CLARK: We regret to announce the passing of Lee Clark on August 10th 2008 at the age of 71. He was in recent years a resident of Lake Metigoshe, Ottawa, and previously of Brandon. Lee (or Leland as he was known until the beginning of his university days) was born in Davidson, Saskatchewan on December 16, 1936 and he continued to reside in that province until he accepted a combined teaching/Dean of Men's Residence position at Brandon College in 1964. He began his early education at Simpson, SK where he proudly recalled that he rode a horse four or so miles to school each day during the non-winter months. Later the family relocated to a farm near Doonside (a hamlet that no longer exists) and he and his younger brothers attended a local one room country school called Mountney during which time Lee was always first in his class, which was not all difficult in that he was the only one in his class! Later he transferred to Wawota High and, following graduation, he attended the University of Saskatchewan, obtaining his B.Ed in 1959 and his B.A. (Honours) in 1961. Throughout most of those years, hockey was a major part of his life -first in Wawota and later at the U of S and he forever bore some of the evidence of being a goalie before the invention of the mask! During his third year of university, Lee met and later married (in 1959) Barbara Woods, a fellow student in the Faculty of Education. Barb unselfishly gave up her own studies to support the newly married couple as Lee completed his second degree at the U of S and, subsequently, a Master of Arts at the University of Oregon. After those eight continuous years of study, Barb and Lee came back to Regina, where they both taught for one year (Lee at Sheldon Williams Collegiate) prior to the decision to join Lee's long term mentor, Dr. Charles Lightbody, at Brandon College. Cheryl, Lee and Barb's first daughter, may well be one of the few Canadian women to have been raised in a Men's Residence for her first year and a half, while Janine, the younger daughter, was born during Lee's doctoral studies at the University of Alberta. Returning to graduate studies as an adult with family responsibilities was not without its challenges but Lee proudly received his Ph.D. in Canadian history just weeks before his 40th birthday. Lee regarded himself, first and foremost, as a teacher although he was very proud of the fact that a revised form of his doctoral dissertation entitled Brandon: Its Politics and Politicians was published by the Brandon Sun as part of that newspaper's centennial celebration. During those teaching years, Lee was an extremely dedicated volunteer in the Brandon community. He was an active member of the United Church, the John Howard Society , in organizing a volunteer visitation program to the old correctional institute and in a campaign to secure a much needed detox centre for Brandon. In addition, he was a very involved member of the Progressive Conservative Party, an activity which culminated in his election as Member of Parliament for Brandon-Souris in the 1983 by-election. To serve in the government of Canada, whose history he had long studied and taught, was the realization of long-held dream and Lee and Barb worked long and hard together to fulfill the duties of being a Member of Parliament. Although his tasks were many, he was particularly pleased to be invited by the Prime Minister to serve as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Agriculture and subsequently to the Minister of the Environment. In addition, he was especially proud of his long time association with Joe Clark's and later Jean Charest's leadership campaigns. Having been re-elected in the 1984 and 1988 General Elections, Lee decided to retire from politics and he did not seek re-election in the 1993 General Election. Subsequently, he was appointed Executive Assistant to the President of Brandon University, a position he held until his retirement from that institution in 1998. Soon after, Lee and Barb decided to make their cottage at Lake Metigoshe their permanent home where Lee spent many happy summers cutting his numerous riding/hiking trails on which he and others loved to ride his several horses. Winters were spent in Ottawa so that Barb and Lee could see more of their extremely precious grandchildren. Lee regarded having the opportunity to share in Jacob's and Noah's numerous activities as a privilege and he looked forward to the trip each winter to Charlottetown so that Papa and Nana could spend quality time with Jade, their one and only granddaughter. Lee is survived by his mother Enid Clark (Alberta), wife Barb, daughters Cheryl Clark (Chris Caldwell) PEI, and Janine (Gerry Guillot) Ottawa; and by his three precious grandchildren Jacob, Noah and Jade. Lee also leaves behind brothers Bob (Donna)(AB) and Doug (ON) as well as a cousin Gail (Fred) Coward (AB). Donations in memory of Lee may be made to your choice of charity. The funeral will take place Thursday, August 14, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. at Central United Church, 327 – 8th Street in Brandon to be followed by a tea reception.
