CRAIG: Boyd Craig of Carroll, Manitoba, passed away at the Souris Health Centre on Friday, September 7, 2007. Boyd was born June 16, 1935 at McCreary, Manitoba. On December 7, 1957, Boyd married Barbara Banks in Toronto. They moved to Dauphin with their first born son and later, their other four children were born. Boyd started working for Powell Equipment in 1963. He later moved to Brandon where he continued with Powell Equipment until he retired in 1998. After retiring, the family moved to Carroll and started a hobby farm where Boyd raised miniature animals and worked on antique tractors, restoring them to their original state. Boyd is survived by his wife Barbara and children, Fred (wife, Sandee), Alan (wife, Dawn), Charlotte and Cynthia, 13 grandchildren and five great grandchildren, four sisters and two brothers. He was predeceased by his mother Bertha, father Richard, one brother, six sisters and daughter, Diana. A memorial service was held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel on Thursday, September 13, 2007 with Rev. Shannon McCarthy officiating. Interment followed in Rosewood Memorial Gardens. Urn bearers were sons, Fred and Alan Craig. All those in attendance were considered honorary pallbearers. In lieu of flowers, if friends desire, donations, in memory of Boyd, may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, 415-1st Street, Brandon, MB, R7A 2W8.
COOK: Mr. Robert John "Budd" Cook of Hobbs Manor, Brandon, passed away at his residence on Tuesday, September 4, 2007. Budd was born on February 2, 1931 at the Brandon General Hospital. He received his education in Brandon and graduated from Brandon Collegiate. Budd studied piano, obtaining his Grade 10 Western Boards. Later in life, he attended Brandon University and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts. He also achieved two scholarships in economics while at B.U. Budd started work at Brandon Plumbing and Heating as a steamfitter apprentice and became a journeyman steamfitter in 1958. He married Jean Irene (Komar) in July, 1958. He worked at Algoma Steel in Sault Ste. Marie and then returned to Brandon to work with Local Union 254 out of Winnipeg. He travelled across Canada and parts of the U.S. to work on building projects such as the Limestone Hydro Project. Budd belonged to the Local 254 of United Association of Journeyman and Apprentices of Plumbing and Pipefitting. He was a great supporter of The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra in Brandon, being a season ticket holder for the last 10 years. Budd was very physically active as a young man, involved with basketball, bowling, curling and golf. He was involved in labour relations and health and safety issues during his working life, including working as an accident investigator. He assisted people with Human Rights cases with his wife, Jean. Budd was an avid reader and he enjoyed art by oil painting and charcoal sketches. He always loved music, either playing it or listening to it throughout his life. He was also very fond of Basenji dogs (he owned one). He enjoyed getting out for coffee with friends, and he would walk down town daily while he could. Budd is survived by his sons Michael (Tammy Ball) and Steven, sisters Jeanne Cook and Pat Hutchinson, brother Tom Cook, and close family friend, Pam Wilton. He was predeceased by his wife Jean Irene (1979) and infant son, Bobbie. A Memorial Service will be held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, on Saturday, September 22, 2007 at 2:30 p.m. with Rev. John Dolloff of St. Mary’s Anglican Church officiating. Interment will follow at Rosewood Memorial Gardens. The Urn Bearer will be Steven Cook. Donations in memory of Budd may be made to the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, 101-555 Main Street, Winnipeg, MB, R3B 1C3 or to the Heart & Stroke Foundation, Unit 3-824-18th Street, Brandon, MB, R7A 5B7.
CAMERON: Lois June Cameron (Wightman), March 19, 1929 – September 15, 2007. On September 15, 2007, Lois Cameron died peacefully at the Assiniboine Centre after a short illness. Lois is survived by Jack, her husband of more than 57 years, her son Doug (Teresa), daughters Bev Witt (Doug) and Linda Cameron, grandchildren Rachel Cameron, Fern, Steven (Cheryl) and Alana Cronshaw, and Melanie, Jeremy and Michael Cheng, as well as great-grandchildren Joshua and Gracie Cronshaw. Lois was lovingly known as "Oie Wumpy" to her childhood friends, and "Big Bird" by her family. Lois loved to knit and sew, and was an excellent craftsperson at both. Too numerous to even know are the recipients of her crafts. She and Jack opened their home to many over the years, for long or short stays. They loved to travel and in later years, enjoyed many trips with the "J.C." group. Lois was always involved in her church, as an active member of the A.C.W. and other church groups, and as a tremendous support to Jack in his ministry. A Thanksgiving Eucharist in memory of Lois will be celebrated on Wednesday, September 19, 2007 at 2:00 p.m. at St. Matthew’s Cathedral, 403-13th Street, with reception at the Cathedral immediately following the committal at the Cathedral Columbarium. The family would like to thank the staff of the Brandon Regional Health Centre and the Assiniboine Centre, as well as the many friends and neighbours who have provided support. Donations in memory of Lois may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation, Unit 3-824-18th Street, Brandon, MB, R7A 5B7 or to P.W.R.D.F., 80 Hayden Street, Toronto, ON, M4Y 3G2.
