WALOWETZ: William Murray "Beamer" Walowetz (January 28, 2006 – March 2, 2007). William, beloved son of Kevin and Shannon, was taken peacefully at home in his sleep on Friday, March 2, 2007. A Funeral Service will be held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, on Friday, March 9, 2007 at 11:00 a.m. with Arlene Robertson of First Presbyterian Church officiating. Interment will take place in the Children’s Section at the Brandon Cemetery. A reception to celebrate William’s life will follow at the Sprucewoods Community Hall. Donations in memory of William may be made to the Westman Dreams for Kids Foundation, 203-37-11th Street, Brandon, MB, R7A 4J2.
WALL: Walter Stanley Wall (December 16, 1922 – January 20, 2007). It is with deep regret the family of Walter Stanley Wall announces their loss of a loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. Walter passed away on January 20, 2007 after a lengthy illness. He leaves to mourn his loving wife Anna (née Roberts), his daughter Darlene McCrae (James) and his son Randall (Allison). He is also mourned by his grandchildren, whom he dearly loved: Tara (Scot) Taylor of Brandon; Toby (Matthew) Kreider of Goshen, Indiana; Nancy (Robyn) Yon of Grand Forks, North Dakota; Hollie (Dustin) Wells of Brandon; Candice McCrae and her fiancée Bart Brown of Brandon; Nigel, Maggie, Marley and Riley Wall of Winnipeg. Great grandchildren are Kieran and Aidan Taylor of Brandon; Jackson and Joshua Yon of Grand Forks; Reid and Lilianna Wells of Brandon. Walter was a family-oriented man, adored his grandchildren, was thankful for the gift of enjoying his six great grandchildren and was pleased to learn of the expected arrival of two more later this year. Also left to mourn are his sister Maud Gould of Brandon and sisters-in-law Frances Milne-McKeown, Brandon; Florence Daniels, Edmonton; Shirley (Walter) Mitchell, Edmonton; and Dorothy (Clay) Elston, Kingston, Ontario; also many nieces and nephews. Walter was predeceased by his parents, Ernest and Minnie Wall, and by his brother Ernest and sisters Dorothy, Mary and Violet. Anna and Walter were married in 1943 and would have celebrated 64 years together in March of this year. Walter received his education in the Brandon school system. Prior to enlisting in the armed forces in 1943, he was employed by the CNR Prince Edward Hotel. Later that year he was sent overseas, where he served in the infantry with the South Saskatchewan Regiment. Wounded in action in France and flown to England for hospital recovery, he later rejoined his regiment and walked across Holland, Belgium and Germany, where he was deployed at war’s end. On his return to Canada, Walter was re-employed at the Prince Edward Hotel as night auditor. After the sale of the Prince Edward Hotel, he began as ticket clerk for the CPR, again until its closure, when he was employed at the Brandon Mental Hospital as assistant stores manager until his retirement in 1987. During his working years and after retirement Walter and Anna spent many holidays and weekends at the family cottage at Sportsman’s Park, Clear Lake, where he practised his hobby of building and renovating. They also enjoyed tropical cruises and holidays in Hawaii, Spain and Mexico. Walter was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion #3 and, despite his illness, was proud to walk up and receive his sixty-year membership pin in the spring of 2006. He attended First Baptist Church, always willing to help with various projects. At one time, he and another volunteer spent days painting the entire floor of the First Baptist Church, where he and Anna were married many years before. Walter was interested in active sports, hunting and fishing. His keenest interest was in keeping and breeding tropical and saltwater fish. He earned many trophies, winning best of show with his talent for aquarium decorating. He was past president of the Brandon Tropical Fish Club. Fanciers with sick fish often called upon Walter for assistance, so much so that amongst the membership he was called the "fish doctor". An avid gardener, he loved to tend the flowers and vegetables in his yard. He was proud to share the "best" tomatoes with family and friends. Walter always had a sincere interest in the underprivileged, particularly children’s causes. He supported and maintained regular contact with a child from El Salvador, from age two to adulthood. Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, January 25, 2007 at the Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, with interment and reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations in Walter’s memory may be made to the Brandon Humane Society, 2200-17th Street East, Brandon, MB R7A 7M6 or to a charity of choice.
