Clara Thompson (nee Beck)
On May 26, 2008 Clara May Thompson passed away at age 62 years.
Clara was born at the Portage General Hospital and spent most of her life in Portage. She was predeceased by her husband, John Thompson, her parents, John and Edith Beck, and her brother, Leslie. Left to mourn are brothers, Glen/Kathie, Donald, Raymond and sisters, June/Harry, Margaret/Jim, Sandra/Lee and many nieces/nephews and great nieces/nephews.
The family would like to thank Dr. A Macklem, Portage Medical Service and the staff at the Douglas Campbell Lodge for their kind care and support over the years.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, May 30, 2008 at the Omega Funeral Home, 83 Royal Road South, Portage la Prairie at 1:30 p.m. All are welcome to attend.
Coldwell Berford Galbraith
On May 29, 2008, Col (C.B.) Galbraith of Oakville, MB passed away at the Portage District Hospital at the age of 92.
Eldest son of Fred Galbraith and Mary Jane Piper, Dad was predeceased by his parents, wife Evelyn, brother Jim, sisters-in-law, Millie Galbraith and Dawn Alayne Galbraith. He is survived by his six children, sister Jean (Gord) Stevenson of Nanaimo B.C. and several nieces and nephews. Fondly remembered by special friend Vera Campbell and long time Mill Creek friend, Val Grant.
Dad was born in Winnipeg on March 11, 1916. The following spring he moved with his parents to the Mill Creek district. He received his education at Mill Creek and Oakville Schools, completing high school in Poplar Point. In 1935, he began farming with his father. While working in Winnipeg during the winters of the war years, he met Evelyn Elizabeth Lewis. They were married November 3, 1944 and settled in the Mill Creek area the following spring. On the family farm, 4-12-4, they raised four sons and two daughters. Colleen (Don) Wilkinson, children Brent (Tracey) and Deanne; Lew (Marlene), children Leah (Jim) Reichenberg, (daughter Morgan) and Marcia (daughters Tannis and Tori); Bob (Jo-Anne), children Cheryl (Mike), Greg and Jeff; Pat (Rick) Galbraith-Taraschuk, children Dustin, Kristine, Rebecca; Dennis (Barb), children Erin, Megan, Katlyn and Sarah; Neil (Roberta), children Lauren, Ryan, Tizita, Fikira and Jason.
Dad was committed to his family and community and spent many years contributing to both. He served as a trustee on the Mill Creek school board for several years, as a councilor with the RM of Portage La Prairie and as a member of Oakville UGG. He was a leader with the Oakville 4-H Beef Club and a director with MAHA. In 1991, he co-chaired the Oakville and district school cairn committee. Then in 1998, he helped organize a celebration to mark the Mill Creek School centennial. Most recently he was a member of the Mill Creek history book committee. Dad joined the Masons at an early age and received his 60 year pin in 2003. In 2006, at the age of 90, he was awarded the Oakville Community Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his community involvement. His roots were in agriculture and he never wavered from doing what he loved most – farming. He was an avid reader and kept current with the latest advances in farming. Dad and Mom traveled extensively after their children had left home and made many new friends.
We would like to thank Dr. Khalil, the staff of the P.D.G.H. Extended Care Unit and the Lions Prairie Manor for their care and concern the past few months. Also, Rev. Chuck Ross, Vi Siemens and the Oakville UCW for their assistance.
A service of remembrance will be held Tuesday, June 3, 2008 at 1:30 P.M. in the Knox United Church in Oakville with Rev. Chuck Ross officiating. Private family interment to follow at the Oakville Cemetery. Viewing to be held at Omega Funeral Home on Monday, June 2, 2008 from 8:00 – 9:00 P.M.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the MB chapter of Heart & Stroke Foundation or Knox United Church, Oakville MB.
John L. Roy
Peacefully with family at his side, on Tuesday, June 3, 2008 at the Portage District General Hospital, John L. Roy, of Portage la Prairie, beloved husband of Jocelyn, father of Dave (Jen), & Margo, grandfather of Jordann Zimmer, Kiera, Evan and Shawn Roy passed away at the age of 58 years.
