, he served on the board of directors of Legion Lodge Inc. He was very proud of his long membership in the Masonic fraternity and the Order of the Eastern Star. Two weeks ago he was especially pleased to receive his 60 year Masonic bar. The respect Dad earned by the manner in which he conducted his life is reflected in his numerous friends. The family is grateful to those generous and caring people who graciously provided so much of their time and support over the years. Funeral Service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 9, 2009 at Treherne United Church, Treherne, MB, with interment to follow at Beaconsfield Cemetery. If friends so wish, in lieu of flowers donations may be made to a charity of their choice. On line condolences may be made at Arrangements entrusted to Budz Funeral Service of Holland, Manitoba, 204-526-2380, 1-866-526-2606.

June 30th, 2009

ALEXANDER (SANDY) J. MILNE May 23, 1951 - June 30, 2009 On Tuesday, June 30, 2009, Sandy, after a short illness, passed away with his wife, partner and life long friend at his side. Sandy was predeceased by his parents Alex and Betty Milne and is missed terribly by his wife Kim, son Alex and partner Sandy, step-son Jason, his beloved grandson AJ and AJ's mother Farran, sisters Margie and Marlene, brother-in-law Ross and sister and brother-in-law Kathy and Wayne and many nieces and nephews, great-nieces and nephews and four-legged friend Duke. Sandy retired from MTS in 2005 and pursued his other passions of photography, nature, wildlife and all things scientific. He was an avid follower of outer space and the space program and enjoyed being outside at night watching space shuttles, space stations, and other celestial objects passing through our skies. Sandy was a HAM radio operator and spent many pleasant hours chatting to folks or listening to the nets especially when we were at our cottage at Rice Lake in Ontario. Sandy loved our cottage and spent as much time as possible there, boating, fishing, wildlife spotting and just sitting listening to the wind in the trees. Sandy took up the game of darts in recent years, joining two leagues passing the winters in this activity and making many new friends. At Sandy's request cremation has taken place and there will be no formal services. For those so inclined, Sandy's favourite charities were Polar Bears International, 550-5 Donald St. R3L 2G4 and CancerCare Manitoba Foundation, 675 McDermot Ave. R3E 0V9


June 28th, 2009

DR. JOHN LEROY AGAR, D.V.M.; M.V.Sc. January 7, 1929 - June 28, 2009 John was a small town boy his whole life. Many of the talents he acquired were nurtured in the town of Acton, Ontario where he grew up. John played trumpet in the Acton Legion Band that performed across southern Ontario and won prizes at the Toronto Exhibition. This talent helped finance his university education. Honing his skills on the trumpet remained a life long passion. Summers spent helping with the harvest on his Uncle's farm at Kleinberg, Ontario fostered an interest in agriculture and lead John to pursue a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine at the University of Guelph. On completion of his veterinary degree in 1954, John headed west to work in Alberta. There he discovered the joys of trout fishing and caught the flying bug . He took flying lessons and eventually joined the R.C.A.F. As a flight lieutenant in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, he served as a flight instructor and saw the world with Transport Command (Trenton). On September 5, 1958, he married Helen Dolmage and they raised four great children. Working as a veterinarian, John and his family lived in various locations including Mitchell, Ontario, Guelph, Ontario, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and Abbotsford, British Columbia. Winnipeg, Manitoba, however, became home. John was a life long learner applying his boundless enthusiasm to a wide array of interests including: golf, fishing, hunting, camping, amateur radio, guitar, aircraft restoration, flying fixed wing aircraft and gliders, winemaking, Italian cooking and Linux software programming. John is lovingly remembered by his family: wife, Helen, of Winnipeg, Victoria and Bob of High River, Alberta, Cathy, Rod and Bonnie and Cheryl and Michael of Winnipeg. John's ten grandchildren are Nicolas and Bentley Hunsberger, Mitchell, Samantha and Tanner Agar, Thomas and Emma Dunlop and Breeze, Autumn and Indi Agar. After a long and courageous struggle with pulmonary disease, John has moved on to greener pastures . Thanks to the staff on 5B and the Emergency department at St. Boniface Hospital. They are kind and thoughtful people who treated John with great respect. John loved his dogs and we know he would appreciate a donation in his memory to your local Humane Society. A Celebration of John's life will be held at Churchill Park United Church, 525 Beresford Avenue, Friday, July 10, 2009. Service starting at 12:30 p.m. Luncheon to follow at 1:30 p.m.

February 19, 2009
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ERNEST MAXWELL FLIGHT VE4FE After a two-year battle with cancer, Ern passed away peacefully at Riverview Health Centre on February 19, 2009. Ern was born in Pouch Cove Newfoundland, November 6, 1927. Upon leaving school, he joined the Newfoundland Ranger Force, leaving that after three years to join the Naval Air Branch of the Navy. Most of his service years were spent in Shearwater, Nova Scotia. Ern retired from the military service in 1976 in Winnipeg and took over the business of the Winnipeg Garden Centre from his father-in-law, retiring from that in 1988. He and his wife Dorothy moved to Comox, BC where they resided for 14 years before returning to Winnipeg. Ern was an active member of the Winnipeg Seniors Amateur Radio Club. Ern was predeceased by his parents Ernest and Elsie (Noseworthy) Flight and sister Phyllis (Max) Pennell. He is survived by wife Dorothy, son William (Sheila), daughter Maxine (Will) Slota, sons Jim, Tom (Jennifer), David (Patricia), and George (Wendy), grandchildren Robert (Sarah), Danial (Sarah), Benjamin, Christopher, Phillip, Ian, Ryan and Kathryn, niece, nephews and cousins and their extended families. At his request, no funeral service will be held, but a reception celebrating his life is to be held at Glen Eden Funeral Home, 4477 Main Street on February 24, 2009 between 7:00 and 9:30 p.m. His ashes will be scattered in Pouch Cove Newfoundland at a later date. No flowers by request. Those wishing to make donations may do so to Hospice and Palliative Care Manitoba or CancerCare Manitoba. The family would like to extend thanks to Drs. Ogaranko, Daeninck, and Wong, special nurse Olga and the staff on 3E Riverview Centre. Glen Eden Funeral Home 338-7111

January 27, 2009
RUDOLPH (RUDY) PETERS The family sadly announces the peaceful passing of Rudolph (Rudy) Peters at Donwood Manor on Tuesday, January 27, 2009 at the age of 95 years. A Memorial Service will be held in the spring. Longer obituary to appear at that time.