WILLIAMS: Bernard Eldon Keith "Barney" Williams passed away at his residence, Hillcrest Place on Sunday, January 14, 2007. Barney was born in Oak Lake to parents Thomas Edward and Hazel Williams on December 29, 1923. He received his education in Oak Lake and shortly after finishing Grade XII he joined the Royal Canadian Air Force serving overseas. Shortly after returning from overseas, he and his mother moved to Saskatoon to be closer to other family members. It was here he met and married Kathleen Stephens. He was predeceased by his wife Kathleen, his parents, brother Smith (Dorothy) and brother-in-law Cecil Furtney. Barney is survived by his wife Yvonne; son Ted (Coreen) and their family: son Randy (Jen) and their son Tristyn; son Ryan; daughter Rennie (Rob) Hendry, sister Marguerite Furtney and niece Wendy Furtney. Also surviving is Yvonne’s family Joyce Milne, Joan (Ian Moggach) and their families. Barney enjoyed his fishing and hunting trips with his friends and loved a game of golf. He also took great pleasure in his many canoe trips with the Boy Scouts. He was active in the Boy Scout Movement for over 25 years. Barney was a member of the Oak Lake Legion #079. Prior to retiring, he worked in real estate for over 25 years in Saskatoon. Funeral service will be held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, on Saturday, January 27, 2007 at 1:00 p.m. with Rev. Harvey Hurren officiating. Interment will take place in the veterans’ section at the Brandon Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba, #1, 613-10th Street, Brandon, MB R7A 4G6 or to a charity of choice.
WHITTINGHAM: John Kelvin James (Kelly) Whittingham of the R.M. of Cornwallis, passed away at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on September 21, 2008 at the age of 71 years. Kelly was born on October 14, 1936 at Elgin, Manitoba. He was raised on a small family farm and attended school until Grade 6. He later took his GED and received his Grade 12 Education while working for the Brandon Fire Department. During his lifetime, Kelly worked as a long haul truck driver (driving for Allied Vans & Dindsdale), he sold Watkins products, and he farmed (PMU producer for many years). His final career was with the Brandon Fire Department as a Firefighter. Kelly belonged to many organizations including: Brandon Gymkana, Brandon Light Horse, M.G.R.A., Red Coates and the Queens Cowboys. Horses were his main passion. He could hardly wait each year to attend the Royal Manitoba Winter Fair to showcase his favorite Stallion, Skorflex. He could also be seen on horse back in parades dressed up as the Lone Ranger around Western Manitoba or dressed in his period costume with the Red Coats or Queens Cowboys. He even participated in period costume on horse back in a documentary film for television that was filmed in Saskatchewan. In his early years, he was very interested in endurance riding and participated in many competitions on horse back to raise money. Kelly was very proud to be a Firefighter with the Brandon Fire Department from October 8, 1963 until his retirement on October 31, 1994. During his time as a Firefighter, he worked his way through the ranks to become a Lieutenant. During his career with the Fire hall, he received the Governor General's Meritorious Service Award for 20 years of dedicated service, as well as his 25 year Manitoba Association of Fire Chiefs Exemplary Service medal, followed by his 30 year service bar. Kelly is survived by his children: son, John "Wayne" Whittingham (wife Judy), daughter, Victoria Elizabeth "Vicky" Wilson (husband Ron), son, Harold Kelvin Whittingham (friend Christine Hearn); grandchildren: Lorraine Wilson, Steven Wilson, Chad Whittingham and Clint Whittingham; sisters, Kathy McKay and Marion Yates; and brother, Brian Whittingham. He was predeceased by his wife, Gladys Elizabeth "Betty" Whittingham and brother, John Robert "Bob" Whittingham. A time of visitation will be held at Brockie Donovan Funeral Home, 332-8th Street, on Friday, September 26, 2008 at 7:00 p.m. The funeral service will be held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel, on Saturday, September 27, 2008 at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Laird Russell-Yearwood of Central United Church officiating. The Honor Guard, Active and Honorary Pallbearers will be members of the Brandon Fire Department. Interment will follow in the Brandon Cemetery. Donations in memory of Kelly may be made to the Brandon Firefighters Charity Fund, #1 Fire Hall, 637 Princess Avenue, Brandon, MB R7A 0P2, Attention: Kevin Groff.