Prayers will be held in the Chapel of the Omega Funeral Home on Monday, June 9, 2008 at 7:00 PM with Deacon Bill Parrack officiating followed by a reception at the Omega Funeral Home.
Interment will take place at a later date in PEI.
John was born on April 5, 1950 son of Eileen and Leo Roy at Lac Megantic, Quebec, where he was raised and received his education. He then joined the RCAF in 1969. here he became a meteorologist, a profession that took him from coast to coast, and to Alert, and Lahr, Germany. In 1974 he married Jocelyn Cousins in PEI and together they raised their 2 children. In 1990 they moved to portage with the RCAF, but when the base closed, he remained working at the same position only as a civilian.
Predeceased by his father, he leaves to mourn his passing his wife, children, and grandchildren his mother Eileen Roy of Ottawa, one sister Pat Wallace of Ottawa, one brother Rob Roy of Vancouver, brothers & Sisters-in-law Wayne (Mary) Cousins, Donald (Sandra) MacKay and many nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.
Should friends so desire, memorial donations may be made to a charity of your choice.
William “Roy” Taylor
Peacefully, on Saturday, June 7, 2008 William “Roy” Taylor of Portage la Prairie passed away at the age of 94 years.
Roy was born the son of William James and Elizabeth (Mills) Taylor on April 10, 1914 in the Boonie Doon area, near Marquette Manitoba. In 1947 he married Doreen Burfoot, his loving wife of 60 years. Together they farmed in the Reaburn area raising their family until 1968 then moving the entire family to Portage la Prairie.
Roy and Doreen were truly friends and supported each other thru family life, the ministry, and many more activities.
His passing will be mourned by his five children; sons, Eric (Darlene), Patrick (Lesley), daughters, Beth (Richard) Farquhar, Peggy (Jeff) Yarema, Faye (Ric) Mann. Roy will be missed by nineteen adoring grandchildren and five great grandchildren. He will be sadly missed by family friend Nikki Hart. . He was predeceased by his sisters, Sue Parker and Gladys Tully. He is survived by his brother Donald (Irene).
Roy enjoyed many years of full time ministry with the Portage la Prairie congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Roy joyfully gave his time and energy to the bible truths with all who desired to learn more of Jehovah’s promises.
The family genuinely wishes to thank Dr. Hedden and the nursing staff of the Medical Unit for the outstanding compassionate care of Dad and concern for Mom.
The Funeral service will take place at Omega Funeral Home, 83 Royal Road South, Portage la Prairie, Manitoba on Tuesday, June 10, 2008 at 1:30 p.m.
Cremation will be at later date with a private family internment.
Theresa Rita Grouette (nee Lamirande)
On Saturday, June 14, 2008 at the Stonewall and District Health Centre, Theresa Rita Grouette, of Stonewall, MB, loving wife of Arnold Grouette, lost her battle with cancer and was called home at the age of 73 years.
At her request cremation has taken place. Funeral service will be held in the chapel of the Omega Funeral Home on June 17, 2008 at 2:00 PM with the Reverend Father Michael Wollbaum officiating. Interment will follow in the Hillside Columbarium, Hillside Cemetery, Portage la Prairie, MB.
Theresa was the youngest daughter of the late Mike and Mary Louise Lamirande. She is also predeceased by her brother Eddie and sister Ida. She leaves to mourn her passing, her husband Arnold; her family Tom and Valli Gollan of Winnipeg and their children Corey (Mark), Thomas (Kerri) and Scott (Ambar); great grandchildren Abbigail, Jennifer, Alexander and Grace; sister Delia (Mrs. Ray Olson); brothers Roy (Matilda) Lamirande, Wally (Cindy) Lamirande and Leonard (Fran) Lamirande; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Should friends so desire, memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, 193 Sherbrook St., Winnipeg, MB, R3C 2B7.