COXWORTH: Thelma Annie Coxworth passed away peacefully at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on August 3, 2008 at the age of 92 years. Thelma was born December 1, 1915 in the Wapaha District to Ernest and Christina Robinson. Thelma was predeceased by her husband Hugh in 1988; son Dennis (Stubby) in 2004; five sisters and five brothers. She is survived by her daughter Donna (Jack) Campbell of Edmonton, Alberta; two grandchildren Susan (John) Manning; three great granddaughters, Emma, Abby and Kate; Mike (Jillian) and son Daks Kuhnel of Whistler, B.C. Sister Verona (Ossie) More; sisters-in-law Penny Robinson and Bertha Robinson both of Edmonton and many nieces and nephews. Thelma and Hugh were married June 1, 1935 and farmed in the Westhall District until 1951 where they then made their home in Brandon. Thelma worked at her home raising her family, worked at Fairview Nursing Home for many years and various other facilities. She also enjoyed her time as a private nurses aide at Brandon General Hospital. She especially enjoyed family get togethers, spending time at their cabin at Otter Lake and many trips to visit her family in Edmonton and B.C. Thelma and Hugh were among the first residents of Hobbs Manor, residing there for 17 years. She made many friends, socializing and was active in her community. She enjoyed baking, sewing, music, loved to dance and was a favorite Aunt to many. She also kept a journal, which will be cherished by her family. She moved to Valleyview Nursing Home in October of 2003 where she resided until her health declined. The family wish to extend grateful thanks to Dr. Davloor, Valleyview staff, staff at the Brandon Regional Health Centre, and Kurt Ardron and the staff at Brockie Donovan Funeral Home for their kindness and compassion. A memorial service was held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street on Friday, August 8, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Harvey Hurren officiating. Interment took place prior to the service at Rosewood Memorial Gardens. Donations may be made in Thelma’s memory to a charity of your choice.
CHREST: It is with great sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of our dear Father, Grandfather and friend, Christopher Chrest. Dad passed on Tuesday, May 12, 2009 at the Brandon Regional Health Centre at the age of 92 years, with his family at his side.
Chris was a lifelong resident of his beloved Brandon where he was born on April 12, 1917 to parents William and Ellen, recent Macedonian/Greek immigrants to Canada. The family’s Greek heritage and work ethic were strong foundations of Chris’ early years. As a boy, he worked regularly shining shoes in his father’s shoe repair business. Typical of the era, upon achieving his grade 9 graduation certificate, he joined the family business on a full-time basis. In the mid 1930’s, his father opened "Chrest Dry Cleaners" which would become a well known Brandon business shared by Chris and his brothers for four decades. Chris’ affable nature and the businesses prominence in downtown earned him the nickname of "Rosser Avenue Greek" coined by several of his friends and customers. When the dry cleaners closed in 1976, Chris continued his self taught skill of tailoring clothing both as a home based business and again on Rosser Avenue at Don Gardner's Clothes.
Chris was active with the Boy Scout movement, a long time member of the Kiwanis Club, an avid 5-pin bowler, active with Park and East End Community Centres, a longtime member of St. Mary’s Anglican Church and had a lifelong enjoyment of baseball. Chris was an extremely outgoing and social person and he was known as a joker and the "life of the party" in almost any setting. He and his wife of 65 years, Wilma, loved to attend social gatherings with their many friends and they especially loved to dance. Chris’ happy nature was infectious right up to his passing as he would continue to phone friends, send letters and share pictures and developed a special affection for the nurses at the hospital and for "his girls at Leon's".
Above all else, Chris was especially devoted to his family. He was the most loving and loyal of husbands to Wilma and an amazingly positive, dedicated and loving father to his three children and, whenever possible, to his grandchildren as well. His special traits, positive attitude, strong ethics and happy disposition have been passed down to his children and grandchildren; his legacy which lives on in them.
Chris is survived by his three children, daughter Shirley Martin of Akron, Ohio; daughter Linda (Colin) Biel of Brandon; and son Rick (Karen) Chrest of Brandon. He is also survived by his precious grandchildren Brad (Crystal) Martin, Colleen Biel (Trevor Whale), Kaitlin Loewen, and Brett and Dylan Chrest; his great grandchildren Josh and Brandi Nipper, Brandon and Kyle Martin, Tyler, Tiffany and Tyson Whale, and Michael McCurry. As well by his last surviving sibling, brother Nick Chrest and his sister-in-law Donna Locchead as well as a niece and three nephews.
Chris was predeceased by his Wife Wilma on May 7, 2008, by his parents William and Ellen, by siblings Esther, Norman, Mary Vandale, and Irene McVay and by granddaughters Sherry (Martin) Nipper and Cindy (Biel) McCurry as well as numerous relatives and special friends.
