McQUEEN: The family of Dr. James D. McQueen of Brandon regretfully announces the passing of their dear father and grandfather after a brief illness on June 25th, 2007 at Brandon Regional Health Centre. James was born on March 4, 1922 in Wapella Saskatchewan to Dan and Blanche McQueen. He was predeceased by his wife Florence McQueen in August 2005 and his infant son Laird Ian in 1952. Dad leaves to mourn his four children, Glenys (husband Rafael Fuentes and son Emilio); Craig (wife Lecia and daughter Tasia); Bruce (wife Janet and children Chad and Caitlin); Lance (wife Susan and children Mary Catherine, Elizabeth, and Christian) as well as sister Margaret Preston of Moosomin, SK. and brother Daniel of Saskatoon, SK. and many nieces and nephews. Jim was raised on the family homestead in the Pipestone district of southeastern Saskatchewan where he excelled in baseball and track and field. During World War II Dad enlisted in the Canadian Armed Forces beginning his training with the army on Queen Charlotte Island but soon after transferred to the Royal Canadian Air Force and trained as a wireless air gunner. During this period he met his soul mate and lifelong dance partner, Florence Phillipson. They married on July 28th 1945 in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. After the war, Dad studied Optometry at the University of Toronto. Following his graduation, the couple and their two children, Glenys and Craig, moved to Brandon where he began his Optometric practice. Two other children, Bruce and Lance were born in Brandon shortly thereafter. Jim was very active in both the community and his profession during a career that spanned four decades. He served a term as President of the Manitoba Optometric Society and acted as Manitoba Representative to the Canadian Association of Optometrists. Dad was instrumental in acquiring doctorate status and recognition of Optometrists as professionals within the medical community in Canada. He also was active in Rotary International, serving a term as the local President and delegate to numerous Rotary International conferences. During his tenure with Rotary, Jim and Florence were catalysts in the formation of the Brandon chapter of the women’s Inner Wheel organization within Rotary. Jim also as a fervent advocate of the Rotary International Educational Exchange programs. As a member of Toastmasters International, Dad enjoyed many hours honing his skills as a public speaker and exercising his rapier like wit. He was also a founding member of the Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum at Brandon Airport where he indulged his passion for locating and restoring World War II aircraft. Dad’s free time was spent following his personal hobbies and interests: including archaeology; Scottish history; dancing; travelling; woodworking; drawing; and enjoying his yard work. Mom and Dad spent many winters in Mesa, Arizona developing a group of very close friends from around North America. Other destinations included the British Isles, Hawaii, numerous trips to Mexico, and a cruise of the Panama Canal. Dad was renowned for his sense of humour, his honesty and integrity, his compassion for his fellow man, and his lifelong interest in education. In essence: a gentleman in the truest sense. A memorial service will be held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, on Tuesday, July 3, 2007 at 1:00 p.m. with Rev. Harvey Hurren officiating. Interment will follow in the Brandon Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to The Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada, 350 St. Mary Avenue, Winnipeg, MB R3C 3J2.
MARGETTS,"CYRIL" 1914 - 2007. At the going down of the sun on Tuesday, June 19, 2007, Cyril passed into eternal rest at the Wawanesa Health Centre at the age of 93 years. Cyril was born in Wales, U.K. on January 25, 1914 to Hubert and Gertrude (née James). Their family of three boys, Bill, Cyril and Trevor, arrived in Canada during the fall of 1926 and took up residence on NW 18-6-19 in the Riverside district. Following his mother’s passing in 1927, his father and younger brother, Trevor, returned to Wales in 1931. Cyril and brother, Bill, remained in Canada. Cyril entered the Canadian Army at the start of World War II serving in France, Belgium, Holland and Germany, having gone in to France on "D"- Day. He returned to Canada in December 1945 via the "Queen Mary" and New York City. In 1946, he married Agnes Blodgett of the Riverside district where they farmed until 1955. He then started municipal road building and maintenance work for several municipalities, retiring from the R.M. of Strathcona in 1980. In 1981, Dad and Mum moved back to Minto, residing there until 2003. During his retirement, he enjoyed converting a school bus to a camper, which they used for many fishing and exploring trips around Manitoba. He loved hunting, snowmobiling and picking berries in the Riverside Valley north of Minto. He always looked forward to the arrival of new calves each January. In 1992, Dad and Mum enjoyed a bus trip to Alaska on the 50th Anniversary of the construction of the Alaska Highway during World War II. In 1994, they travelled to Wales to visit Dad’s brother, Trevor and family. They visited many of the places Dad knew as a young boy. In 2003, because of health reasons, they sold their home in Minto and moved to Westview Lodge in Boissevain. In March of 2007, because of Dad’s health, they moved to the Wawanesa Health Centre. Cyril was predeceased by his parents and both brothers. He is survived by his wife Agnes; his son Murray, wife Brenda (née Tucker) and their sons Derek and Ryan; son Hugh, wife Sandra (née Tucker) and many nieces and nephews. His Funeral Service was held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel on Saturday, June 23, 2007 at 1:00 p.m. with Rev. Harvey Hurren officiating. Interment followed at the Minto Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Cyril may be made to the Minto & Area Community Fund, P.O. Box 186, Minto, MB, R0K 1M0, or to a charity of choice.
