McPHAIL: Malcolm Alexander "Mac" McPhail of Riverheights Terrace passed away on May 1, 2007 after a brief illness. Mac was born July 27, 1926 in Brandon, the second son of Alex and Effie McPhail. He was raised on the home farm southeast of Forrest on the W ½ of 21-11-18 in the R.M. of Elton. He started farming at an early age with his Dad, growing grain, and raising hogs and cattle. Mac thoroughly enjoyed the fellowship of the show ring when it came time to show his prize-winning steers. He showed cattle at the Toronto, Brandon, Regina and Calgary stock shows. In later years, he enjoyed "advising" and watching young folks show their 4H steers. Mac loved to drive around the countryside, checking crops and looking at cattle. He is survived by brother Archie and wife Shirley of Brandon, sister Donna Agnew of California, sister-in-law Edith McPhail of Hamiota and their families. Also surviving is his aunt, Hazel Weir and several cousins. Mac was predeceased by his parents Alex and Effie, brother Ron, brother-in-law Hinds Agnew, and several aunts and uncles. Interment took place at the Humesville Cemetery on Friday, May 4, 2007. A memorial service followed at the Brockie Donovan Chapel. If friends and family so desire, donations may be made to the R.M. of Elton, Humesville Cemetery Trust Fund, Forrest, Manitoba, R0K 0W0.
MAJOR: We regret to inform you of the passing of Barbara Gladys Major (née Crookshanks) at Fairview Home on Friday, March 30, 2007. Barbara was born and raised in Rossburn, Manitoba. She married Norman Major, and they owned and operated a Macleod Store until 1976. Both Barbara and Norman were well known and respected for their involvement within the community. They moved to Brandon where Barb worked at the Brandon Shoppers Mall for several years. Barbara was an active member of the Heather Club, and will be well remembered for her knitting skills and the running of the bake table. She was an avid golfer – from early spring to late fall, she and her golf partners were out five days a week playing 18 holes. The winter months were spent knitting, bowling and walking. Barb’s unique sense of humor and sharp wit endeared her to those who knew her. She had a deep affection for animals, finding comfort and pleasure in their company. Her strength and determination were an inspiration not only to her family, but friends and caregivers as well. She is survived by sons Les (Peggy), Ron (Vonnie), daughter Colleen and daughter-in-law Marian, nine grandchildren and three great grandchildren. One of her greatest joys was being able to have held great grandchildren Lillie and Quinn. Barbara was predeceased by husband Norman and son Garth. A Service of Remembrance was held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel on Tuesday, April 3, 2007 with Arlene Robertson officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations to Barbara’s charity of choice, the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Manitoba, Unit 3, 824-18th Street, Brandon, MB R7A 5B7 would be greatly appreciated.
MOYER: "The Life and Times of Roger Joseph Moyer" Roger came into this world on February 24th, 1951 in Erickson, Manitoba. He was the second youngest of 15 children born to August and Christine Moyer of Onanole, Manitoba. He spent his early years on the family farm and later took his turn minding the family store in the big metropolis of Onanole. His mother used to say that when Roger was working at the store there were always plenty of girls hanging out to keep him company. It was during this time that he developed his skills in customer service which would carry him through his working career. As Roger grew and became a man he loved to play fast ball with the Onanole fast ball team and played hockey with the Minnedosa hockey team. In 1969, Roger moved, kicking and screaming, to Brandon, Manitoba to attend his last year of high school. Little did he know at the time he would meet his future wife at Neelin High. Roger and Judy met in February of 1970 and were married January 13, 1973. In 1971, Roger began working for Canada Safeway and spent the next 20 years in their employ. In his spare time he played fast ball with numerous teams in the Brandon fast ball league and continued to play hockey with the Minnedosa league. He also enjoyed going to the Wheat King hockey games and followed the team until his heath would no longer allow. In August 1992, Roger gained employment with North Hill Service Limited and worked in both the Petro Can gas bar and Humpty’s Family Restaurant under Chris O’Rourke until health issues forced him to leave in April 2005. Roger will be lovingly remembered for his quick wit, bright