A celebration of Chris’ life was held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel, on Friday, May 15, 2009 with Rev. John Dolloff of St. Mary’s Anglican Church officiating. Interment occurred at Rosewood Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers were Bill Gould, Ken Gould, Bill Chrest, Bob Chrest, Nick Vandale, Kevin Groff, and Jim Brown. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Chris may be made to the Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation, 150 McTavish Avenue, Brandon, MB, R7A 2B3 or to a charity of choice.
CAMPBELL: Shirley Ethel Campbell (née Ailsby), late of Brandon, passed away suddenly at the age of 89 years. Born in Wawanesa and raised on the family farm in Treesbank, she attended high school in Glenboro. Shirley married John Campbell of Nesbitt, Manitoba in 1947. In their early married years they were active in horse jumping. Before becoming a mom, Shirley worked for the Manitoba Telephone System in Wawanesa. She thoroughly enjoyed activities with the Unit V women’s group at Knox United Church in Brandon. Shirley loved her yard and her garden. She had many pets over the years, including a Scotty dog named Tony, and generally cared for all creatures of the animal kingdom. Shirley was predeceased by parents Charles Nevel and Ethel Josephine Ailsby, husband John and her grandson, Chad Charles Campbell of Regina, SK. Shirley passed away together with her youngest son, Harley Campbell. She is survived by her son Colin (Janis) of Regina Beach, SK, grandson, Ryan Campbell, of Regina, SK and Ryan’s mom Mona Campbell of Winnipeg. A joint Service of Remembrance with her son Harley will be held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, on Saturday, April 18, 2009 at 1:00 p.m. with Rev. David Cathcart officiating. A private graveside service will be held at a later date at the Wawanesa Cemetery. Flowers gratefully declined. Friends so wishing may make donations, in Shirley’s memory, to the Canadian Diabetes Association, 727B – 10th Street, Brandon, MB R7A 4G7 or a charity of their choice.
CAMPBELL: John "Harley" Campbell, late of Brandon, passed away suddenly at the age of 52 years. Born in Wawanesa and raised there and in Brandon, Harley graduated from Vincent Massey High School and later from Brandon University as a teacher. He went on to study athletic therapy and sports injury management at Sheridan College in Oakville, ON. Harley’s life passion was the game of hockey; he was a trainer and athletic therapist with the Brandon Wheat Kings on two different occasions. He was a goalie and later a goaltending coach with the Brandon University Bobcats. He played pro hockey and coached goaltenders with the Canberra Knights of the Australian Ice Hockey Federation. Harley taught in and later started his own goaltending school, touring across Western Canada and the North Western United States. He was also a therapist and goaltending coach with several Junior A hockey clubs including the Yorkton Terriers of the SJHL and Neepawa Natives of the MJHL. Harley was a kind, caring man who did so much for so many young people; anyone who wanted to work on their goaltending or weight training could count on his help.
He was predeceased by his father John of Brandon, and his nephew Chad Campbell of Regina, SK. Harley passed away together with his mother, Shirley Campbell. He is survived by his brother Colin (Janis) of Regina Beach, SK, nephew, Ryan Campbell, of Regina, SK and Ryan’s mom Mona Campbell of Winnipeg. A joint Service of Remembrance with his mother Shirley will be held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, on Saturday, April 18, 2009 at 1:00 p.m. with Rev. David Cathcart officiating. A private graveside service will be held at a later date at the Wawanesa Cemetery. Flowers gratefully declined. Friends so wishing may make donations, in Harley’s memory, to KidSport Canada - Manitoba, 200 Main St., Winnipeg, MB, R3C 4M2 (please make cheque payable to KidSport Canada-Manitoba) or a charity of their choice.