January 3, 2009
JAMES A. MCMULLIN It is with sorrow that we announce the passing of James McMullin, on Saturday, January 3, 2009. Jim was born in Winnipeg on November 11, 1940. He was predeceased by his father James and mother Jessie. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife Sharon; children, Laurie (Lorry), James (Lisa), Robbie, Gary (Sue), Jenny (Ron); grandchildren, Jamie, Janel, Denise, Kayla, Ryan, Emmy, Ronnie, Garison; and his sisters, Joyce and Shirley; as well as, many nieces, nephews and friends. Jim was raised and educated in Winnipeg, and worked as a journeyman electrician on the DEW line, Health Sciences Centre, microwave sites in Ontario, and Deer Lodge Hospital. After taking courses in engineering he worked at the Winnipeg Art Gallery as Chief Engineer until his retirement. Jim loved spending time outdoors, camping and fishing all over Manitoba. He loved going to his cottage at Winnipeg Beach, where he spent every summer since he was a boy. Jim enjoyed talking to people all over the world on his HAM radio, reading, and watching old westerns and war documentaries. Jim was a kind person with a warm, wise, generous heart and a quick witted humour. The family extends their thanks to all the staff at SOGH, who took such good care of him over the years. Funeral service will be held at Mosaic Funeral Chapel, 1839 Inkster Blvd. on Thursday, January 8, 2009 at 1:00 p.m., followed by a reception in the Mosaic Reception Lounge. Interment will follow at Brookside Cemetery, 3001 Notre Dame. I'll meet you at the pine tree, my best friend and soul mate. S.A.M. loves J.A.M. To place online condolences or to light a memorial candle in James memory, please log onto: MOSAIC FUNERAL, CREMATION AND CEMETERY SERVICES 1839 INKSTER BLVD. 275-5555

 December 28, 2008
 LORENZO RAMOS June 12, 1978 - December 28, 2008 Surrounded by his family and friends, Lorenzo, passed away, after a courageous battle with cancer. Lorenzo is survived by his daughter Kaleigh Ramos; his mother Rosenda; his father Alberto; brother Alvin; sisters, Lea, Anna Liza and Lorena. Lorenzo also leaves to mourn his friends, Peter Manabat, Jojo Lagman, Marty Beloroso and their families, and the many friends he made through his volunteer work at St. Boniface Hospital and CancerCare. Lorenzo was known for his positive attitude and kind nature. Lorenzo became family to all he met and was loved by all who knew him. A special thank you to Dr. Yaffe, Dr. Wong, Dr. Gingerich, Dr. Yip, Tracy Heppner and the staff of 7A West, nurse Kathy, the many angels from CancerCare St. Boniface Hospital, Simone and Father Roland, members of the Pathfinders Radio Club, and all who helped Lorenzo during his hardest and most persevering times. Viewing will be held on January 2, 2009 at Glen Lawn Funeral Home, 455 Lagimodiere Blvd. from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. Reception following viewing to be held at the Asper Building (behind St. Boniface Hospital) from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to a trust fund for Lorenzo's daughter, Kaleigh Ramos, to be established at a later date. God saw you getting tired, and a cure was not to be, so He put his arms around you and whispered, Come to Me . With tearful eyes we watched you and saw you pass away, and although we loved you dearly we could not make you stay. A golden heart stopped beating, hard working hands at rest. God broke our hearts to prove to us, He only takes the best. Lorenzo, we love you and miss you... We will never forget you.

December 29, 2008

JOHN MARUSCHAK Peacefully on Monday, December 29, 2008 at Concordia Hospital, John passed away at the age of 87 after a short illness. John is survived and lovingly remembered by daughter Ellen Kliewer (Henry), grandchildren John Delisle (Pamela) and Alana Delisle; his brothers and sisters, Marie Patek, Peter Maruschak (Mary), Bill Maruschak (Ann), Iris Kopchuk (Mike), nieces and nephews, and many close friends. Born September 16, 1921 to Anna and Michael Maruschak in Stuartburn, MB. John left school at a young age to work on a neighbouring farm for Frank and Cissy Pott who declared he was just the man they were looking for . With the outbreak of the Second World War John enlisted with the Winnipeg Grenadiers in 1939, one of 1,975 Canadian soldiers (Winnipeg Grenadiers together with the Royal Rifles of Canada) sent to defend Hong Kong. Following a 17-day battle, the British Crown Colony was surrendered Christmas Day to Japan. Survivors were taken prisoner to work in slave camps for the next three years and eight months. When the war ended John returned home to Canada and obtained employment with Inman Motors where he developed his skills as a body man and trimmer, highly regarded in the industry. John married Pearl Johnson, May 22, 1946 and was predeceased by her in 1997, missing her deeply all these years. They had a long and happy marriage enjoying many lovely holidays taking their daughter on wonderful camping trips exploring Western Canada and the US - with miles of movie footage capturing the memories. They also had a trailer at Spruce Sands then on property in St. Malo for a number of years while their grandchildren were young. In later years John and Pearl were able to enjoy holidays in Jamaica, Hawaii, Great Britain and Portugal. In his retirement he did a beautiful job finishing their basement and having been a music man' many years from 1961 playing records/tapes for weddings, socials and banquets his love of playing and listening to music remained one of his greatest pleasures. He was a member of the 29er's CB Radio Club and had a HAM radio operator's license. John enjoyed fighting with his computer' downloading and watching many of his home movies. Even though his world had become smaller in recent years, John actively embraced life and was fully engaged in the world around him, looking forward to the safe arrival of his first great-grandchild. He had a special sense of humour and a positive accepting outlook, choosing to make the best of whatever life held. The family would like to extend its heartfelt thanks to the staff of Concordia Village and Concordia Hospital for their compassionate care and attention. A celebration of John's life will be held Saturday, January 3, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. at Glen Eden Funeral Home, 4477 Main Street. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Hong Kong Veterans Commemorative Association or the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Glen Eden Funeral Home 338-7111

 December 31, 2008
RICHARD GIRULSKI P. Eng, M. Eng Peacefully in his sleep, after a long illness, Ryszard Girulski passed away on December 31, 2008 at Tuxedo Villa. Born October 19, 1926 in Brzesc, Poland, Ryszard was predeceased by his parents Antoni and Leokadia Girulski. He will be lovingly missed by his dearest wife Anna; children, Malgosia Friesen (John), Dorothy Vannan (Brad); and grandchildren, Suzanne, Kristina, and Mackenzie. Ryszard obtained his professional engineering degree and master's degree at Warsaw Politechnic. After graduating, he began his career in the Nuclear Energy Institute. He married Anna in 1952 and lived with his family in Warsaw. Following a successful twenty-year career, he immigrated with his family to Canada in 1972. He settled in Winnipeg and continued his engineering career with Manitoba Hydro, until his retirement. A highlight of his life during this time was the Jenpeg Project in northern Manitoba. Ryszard enjoyed many hobbies. As a ham-radio operator both in Poland (SP5QQ) and Canada (VE4FF), he had thousands of contacts all over the world illustrated by his collection of QSL cards. Ryszard always had a curious and inventive mind, and as early as the 1950's he used his engineering abilities to design and build a working television set while television broadcasting was still experimental. He was able to share his expertise in these areas by publishing books and articles about his discoveries. Ryszard was able to combine his love of travel and photography by taking vacations with Anna all over North America in his customized camper. Ryszard enjoyed serving the Polish community in Winnipeg. He contributed to Polonika on community television, and long before the advent of the Internet he made use of his interest in short wave radio to create his own telephone based news service that made up-to-date news available in the Polish language. In his later years, the onset of Parkinson's disease limited Ryszard's ability to pursue his hobbies and interests. The family would like to thank the staff at Tuxedo Villa and Dr. Moran De Muller for their tireless and caring dedication in the face of chronic staffing shortages. They provided him with a safe and loving environment. We are thankful that Ryszard was able to spend Christmas Eve surrounded by family at the traditional Wigilia dinner. Mass in Ryszard's memory will be held on Monday, January 5, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Ignatius Church, Father B. Massie S.J. officiating. Reception to follow mass. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Parkinson's Society of Manitoba, 302-171 Donald Street, Winnipeg. Wieczny odpoczynek racz mu dac Panie 586-8044 

