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MANITOBA - Winnepeg - Neil Bardal Funeral Home Obituaries - 23

Posted By: GenealogyBuff
Date: Tuesday, 24 March 2009, at 1:42 p.m.

MURDOCH COLIN RODERICK KIRTON
APRIL 12, 1921 TO SEPTEMBER 5, 2004
Sadly on Sunday, September 5, 2004, at the Victoria General Hospital, with his beloved wife at his side, Murdoch, age 83 passed away suddenly.
Left to mourn his loss are his beloved wife and life partner of almost 59 years, Phyllis; daughters Betty Erhart (late Ron), granddaughter Jan Chanas (Tim) and beloved twin great grandsons born shortly after his passing; and Barbara Lion (Garry) and beloved grandson Lukas.
Murdoch is also survived by his sisters Christina, Sadie and Winnie; brothers-in-law Norman (Irene) and George (Red) and many, many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
He was predeceased by his beloved son-in-law Ron Erhart in May of 2004, as well as his mother and step-father, mother-in-law, four sisters and three brothers.
Born April 12, 1921, he grew up in the Petersfield area and remained there until September, 1939 when he enlisted and went overseas where he served his country until 1945.
When he returned from overseas, he met a young lady who would later become his wife and life partner in a bond that would remain strong and unbroken until his passing. Murdoch and Phyllis would have been married 59 years on December 15, 2004.
He held a few jobs until 1952 when he joined the workforce of what is now known as Canada Post and remained there until 1981 when he retired as a Supervisor.
He was a quiet gentle man who put his family above all else. He watched his daughters grow with pride and when the time came, welcomed his sons-in-law into the family and always treated them as his own sons. He was Papa to his grandchildren and spent many happy hours with them teaching, playing and telling them stories.
His love of the outdoors would find him off "hunting" somewhere - rifle replaced by binoculars and his camera watching the birds and wildlife from the road or through the car window in the countryside where he grew up. Fishing and spending time at the cottage with Phyllis and the family were among his pleasures until ill health no longer permitted it.
He was a member of the Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders, a Life Member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Selkirk Branch and a long time member of the Winnipeg Group.
Family and friends joined in celebrating his life with a memorial service on Friday, September 10 at 12:30 p.m., at Neil Bardal Inc., 984 Portage Avenue, Aubrey Street entrance. A private family interment followed.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Murdoch's memory to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba, 200 - 6 Donald Street, R3L 0K6, or the Firefighters Burn Fund, 303 - 83 Garry Street, R3C 4H9.

THEODORE (TED) CHARLES BRADFORD
Passed away suddenly at the St. Boniface Hospital on Thursday September 2nd ,2004 at the age of 75 years.
Ted was predeceased by his son Ronny, sister Joye Meneer, brother Stewart Bradford and parents Jack and Cora Bradford.
Ted is survived by his wife Rheta, son Dr. James Bradford (Sandi) of Springfield, MO, daughters Linda (Ken) Walker of Vancouver BC, Brenda (Todd) Marshall of Smithtown NY, Joanne (Ralph) Hoehne of Bradenton FL, brother Jack Bradford of Toronto ON, grandchildren Meredith and Angeline Bradford, Garrett, Devin and Keegan Walker, Kelsie and Taylor Marshall, Brett, Ashton, Connor and Logan Hoehne. Extended family members Sandy (Erik) Luczak and daughter Bonnie (Andrew) Swaby.
Ted worked for the Canadian National Railway as both an operator and train dispatcher. He was later hired by the Watkins Company as a salesman and trainer, including three years in Winona, Minnesota at the company headquarters..
For the past 30 years Ted has been the founder, President and C.E.O. of Variclean Maid Services in Winnipeg, MB. During that time he was an exceptionally active volunteer in the church and community. He was a choir director, Sunday School Superintendent, Church Board Member, fund raiser, small group leader, Alpha Table leader, mentor, Men's Ministry Director for the Manitoba Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada, WHY Encounter Chairman, and Director of the Billy Graham Telephone Center in Winnipeg, MB.
Ted was a phenomenal husband, father and grandfather whose example, influence and love deeply impacted every member of his family, church, business, staff and community. His Godliness and constant encouragement will be deeply missed.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Billy Graham Telephone Ministry, 400 Hargrave St.,Winnipeg, MB R3B-3A8.
A funeral service was held on Wednesday September 8th 2004, 11:00 am at Calvary Temple, 400 Hargrave St. Winnipeg, officiated by Pastor Bruce Martin and Reverend H.H. Barber.