MORRISON: The death of Eva Aleta Morrison, of Brandon, occurred at Hillcrest Place on Monday, June 4, 2007 after a long illness. She was predeceased by her mother and father, Mr. and Mrs. W.H. Morrison of Beresford, in 1971 and 1974, and by sisters Edna Johnston in 1996, Reita Bowles in 2004, and brother Bert in 2005. She is survived by one sister, Vera Irvine of Burnaby, B.C., brother Roy of Brandon, sister-in-law Norma Morrison of Souris and several nephews and one niece. Eva chose the teaching profession as her lifetime career and pursued that course for forty-five years. While teaching at Rivers, she became involved in the Drama Club and played roles in nine plays. She played a leading role in the play titled "A Room in the Tower" which won the championship in the Manitoba Drama Festival in 1940. The last twenty-four years of her teaching career were at Tuxedo Park School, Tuxedo, Winnipeg, where she was Principal. Many of the school officials, teachers, parents and students of Tuxedo became lifelong friends. In 1967, Eva was awarded Canada’s Centennial Medal. At retirement, she made her home with her brother, Roy Morrison, first on his farm at Beresford and later in Brandon. A Graveside service for family and friends will be held in the family plot at the Brandon Cemetery on Friday, June 8, 2007 at 1:30 p.m. with Rev. Shannon McCarthy of Central United Church officiating.
MAIER: Joseph Wolfgang Maier of Brandon, beloved husband of Kay and dear father of Joanne and Ron, passed away after a lengthy illness at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Tuesday, May 29, 2007, at the age of 77 years. Joe was predeceased by his parents Josef and Anna Maier and by his first sister Marianne. He is survived by his wife Kay, children Joanne (Charles Beaupre) and Ron (Colleen Cariou), and his grandchildren Catherine and Cameron Beaupre, and Jack, Nicholas and Scott Maier. He is also survived by his brother Karl Maier, sister Marianne Knab (Alois), and sister Elisabeth Stout and their families. He was born on February 21, 1930 in Munich , Germany. He grew up in Munich and attended high school from 1940-1944, in Amberg, Germany. He was drafted into the German army in 1944, at the age of fourteen. From 1946-1949, he worked as an apprentice cabinet-maker. He also played semi-professional soccer during this time. In 1950, he came to Canada on the Liberty Ship. He was hired as a draftsman to renovate a paper mill near Timmins, Ontario. He moved soon after to Winnipeg and worked at Canada Packers running an employees’ retail market. When the Korean War broke out in late 1950, he joined the Princess Patricia Canadian Light Infantry. He fought in Korea at the end of 1950 for nine months. He left the army in 1951 and worked as a lumberjack in Northwest Ontario. He later rejoined the army in 1954. He met and married Catherine (Kay) West in Winnipeg in 1958. Their daughter, Joanne, was born in Winnipeg in 1959. Their son, Ronald, was born in Ottawa in 1963. During Joe’s military career, he served Canada at numerous bases including Rivers, Ottawa, Fort Henry (Germany) and Shilo. During these times, he was deployed to the Sinai Peninsula (Egypt/Israel) in a peacekeeping role, instructed parachuting, and was a ski instructor. In 1972, he moved his family to Brandon. He retired from the Canadian Armed Forces in 1974. After Joe’s military career, he pursued other careers and hobbies. He was the manager of the Brandon Piano and Organ Center. "The coffee is always on" was his motto. He then worked as the housekeeping manager at Oo-ze-wa-kwun, the former Rivers Air Force Base. He then became the comptroller of a group of industries based there including the Sekine Bicycle plant, Edson Trailers and others. Following this, he obtained his Real Estate license and also continued his organ repair business. Throughout his life, Joe had many hobbies including photography, downhill skiing, stamp collecting, astronomy, tropical fish, leatherworking, horseback riding, golf, ten-pin bowling, hunting and fishing, music, oil painting and computers. He was very proud to continue his education when he studied Astronomy at Brandon University. He was an avid reader throughout his life. He enjoyed traveling and has seen many places in the world including most of Europe, Mexico, and the U.S. as well as his deployments with the Canadian Forces. For the past 33 years, he has enjoyed his summers at Oak Lake Resort. He loved playing cards, boating and water-skiing, and family get-togethers, especially with his five grandchildren. A funeral service will be held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, on Saturday, June 2, 2007, at 1:00 p.m. Interment will follow in the Veterans’ Section at the Brandon Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Joe may be made to the Brandon Humane Society, 2200-17th Street East, Brandon, MB, R7A 7M6, or to a charity of choice.