Collin Rupert Macey
(Nov. 6, 1926 – May 13, 2007)
It is with deep sorrow that the family announces the sudden passing of Collin on Sunday, May 13, 2007 in Brandon, Manitoba. Left to mourn his passing are his loving wife of 60 years, Lena, his son Gary (Ingrid) of Winnipeg and daughter Diane (Don) Hardie of White Rock, BC. He is also survived by his two granddaughters Corinne and Chantal and two great-grandsons Gabriel and Sasha, all of Gatineau, Quebec. He is survived by numerous other family members in Ontario, Quebec and the USA. Collin was predeceased by his six brothers and one sister. Collin was born on November 6, 1926 in Sutton in the Eastern Townships region of Quebec. He started his working career in farming and eventually got involved in the poultry business. He managed Brome Lake Ducks Ltd. in Knowlton, Quebec from the 1950’s until 1969. That year, they moved to Brandon to start up his own poultry business, Macey Foods Ltd., which he and Lena owned and operated until his retirement in 1989. Though in declining health in the past few years, Collin enjoyed family gatherings, gardening, reading, taking drives and playing crokinole. He liked watching television, especially sports, and was an avid and ever hopeful fan of the Blue Jays. There will be no service by request. A private family graveside service will take place in Sutton, Quebec at a later date. In lieu of flowers, a donation to the charity of your choice would be appreciated.
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.
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).
MYCHASIW: Eileen Nellie Mychasiw passed away on Thursday, September 11, 2008 in the Assiniboine Centre, Brandon, at the age of 79 years. Eileen was born on February 23, 1929 in Olha, Manitoba. She was one of three daughters and two sons born to Anton and Katie Krysowaty. Eileen attended St. John School, and grew up helping her parents, brothers, and sisters on the farm. In September of 1947, she married Matthew Mychasiw of Olha, and they went on to raise their children, William, Iris, David, Larry, Robert and Allan on the farm. Eileen spent her days raising chickens, pigs and cattle. She loved to bake bread and goodies for her family. She also crocheted and knit which she enjoyed passing on to her children and grandchildren. Eileen served as Vice-President, as well as President of St. Michael’s Ukrainian Catholic Church in Olha for many years, and enjoyed being involved in the community while helping with many lunches and functions. After the sale of the family farm in 1988, Eileen moved to Shoal Lake where she resided until 1993 when she moved to Colonial Estates in Brandon. She spent her time there crocheting and making perogies and holopshi for craft sales. Eileen enjoyed playing bingo until 2005 when her eyesight deteriorated and she was no longer able to do so. Eileen was predeceased by her parents, husband Matt in June 1982, son Robert in September 1998, and son David in December 2003. She is survived by her sisters Sonja and Anne, brothers Mike (Evelyn), and Bill (Marge), children Bill (Cynamon), Iris (Steve), Larry (Wendy), and Allan (Nancy), as well as grandchildren Jason, Amanda, Melissa, Venessa, Ashton and Matthew, and great grandchildren Jacqueline and Colby, as well as many nieces and nephews. Prayers will be held at St. Michael’s Ukrainian Catholic Church, Olha, Manitoba, on Tuesday, September 16, 2008 at 7:00 p.m. The Divine Liturgy will be held at the Church on Wednesday, September 17, 2008 at 10:30 a.m. with Fr. Darren Kawiuk officiating. The Cantor will be Katie Wilk. Interment will follow at the Olha Cemetery. Donations in memory of Eileen may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association, 727B – 10th Street, Brandon, MB R7A 4G7 or to the Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation, "Assiniboine Centre," 150 McTavish Ave. East, Brandon, MB, R7A 2B3.
MCNEILLIE: Alexander "Alex" McNeillie, beloved husband of Gladys and dear stepfather of Joanne, Ray and Fay, passed away peacefully with his family at his side on Sunday, August 3, 2008 at the Assiniboine Centre, Brandon. A funeral service will be held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, on Thursday, August 7, 2008 at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Peter O’Brien of Church of the Nazarene officiating. In lieu of Flowers donations in memory of Alex may be made to the Manitoba Heart & Stroke Foundation of Manitoba, Unit 3, 824 – 18th Street, Brandon, MB R7A 5B7.