COOK: Freda Glenda Cook of Sioux Valley Dakota Nation, passed away peacefully at the Assiniboine Centre in Brandon on Monday, March 16, 2009 at the age of 74 years. Freda was born to Isabel Paul and Archie Essie on December 19, 1934. She was born and raised in Sioux Valley along with her brothers and sisters. Freda is survived by her sister Victoria and brother Karl. She was predeceased by her beloved brothers and sisters, Herman, Jerome, Cecilia and Mary (Flossie). While working at a diner, she met her husband, David Cook, who has predeceased her. Freda had 11 beautiful children – she was predeceased by her son Kenny, and is survived by Melvin, Edith (Ken), Dave, Jim (Remona), Linda, Lorrie (Donald), Debbie, Thomas (Kitty), Anthony (Kristen), Stephanie (Dean). Stephanie was raised by her grandmother Freda since she was a baby. Freda took her as one of her own. Freda was a very kind, caring woman who lived by the traditional ways, while residing in Oak Lake and Brandon for a while, she eventually moved to her home in Sioux Valley. She enjoyed getting together with some of the ladies from Sioux Valley to play Keno and an occasional game of Bingo. She also liked beading, watching movies and feeding the birds that visited her deck. She loved spending time with her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and going to pow-wows to watch her boys dance. She enjoyed attending traditional sundances, sweats and ceremonies. We have shared many good times with our sister, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She will forever be remembered and loved by the many people whose hearts she has touched. Big thanks to Eugene Ross and Rose Essie – you have been a big help – thank you for your love and support, the family appreciates you both. Thanks to Rachelle Wilk and the nurses on A-3 at the Assiniboine Centre and the Dakota Oyate Lodge. Traditional services and funeral to follow at the Sioux Valley Dakota Nation Band Hall on Thursday, March 19, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. Donations to the Canadian Cancer Society, 415-1st Street, Brandon, MB, R7A 2W8 or to a charity of your choice would be greatly appreciated.
CHAPMAN: George Walter, beloved husband of the late Isabelle Chapman, passed away at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2009. George was born on the farm in Daly Municipality on June 20, 1913 and we truly believe that those strong roots contributed immensely to his long life. Realizing that there were other opportunities than the farm, he ended up in the R.C.A.F. Twice he was summoned to go overseas – Europe and Japan – however, his superiors chose to keep him on Canadian soil. Following the war, he, Isabelle and the young family decided to make their home in Brandon. George chose to become an entrepreneur, running a TV/Radio repair shop and sporting goods store. He enjoyed nothing more than fishing, be it at Clear Lake or Lake William. George is lovingly remembered by his children, Sherrill (Phil), Judy (Peter) and Donald, eight grandchildren, nine great grandchildren, brother Albert and his family, and brother Raymond. A private family graveside service will be held at Rosewood Memorial Gardens at a later date.
COURT: Patricia Ann Court passed away suddenly on February 13, 2009. Pat was born in Brandon, MB on September 4, 1934. She was predeceased by her father Frank George Court, mother Alice Mary Court, sister Betty Haggerty and her brother-in-law Clarence Lacquement. Pat was the youngest of three sisters and is survived by her eldest sister Florence Lacquement and her nieces Sandra Lacquement (Les), Patti Stouffer (Ted), Linda Lauzé (Michel) and many great nephews, nieces and cousins. Pat will also be greatly missed by her close friends Roberta Rupert, Judy Robinson and Pam Battersby whom she has lived with for the past 23 years. Pat also had many friends and staff from Brandon Community Options and COR Enterprises that will miss her. Patricia worked for many years at Camroc and then later at COR. In Pat’s retirement, she enjoyed her time she spent at Seniors for Seniors in her stitch and chat group, knitting with her friends there. Pat always looked forward to going out with her friends for lunch and shopping and always found enjoyment in being crafty and spending time with animals. A special thanks goes out to Pat’s primary care provider Carol Burney and to the Brandon RHA Home Care program, the Brandon Clinic and pharmacy, all the hospital staff and all of Pat’s staff at 561-16th Street. The funeral service will be held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, on Monday, February 23, 2009 at 2:30 p.m. with Rev. John Dolloff of St. Mary’s Anglican Church officiating. Interment will follow at the Brandon Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Brandon Community Options, 136-11th Street, Brandon, MB, R7A 4J4 or to the Brandon Humane Society, 2200-17th Street East, Brandon, MB, R7A 7M6.
Cargo (née Pratt), Marianne Lynn: It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Marianne. Marianne passed away peacefully at her home in Neepawa on Saturday, January 31st, 2009. She was born on July 15th, 1968. Marianne is survived by her husband Jonathan Cargo, her son Leland, her sister Vanessa Pratt, niece Joelana (Joseph Taylor), nephews Frank Jr. and Colton Tacan. She also leaves behind her extended siblings sisters Carol, Arlene (Eddie), Debbie (Ren), Tracy (Matthew), Connie; brothers Tim (Phoenix), Ernie (Gloria) and Dennis (Cynthia) Blacksmith; her uncles Terry, Ken (Elaine), Kelly (Michelle) Pratt; aunties Barbara (Ron), Judy, Olivia (Randy), Corinne (Neil), Dalyce (Owen) and numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews. Marianne was predeceased by her mother Janice Pratt in 1995; father Clifford Blacksmith in 2006; grandmothers Hilda Pratt and Jennie Blacksmith, grandfathers Daniel Wambdiska and Jim Blacksmith. A memorial service will be held at Brockie-Donovan, 332 – 8th Street, on Wednesday, February 4th, at 7:00 p.m. A traditional ceremony will be held at Sioux Valley Veteran’s Hall on Thursday, February 5th starting at 10:00 a.m. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. and interment will follow at the Pratt Family Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Jeremy Cargo, Bradley Pratt, Mark Hall, James Pratt, Donald Whitecloud, Stacey Pratt. Honorary pallbearers are Jackie Branth, Kerri Derbyshire, Lisa Antoine Taylor, R. Gail Taylor, Alex Mazawasicuna, Matthew Henderson. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Diabetes Association, 727B – 10th Street, Brandon, MB R7A 4G7.