WINNING: Irene Winning passed away at her residence at Fairview Home on August 7, 2008 at the age of 95 years. Cremation has taken place. A graveside service will be held at the Brandon Cemetery on Tuesday, September 30, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. The family gratefully declines flowers. Donations in memory of Irene may be made to the Canadian National Institute for the Blind, 354 Tenth Street, Brandon, MB R7A 4G1.
WAINWRIGHT: Mr. David Brian Wainwright, beloved husband of Carita, of Brandon passed away peacefully at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Tuesday, August 12, 2008 at the age of 56 years. Dave grew up in Brandon as the youngest of four children to Muriel and Harold Wainwright. Growing up he enjoyed playing cards, road hockey, baseball and many other sports. Dave also enjoyed camping with his family. He moved to Banff and then on to Calgary where he met his wife Carita, with whom he shared nearly 25 years of marriage. Dave and Carita moved to Brandon in 1984 with their two children. Dave was a great man with a big heart whose greatest enjoyment was the time he spent with his famly and friends. Dave attended school at George Fitton, Harrison High and then McLaren High School. Dave enjoyed a successful career with Manitoba Hydro. Dave enjoyed golfing and was a member of the Glen Lea Golf Course. Dave also enjoyed Wheat Kings Hockey Games and any, and all, actives involving his grandchildren. Dave is survived by his loving wife Carita; his children Joanne (John) and Trent (Melissa); his parents Muriel and Harold Wainwright; his brother Rick (Joan); his sister Cheryl (Don); sister-in-law Betty; grandchildren Marcus, Tyra, Ryan, Jack, Dane and Anthony; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother James Wainwright. A service of remembrance was held at Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, on Friday, August 15, 2008 at 10:00 a.m. with Rev. Shannon McCarthy of Central United Church officiating. Donations in memory of Dave may be made the Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation, "Palliative Care Services" 150 McTavish Ave. East, Brandon, MB, R7A 2B3 or Canadian Cancer Society, 415-1st Street, Brandon, MB, R7A 2W8.
WOODFIELD: In memory of Robert Harold Woodfield "Woody" of Forrest, MB who passed away June 29th, 2008 at his home. Woody was born January 17th, 1945 in Winnipeg, MB and moved to Brandon with his family in his early teens. He started and operated Woody’s Mobile Steam Cleaning in 1970 and continued to run until 2005. A long-standing member of the Brandon Wildlife Association, he served for numerous years as chairman for both the membership committee and, as most notably fisheries chairman. He enjoyed being outdoors fishing and camping, and amateur astronomy. He is survived by his loving wife Susan, sons Robert(Robin), and Bradley(Tania); grandchildren Zachary, Cole, Marshall, Christopher, Rae-Lynn, and Joseph; brothers Fred (Ellen) Woodfield, Ron (Brucein) Woodfield; sisters Lynn(Gene) Ash, MaryLou Woodfield and families. A memorial service will be held Monday July 7th, 2008 at Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, at 11:00 a.m. with Lawrence McInnes as Funeral Celebrant.In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation 3-824 18th St., Brandon, Mb, R7A 5B7.
WILLMS: Margaret Ann Willms (née Wallace), born September 21, 1940,beloved wife of Edward Willms, passed away at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Tuesday, July 1, 2008 at the age of 67 years. Margaret leaves to mourn her passing her husband Edward; son Brent (Corinne) Willms and daughter Melissa (Jack) Azure; grandchildren Natalie, Brant and Courtney. She was predeceased by her parents Clifford Richard Wallace and Dorothy Hazel Wallace. A memorial service will be held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, on Tuesday, July 8, 2008 at 1:00 p.m. with Rev. Barb Jardine officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, 415-1st Street, Brandon, MB, R7A 2W8.