November 20, 2008

HENRY (CHESTER) BRIAND February 15, 1928 - November 20, 2008 It is with deep regret that we announce the passing of Henry on Thursday, November 20, 2008, after an extended period suffering with Alzheimer's; he will be sadly missed. Remaining to forever cherish Henry's memory are his loving wife and family who were by his side throughout his illness. He was predeceased by his parents William and Martha (nee Dixon) as well as numerous brothers and sisters. A private family ceremony took place Tuesday, November 25, 2008 in the Chapel of Memories in Wojcik's Funeral Chapel, 2157 Portage Avenue. The family would like to extend a special thank you to Jack and Vivian Ingham for all their support and kindness. Thank you to the staff at Seven Oaks Hospital and Charleswood Care Home. Donations may be made in Henry's memory to the Alzheimer's Society of Manitoba. We searched for you today, but no matter where we looked we just couldn't find you. It brought back fears of the past few years when you would go missing for hours, unable to remember where you were. Once again we feared for your safety. Then reality set in and we were reminded of that tragic day we found out the Lord called you home. This dreadful disease that first robbed you of your mind then your body, has now robbed me of my friend, my Husband, my children's Father, their children's grandfather, their children's great-grandfather. No longer are we able to share a visit nor a simple smile with you. Now we are left with an emptiness that can never be filled. The only comfort we have is knowing that your pain and suffering have ended. You will forever live on in our memories and in our hearts. You are no longer with us, but you will never be forgotten. Farewell - we miss you. 

 December 2nd, 2008

STANLEY JOHN PARRY NOVEMBER 4, 1917 - DECEMBER 2, 2008 It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Stanley John Parry, 28 days after celebrating his 91st birthday. Stan was predeceased by his wife and soulmate of 62 years and by his cherished grandson (Saeed). He will be dearly missed and lovingly remembered by his son and family in Canada (David, Jean, Kimberley, Sheldon and Leigh Anne); by his daughter and family in Australia (Susan, Habib, Anisa and Omer); and by relatives and friends in Canada, England and Australia. Stan was born in Manchester, England amid the Great War and served as an air gunner and aircraft mechanic during the Second World War. After the war, he brought his family to Canada where his aviation experience and mechanical aptitude lead him to pursue a career in Aircraft Accident Investigation and Aviation Safety with Transport Canada. Living in the Maritimes, he became interested in sailing. He built a thunderbird sailboat named Myst' and spent countless hours navigating on the waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Stan will be remembered as a thoughtful, gracious gentleman who loved to read books about complex scientific subjects as much as he liked to use his hands to fix anything that needed repairing. In keeping with his wishes, no service is being held. A celebration of his life will be held by family following his final launch by cremation. (Happy Sailing, Dad). THOMSON FUNERAL HOME 669 BROADWAY, WINNIPEG, MB R3C OX4 783-7211 Send expressions of sympathy at 

 November 17, 2008

THOMAS PETER FAULKNER RN RPN B.Adm We regret the loss of Thomas Peter Faulkner with his family by his side and with the caring support of the staff of St. Boniface Palliative Care Unit on Monday, November 17, 2008. Thomas was the third son of Group Captain P.J. and Jean Faulkner and is survived by his wife of 58 years Margaret, children Patricia (Mike), Siobhan (Jeff) and Angela (Peter). He leaves behind grandchildren Dawn, Tom, Melissa, Max, Caitlin, Hailley, Nolan and Danielle. He also leaves behind his sister Jean and grandnieces and grandnephews overseas. Tom is survived by his extended in law family in Ireland. Tom was predeceased by his daughter Marilyn in 2001. Tom was born in Hartlepool, England in 1925. He joined the Merchant Marines at 15 and served in the Merchant Marines for eight years during the Second World War. He received his nurse's training at St. Joseph's Hospital where he met his Irish Colleen, Margaret. They immigrated to Canada in 1951 arriving first in Port Arthur before moving on to Winnipeg. After a long career in nursing and nursing administration Tom retired in 1988. Tom then pursued his hobbies of Ham Radio, woodworking and playing crib. Our deepest thanks and gratitude to the caring staff at St. Boniface Palliative Care who provided the highest quality care for Tom. Your kindness was greatly appreciated. The family would like to thank all the friends who visited, kept us in their thoughts and brought Margaret to the hospital. At Tom's request no flowers, the family invites you to donate to Palliative Care Endowment Fund or Cancer Care Manitoba. Tom lived his life with this motto: Live life without regrets, be kind to all you meet and try to make the world a better place. Funeral service will be held Friday, November 21, 7:00 p.m. at Glen Lawn Funeral Home, 455 Lagimodiere Blvd. LECLAIRE BROTHERS in care of arrangements. 775-2220.

 August 6, 2008

WILLIAM THOMAS LOFTUS Bill was born on June 21, 1916 and passed away August 6, 2008 at Grace Hospital. He is survived by his loving wife June, his son Bill of Winnipeg and grandson Willie and his wife Paulette of Nova Scotia. Bill was predeceased by his parents Edna and William Loftus. Bill grew up and had his schooling in Norwood, attended University of Manitoba and took flying lessons at Winnipeg Flying Club. In 1941 Bill married June Edgar and they went to live in Fort William, ON, where Bill was a flying instructor with the British Commonwealth Air Training School #2 E.F.T.S. during the war. He then was employed as a pilot with Trans Canada Airlines (now Air Canada) and flew as a Captain out of Winnipeg until retiring in 1963. The next five years were spent working with the NDP government. He was a kind man and a member of the United Church. He enjoyed many hobbies, one of which was building boats. He was a Commodore of the Redboine Boating Club, belonged to the Eagles in St. Norbert and was a Ham radio operator VE4TL. He built their house along the La Salle River near La Salle, MB and he and June lived there for nearly 20 years before moving back to Winnipeg. A private graveside service will take place in St. Vital Cemetery. Family and friends are invited to a reception in celebration of Bill's life at Sterling House, 909 Wilkes Avenue on Tuesday, August 12, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. If friends so desire, donations in memory of Bill can be made to the Winnipeg Humane Society, 45 Hurst Way, Winnipeg, MB R3T 0R3. THOMSON FUNERAL HOME 669 BROADWAY, WINNIPEG, MB R3C 0X4 783-7211 Send expressions of sympathy at