smile, and the mischievous twinkle in his eye. To Roger, his family was his number one priority, and their welfare came above all else. He was always the first to lend a helping hand wherever there was a need or would lighten the load for anyone he cared about. He would always put another person’s needs above his own, even to his own detriment. His selflessness and compassion will be his legacy to his family. Go in peace our love, as God needs another loving angel. Always remembered and lovingly missed by your wife Judy, daughter Stephanie and son Steven, Darlene L. Wilkinson, special sister-in-law, 14 brothers and sisters and their families, Brian and Brenda Wilkinson, and Darlene E. Wilkinson and their families. Roger was predeceased by his parents, August and Christine Moyer, his mother and father-in-law, Anne and Ted Wilkinson, and brother-in-law, Ed Wilkinson. The family would like to extend our sincere appreciation to all extended family members, friends and acquaintances for all their kindness, compassion, prayers and support during this most difficult time. To Dr. Ed Pascoe of St. Boniface Hospital for giving us the extended time we had with the person we love so much. To Louise for all your kindness and loving support since Roger’s heart surgery. You are such a special angel. To Dr. Gary Lindsay for taking on such a complicated case at a most inopportune time and to Dr. Joanne Maier, for always being there for the tough stuff. Your kindness and compassion have meant the world to us all. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. A celebration of Rogers life was held at St. George’s Anglican Church on Wednesday, March 14, 2007 at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Jim Brown officiating. Interment took place at Rosewood Memorial Gardens.
God, grant us the serenity to accept the things we can not change,
To change the things we can,
And the wisdom to know the difference.
This is the day that the Lord has made, Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
MACRAE: On February 5, 2007, Frederick Donald MacRae of Brandon passed away peacefully in Hillcrest Place Personal Care Home with his family at his side. Fred was born July 28, 1923, in Moose Jaw, SK to Alex and Mable MacRae. While growing up in Moose Jaw, Fred attended King George Elementary School and Central High School. He delivered papers for many years and worked at Bird’s Construction where he refinished hardwood floors and later became timekeeper. When Fred was "18" years of age, he joined the Royal Canadian Navy and served on the St. Francis as a decoder during WWII. After the war, Fred moved to Regina to apprentice as an electrician with Tibbits Electric, becoming a journeyman in four years. In 1953 he met Ruth MacNaughton, and in May of 1955 the two were married. In 1956 Fred and Ruth moved to Brandon where Fred and longtime friend Harry Clark partnered in opening Clarks Electric. Fred later worked at G. T. Smith & Sons Electric and Figol Electric, both of Brandon. He was with Figol Electric until his retirement in 1987. Family was very important to Fred, and he supported his children in all of their endeavours. He also enjoyed the company of his six grandchildren and was a very proud Papa. Fred loved sharing a laugh with family and friends, dancing, singing, curling, working in the yard and waterskiing (until he was 75). He was an active member of the Brandon Lions Club for more than 45 years, volunteered on a weekly basis to take visually impaired people bowling, often helped out at his local community centre, was a regular and active attendee and contributor to his church, and was always willing to lend a helping hand. Left to cherish Fred’s memory are his beloved wife of 51 years, Ruth; daughter Kandice (Andy) Brown; son Danny (Lisa) MacRae; daughter Shelly (Glen) McColl; grandchildren Jordan and Reed Brown, Mandy and Danika MacRae, Braden and MacKenzie McColl; and Fred’s many nephews, nieces and friends. Fred is survived by his sister Helen Olynik of Edmonton and will be greatly missed by all who knew him, including those of his extended family at Hillcrest Place who treated him with the dignity and respect he so deserved. A Service of Remembrance will be held at First Presbyterian Church (339-12th Street, Brandon) on Saturday, February 10, 2007, at 2:00 p.m. with Pastor Paul Sakasov officiating. A luncheon will follow. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Fred MacRae’s memory to the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba Western Region (1-613-10th Street, Brandon, MB, R7A 4G6) or to Hillcrest Place Personal Care Home (930-26th Street, Brandon, MB, R7B 2B8).