CHORLEY: It is with great sadness that the family of John Elliott "Specs" Chorley announces his sudden passing on December 5, 2008. Elliott was born September 12,1931 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. As a youngster he was schooled at Kelvin Collegiate in Winnipeg. He spent summers hauling ice at Grand Beach and delivering papers. His junior hockey career began with the Manitoba Minor Hockey League in 1951. It started with the Glace Bay Miners and spanned over the next 12 years with seasons played in the AHL, WHL and IHL, wrapping up in 1963 with the St. Paul Saints. Elliott acquired the nickname "SPECS" during his hockey career as he could be seen on the ice with his ever-present glasses taped to either side of his head. Following his professional hockey career he went the way of most former hockey players of his era and became a salesman with Kiewel and Molson Breweries. Later, Elliott returned to hockey as a coach of the Brandon Wheat Kings and played "OLD TIMERS" hockey for several years. He was also employed by the Manitoba Liquor Commission, retiring in 1992. Elliott considered himself somewhat of a hobby farmer and maintained a farm south of Brandon with 56 acres of pastureland for his beloved Simmental cattle. "SPECS" was inducted both as a member of the Winnipeg Monarchs into the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame in 1999 and in 2001 as an individual. In 2003 he was honored with an induction into the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame with the Winnipeg Monarchs. His athletic prowess extended into a love for all sports, namely baseball and curling. He was a hobby train enthusiast, acquiring many a "HO" model train and magazine. Left to cherish his memory is his beloved wife Lynda of 33 years; son Jeffrey (Brenda), daughters Kim Hatch (Craig), Kelly McBride (Mike); grand children Christopher Hatch (Erin), Ashley Hatch, Alex and Laura Chorley and great-grandson, Carson Riley Hatch; brothers Bob (Tina), Alan (Marlene), and sisters, Evelyn Gamble and Betty Dante (Dick); Brother in law, Gary Kidd (Carol), and sister in law Gaylene Johnson; as well as many loving nieces and nephews. His parents Stan and Mary Chorley predeceased Elliott. Many thanks go out to the staff of the Brockie Donovan Funeral Home and to the staff and caring volunteers of Central United Church in Brandon. Also to the Brandon Regional Hospital ER staff and EMS services. A very special thanks goes out to Cole Grambo of Killarney, who presided over the service. His daughter Kim and granddaughter Ashley read eulogies. Donation "in memory of Specs Chorley" can be made to the Shamrock Center at P.G. Box 820, Killarney, Manitoba R0K-1G0 or to a charity of your choice.
We love you "SPECS"
" Keep your stick on the ice!"
CLARK: Leonard Charles Clark of Brandon passed away suddenly on Monday, November 17, 2008 at the age of 44 years. Leonard leaves to mourn his passing his mom, Rose; brother Shane (April), Matthew and Brandon; sister Holly (Ron), Reanna and Jordan. The funeral service will be held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, on Friday, November 21, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Laird Russell-Yearwood of Central United Church officiating. Interment will follow at the Brandon Cemetery. Donations in memory of Leonard may be made to the Children’s Wish Foundation, 350 St. Mary Avenue, Winnipeg, MB, R3C 3J2.
COWAN: Mary Irene Cowan, formerly of Brandon, beloved wife of the late John Wilbert Cowan, passed away at her residence, Evergreen Place in Boissevain, on October 6, 2008 at the age of 90 years. A private family service will be held at Rosewood Memorial Gardens. If friends so desire, memorial donations may be made to the Boissevain Regional Health Centre, Ladies Auxiliary, Box 899, Boissevain, MB, R0K 0E0 or to a charity of choice.