CATHERINE (JOYCE) JOYCE
NOVEMBER 25, 1927 - SEPTEMBER 2, 2004
It is with profound sorrow, the family regrets to announce the passing of Joyce Joyce on September 2, 2004 at the Grace Hospital.
Joyce leaves behind her beloved husband and best friend of 55 years, Stan; loving daughter, Barbara and son-in-law Garry Hawryluk; loving daughter Deborah; as well as her precious grandchildren, Jaimie (Warren), Graham, Kelsey, and Christopher.
Joyce's unconditional love, wisdom, sensitivity and humour were the cornerstones of her incomparable, radiant beauty. Her family and close friends were enriched by the warmth, comfort and security of these precious gifts from this extraordinary woman and for this, we will be forever humbled and grateful.
The family wishes to thank the compassionate and caring staff at the Grace Hospital 3 West. In accordance with her wishes, there will be a private family internment. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of your choice.

ROBERT (BOB) BROWNING
We sadly announce the passing of Bob Browning, at Deer Lodge Centre, on September 2, 2004, at the age of 79.
He is survived by his loving wife Elsa of 59 years, his daughter Karen (Dave) of Edmonton AB., his sons Bob, David of Cambridge, ON., and Jim (Kim), 8 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren, sister Dorothy, brother Fred (Myrtle) of Wallaceburg ON., sisters-in-law Irene (Uno) of McMinnville OR., Margaret, Mable of Toronto ON., and Lil, numerous nieces and nephews. Predeceased by mother Ida, father Joseph, sister Gladys, brothers John, Harry, Joe, Clarence, and Manly, sisters-in-law Myrtle, and Pauline, and brothers-in-law Tommy, and Steve.
Bob was employed by Coca Cola for 18 years, and later by Gage Envelopes and then Barber Ellis. He also had a second job, for many years, as Chief Steward for the Officers Mess, at Minto Armouries.
The family thanks the nurses, doctors, and support staff at St. Boniface Hospital and Deer Lodge Centre, for their care and kindness.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to charity of your choice.
A memorial service was held at 1:00 p.m., Tuesday September 7 at Neil Bardal Inc 984 Portage Avenue, Aubrey Street entrance.

GRACE MCKELVEY (NEE TAYLOR)
1914 - 2004
Grace passed away peacefully on Monday, August 30, 2004 at Middlechurch Home.
Grace was predeceased by her husband Gordon in 1973.
She will be lovingly remembered by her two children, Heather Peirce (Allan) of Calgary and Donald McKelvey (Nelyda) of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico; two grandchildren, Shelagh Peirce (Mark) of England and David Peirce (Alice) and one great grandson, Colby Peirce of the Philippines. She is also survived by her sister Connie Daily (Bob) of Winnipeg, sister-in-law Kay McKelvey of Winnipeg and brother-in-law Edward Shute of Calgary. She was recently predeceased by her sister Marion Ives.
Grace was born on December 6, 1914 and lived all her life in Winnipeg. After graduating from Daniel McIntyre Collegiate, she worked for many years in the retail clothing business. Her most fulfilling job was as an aide at Sir William Whyte School. She enjoyed life to the fullest by spending time with her friends and participating in a variety of activities. She particularly cherished her association with North Centennial Seniors. Later in life she travelled to many parts of the world.
The family wishes to thank the staff at Middlechurch Home for their excellent care and compassion.
Cremation has taken place and a private interment was held at Brookside Cemetery. For all friends and family to celebrate Grace's life, a reception was held at Sparling United Church, 1609 Elgin Avenue W., on Friday, September 3, 2004 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
If friends so desire, memorial donations may be made in Grace's memory to the Canadian Diabetes Association, 102 - 310 Broadway, Winnipeg, R3C 0S6, or a charity of their choice.