NOBLE: Aylmer Noble passed away on September 19, 2007 at Fairview. He will be forever remembered by daughter and son-in-law Sandra and Bob Raeburn; grandsons Todd and Drew (Janis); great-grandchildren Jessica, Vanessa and Kaase; sister-in-law Luella Noble; and many nieces and nephews including special niece Wilma (Arch) MacArthur for whom Aylmer was always "George." Aylmer was kind, generous and supportive of his family. He had a special relationship with Louise, his wife of 62 years until her passing in 2003, enjoying so many activities together including Saturday nights at the Legion. He had an encyclopedic memory, was a consummate record keeper, and composer of many poems (his "diddy's") which he typed on his trusty 1920 Underwood. Aylmer had a life long interest in music and became the "resident pianist" on the fourth floor of Fairview. He also acquired an interest in painting and was the proud artist of more than 120 paintings, most of the "old days." He was a dedicated employee throughout his life, ending with a career at the City of Brandon (real estate) which began in 1965, retirement in 1978, recalls on three occasions, and "final" retirement in 1983. Aylmer was born in Boissevain in 1913 and was pre-deceased by his wife Louise, his parents Russell and Annie Noble, brothers Ernie and Earl Noble, Bill Wall, and sisters Ethel Harper, Blanche Nobes, Florence Kempthorne. The family would like to give special thanks to the staff at Fairview for their care. In accordance with Aylmer's wishes, cremation, and a private family service, officiated by Rev. Harvey Hurren, have taken place.
NICOL: On January 1, 2007, Jim Nicol, 67 years of age, ended his journey where it began October 8, 1939 at Brandon General Hospital with his family by his side. He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Esther (McKinnon) and his three children: Corey (Geoff), Grant (Susan) and Ryan (Kristy). His grandchildren: Sarah & Erica, Halen & Holly, Dylan & Angus, all hold a special place in their hearts for their Poppa. He was predeceased by his parents: Blanche and Bill Nicol and sister: Wilma Busch. He is survived by one sister: Shirley Nicol and numerous other beloved family members. He was employed for 45 years with Brandon Heating & Plumbing as both tradesman and partner. Although committed to his work, his greatest pleasure was time spent with his family and friends. Nothing was more treasured than the many moments and memories created at Otter Lake. He was known for his quiet sense of humour, his warmth and his genuine interest towards others. Whether it was travelling, square dancing, manning the grill, or keeping fire watch at the bonfire, Jim’s presence was always felt by those around him and will be profoundly missed. A celebration of Jim’s life took place January 5, 2007 at Trinity United Church with Rev. John Nesbitt officiating. A private family niche placement was held at Rosewood Memorial Gardens. In memory of Jim, donations may be made to the Manitoba Lung Association, 8-940 Princess Ave., Brandon, MB R7A 0P6.
SQUAIR, Irvina "Irva" Eleanor: Irva, beloved wife of the late James Squair, died peacefully on August 21, 2007 at Hillcrest Place in Brandon, MB. Irva was born December 19, 1911, to parents Dr. & Mrs. T.I.E. Rutledge in Carberry, MB. When she was six years old she moved with her family to Swan River, MB where her father was the first veterinarian in the Swan River Valley. She loved to tell stories of those childhood years. After completing High School she graduated from Normal School in Winnipeg and accepted a teaching position in Ossawa S.D. north of Reaburn, where she met her future husband, Jim Squair. She taught in Renwer, MB for 2 years before returning to marry Jim in 1937. Their life together was filled with love, laughter, hard work, family and friends. They moved from the original Squair family homestead in 1955 when Irva accepted a teaching position in Marquette. A move to Warren in 1967 was prompted by the closure of one-room schools marking the end of an era in rural Manitoba. She taught Grade 3 in Warren until retiring in 1973. Irva later lived in Winnipeg before moving to Brandon to be closer to family. Irva was a woman of great strength and fortitude with an ability to deal with difficult situations. She influenced many lives through her years of teaching, but her greatest impact was on the lives of her children and grandchildren. Her love for her husband and children was always foremost in her life. Memories of her sense of humour, love of nice clothes and wonderful home cooking will always be with us. Irva was predeceased by husband Jim in 1975, parents (Doc) and Lily (Elizabeth) Rutledge, sister Lila (Bill) McMillan, son-in-law Stuart Granger, sisters-in-law Jean (Alex) Masson, Maggie (Andrew) Colquhoun, Elsie (Will) Round, Beth (Bert) Forsberg, Mina (Will) McKnight, Polly (Bob) Marley, Dodie (George) Bailey, Nan (Had) McKinley, Millie (Bill) Cordy, Edith (Bill) Delbridge and brother-in-law Frank (Nancy) Squair. Irva was the last surviving member in her generation in both the Rutledge and Squair families. Left to cherish her memory are daughters Barbara (Mitch) Hamm and Diane Granger; grandchildren Cathy Grain (Rob Boyd), Robert (Teresa) Grain, Joan (Bob) Hall, James (Angie) Varley; great grandchildren Derek and Mark Grain and Aiden Hall. She is also survived by dear friend Patricia Varley and numerous nieces and nephews. Irva’s family wishes to extend warm thanks to all the staff at Hillcrest Place for their wonderful, compassionate care. Their genuine caring is so appreciated. Interment will take place at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, August 25, 2007 in the Meadow Lea Cemetery followed by a Celebration of Irva’s life at 2:00 p.m. in the Meadow Lea Hall (10 miles west of Warren at the junction of Hwy 227 and Hwy 248). In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to a charity of your choice.
SPROULE: Elizabeth (Betty), January 1, 1915 - April 7, 2007. It is with the greatest sorrow that the family wishes to announce the passing of Elizabeth Sproule (nee Haberstock) at Fairview Home in Brandon, Manitoba on Saturday, April 7, 2007. Betty was born in Brandon, MB on January 1, 1915 to the joy of her parents Henry Haberstock and Phillipine (nee Reihl) Haberstock. Betty attended David Livingston School in Brandon. Betty worked at the Lyciam Café until the age of 19. It is at this time that she married Charles William Sproule. Betty and Charles remained happily married until Charles’ passing in 1992. Betty and Charles moved into her family homestead where she remained until shortly before her passing. Betty’s life was devoted to her family and her home, and Betty spent her entire life making sure that all members of her family were looked after and loved. In the early days money was short and Betty learned very quickly to make do with whatever her hands could make. This was very fortunate as it wasn’t too long before a new family was in place. Betty was blessed to have had four children, Allan, Robert, Freddy and Carol. Sadly, Allan and Freddy both passed away in early childhood. Betty cherished her children and was equally as happy in subsequent years when they were married and had children of their own. Betty devoted more time and love than one would think possible to her children and grandchildren. In between caring for these special people, time was even found to pour a foundation for the basement of the house before Charlie got home from work, or complete the gardening, baking and canning! In about 1965 grandson, Garry, came to live in Brandon with Betty and Charles. This was a special situation in which Betty responded with her well known love and devotion. Garry grew up in the house under the direction of Betty and Charles and in these recent years became her primary care giver. Garry returned all the love and devotion to her, that she had given him as he was growing up. Betty’s family came first in her life and all those that knew her were touched by that special something that she was able to give to them. Betty will be sadly missed by all those that have known her and more especially by her surviving family members, son Robert (Maria); daughter Carol (Doug); grandchildren Garry, Tony (Eileen), Tracy (Dennis), Todd, Ryan (Megan) and great grandchildren Megan (Channing), and Jordan along with numerous nieces and nephews. Betty was predeceased by her husband Charles, two sons, Allan and Freddy and numerous brothers and sisters. A funeral service will be held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332 - 8th Street, Brandon, on Thursday, April 12, 2007 at 1:00 p.m. with Pastor Ted Jannuska of Redeemer Lutheran Church officiating. A time of viewing will take place prior to the service from 12 noon to 12:45 p.m. All those in attendance will be considered honorary pallbearers. Interment will follow at the Brandon Cemetery - Veterans’ Section. A reception in Betty’s honor will be held in the George Brockie Fellowship Centre (south side of Brockie Donovan) following the graveside service. Flowers are gratefully declined. Donations in Betty’s memory, may be made to the St. Boniface Hospital & Research Foundation Heart Care Campaign. Thanks go to the home care workers who helped look after Betty in her final years, all the 3rd floor staff at the Assiniboine Centre, and all the staff at Fairview Home who made her last few months as comfortable as possible. Special thanks to close friend Susan Peters for all her caring and compassion during Betty’s last months.