May 03, 2008)


WALLACE GERALD TOLTON 1923 - 2008 Following a lengthy illness, Wallace Gerald Tolton, beloved husband of Freida Tolton of Swan River and formerly of Minitonas, Manitoba, passed away at the Swan Valley Health Centre in Swan River at the age of 84 years. He is also survived by his daughter Sandra Lawrence (Rob); granddaughters, Cathy Jo Utsunomiya (Kevin) and Lora Lee Garlick (Jim); great-grandson Liam; brother Hayden (Joan); sisters-in-law, Phyllis Tolton, Mary Aslin, Gertrude Friesen (Frank); brothers-in-law, Milton Ginter (Carol), Sef Ginther (Joyce), John Ginter (Dawn), Harold Ginter (Alice), and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Wallace was born and raised in Otterburne, Manitoba. In 1943 he joined the R.C.A.F. and served as an Aero Engine Mechanic stationed in Eastern Canada until his discharge in September 1945. On December 27, 1947 he married Freida Ginter and they farmed at Otterburne West where their daughter Sandra was born. In 1959 they moved to Minitonas where he farmed and drove school bus for 23 years, retiring in June 1990. In 1998 Wallace and Freida moved to Aspen Courts in Swan River. He was active in the church and community all his life. He was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion, serving in many different offices. He belonged to the Masonic Order attaining the office of District Deputy Grand Master; Royal Arch Masons where he became a Right Excellent Companion; O.E.S. served as Worthy Patron many times. Wallace had many hobbies. He became a glider pilot, he obtained his ham radio operators certificate, and enjoyed golfing, curling, reading and playing cards. He and Freida travelled extensively and on December 23, 2007 took all his family on a Caribbean Cruise to celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary. His greatest joy was spending time with his family, especially at holiday seasons. Following cremation a memorial service was held at the Minitonas Town Hall in Minitonas, Manitoba on Friday, May 2, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. with Reverend Kathy Highmoor officiating. Inurnment followed in the Veterans Section of the Birchwood Cemetery in Swan River, Manitoba. The Urnbearer was Wallace's grandson-in-law, Jim Garlick. Everyone in attendance at the service were considered Honorary Pallbearers. Should friends so desire, memorial donations in Wallace's memory may be made to the Manitoba Lung Association, 629 McDermot Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3A 1P6 or to the Knox United Church Memorial Fund, Box 177, Minitonas, Manitoba R0L 1G0. Arrangements were entrusted to Jim Webster of Swan Valley Funeral Services Ltd., 363 Kelsey Trail (Hwy. 10 North), Swan River, Manitoba. 204-734-5775

 April 4th, 2008

STEVEN YACHESHYN 1939 - 2008 Peacefully on April 4, 2008, Steve passed away at home at 68 years of age. Steve is survived by his daughter, son, brother and sisters. Following Steve's wishes, cremation has taken place and no formal service will be held. When I come to the end of the road And the sun has set for me I want no rites in a gloom filled room, Why cry for a soul set free. Miss me a little, but not too long And not with your head bowed low. Remember the love that we once shared Miss me, but let me go. For this journey we all must take And each must go alone. It's all part of the Master's Plan, A step on the road to home. So when you are lonely and sick at heart Go to the friends we know, And bury your sorrow in doing good deeds Miss me, but let me go. Arrangements entrusted to: VOYAGE FUNERAL HOME CREMATORIUM 220 Hespeler @ Henderson Hwy 668-3151


 April 1st, 2008

JAMES (JIM) FRANCIS CAMPBELL May 9, 1926 - April 1, 2008 After a short illness, Jim passed away leaving his beloved wife Anne of 59 years; his children Ken, Lorraine, Connie (Gert) and Marni (Don); 11 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his son Barry. Jim worked for MTS for over 30 years. He was active in the Reserves retiring as Commanding Officer (Major) of 735 Communication Squadron. A memorial service will be held on Friday, April 11 at 11:00 a.m. at Bethel Chapel, 200 Main St., Selkirk, MB., 204-482-5482. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Canadian Cancer Society.

March 15th, 2008

MABEL EVANS (nee Priest) Peacefully on March 15, 2008 Mabel Evans passed away at the River East Personal Care Home at the age of 94 years. Mabel was predeceased by her loving husband Edward Evans in 1999. Funeral service will be held Monday, March 31, 2008 at 10:00 a.m. at the Chapel Lawn Funeral Home, 4000 Portage Avenue, with a visitation one-half hour prior to the service. Interment will take place in the Garden of the Last Supper at Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens. If friends so desire, donations may be made in Mabel's memory to a charity of one's choice. Chapel Lawn 885-9715

March 2nd, 2008

FATHER FIRMIN MICHIELS May 7, 1930 - March 2, 2008 Father Firmin Michiels passed away, Sunday, March 2, 2008, following a massive heart attack at the Brandon Regional Health Centre, at the age of 77. Firmin, son of Robert Michiels and Helen Cnudde, was born in St. Alphonse, MB, on May 7, 1930. Besides the St. Boniface presbyterium, he will be lovingly remembered by his two brothers; Gerard (Denise) Michiels and George (Maria) Michiels, nieces and nephews; Ken (Chris) and their children, Jennifer, David, Brian, Larry (Doreen) and their children, Bradley, Jeffrey, and Lindsay, Mark's children, Cory (Stephine Labossiere), Shawn and Ashley, Daniel and his children, Vanessa and Joshua, Patricia Michiels, Kathy Hoeppner and her children, Katlyn and Ryan Hoeppner, Marleen (Eugene) Courchaine and their children, Breena and Keenan Courchaine, John, Kristina, Robert, Francis and Steven. He was predeceased by his parents; Robert and Helen Michiels (nee Cnudde) and by his nephews; Mark and Richard Michiels. He received his primary education at Cypress Valley School, Cypress River, then at Oakhill School, Swan Lake (1936-1944). He then pursued his studies towards the priesthood at Séminaire des Sts-Apôtres, Montreal (1954-1960), and continued his theological studies at the Grand Séminaire de Québec (Laval University, 1960-1964). Archbishop Maurice Baudoux, Archbishop of St. Boniface, ordained him to the priesthood at St. Gerard Church, Bruxelles, MB, on May 28, 1964. Father Michiels was Assistant Director of St. John Seminary (for First Nations), Otterburne (1964-1965); Director of Catechetics at St. Bernadette Parish (1964-1966); Diocesan Assistant Director of Catechetics (1966-1967); chaplain at the Precious Blood Monastery (1967-1971); teacher at the Précieux-Sang School (1968-1969); rector of St. Boniface Diocesan High School (1969-1972). He graduated with of Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Manitoba in 1970. He was Assistant Pastor at Holy Cross (1972-1973); then Pastor of same Parish (1973-1980); Pastor of Mary, Mother of the Church Parish (1981-1996); Pastor at Swan Lake, Bruxelles, Holland, Treherne and Cypress River (1996-2006); adding Mariapolis, St. Alphonse and Pilot Mound (1999-2006). Father Firmin retired from full-time Parish ministry in 2006 to take up residence in Holland, MB. He remained available for a replacement ministry in the Mountain Pastoral Zone. Father Michiels served faithfully, and with dedication the Archdiocese of St. Boniface during forty-four years of priesthood. His ministry in urban and rural parishes, his many years as a wise councillor on the Diocesan Administration Board were greatly appreciated by all who knew him and worked closely with him. His favorite pastime was wilderness excursions and photography. Father Firmin was always ready to take on new challenges. Thus at the age of 24, he began six years of studies towards the priesthood in attending a Minor Seminary in Montreal (total French immersion), followed by theological studies at the Grand Séminaire de Québec (Laval University). Throughout his life, Firmin was a good and faithful servant (Mt. 25, 21). A Prayer Vigil for Father Michiels will be held at 7:00 p.m., on Wednesday, March 5 in St. Boniface Cathedral. The Funeral Mass will be presided by Archbishop Emilius Goulet, P.S.S., on Thursday, March 6, at 10:30 a.m. also in St. Boniface Cathedral. A second Prayer Vigil will be held in St. John Berchmans Church, Holland, MB, on Friday, March 7 at 7:00 p.m. A celebration of the Eucharist, presided by Bishop Noël Delaquis, will take place in the same church on Saturday, March 8, at 10:00 a.m., followed by the interment in the Parish cemetery of St. Alphonse, MB. Following the interment at the St. Alphonse Parish Cemetery, all friends and relatives are invited to attend a luncheon in the Swan Lake Community Hall, Swan Lake, MB. As expressions of sympathy, if friends so wish, donations may be made in Father Firmin's memory to the Holland Catholic Centre, Holland, MB, c/o Kathleen Sundell, Holland, MB, R0G 0X0 or to the Swan Lake Catholic Centre, c/o Betty Ann DeCeuleneer, Swan Lake, MB, R0G 2S0. On-line condolences may be made at Budz Funeral Service of Holland, MB are in care of the arrangements, 526-2380, 1-866-526-2606.