HELEN LOTHIAN
With family at her side, we announce the passing of our dear mother on August 30th at the age of 83.
She was predeceased by her daughter Elaine in 1985 and her loving husband John in 1998. She will be sadly missed by her children, Elaine's family Bill Presloski and their children Laura, Sherri and Jana, Carolyn (Rod) Bond and their children Shayne (Tricia), Wade and JC, Betty Ann (Myles) Hanley and their children Derek (Lara) and Tracy, Leroy (Lynn) Lothian and their children Shaun (Andrea), Christopher and Alyssa; 6 great grand children, sister Jean Mathieson, sister-in-law Janet Russell, brother-in-law Edward Tascona as well as many nieces, nephews and good friends.
Mom was born May 26, 1921 in Grenfell, SK and soon after the family moved to Wapella, SK where mom lived until she finished high school. She then moved to Winnipeg to find work and it was here that she met dad. They were married in April 1944 and together they raised 4 children in St. James.
Mom loved ceramics, playing the organ, gardening, word puzzles, traveling, shopping, watching the Young and the Restless on TV, and talking about current affairs and politics. Her home was her castle and she loved to decorate. Mom was a long standing member of Sparling United Church and during these last few years she was only able to watch Sunday morning church programs on TV.
The family wishes to express their special thanks and sincere appreciation to Dr. Breckman, Dr. Harris, Dr. Hutfluss, Palliative Care and Home Care staff. It was only with all their help and direction that we were able to respect Mom's wishes and care for her at home.
A funeral service was held at 1:30 pm on Friday, September 3rd at 984 Portage Ave.(entrance on Aubrey Street) followed by a gathering of family and friends in the reception area. Interment will be at Chapel Lawn 4000 Portage Ave. following the reception.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Canadian Cancer Society, 193 Sherbrook St. R3C 9Z9 or Sparling United Church Memorial Fund, 1609 Elgin Ave. R3E 1C4.

CATHARINE SIMS DALTON (NEE CLARK)
Guarded by her faithful Pug, Boodalini, tended by her daughter Pat and devoted caregivers, with consults from her daughter Roberta, the beautiful smile of Catharine dimmed to only a memory on the morning of August 27, 2004. She was surrounded by love and as was her greatest desire, she was in her own home.
Born to Dora and Donald Clark on her grandfather's farm in Swan River, Manitoba, mother would spend her youth and early married life in Bowsman, Manitoba. She was employed at the local store, and during the war, became a working mom at Henry Stevens bank. She had very fond memories of her days in the Valley.
Married to Robert (Bob) Dalton in 1939, they would live in Bowsman, Russell, Gilbert Plains, Winkler, and Winnipeg, raise a gang of children- Roberta, Thomas, Clark, Patricia, and Kerry- and mourn the loss of their baby, John.
A mother from the 1940's to the New Millennium, she displayed a truly unconditional love for each child; no one was "best". To each one, she taught the basics and then gave them their wings. When her nest became empty, mother went to university. Having declined an opera scholarship in her youth to tend to her ailing mother and care for her young brother, mother was delighted to have the opportunity to attend the University of Winnipeg. Each fall, for over 20 years, mother packed her school bag and went off to thoroughly enjoy her courses, the students and the professors.
Catharine was creative and multi-talented. She was an artist, seamstress, writer, and a diva of domestic science. She had a deep appreciation for music, sang in many choirs and filled her home with song. She loved trains and travel. She was a willing volunteer in the community and had an interest in the lives of women and girls worldwide.
Catharine loved her home and after the death of her husband her world changed. Fiercely determined to stay in her own home, she would face many challenges. Although her journey was not easy, she would display courage and grace. She was our teacher and led her daughter Pat and caregivers through each step with great patience; usually waiting for them to catch up!
Mrs. D's days were filled with love and laughter, music and song, stories, poetry, history, the Swan River Star and Times and CBC radio. There can not have been a greater fan of Stuart McLean and the Vinyl Café.
There ain't no other like our mother.
Be a goodl't and watch out for the bumps, mother!
Foxwarren Chapter of the Eastern Star. Life Member. Donations in Catharine's memory may be made to the University of Winnipeg Scholarship Fund or Hospice and Palliative Care Manitoba.
A funeral service was held on Thursday, September 2 at Crescent Fort Rouge United Church, 525 Wardlaw Avenue, at 2:00 p.m.

ESTELLE ALMIRA WILTSHIRE (nee SOMERS)
October 22, 1928 - September 2, 2004
With her loving family by her side, Mom passed peacefully at the Grace Hospital.
She will be sadly missed by her children, Shelley (Terry), Sheri-lynn (Bryan), Fred (Joanne), Everett (Janice); seven grandchildren; two and 5/9ths great-grandchildren. She is also survived by sisters Rene and Millie.
The family wishes to thank the doctors and nurses of Grace Hospital Intensive Care Unit.
A memorial service was held on Wednesday, September 8 at Neil Bardal Inc., 984 Portage Ave. (entrance on Aubrey Street), at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Mom's memory to the Manitoba Kidney Foundation, 730 Taylor Ave., Winnipeg, MB R3M 2K8.