WILKIE: Mr. Leslie Angus Wilkie of Brandon passed away at his residence on Wednesday, June 25, 2008 at the age of 84 years. Les was born on September 7, 1923 at Grandview, Manitoba. Les was the 2nd child for William (Angus) and Mary, younger brother to Margaret and older brother to Don. He lived on a farm in Grandview until they moved to Brandon in September 1936 where he attended Earl Haig School and later, Brandon Collegiate Institute. He was an excellent student, particularly in math. After graduating in 1940, he worked briefly for the Winnipeg Free Press and then began his life time career with Canadian Pacific Railway. Les married Noreen Clarke in March 1951. Daughter Catherine (Cathy) was born in January 1952, son William (Clarke) in September 1953. Then the family moved to Souris MB where sons James (Jim), May 1956 and David (Dave), December 1960, were born. In 1965, the family moved back to Brandon where he remained for the rest of his life. In 1985, Les retired from the CP Rail after 45 years of service. After the death of his beloved wife Noreen, he married Irene Quinn in August 1989 where he added her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren to his love of family. Les was a deeply spiritual person and was a member of the Board of Managers and an Elder at the First Presbyterian Church. He was an active member of the CP Pensioner’s Association. Until recently, he was a very active bowler in several bowling leagues and was also an avid Stamp Collector. Les is survived by his sister Margaret Wilkie (Brandon, MB) and brother Don (Calgary, AB). Daughter, Cathy (Amarjit) Wilkie Singh (Winnipeg, MB), Inderjit Singh and Davinder Singh. Son, Clarke (Carol) Wilkie (Winnipeg, MB) John (Melanie) and son Thomas, Joel (Ann) Wilkie, Andrea (Colin) Wilkie Gilmore. Son, Jim (Dorothy) Wilkie (Brandon, MB) Michael Wilkie and William Wilkie. David (Cynthia) Wilkie (Regina, SK), Scott McKetsy. Step-daughter Francis (Chris) Borque (Winnipeg, MB) Aaron, Kirsten, Carolyn. Step-daughter Coleen (Rick) Brodt (Brandon, MB), Elizabeth Brodt, Brody and Tory, Lisa (Kyle) Shewfelt, Carson and Lindy. Les was predeceased by his wife Noreen (Clarke) Wilkie, September 1988, daughter-in-law Beth (David) Wilkie, January 1998, wife Irene (Quinn) Wilkie, February 2005. The Funeral Service was held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel on Saturday, June 28, 2008 at 10:30 a.m. with Arlene Robertson of First Presbyterian Church officiating. The Scripture Reader was Andrea Wilkie Gilmore, the Eulogists were David and Cynthia Wilkie, Active Pallbearers were: Inderjit Singh, Davinder Singh, John Wilkie, Joel Wilkie, Michael Wilkie, and William Wilkie. Interment followed at the Brandon Cemetery. Donations in memory of Leslie may be made to the Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation, 150 McTavish Ave. East, Brandon, MB, R7A 2B3 or to a charity of choice.