January 5, 2008

METRO THOMAS POKOTYLO Metro Thomas (Tom) Pokotylo, family man, salesman, manager, mechanic, teacher, and amateur radio aficionado, passed away peacefully at home on January 5, 2008, aged 80. He is survived by his loving wife Anastasia (Nell) Pokotylo, to whom he was married 57 years, his son David Pokotylo, and his daughter Linda (Dara) Pokotylo. Tom also leaves behind his two grandchildren Heather and Jonathan Pokotylo and his siblings Marie (Pokotylo) Halldorson, Walter Pokotylo, Elizabeth (Pokotylo) Maldonado, and August Pokotylo. Additionally, many nieces, nephews, friends and cousins loved and will miss him. Tom started his career in the automotive business as a journeyman mechanic, and retired as a Business Management Manager for the Prairie Region with Chrysler Corporation. After retiring, Tom filled his time with his many, and varied, interests. He kept very active pursuing his amateur radio hobby, which brought him much joy, volunteering for the Western Canadian Aviation Museum, and participating in various activities through the Reh-fit Centre. Tom was a man much loved by family and friends alike. A lover of music, Tom was a talented musician himself who could pick up any instrument and play it. He also had a gift for mastering almost anything mechanical, and was always happy to help others with their problems, be they electrical, mechanical, or personal. Fascinated by machines, he embraced the new computer technology well into his final years, emailing family members and avidly using his digital camera, particularly during the walks he enjoyed taking with his wife Nell. 2007 was a particularly special year for Tom, with both him and Nell turning 80. Tom was so happy to reach 80 and share the celebration with his wife and children. Even at 80, Tom still maintained his great sense of humour and enjoyment of life, always learning new things and taking delight in the adventures of his children and grandchildren, all of whom were a constant source of pride and happiness for him. There will be a small service for family and friends at Grace Hospital Chapel at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, January 9, 2008. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

December 21, 2007

ELVIN LEONARD (AL) BOGGS May 21, 1922 December 21, 2007 On Friday, December 21, 2007, Elvin Leonard (Al) Boggs passed through the gates of heaven into eternal life at the Victoria General Hospital, Winnipeg, with his wife Marilynn at his bedside. He was 85. Elvin was born in Kamsack, SK on May 21, 1922, the youngest child and only son of the late Charles and Eleanore Boggs (nee Couture). He attended primary and secondary school in Kamsack, graduating in 1941. He joined the R.C.A.F. on November 7, 1941 and was Honourably Discharged as a pilot officer in April of 1945. He then went on to CN Rail working in Western Canada and Thunder Bay from 1945 to 1978. He then worked for the T.S.B. of Canada as an Accident Investigator, retiring in March 2000, following a 58 year working career. As a young man he played the horn in the Kamsack school band. Later in life he chose the violin and played with the Saskatoon Symphony. Elvin enjoyed music, concerts, dining out and had a special liking for chocolate. Elvin liked to travel, his favourites being Hawaii and Las Vegas. He was a member of the Amateur Radio Club (VE4AL), Royal Canadian Legion Br. 90, Officer's Mess 17 Wing and CN Pensioner's Assoc. of Manitoba. He was a quiet, gentle man who was very personable, worked hard, liked to laugh and always had an Irish twinkle in his eye. Elvin lived a long, full life; in his later years he met various medical challenges, fighting with dignity to the end. Elvin leaves to cherish his memory the love of his life, his devoted wife Marilynn and his sister Katherine Reynaud. He leaves his children Lorraine (Allan) Neilsen, Brian (Eileen), Allison (Marcel) Marion and Ronald (Annette) Andrews; grandsons David and Jesse Neilsen, Michael Marion and Andrew Boggs, as well as nieces, nephews, Marilynn's extended family in Thunder Bay, and many friends. He was predeceased by his parents and sisters, Lillian Adam, Iona Dixon and Elaine Bentley. Cremation has taken place as per Elvin's wishes. Funeral Mass for the late Elvin Boggs will be held at St. Timothy's Parish, 135 John Forsyth Rd. on Saturday, 29 December, 2007, at 11:00 a.m. with Fr. Phil Daley officiating. Internment of ashes will take place at a later date in Mountain View Cemetery, Thunder Bay, ON. Elvin always said his obituary should read: He was here, he left. The Coutu family in care of arrangements: E.J COUTU CO. FUNERAL DIRECTORS 680 Archibald Street 253-5086