DONALD LOUIS WORKMAN
Suddenly, while doing what he loved best, gardening, Don passed away on August 25, 2004.
He will be sadly missed by his wife, Sheryl and his 7 children, Sean, Don (Shelly), Dan (Janet), David (Jane), Doug (Cheryl), Kathy (Rusty) and Michelle (John), 13 grandchildren, 1 great-grandson and his brother Bill. He was very proud of all of them.
He also leaves to mourn his sisters-in-law Jo-Anne and Rilla, brothers-in law Edward and Ted, 4 nephews, Mary Tracy and dear friends Brian and Marlene.
Don was pre-deceased by his parents Arnold and Kathleen and 1 grandson.
Don was born June 30, 1932 in Garrett, Kentucky and grew up in Prestonsburg, Kentucky.
In 1951 he enlisted in the United States Navy and served as a Hospital Corpsman, holding many medical assignments at hospitals and clinics along the East coast of the US. He saw much of the world while assigned to Navy ships and retired in 1970 with the rank of HM1.
Don then went to work in Canada on the DEWLine and married Sheryl in 1974. In 1975 they were given the opportunity to go North together as the first husband and wife team to work on the DEWLine. Shortly after Sean was born, Don left the DEWLine, choosing to stay home and watch him grow. During that time there were lots of fishing trips, camping in the motor home and trips to the States to see the children and grandchildren.
Don spent many, many hours gardening at "The White House" in Charleswood. He had a green thumb and could make anything grow. In addition to his love of gardening he also loved to bass fish and won many casting tournaments.
A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, September 1 at 11:00 am at Neil Bardal Inc., 984 Portage Ave.,(Aubrey Street entrance).
Don's ashes will be interred at sea at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Friends of the Assiniboine Park Conservatory, Box 24017, 15 Conservatory Drive, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3N 2B1, if friends so desire.

JAMES GERARD CUNNIN
1923 - 2004
With deep sadness we announce the death of Jim Cunnin at Health Sciences Centre on the morning of August 26.
He is survived by his three children, Mary (Ted Chesney), Cathy Shewchuk, and David, his former wife Joan, and his brother Desmond Cunnin. He was predeceased by his parents, and his sister Patricia Wappel.
Jim was born in Regina. At age sixteen he began a 37 year career with the Royal Bank, which took him to branches in Saskatchewan, Alberta, Manitoba, and North Western Ontario.
He was forced to retire due to failing eyesight in 1977. Then began his career with his guide dogs (Jade, Rayne and James). He and his dogs were a familiar sight in St. James. He did a lot of public speaking on blindness and delighted in taking his dog to schools to do presentations.
Jim has been a member of Blessed John XXIII parish since 1969. For many years he served on the board of the Assiniboia Christian Centre. He was also a board member of the CNIB for many years.He will be missed.
Funeral Mass was celebrated by Msg. Maurice Comeault of the Assiniboia Christian Centre (Blessed John XXIII Parish) 3390 Portage Ave, corner of Portage Ave and Rouge Road, at 9:30 AM on Monday August 30, 2004. Reception to follow in the Parish Hall. Private family internment at Assumption Cemetery.
The family wishes to express sincere thanks to the MICU staff at Health Sciences Centre, and special thanks to Brian Hemeryck, Serge Lavalle, and all of Jim's close friends who have been so supportive to him over the years.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Jim's name to the CNIB would be greatly appreciated.

ANNIE FUTTY
Annie Futty passed away August 26, 2004, with her beloved husband Tom and her beautiful family by her side.
Born July 1, 1925 in Winnipeg to Kenneth and Jane Murray, Annie was a lifetime resident of Winnipeg outside of a short time living in Shelbourne NS, after her marriage in June of 1944.
Annie is survived by her husband Tom, her daughters Karen Gundrum and Don, Jane Murray and Arnie Anzew; daughter-in-law Linda; grandchildren David, Dianna and Derek Gundrum, Carina Kirk and Wendy Rondeau; great grandchildren Dallas, Tyler, Tanner, Brendan and Kaelyn and her brothers Gary and Jim. Annie was predeceased by her beloved son Tom, parents, brothers, Donald and Kenneth and sister, Christine.
Annie was a devoted wife and mother and a wonderful friend to many people. We all were enriched by her zest for life and sense of humour. She was the life of every party, a force to be reckoned with and will be sadly missed by us all.