WHITE: Florence Elizabeth White, née Meadows, of Brandon passed away peacefully at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Thursday, May 22nd, 2008 at the age of 91 years. Florence was born on May 11th, 1917 to Reginald Edward Meadows and Emily Florence Meadows, née Sherris, in the Roseneath district in the Municipality of Odanah, south of Minnedosa. Both of Flo's parents were also born in that district. Flo was the second child in a family of ten. She attended Roseneath Country School and she & her sister, Olive, attended the first day of classes when the school was rebuilt in 1922 after a fire destroyed the original school. The family attended St. Saviours Anglican Church where they were all christened including both parents. Florence stayed home helping on the farm and often helped neighbours with house work. In 1941, when her special friend was leaving for overseas to fight in the war, Flo went to Winnipeg to see him off then stayed in Winnipeg doing house work for a couple there. In the spring of 1942, Mrs. White from Forrest asked her to come and help look after the Forrest Service Station. Flo worked there for one and a half years and then went home to stay with her younger siblings while her mother and father and the two youngest moved to Brandon for the winter. In March of 1944, Flo started working as the bookkeeper for the Minnedosa Co-op. She stayed there until March 1st, 1946 when she left to marry Ray White who had returned from the war in August 1945. While in Minnedosa, she was quite proud to have made the gossip column in the local paper when Co-op staff complained about a 'glare' coming from her ring finger. The family still has the tattered cut out from the paper. They were married on March 26th, 1946 in St Mary's Anglican Church in Brandon. They started farming six miles north of Forrest in the Glanton district. They continued to farm through both tough and good times until Ray's untimely death in December 1971. Flo continued to live on the farm until 1975 when she moved to the village of Forrest. Flo's eyesight became a problem and in 1989 she had to give up driving. In 1992, she moved to Green Acres Lodge in Brandon and then in 1996, she moved to a larger suite in Oddfellows Corner where she resided until her death. Flo and Ray had three sons, Bill, Doug and Ian and they shared many great times on the farm and at their cabin at Minnedosa Beach. Flo took an active part in the community. She was on the Forrest School Board, a charter and lifetime member of the Forrest Legion Auxiliary and was a founding member of the Elton Leisure Club which she took great pride in. Flo was predeceased by her parents, Reginald & Florence, her husband, Ray, her brothers Reg and Art and her sister Olive, as well as Cliffy and Evelyn in infancy. She is survived by her sons Bill (Colleen), Doug and Ian (Lynne), grandchildren, Brad (Sabrina), Aaron, Jaime Lynn (Stewart), their mother Lynn; Jennifer (Jason) and Murray. There are three great grandchildren, Riley, Brady and Danika. She is also survived by her brother Doug (Wanda) and sisters Devonah, Muriel and Marjorie as well as many nephews and nieces. Funeral service was held May 26th at the Brockie Donovan Chapel. Interment was beside Ray at the Brandon Cemetery. They are together again. Pallbearers were nephews David and Geoff Meadows, Terry Wareham, Tim and Reg Harrington and Grandson Aaron White. The family would like to extend their thanks to Mona Franklin who officiated the service and to the organist, Donna Cooper. The family would also like to thank the staff at the Brandon Regional Health Centre and the staff at Brockie Donovan for their care and support. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Flo may be made to the Rehema Children’s Home, c/o Calvary Temple, 620-34th Street, Brandon, MB, R7B 2R5.
WAKEFIELD: Donald Walter; beloved husband of Eunice, father of Donna (Dave) Clifford, Janice (Dwight) Mercer, grandfather of Darren and Dean Clifford and Brian Mercer and great-grandfather to Rylan Smith, passed away at the Brandon Assiniboine Centre on Tuesday, May 13, 2008. Don was born in Brandon on April 9, 1927, the seventh child of 13 children of Walter and Ingred Wakefield. He grew up in the Forrest and Brandon area where he attended school and later worked on the family farm as well as for many local farmers. In 1948, Don took a job ploughing snow at Shilo where he met the love of his life, Eunice McQuarrie, working in a small cafe in Douglas. They married a short time later and started to raise a family of two daughters and a son; Murray, who passed away in infancy at the age of four. Don worked for the local Esso agent in Brandon delivering fuel to farmers and in 1960, moved his family to Winnipeg to begin his long career with Imperial Oil refuelling airplanes at the Winnipeg International Airport. Don took an early retirement in 1987 and he and Eunice moved to Selkirk for a year, and then moved to Kelowna for the next 18 years before returning to Brandon in 2007. Don is survived by his wife of 59 years Eunice, his daughters Donna (Dave) and Janice (Dwight), three grandsons and one great grandson. He is also survived by his brothers George (Leah), Garth (Dorothy), Blaine (Linda), his sister Gladys (Harvey) Nelson, sister-in-law Darlene Wakefield, brother-in-law Jim Shopland along with numerous nieces and nephews. Don was predeceased by his son Murray, sisters Edith, Dorothy, Ethel and Grace and also his brothers William, Ralph, Wilf and Doug. The family is grateful for the care given by the medical staff at the Brandon General Hospital and the Assiniboine Centre. A Memorial Service was held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel on Saturday, May 17, 2008 with Funeral Celebrant Mr. Lawrence McInnes officiating. Interment followed at Rosewood Memorial Gardens. The family extends special thanks to Don's nephew, Ken Wakefield, for being the urn bearer. In lieu of flowers, if friends desire, donations in memory of Donald may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, 415-1st Street, Brandon, MB, R7A 2W8.