September 16, 2007

DERRICK JACKIE BELBAS (VE4VV) After a lengthy illness at the age of 49 years, Derrick passed away on September 16, 2007 at the Concordia Hospital with family at his side. Derrick is survived by his wife Tammy, pets X.E. Poo and Baby, mother-in-law Dorothy Zahara, sisters-in-law, Darlene Hawes and Donna Koshelanyk, along with their family members. Derrick was predeceased by his parents, Fred and Helen and older brother Jackie. Derrick loved the Ham Radio Industry winning numerous awards during the radio competitions. Cremation has taken place and flowers are gratefully declined. No memorial service per Derrick's wishes. Donations in Derrick's memory are gratefully accepted for the Winnipeg Humane Society. Tammy would like to extend her sincere thank you to all the nurses and staff on N3E, you know who you are for their kindness and comfort you have given to Derrick. The Serenity Prayer God grant me the Serenity to Accept the things I cannot change, Courage to change the things I can, And the Wisdom to know the Difference. Rest Peacefully Derrick (73) Funeral Arrangements' In Care Of: WHEELER FUNERAL CHAPEL 211 Regent Avenue at Bond Street 224-1525

August 24th, 2007

BRIAN SHAWN LECLAIR June 19, 1967 August 24, 2007 It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that we announce the unexpected passing of our dear son, brother, uncle and friend, Brian Shawn Leclair, on August 24, 2007 at the age of 40. He was predeceased by his loving mother, Marlene Leclair. Brian will be deeply missed and lovingly remembered by his father, Albert Leclair (partner Melanie), his two sisters, Leanne Leclair (husband Vicente) and Nicole Leclair, his two nieces, Elia and Ciel, as well as many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Brian was a movie enthusiast and enjoyed outdoor sports. A computer fanatic from the time he was a young boy, he quickly became a computer consultant to many. This hobby led him to a career as a computer analyst with the Winnipeg Free Press. Brian loved his dog and companion for many years, Sadie. He was a man with a quiet demeanor, a kind heart, and a wacky sense of humor. He will be greatly missed. We love you, Brian. Now, you can rest in peace. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, August 30, 2007 at 7:00 p.m. at Green Acres Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Brian to the Arthritis Society of Manitoba.

March 20th, 2007

SERGE KRENZ Tragically and unexpectedly, it is with great sorrow that on Tuesday, March 20, 2007, Serge George Daniel Krenz was taken away from us. Serge was predeceased by his grandmother Anna Krenz and by grandmother Ewdochia and grandfather Daniel Humeniuk. Serge will be dearly missed and forever remembered by his mother Joyce, father Victor and his only brother Daniel. He will also be missed by his cousins, Terry and Greg Krenz and Aunt Agnes. Born in Winnipeg on April 28, 1979, Serge received his initial schooling in the Charleswood area at Royal, Laidlaw and Shaftsbury-Tuxedo schools. Serge was extremely intelligent and hardworking, striving to do his best at all times. At the University of Manitoba, he obtained a B.Sc. (major) in Psychology/Environmental Science in 2004 as well as a B.A. in Psychology/Criminology in 2006. He kept pursuing his education, and had applied to the Faculty of Social Work. Serge loved challenges and studied piano for seven years as well as saxophone for six. Throughout his years at Laidlaw and Shaftsbury he played in both school band and jazz band. He and his brother kept fit by doing Martial Arts and weight training. He financed his education by working for five years as a Customer Service Technical Support Agent for ATT/Comcast, diagnosing problems and providing solutions. For the last three years he worked as an instructor/ supervisor for the City of Winnipeg at Pan Am Pool and at Sargent Park Recreation Complex. At Sargent Park he was involved with the Youth in Crises Initiative Project in liaison with the Aquatic Staff and the Winnipeg Police Department Conflict Management. At the same time he volunteered with the Winnipeg Children's Access Agency where he supervised and monitored visitations of family members who had been victims of domestic violence. He also loved volunteering at the UMSU freshman orientation session for a number of years. His love for travel took him across the world to such locations as Europe and southeast Asia. He joined his brother in 2001 in Germany, Morocco and in 2002 and toured the Far East: Thailand and gained a further insight into our Global Community. Serge's exceptional intelligence and motivation enabled him to achieve two degrees and with it came the hopes and dreams for a bright and interesting future. Sensitive, open and caring this enabled him to easily reach out to others. With his humour and joy for life he lightened many moments. He always acted generously, gave freely without a sense of expecting returns. There was an underlying sense of unconditional love that he projected. It was a joy to see him looking after his pets in such a gentle manner. With loving care he nursed his first dog Hamlet through a long illness. We are grateful to have had him with us for 27 years. Next month we would have celebrated with him his 28th birthday. The complexity and unexpectedness of life leaves us shrouded in such sorrow for what might have been. We shape our dreams and hopes but in the end must be grateful for what we had all the rest is silence. A memorial service to honour Serge's life will be held on Saturday, March 31 at 2:00 p.m. at Church Of The Rock, 1397 Buffalo Place. In lieu of flowers donations in Serge's memory may be made to the Winnipeg Children's Access Agency Inc., 170 Scott St. Winnipeg, MB R3L 0L3. Arrangements entrusted to: VOYAGE FUNERAL HOME CREMATORIUM Family Owned Operated 1531 Pembina Hwy 284-7500

December 16, 2006

LAWRENCE EDWARD ROBERTSON VE4LER Peacefully, on Saturday, December 16, 2006, Laurie passed away at the Grace Hospital at the age of 86 years. He was predeceased by his beloved wife Joan of 56 years of marriage in 2003. Laurie will be sadly missed by his six children, Penny Flock, Dale Hunt (Brian), Ted (Pat), Allan, Jayne Sims (Reg), Heather Grams (Art); grandchildren, Darcie (Shane), Corrie (Michael), Ainslie (Craig), Daven, Julie (Larry), Joel (Tamar), Carolyn, Colleen, Kelly, Lyndsey, Jayde, Jodie, Artara and Share, as well as 15 great-grandchildren; his brother Lyall and sisters, Arline and Adele will also miss him. Dad was born in Winnipeg on August 15, 1920. He lived in Morse Place and Elmwood during his childhood years. He served in the Second World War in England and continental Europe with the Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders of Canada for 5 years. After the war he met and married Joan and together they raised their family in St. James. Dad was a Federal Inspector for Weights and Measures and for Consumer Corporate Affairs most of his working life. Mom and Dad enjoyed traveling together especially going to the Silver Broom Curling Championships. During Dad's retirement years he continued to be Mr. Fix-it around the home, played the harmonica in the Philharmonic Orchestra and enjoyed walking his dog, Molly while visiting his neighbours on Baffin Crescent. Dad's declining health curtailed many of his activities but he still enjoyed listening to music and looked forward to visits with his family. In compliance with Dad's wishes, a private gathering of his family has been held. Special thanks to the staff at Sturgeon Creek Residence, Deer Lodge Centre (2 south and tower 5) for their compassion and kindness to Dad and also to the staff at the Grace Hospital for their gentle care and concern on the many occasions he was there over the last couple of years. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Laurie's memory to the Salvation Army-Grace Hospital, 300 Booth Dr., Winnipeg, MB R3J 3M7 or to the Winnipeg Humane Society, 5 Kent St., Winnipeg, MB R2L 1X3. Laurie's arrangements have been entrusted to the Family Owned Funeral Chapel of: WOJCIK'S ALL BELIEFS FAITHS FUNERAL CHAPEL CREMATORIUM 897 4665