STRUK: Mildred Ina Struk (née Klish) was born in Watson, Saskatchewan on April 17, 1930 to John and Katherine Klish, who had come from Poland to settle the land. She loved her parents very much and enjoyed growing up on the family farm, helping out and going to school. In 1947, at age 17, she married, and after a few years had one daughter, Yvonne, her only child. When Yvonne was 6 years of age, Millie and Yvonne moved to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan to start a new life together with the help of Millie’s parents. When her health deteriorated at that time, and she was unable to work, through her parents’ love and support, they helped to look after and raise her daughter. Though a very small family, through their love and faith in God, they were able to endure many challenges and obstacles, and a wonderful family history and heritage was created. Together "Grandpa", "Grandma", Mom and Yvonne worked hard on the farm and learned to trust God in all things. In 1974, the family welcomed Yvonne’s husband, Ron, into the family. As grandchildren for Millie, and great grandchildren for her parents, arrived, they became the family’s "pride and joy": Kris (Amber), Jeremy (Carmelle), and Jodie, along with many pets. Yvonne and Ron lived and worked in Brandon, but family trips to Saskatoon were frequent, and so were phone calls to "Grandmom", Byni (Boonie – Great Grandma) and Great Grandpa. Ron would joke about working for the Telephone Company, as long distance calls were often daily as Yvonne and her mom visited over the phone (in those days before the money-saving phone plans). As Millie grew older, Yvonne took over her grandparents’ role, helping look after her Mom, making trips to care for her needs in Saskatoon, or arranging doctor and repair-men calls, etc., over the phone. Millie’s parents died in the 1990s… her father in 1993 at age 93 and her mother in 1995 at age 95. Millie would have had a sister and brother but they passed away as young infants in the "Old Country", prior to Millie’s birth. Millie loved to laugh and talk and go out for meals and have family visits. She enjoyed her home in Saskatoon and "kept to herself" but liked living next door to her parents while they were alive. She enjoyed watching the grandchildren growing up and, despite the miles between them, she loved watching Kris at Christian Hockey Camps in Saskatoon or Brandon and later when he was older, watching him with the Brandon Wheat Kings as they played against the Saskatoon Blades at Sask Place Arena in Saskatoon. Kris was also his Grandpa’s shadow and loved to help Grandpa fix almost anything. Millie was proud of Jeremy’s amazing artwork, cartoons and pictures that he painted that were so realistic and phenomenal, as he spent hours drawing. She loved watching Jodie figure skate and compete, and loved going to skating shows like "Stars on Ice" whenever possible with Jodie and Yvonne. She treasured a picture autographed to her by Elvis Stoijko, that Jodie obtained for Grandmom when Jodie won a contest to skate with Elvis in Toronto. Grandmom also enjoyed reading about the "Royal Family" … Queen Elizabeth and Princess Diana. She loved watching the grandchildren grow up and mature and her grandsons marry. Despite pleas to move her to be closer to family in Brandon, she did not come to Brandon until Yvonne brought her here over a year and a half ago, to Hillcrest Nursing Home. In spite of the strong Saskatchewan roots, she adjusted to Hillcrest and we appreciated the incredible kindness of the great staff there, who helped make her comfortable and treated her well through her deteriorating physical, cognitive and emotional health. We thank God for Mom’s life and the incredible miracles along the way. We know she looked forward to joining Grandpa and Grandma in heaven, and to the time all of us can reunite there. We are so thankful she is at peace and treasure fond memories of her. Funeral service was held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel, on Tuesday, March 13, 2007. The entire family wishes to express a sincere and heartfelt thanks to everyone who helped and showed kindness to my mother / our grandmom Millie Struk – all the staff at Hillcrest Nursing Home; Dr. Egan, Dr. Vipul, and Father Mike of St. Mary’s for medical / spiritual support. Appreciation to: Kurt Ardron, Sonny Moroz, and staff at Brockie Donovan for making funeral arrangements so professionally; Mona Franklin for her comforting words, prayers and officiating at the Memorial Service; Lynn Juliak for her beautiful singing; many dear, precious friends, co-workers, neighbors for their support, lovely cards, flowers, fruit baskets, food, gifts. Thank You so very, very much! Love, The Perzan Family.