WALLER: Marjorie Lenora. Sadly, we announce the sudden, but peaceful, passing of Marjorie, beloved wife of the late Jack Harland Waller, at her residence in Lions Manor on Friday, March 21, 2008 at the age of 86 years. Marj was born April 1, 1921 to William and Effie Southworth in Revelstoke, B.C. and was raised in Glacier, B.C. (Rogers Pass). During World War II, she joined the R.C.A.F., Women's Division and was posted to Paulsen Air Training Base, near Dauphin, where she met Jack, the love of her life. They were married on June 30, 1943, and their daughter, Judith Diane, was born in Dauphin on their first anniversary. After the war they settled into the Waller family home in Elkhorn, MB where two more daughters were born, Jacqueline Anne and Wendy Elizabeth. In 1963, the family re-located to Gilbert Plains, MB and then to Brandon in 1966. Marj was a working mom long before it was the ‘norm’. In Elkhorn, she clerked in the post office, was bookkeeper for Beaver Lumber and became secretary at the hospital, a position which she also held in Gilbert Plains. In Brandon, she worked at Magnacca Agencies before becoming a pharmacy assistant at the old Assiniboine Hospital. Before retiring in 1982, Marj was a dispensing technician in the pharmacy at the Brandon Mental Health Centre. After retiring, she finally had time to pursue her many hobbies. She loved to spend time with her dogs and to raise puppies, to travel, garden, sew and to do crafts and needlepoint. After moving to Lions Manor in 1989, she discovered another passion, for which she had a wonderful natural talent, painting. She participated in several art shows and was favourably adjudicated for many of her paintings. Marjorie is survived by her daughters Judith Cooper (Larry) and Wendy Dickie, son in law Ken Hardy, granddaughters Jane Powell of Campbell, CA (Emma and Wynne), Melinda Rose (John) of Banff (Jesse), grandsons Scott Hardy of Brandon (Deneka, Brandon and Zachary) and Trevor and Ian Dickie of Brandon. Also surviving are a sister Margaret Cheeseman (Bill) of Toronto and a brother Bill Southworth (Tillie) of Sydney, B.C. Marjorie was predeceased by her husband of 59 years, Jack on September 12, 2002, daughter Jacqueline Anne (Hardy) on June 5, 2003, brother in law Pitt de Warrenne Waller, sisters-in-law Christine Southworth and Patricia Waller as well as her parents William and Effie Southworth and parents-in-law Richard de Warrenne and Miriam Waller. A service of remembrance, to celebrate Marjorie's life, was held at St Mary's Anglican Church, Brandon on Friday, March 28, 2008 with Rev. John Dolloff officiating. Interment was in the Veterans' Section at the Brandon Cemetery. Donations in memory of Marjorie may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society, 2031570-18th Street, Brandon, R7A 5C5 or to the Muscular Dystrophy Association, 204-825 Sherbrook Street, Winnipeg, R3A 1M5.
WALDNER: Jonathan Waldner, beloved husband of Ellen, passed away at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Thursday, March 13, 2008 at the age of 61 years. The Funeral Service will be held at the Grace Mennonite Church, 951-10th Street, on Tuesday, March 18, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. with Pastor Ken Quiring officiating. Interment will follow at the Brandon Cemetery. Donations in memory of Jonathon may be made to the Mennonite Central Committee, 134 Plaza Drive, Winnipeg, MB, R3T 5K9. Complete obituary information to follow.