October 15th, 2006

LOUIS ENYINGI Peacefully on October 15, 2006 Louis (Lajos) Enyingi passed away. He is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Helen Ilona and daughter Julie, and many relatives in Hungary. Louis, the youngest of six children, was predeceased by his five sisters, and parents. Louis worked at Versatile Manufacturing for many years, building prototypes of new machinery. He loved spending his summers at the cottage, fishing, and gardening. The family wishes to express their heartfelt thanks for the excellent care Louis received from Dr. V. Fraser and Dr. F. Siddiqui and staff of the St. Boniface Hospital SICU, MICU, and ward 7A West, during the last few weeks of his life. We also greatly appreciate the care he received over the years from his community physicians, Dr. G. Balko, Dr. B. Levin, and the late Dr. G. Wollner. Apu, our lives will never be the same without you. You will be deeply missed. A service celebrating Louis' life will be held on Thursday, October 19 at 2:00 p.m. at Thompson in the Park , 1291 McGillivray Blvd. Reception to follow. Flowers are graciously declined; a donation may be made in Louis' memory to the St. Boniface Hospital Research Foundation.

October 9, 2006

WILLIAM (BILL) EDWARD EVANS 1942 2006 Bill passed away on Monday October 9, 2006 at the St. Boniface Hospital. Bill is survived by his loving wife of 32 years, Linda, son Christopher and daughter Marnie. He was predeceased by his father, Edward Burrell Evans, in 1979 and his mother, Eileen Elizabeth (Brisbin), in 1967. Bill's lack of immediate family has been more than made up for by the many close relatives in his wife's family and their unceasing love for each other and for Bill. Bill attended elementary and high school in Thunder Bay Ontario, graduating with a Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering from McMaster University in Hamilton, ON, in 1965 and received a Diploma from the Banff School of Advanced Management in 1986. Bill began his career in the fledging cable television industry, designing and implementing cable systems in Thunder Bay, Pinawa and the large Winnipeg Videon System, which brought him back to Winnipeg in 1967. While briefly in Toronto and on his return to Winnipeg, he designed many systems for other cities across Canada. In 1971 he joined the Manitoba Telephone System (MTS) where he had an 18 year career related largely to business communication engineering, holding a number of increasingly senior management positions at MTS, and represented MTS on several national telephone industry committees. In 1989 he left MTS with a colleague to form E B Systems Limited, a consulting engineering firm specializing in broadband telecommunication and broadcasting projects internationally on five continents. In recent years the firm designed and implemented several unique broadband systems for distance education as well as serving as technical consultants for the establishment of the Manitoba Telehealth Network. The firm's work received awards of Excellence and Merit from the Consulting Engineers of Manitoba. Bill served many local professional associations at the Board level, acting as Secretary for the Electronic Industries Association of Manitoba (EIAM), the Information Systems Technical Advisory Panel of the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce and, for the past 3 years, as Secretary for the Consulting Engineers of Manitoba (CEM). Bill also served on the Board of the Winnipeg Chapter of the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), was a Senior Member of both the IEEE since 1978 and the Society of Cable Telecommunication Engineers (SCTE) since 1974, was a member of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE), Association of Consulting Engineers of Canada, Association of Professional Engineers of Manitoba and the Canadian Cable Television Pioneers. Bill became fascinated with radio and electronics in his early teen years which drove his selection of profession and fueled a life long interest in amateur radio. He held an Advanced Class License, with call letters VE4UD, since the early 70s, and made many friends locally, nationally and internationally via the airwaves. Bill always considered amateur radio much more than a hobby. A refuge from life's storms and strains and a chance to build and construct with one's own hands, as well as meet and talk with people around the world as well as throughout Manitoba. Bill took great pleasure from the family cottage at Victoria Beach, where he maintained a complete amateur radio station and much enjoyed fishing, golfing and bicycling. For many years he was a season ticket holder of the Blue Bombers, Jets and, more recently, the Winnipeg Goldeyes. His interest in these team sports underlined his love and support for Winnipeg. A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, October 13 at Thomson Funeral Home, 669 Broadway The family would like to send a sincere thank you to Dr. Johnston, Dr. Stimpson and their primary nurses at Cancercare, the nurses and doctors on Ward 3D of the Health Sciences Centre, the nurses and care workers from the Manitoba Home Care Program, and the nurses and doctors at the St. Boniface Palliative Care Unit for their care and compassion shown to Bill and his family during Bill's illness. In lieu of flowers the family would appreciate donations sent to the Salvation Army, 55 Donald Street, Suite 500, Winnipeg, MB R3C 1L8 Thomson Funeral Home 669 Broadway 783-7211

September 21st, 2006)

ABRAM BESTVATER After a lengthy battle with heart disease, Abe Bestvater passed away at Bethesda Hospital on September 21, 2006, with his loving family at his side. He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Brigitte; his sons, Stacy and Steve (wife Ginette and granddaughter Mia); his sister Helen Peters; and brothers, Henry (Mary), Jake (Mary), John (Shirley); and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, Abram and Margareta Bestvater; sister Tina Bestvater; brother-in-law Henry Peters; and sister-in-law Helen Bestvater. Abe was born July 8, 1931 at Grandfather Martens' farm in Grunthal. He received his schooling in Grunthal and after Grade 10, worked several years on the farm. He then moved to Winnipeg, taking several jobs, including working at McLeod's and Eaton's. On the suggestion of his sister Helen, he attended Teacher's College in 1957-58, and started his teaching career at Elm Creek. Abe loved to learn and returned to Grace College of the Bible, graduating in 1961. That fall, he took a teaching position in Niverville and in 1962, he transferred to Steinbach, where he would spend the rest of his teaching career. During the summer of 1961, Abe was a counselor at Red Rock Bible Camp. This began a 40 year involvement with Red Rock that included sitting on the camp Board of Directors. Abe and Brigitte met several times, but their courtship started just after the blizzard of 1966. They were married on August 20, 1967. In 1969, they took a sabbatical where they attended Tabor College, both graduating in 1970. Their first son Steve was born in 1971, followed by Stace in 1973. Abe loved to travel. In 1972, he took his young family on his first of nine trips to Alaska, helping at a mission. Other family trips included destinations such as Florida, Texas, Victoria, Kansas, and Chicago, all in his customized camper vans. Abe's hobbies included operating his Ham and CB radios, electronic, automotive and clock repair, locksmithing, taxidermy, hunting, and farming. His family, friends and acquaintances benefited greatly from his gifted mind and skilled fingers. After retirement, Abe spent much of his time volunteering at the MCC self-help store, fixing everything from phones to clocks and toasters. Abe was a devoted and amazing father and husband, never losing sight of what was important for his family. We would like to thank the wonderful nursing staff and Dr. Thiessen at Bethesda Hospital in Steinbach for their excellent care. A special thank you to all who supported the family in prayer. Viewing will be held Monday, September 25, at Birchwood Funeral Chapel at 7:00 p.m., with a devotional to follow. Funeral service will be held Tuesday, September 26 at 2:00 p.m. at Emmanuel Evangelical Free Church, 360 McKenzie Ave, Steinbach. Interment at Heritage Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Red Rock Bible Camp. Arrangements by: Birchwood Funeral Chapel Steinbach Winnipeg, MB 1-888-454-1030 or 1-204-346-1030

September 20th, 2006

ALBERT DIAMOND Peacefully on Wednesday, September 20, 2006 at the Grace Hospital, Albert passed away at the age of 87. Funeral at the Shaarey Zedek Synagogue, Thursday, September 21 at 2:00 p.m. Complete obituary to follow.