Daniel McLeish (February 25, 1918 - June 28, 2008)
On Saturday, June 28, Dan McLeish, beloved husband of the late Betty McLeish, father and father-in-law of Bruce (Judi), Kerry (Ross), and Scott; and grandfather of Andrew, Beth, Benjamin, and Caitlin; passed away peacefully at Deer Lodge Veterans' Seniors Centre in Winnipeg, surrounded by his loving family. He was ninety years old. Dan was born and raised on the family farm at Oak Lake, Manitoba, and spent the first eighteen years of his life there. He attended Oakwood School until the completion of grade 11 and then attended Dominion Business College in Winnipeg. Dan joined the RCAF and served from 1939 - 1945 in Canada, England, and North Africa. After he was discharged, he worked in the Brandon post office for thirty-one years. While working for the post office Dan met and married Betty, a member of the British Air Force, whom he would be happily married to for fifty-four years, until her passing in 2002. They had three children; Bruce, Kerry, and Scott. Dan's priority in life was family; he was a warm and loving husband, father, and grandfather, and will be sadly missed. Dan was a member of the 26th field regiment (NPAM) and the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #3. He was an avid pool player, and enjoyed curling, baseball, bowling, and gardening. Dan was predeceased by his siblings Jack, Geordie, Norman, Ronald, and Margaret. His brother Neil is still living and resides in Calgary. He is also survived by two sisters-in-laws in England, Irene and Betty. Our family would like to acknowledge the staff of Tower 7 at Deer Lodge Veterans' Seniors Centre in Winnipeg. Dad's time at Deer Lodge was enriched by the caring, professionals who shared in and enriched Dad's love of life and positive outlook. A funeral and celebration of Dan's life was held on Wednesday, July 2nd at 11:00 at Brockie Donovan Funeral Home in Brandon. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Dan's memory to the Brandon Humane Society, 2200-17th Street East, Brandon, MB, R7A 7M6.
NEILSON; Robert (1914 - 2006): On Thursday, August 3, 2006, at the age of 92 and after a long and happy life, at his residence, Hillcrest Nursing Home, Robert Neilson peacefully slipped away from us. He left behind two loving daughters; Jean with husband Ross Hennessey and Linda with husband Mathew Banack; five wonderful grandchildren; David, Lynna, Shonna, Angela, and Brenna and their partners; great-grandchildren Brandon and Jenna and his sister Agnes Neilson. He was predeceased by his devoted wife Margaret, his older brother Norman, his beloved sister Min Hotson, his hard-working mother Jeanie and father Jarvie. Bob was born in Glasgow, Scotland and immigrated to Brandon after WW1 with his mother, brother, and two sisters. After high school, Bob worked at Yaeger's Furs and was promoted to general manager. In 1944, Bob married the beautiful Margaret McComb, who was the love of his life. Bob and Marg loved nothing better than spending time at Waskesiu, Clear Lake, and eventually Killarney. In later years, Bob and Marg owned Eve's Gift Shop and after the store was sold, they were caretakers at Princess Towers, until their retirement. They continued to live at Princess Towers for several years. Bob was an active member of the Eastern Star, Shriners, Central United Church, K-40, Kinsmen and YMCA as well as a long time volunteer at Prairie Oasis. Bob, with his quick wit and sense of humour will be sadly missed by his immediate family members, his nieces and nephews, several sisters and brothers-in-law as well as many other friends and acquaintances. The family would like to thank the staff at Hillcrest for taking such excellent care of Bob for the past five years, since Margaret died. There was a celebration of his life on Monday August 7 at Brockie Donovan Chapel and there will be an interment at Brandon Cemetery at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday 8th.
NEVINS: The passing of Mrs. Barbara Nevins (née Fountain) of Brandon, occurred on Friday, July 7th, 2006. Barbara was born in Rapid City on October 13, 1918. During her early years, Barbara attended Powerville School, north of Brandon, and then Forrest High School. She worked in boarding homes, cooking and cleaning but her calling should have been nursing, as she lovingly cared for many family members through the years, and always had time to listen to someone in need. In 1941, Barbara met Stan Nevins, and on March 13, 1943 they were married. For 18 years, Barbara taught Sunday School at St. Paul’s Church. She was a member of the Couples Club at Central and St. Paul’s Churches, the Co-Workers Club, the happy Heaven Seniors Group, Central Community Centre and Parkview Pals, and a member of the Parkinson Support Group, Brandon Chapter. Barbara also loved to dance and played many hours of cards. She also enjoyed bowling with her Wednesday Bowling Gals and tending to Aud & Irv’s garden. She took an interest in all her family’s activities. Family Christmas gatherings were always special, with Barb playing a mean game of Crokinole. Barb had a strong belief in her faith. Surviving Barb are her children: Betty (Glenn) Smith, Flin Flon, MB, Son, Ken (Marianne) Nevins, Kamloops, BC, grandchildren: Tim (Lara) Smith, Flin Flon, MB, Dustin (Patrick) O’Donnell, Winnipeg, MB, Graeme, Ian & Orrin Nevins, Kamloops, BC; great grandsons: Nevin and Tarin O’Donnell; sisters-in-law: Mary, Irene & Margaret Ann: brother-in-law, Jack and special nieces and nephews and their families. Barbara was predeceased by her husband, Stan in 2000; parents, George and Florence Fountain and sister, Joan Hamilton. Funeral service was held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, on Thursday, July 13, 2006 at 1:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Barbara, may be made to a charity of your choice.