GLADYS PATRICIA CONSTANCE BOGDEN (NEE PAULIN)
On Thursday, August 26, 2004 at the Grace Hospital Gladys Bogden passed away at the age of 77 years.
Gladys was born in St. James, Manitoba on February 22, 1927. She was known as Pat Paulin when she grew up and attended Assiniboine and Linwood Schools and was a friend to every one. She was confirmed in the United Church on January 20, 1946, and was a member of St. James United Church.
She was predeceased by her parents John Paulin and Gertrude (Irvine) Paulin, brothers John and Stewart and sister Isabel. She was also predeceased by her only child Alexander (Sandy) Arthur Harry Bogden in 1990.
A funeral service was held at 3:00 p.m., Tuesday, August 31, at St. James United Church, 234 Parkview Street. She was buried next to her son at St. James Cemetery.

JOHN BRUCKSHAW
1926 - 2004
With sadness, we announce the passing of John Bruckshaw at his home at the age of 78 years. He is deeply mourned by his daughter Wendy Duncan (David); his son Peter Bruckshaw (Allison); John's former wife, Barbara Kaleta; and five grandchildren, Jocelyn and Rachel Duncan, Jon, Tomas and Elinor Bruckshaw; his sister Gladys; and his nieces and nephews in England. He was predeceased by his parents and his older brother Tom.
John was born in Manchester, England on January 12, 1926, the third child of John and Edith Bruckshaw. He excelled in soccer and boxing and was proud that he had been invited to be a professional boxer, but ultimately declined. He secured a technical college degree in electrical engineering in England. In 1955 he moved with his wife and daughter, Wendy, to Canada. He was directed by immigration authorities to take up residence with his young family in a cold windswept place called Winnipeg and happily remained there the rest of his life. John worked with the Cyclotron Division of the Department of Physics at the University of Manitoba; after 25 years of service he retired in 1986. John enjoyed pouring over his books and encyclopedia, making notes, satisfying his life-long interest in a broad range of subjects. He instilled in his children a similar thirst for knowledge and the importance of a good education.
Cremation and an interment service, attended by family, has taken place.

LAURA ANNE FOSSEY
On Sunday, August 29, 2004 at West Park Manor, Laura Fossey passed away at the age of 87 years.
Cremation has taken place and an interment service was held at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, September 7, 2004 at Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens, the Reverend Don Ross officiating.

OLIVE MARY WILLIAMS
Peacefully on November 24, 2004 at Seven Oaks General Hospital, Olive Williams joined the Lord in eternal peace.
Beloved of daughter Christine Patrick and son Kerry Williams, Olive leaves to mourn many family members who will miss her wonderful smile, generosity of spirit and love of life; son-in law Michael Patrick, sisters-in-law, Helen Williams and Catherine Watts; niece Cathy McInnes and husband Bob, and many nieces and nephews, grand, and great-grand. Niece Pamela Williams (nee Hobkirk) deserves special recognition for her faithful support of Olive not only during her illness but for many years preceding. Olive was predeceased in 1998 by her loving husband of 54 years, John ("Jack") Williams and many special loved ones; mother Ethel Dunn, sister-in-law, Margaret ("Peggy") Hobkirk and brother-in-law Robert ("Bob") Williams, daughter-in-law, Linda Williams and favorite aunt, Ivy Webb of London, England.
Olive was born in London, England on October 15, 1922. She served in the British Airforce Womens' Corps during WWII and during that time met Jack. They were married in London on June 3, 1944. Olive traveled across to Canada as a warbride, disembarking at Halifax in 1946 and journeyed by rail with Christine to Winnipeg where they were met by Jack and his family and friends. She never left Jack's side for over 50 years.
Jack and Olive settled in Charleswood and in 1951 were blessed with the arrival of their son Kerry. They raised their family in Charleswood until moving to St. James in 1975. In the early 1960s they built a cottage in Victoria Beach which became a second home where they enjoyed many fun-filled days with family and friends. Olive was known for her love of entertaining and wonderful cooking.
Olive was active in several venues outside the home. She was a past member of IODE, docent at the Winnipeg Museum of Man and Nature, and volunteered at Oakview Place and Grace General Hospital. She acquired a certificate in geriatrics from RRCC and subsequently worked at Oakview Place where she oversaw the care of her mother, Ethel and made many new friends.
In their retirement years Olive and Jack became actively associated with the Ness Avenue Baptist Church which became a focal point of their lives. Both worked for many years with the church Food Bank, a source of great spirit and volunteerism to them.
Olive enjoyed traveling and enjoyed many trips to England, Hawaii, B.C. and other points in Canada and to California to visit Christine and Michael and in-laws Pat and Carmen Patrick of Coarsegold, CA.
The family would like to extend special thanks to the many wonderful friends in Olive's life: Kay Ramsey (her soul-sister), Derek Mayes, Betty Poulain, Betty McNutt, Heather Dyregrov and numerous caring, thoughtful friends from the church whose friendship she cherished.
The family would like to extend heartfelt gratitude to Olive's superb physician, Dr. Jamie Boyd, also Dr. Mark Kristjanson, Dr. John Moncek and to caring staff of Seven Oaks General Hospital on 5 Unit 1 and 2; to Pastor Robert Shepansky for his spiritual guidance and support to Olive, comforting presence to Christine and Kerry and prayers at the bedside.
A memorial service was held on Saturday, November 27 at Ness Avenue Baptist Church, 2700 Ness Avenue at 10:00 a.m.
The family requests in lieu of flowers that donations be made in Olive's name to Ness Avenue Baptist Church, 2700 Ness Ave. Winnipeg, MB. R3J 1A7.
" I thank God for this day, we can get through it together. "