August 4th, 2006

LEWIS JOHN MCQUEEN Suddenly on August 4, 2006, our beloved brother Lew died. He was predeceased by his father Norman, his mother Nora and brother Glen. He will be sadly missed by sisters, Vivian (Ken) Wasywich, Janice Huot and Cheryl (Steve) Martin; nieces and nephews, Jason, Christina (Chris), Blaine, Katherine, Hallie, Aidan and great nephews and niece, Timothy, Samuel and Sophia. After graduating from Red River College he started working for MTS being assigned to various locations in switches and tolls and taking early retirement. His interests and associations included Certified Proficiency in Amateur Radio, Member of Western Canada Aviation Museum, Life Time Member of The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, passionate amateur astronomer, aviation, history and war history buff. Cremation will take place. As per his wishes there will be no service. Flowers gratefully declined. If friends so desire donations may be made to charities of your choice. CHAPEL LAWN FUNERAL HOME AND RECEPTION CENTRE 885-9715

 (published on February 15, 2006)

RONALD DE JONG In Memory of Ronald de Jong Ronald de Jong - a young man who travelled from Holland to Canada in 1947 to chase after the dreams we all wanted, a man who knew it would not be that easy to fulfil those dreams. Ron - a man who was a Jack of all Trades . When he got his hands on wood, metal, wire, engines, computers and even food and drinks, he could work magic. Husband - a man who loved his wife Rosemary for 37 years and will always be with her in spirit. Father - a man who taught us well, to work hard, to achieve and yet still have a little fun doing so. And to make things a little interesting, Live Life On the Edge! Ronald de Jong - a man we will never forget. Love You Always, Husband, Father, Grandfather and Friend Rosemary, Marianne, Michael, Phil, Jenn, Shanntal and Ed A memorial service will be held Thursday, February 16 at 7:00 p.m. at Sobering Funeral Chapel, 1035 Park Ave. East, Beausejour, MB. In lieu of flowers, if friends and family so desire, donations may be made to CancerCare Manitoba, 675 McDermot Ave., Winnipeg, MB R3E 0V9. SOBERING FUNERAL CHAPEL CREMATORIUM, Beausejour 268-3510 or MB Toll Free 1-877-776-2220

February 9th, 2006

WALLACE ERIC CAMPBELL BUECHLER (WALLY) VE4 CB Peacefully with his family by his side, on Thursday, February 9, 2006 at the Riverview Health Centre, Wally Buechler passed away at the age of 78 years. Wally was predeceased by his parents, Amy and Emil Buechler, his brother Larry and sister Audrey Kroeker. He will be lovingly remembered by his beloved wife Marie, their children, Gail (John) Piercy, Ken (Karen), Heather (Doug) Keenes, Chris (Sandy); grandchildren, Taya, Justin, and Jamie Piercy, Kathleen and Kaitlyn Buechler, Spencer and Hannah Keenes, Nathan, Matthew and Michael Buechler; brothers, Ron and Glen (Wendy) as well as numerous other family members. Wally was a devoted family man and was an active member of the Holy Cross Lutheran Church. He was retired from the City of Winnipeg in 1990. Wally had a keen sense of humour and was very proud of his grandchildren. He will be dearly missed by his family and friends. Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, February 14 at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 708 McCalman. Interment will follow at Glen Lawn Memorial Gardens. Special thanks are extended to the staff of Riverview Health Centre, 3East for their loving care and support for Ol Blue Eyes . In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Wally to the Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 708 McCalman. Arrangements entrusted to: GLEN LAWN FUNERAL HOME 455 Lagimodiere Blvd. 982-7550

November 23, 2005

FRED ALBERT (ALLAN) HANSON (published on November 24, 2005)

FRED ALBERT (ALLAN) HANSON 1938 - 2005 Peacefully, on Tuesday, November 22, 2005 Fred Hanson, beloved husband of Lourdes, passed away at the Riverview Health Centre with family and friends by his side at the age of 67 years. He is survived by his wife; two children, Michael and Kirsten and grandson Denzel; one sister Martha (Dave); two brothers, William (Janine) Hanson and James (Lorraine) McLeod; also surviving is one sister-in-law, Christine Hanson, are many nieces, nephews and friends. Fred was predeceased by his parents, three brothers, George and Jack Hanson and Sam McLeod. Funeral service will be held on Saturday, November 26 at 1:00 p.m. at Klassen Funeral Home with viewing to be held one hour prior to the service with Fr. Wenceslao Rebillaco officiating. Special thanks to CancerCare Manitoba, Riverview Health Centre 3E Wing, and to all the family and friends for all their care and compassion during this time. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Fred to CancerCare Manitoba, 675 McDermot Ave., Winnipeg, MB R3E 0V9. KLASSEN FUNERAL HOME 1897 Henderson - North of McIvor - 338-0331

September 9, 2005

WILLIAM FREDERICK DAVIS (VE4WU) September 27, 1921 - September 9, 2005 It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Bill (William) with his wife and family at his side. Bill will be sadly missed by his wife Mary of 58 years, who dedicated herself to ensure his comfort; also survived by his niece Elaine (Ray); special great-niece Chelsey; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Mitch and Mae Zooke; nieces, Brenda (Graham), Carol (Bert) and Joyce Stephenson; and numerous other nieces and nephews. As a Second World War veteran, Bill served in the Navy from 1940 to 1945, in charge of communications and decoding, a love he had since he was 15. He retired from the Winnipeg Post Office in 1985 after 32 years. Bill and his wife Mary enjoyed many years together doing one of their favourite pastimes, fishing. He was an active member of the Winnipeg Senior Citizen Amateur Radio Club and volunteered many hours of his time. He also spent many hours with his video camera as he had a great interest in photography. A private graveside service will be held. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Bill's memory to the Cancer Society. The family would like to extend a sincere thank you to the palliative care staff at Riverview and private home care staff. Those we love don't go away, They walk beside us every day, Unseen, unheard but always near, Always in our thoughts and loved forever. He put his arms around you and said Come unto Me. Top of the morning to you and the rest of the day to myself. WOJCIK'S ALL BELIEFS FAITHS FUNERAL CHAPEL CREMATORIUM 897 - 4665 

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