TOMLINSON: Diamond Irvine Tomlinson was born in Estevan, SK on August 23, 1927, the youngest of four siblings. His family moved to Brandon in 1935 where Diamond attended school. Diamond started working at the early age of 15. He held various jobs, working in a bakery and as a call boy for C.P. Rail. Diamond eventually began his long career by working as an electrician’s helper, later receiving his journeyman’s papers, then working for G.T. Smith & Sons for 25 years. In 1974, Diamond began working for the Brandon School Division, Maintenance Department, as Assistant Supervisor of Properties, retiring in 1991. In 1961, Diamond met Elizabeth "Betty" Betke, and they were married on May 12, 1962. They had three children – Brent, Carla and Shawna. Diamond was predeceased by his mother, Dora Jane, father, Joseph "Joe", his first wife, Hazel (Murray) and infant son; brothers, Winston and Arthur "Art" and wife, Ruth; brother-in-law, Ted Ribbans. He leaves to mourn, his wife Betty, son Brent and his daughter Charity and her children, Kenton and Ryanna, Charity’s sisters Cynthia and her husband Jason Hedstrom, and Ray-leen; daughters Carla, Shawna and husband Scott Nikel, and their daughters Megan and Haley; sister Jane Ribbans and her daughter Marcia Hodgson and Joan Ribbans; sister-in-law Yvonne and her sons Bill (friend Evelyn), Gene and wife Deanna, Ken and wife Della, as well as many great nephews and nieces. Funeral service was held at McDiarmid Drive Alliance Church on Thursday, August 24, 2006 with Dr Clifford Bergman and Rev. Dan Pope officiating. Interment followed in Rosewood Memorial Gardens. If friends wish, donations, in memory of Diamond, may be made to the Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation "Palliative Care" or "Cancer Services", 150 McTavish Ave. East, Brandon, MB R7A 2B3.
MONDOR: Victoria June of Brandon, passed away Saturday, May 26, 2007 at the age of 78 years. Vicki found great joy in her friends and volunteer work at the A.N.A.F. Club where she and Albert were founding members of the Crocus Seniors. Shuffleboard was her game and she had many hours of enjoyment playing and spending time with her friends; as well as placing 25 cent bets on curling games with her "favourite" son-in-law, Bob, who she adored. We are so thankful for all the happy and loving memories of my mom and my friend, "favourite" mother-in-law, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend. Mom had a kind and loving heart, caring for her husband, Albert, and her brothers, Steve and Nick Hallas, in their final years. Mom had a great love for dogs and provided a home filled with kindness and attention for the many puppies she raised over the years. Rest now, precious. Lovingly remembered by her daughter and son-in-law, Bunny (Valerie) and Bob Neilson, grandsons, Chris (Lisa) Neilson and Greg (Charlotte) Neilson, great-grandson, Rory Neilson. Special friends: Hughie, Millie and many more. Extended family, Margret and Ernie Neilson, Marie and Larry Neilson, the Mondor families. Bunny and Bob extend their heartfelt thanks to all the staff of Palliative Care, B.R.H.C., whose care and concern for Mom was "over the top." At Vicki’s request, she will be laid to rest next to her husband, Albert, by her family. Friends who wish, may make a donation in Vicki’s memory, to Brandon Riverbank Inc. #1-545 Conservation Drive, Brandon, MB, R7A 7L8.