JAMES C. GORDON
Hi, my name was James Colin Andrew Gordon. They say I was born October 26, 1950 and I died November 24, 2004. I was only 54, but my life was quite interesting to me. I've always enjoyed reading the morning newspaper, including the obituary notices. It was difficult to know all the people in the notices when they lived on this planet, but I am probably meeting some of you now!
I was born third, into a family of eight children, five brothers, two sisters. My mother Patricia Gordon passed on May 7, 1991 and my father died January 16, 2001 two days after my mother's birthday. I am deeply mourned by my partner, lover, confident and unique friend, Sandra Gordon nee Greenberg. I am also survived by my father-in-law Edward Greenberg, mother-in-law Corinne Greenberg, brother-in-law Dr. Milton Tenenbein, sister-in-law Brenda Tenenbein and their passionate children Burton, Paul, Marshall and Rachel, who showed great kindness to their uncle Jim. I am also survived by Shane Greenberg and his daughter Sarah. My Aunt Doreene, "the last surviving Jones", also mourns me as does her partner Bill, and her four children. I have far too many cousins, nieces and nephews to name here.
Some of my happiest times were spent in Deep River, a town nestled amongst the colourful Laurentians, in the Ottawa Valley. I remember basking in the hot sun and I spent most of my time at the beach, exploring and fishing for trout in Kennedy Creek. My family moved to Pinawa in 1964 and I have lived in Winnipeg (1973-1977), North West Territories (1978-1981), BC (1981-1982), Winnipeg, (1982-1984), Edmonton (1984-1985), Winnipeg, (1985 to 2004).
I was a classroom teacher from 1978. However I ran into health problems by 1990 which slowed me down a little but I kept returning to teach! I was hospitalized seven times between 1991 and 2000, and I finally realized I was not going to get any healthier if I continued this pattern of sickness - teaching- sickness so I left the job. Eventually I was placed on permanent disability. This last hospital visit cost me my life.
I hope that I had a "positive" effect on all of my students who I loved as if they were my own children. Today would be a good day to light your Christmas candle you made with me. I am going to miss the comradery I have experienced with many people over such activities as: wine-making, camping, fishing, candle making, teaching, games etc. and the incredible conversations I've had with such great individuals.
Music was the fabric of my weave. It has been my personal shelter from confusion and anger, helped me make sense of the conflicted world. Besides being an escape, music and the lyrics have provided me with extremely vivid memories of people, places, feelings and I hope these will be present in the afterlife.
Although I was born a Roman Catholic and I would like to be buried a Roman Catholic, I've listened to many different religious perspectives in my life time. The religions of this planet are diverse, but all have a feeling of worship of a compassionate Creator. Please say a little prayer for me in your place of worship.
A funeral service was held on Saturday, November 27 at Neil Bardal funeral home, 984 Portage Avenue.
Flowers are gratefully declined. Donations in Jim's memory may be made to Winnipeg Pet Rescue Shelter, 3062 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg, MB R3K 0Y1, Children's Hospital Foundation of Manitoba, CE 501, 840 Sherbrook Street, Winnipeg, MB R3A 1S1 or Alzheimer Society of Manitoba, Unit 10, 120 Donald Street, Winnipeg, MB R3C 4G2.

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