"Mom’s not gone, she’s just gone ahead."
SINCLAIR: Hazel Patience (Davies) (1924 – 2007)
Hazel Sinclair passed away peacefully Thursday March 1st, 2007. She was a daughter of the late David and Nellie (Welbourne) Davies and was born and raised in the Newdale district of Montcalm. She married the late Elmer John Sinclair in 1950 and they continued farming until 1953 when they moved to Winnipeg until 1980. Hazel graciously donated much of her free time to her church (Grace Baptist and then Bethesda), as well as the Canadian Sunday School Mission. Hazel and Elmer have one son Dean who resides in London, Ontario with his wife Denise. Retirement years for Hazel and Elmer had been in Brandon where they were active with their church, First Baptist and they enjoyed great times with their family and friends while residing latterly at Hobbs Manor. Hazel is survived by her son Dean and his wife Denise, her sister Mabel Rose of Strathclair, 2 brothers, George (Nettie) Davies of Sandy Lake and Lloyd (Susan) Davies of Winnipeg and sister-in-law Donna Davies of Brandon. Also survived by sisters-in-law Mildred Gerrard, Eva Morton (Jim), Nell Penn (Harold), Shirley Sinclair (Lawrie Penn), Janet Glover, and Betty Sinclair; brothers-in-law Dale Sinclair, Verne Sinclair and Gerald Sinclair and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her mother, father and beloved brother Bill Davies of Brandon. Hazel was devoted to her family and friends and especially to her Lord Jesus Christ. A service celebrating Hazel’s life was held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel on Tuesday March 6th by Rev. Randy Stanton. A special thank-you to Hazel’s long time friend Muriel Hastings of Winnipeg for her readings. Interment was at Chapel Lawn Cemetery in Winnipeg. The family would like to express their sincere appreciation and thanks to Dr. Mary Egan and the wonderful staff at Hillcrest Place – all of whom made Hazel’s last years as comfortable as possible. Donations, in memory of Hazel may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association, 727B-10th Street Brandon Manitoba, R7A 4G7.
SELENT: Waldin J. Selent, of Sprucewoods, Manitoba, passed away on Sunday, February 18, 2007 at the age of 39 years. His parents, Waldin and Diane Selent, sisters Carolyn Selent and Catherine Rush, survive him. Wally was born on June 22, 1967 in Toronto, Ontario. The family moved to a farm in Pine River, Manitoba in 1968, where Wally attended elementary and secondary school. He enjoyed outdoor activities like riding horses, fishing and the love of animals. He kept these cherished memories with him all his life. In 1984, Wally moved to Shilo, Manitoba with his parents, where he learned the skills to work with his hands as a painter, a carpenter and drywaller, which he performed in the family business till the end of his time. Funeral services were held at St. Barbara’s Chapel in Shilo on Friday, February 23, 2007 at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Randy Stanton officiating. Interment was at the Brandon Cemetery. Thank you to his friends who carried him on his final journey: Glenn Parsons, Jeff Montgomery, Tom Sauck, Wes Janzen, Rob Higley and Steve Higgins. Donations in memory of Waldin Selent may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association, 727B-10th Street, Brandon, MB, R7A 4G7.
May you rest in peace, Wally, till we meet again.
Love, your family and friends.
SKINNER: It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Robert Alan (Al) Skinner born in Winnipeg October 2, 1950 and passed away January 18, 2007. Al was raised and educated in Winnipeg. He was active in hockey, baseball and soccer as a young boy. Al was put in major work class early in his years, which entailed advanced training in subjects such as math, geography, science and French. He continued to excel with anything he did, to the highest level. Al lived in Brandon for the last 29 years. He worked for Kelleher Ford for more than ten years as Service Advisor, Service Manager and Fixed Operations Manager. He enjoyed golfing and had two holes-in-one in his golfing years. Al was a great husband, father and grandfather with a terrific sense of humor. He was predeceased by his brother, Neil of Winnipeg in August, 2006. Al is survived by his beloved wife and best friend, Evelyn; children, Darren (Theresa), grandchildren, Jazmin and Jayden, and daughter, Tammy; his mother and father, Jack and Olive Skinner; sister, Janet; brothers, Paul (Marilyn) and family and David (Lorrie) and family. We would like to thank Dr Groves, Dr Kassier and all of the BRHC and Palliative staff for their care and kindness throughout this time. Also, a big thank you to John and Nancy Kelleher, Darrell and Brenda Appelt and all the great staff for all the support; thank you to many relatives and friends for the visits, comfort and support you gave us; thank you to all the staff at Brockie Donovan for assistance and compassion shown to us during this sad time. A Service of Remembrance was held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel, on January 23, 2007 with Pastor Mike Davis officiating. Placement of cremated remains took place at the Columbarium in the Brandon Cemetery. Donations, in memory of Al, may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, 415-1st Street, Brandon, MB R7A 2W8.
"When I think of you my memories keep you alive.
You are forever in my heart.
Forever to be loved and missed."
TURNER: Anthony passed away peacefully on Saturday, September 29, 2007 at the Valleyview Care Centre (Central Park Lodge) in Brandon, MB. He was born on the family farm at Invermay, SK on August 17, 1920 to Norman and Wreatha Turner. He was the sixth child in a family of eleven. Anthony had attended Mason School when he could, but due to illness, was unable to complete his education. He helped out on the family farm until the Second World War broke out and enlisted in Winnipeg only to be discharged after a short three months; again due to illness. He then secured work in the Brandon area. After the war was over, he married his long time sweetheart, Florence Van Meer on December 29, 1949 at Elkhorn, MB. They lived in the Grand Valley area for a short period of time and then moved northwest of Forrest where they farmed for 35 years. Besides farming, Anthony had worked for Zenith Paving, Brandon Meat Packers and at the River’s Base as a painter, as well as held various other jobs. Anthony and Florence moved to Brandon in 1985 but travelled extensively throughout Canada, wintering in Southern Texas. Anthony is survived by his son Ron of Whitecourt, AB; his only daughter Wreatha (Gordon Curtis) of Esterhazy, SK; son Jacee of Brandon, MB; son Mark (Carla) of Edson, AB; grandchildren Todd Curtis of Dawson Creek, BC; Terri-Lynn & Kirk Burkholder of Esterhazy, SK; Rebecca & Tony Cianflone of Altona, MB; Heidi and Blake Turner of Edson, AB; and great-grandchildren Kayleigh and Hudsyn Burkholder of Esterhazy, SK. He is also survived by his sisters Beth Stott, Ella Sutherland and Ruth Sutherland. Sisters-in-law Eileen Turner, Kathleen Turner, Martha Davison and June Van Meer as well as many, many, nieces and nephews and cousins. Anthony was predeceased by his wife Florence, father and mother Norman and Wreatha, grandson Danny Turner, sisters Norma Wyborn, Erma Turner, Margaret Reynolds, Cora Reynolds, Wreatha Turner, and brothers Ross and Grant. Also brothers-in-law Will Wyborn, George Stott, Bill Reynolds, Fred Reynolds, Bill Sutherland and Stewart Sutherland. He was predeceased by many other brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law. If the truth were known, Anthony actually died on May 8, 1995 - that was when his best friend, partner, love of his life passed away, his wife Florence. Dad you finally got your wish - Go in peace and be with Mom. The Funeral Service was held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel on Friday, October 5, 2007 at 2:30 p.m. Interment followed at Rosewood Memorial Gardens.