McCORMACK: Thomas (Tom) Russell McCormack, loving husband of Pat, passed away suddenly at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Wednesday, May 16, 2007 at the age of 69. Tom was born in Souris on November 26,1937, son of Harold and Emma McCormack. Tom's early childhood was spent in Carroll, Manitoba and he received his education in Brandon. Tom went to work on various farms in the Souris and Wawanesa districts. Other jobs included shovelling coal, working at Wilton Motors and driving a cab for Wally's Taxi before joining the Brandon Transit System in 1961. Tom drove the streets from 1961-1979, then was promoted to transit supervisor, then to manager until he retired in 1992. Tom spent many years at their cottage at Oak Lake Beach, enjoying both fishing and boating in the summer and snowmobiling in the winter. He liked to curl, golf, and spent many seasons fishing up in northern Manitoba where he achieved Master Angler at Lake of the Prairie in July 1990. In his retirement, he engaged in a second career as his son Darren's right hand man at Sweet Temptations bakeshop in Brandon and later on at Finales in Winnipeg. He enjoyed over ten winters in their RV down in Arizona. Tom and Pat's other travels took them to the Maritimes, a cruise up to Alaska, and a cruise in the Caribbean as well as many parts of the USA. Tom also had the opportunity to journey to the Orient with his son Darcy. This past winter, Tom and Pat spent time in Victoria, B.C. where Tom was able to visit his childhood buddy Carman Niebergal. Tom's good-natured character was well suited for working with the public. He always had some comment for everyone, which made him more endearing. He was just a big tease. Tom had a heart of gold, always giving someone a helping hand. He had a happy go lucky and friendly personality and was well liked by everyone. Tom and Pat had 47 wonderful years together and loved each other unconditionally. His devotion to Pat was tremendous as he looked after her like a queen. Now, a huge void is left. Tom will be sadly missed by his loving wife, Pat, sons Darren and Darcy; grandchildren Allison (Mike), Renata (Jeremy) and Alex; great-grandchildren Alicia and Rylan and his traveling companion and best pal, Cody. He will also be lovingly remembered by sisters-in-law Shirley (Carl), Mildred (Dennis), and brother-in-law Ron (Marleen). Tom was predeceased by his father Harold in 1969, mother Emma in 1997, sisters Grace in 1964, Sheila in 1976, Gladys and Barbara in 1997. He is also survived by his ex-daughter-in-law Sharon along with numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends, including his daily coffee buddies. Funeral service was held at Central United Church on Tuesday, May 22, 2007 and interment was at the Brandon Cemetery, officiated by Mona Franklin. All in attendance were Honorary Pallbearers. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Manitoba, Unit 3, 824-18th Street, Brandon, MB R7A 5B7, the Brandon Humane Society, 2200-17th Street East, Brandon, MB R7A 7M6, or to a charity of choice.
McGREGOR: It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Donald Cameron McGregor, age 47, on Saturday, May 19, 2007 at Viking, Alberta. Born on September 25, 1959, Don was always the centre of attention with his curly red hair, cute round freckled face and mischievous grin. Living on the farm, Don enjoyed endless hours playing outdoors with his brother and sisters. Don took his schooling in Kenton and graduated from Hamiota Collegiate. During his school years, Don developed many great friendships, which he cherished. His great sense of humour and contagious laughter contributed to making him into the special person that he was. During those years Don enjoyed swimming, skiing, hockey and working on the family farm. Don spent over 20 years working for Cargill in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta. He was well liked by his customers, and described by his co-workers as very dedicated to his job. He was known for his humorous stories and quick-witted one-liners. Early in life, Don was active in Boy Scouts, and for many years, an active participant in the Kenton United Church services. Later in life, he was a member of the Kinsmen and Lions’ Clubs. Don was definitely a people person. He enjoyed such things as curling, coaching a Ladies Softball team and joining the group at the coffee shop to keep abreast of local events. He was an avid reader, especially the daily newspapers. Don was a good friend. He would always lend an ear to a friend in need. He will be sadly missed. Predeceased by his father, Morris McGregor, Don leaves to mourn his passing his mother, Helen McGregor, brother, Malcolm, sisters, Loree (Kevin) Rowan, Heather (Kelly) Mathison, niece and nephews, Kelsey and Katlin Mathison, Chris and Andrew Rowan. A Service of Remembrance will be held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, on Saturday, May 26, 2007 at 2:30 p.m. with Arlene Robertson of First Presbyterian Church officiating. Interment will take place at Rosewood Memorial Gardens. Friends who wish may make a donation, in Don’s memory, to a charity of choice.
DOUGLAS: Clinton Robert Douglas of Brandon, beloved husband of Jodi and dear father of Zoe, Noah and Kezia, passed away accidentally in Fort McMurray, Alberta on Tuesday, September 9, 2008 at the age of 36 years. Clint was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba on April 26, 1972. His family moved north to Dawson City, Yukon where he started pre-school. He received most of his education in northern B.C. After graduating in Lynn Lake, Manitoba, his family moved to Brandon. Clint held various jobs and started work at Carnation Foods in Carberry in April 1993. While working there, he met Jodi Curtis and they married on July 26, 1997. Clint continued to work at "The Plant" until May of 2006. He then went west to Fort McMurray where he found work as a carpenter in training. During this time, he lived in camps and came home any chance he could to spend time with his family. Recently, he had changed his career choice to Power Engineering. Clint was very athletic and loved all sports. His favorites being golf, hockey and basketball. He enjoyed "kicking ass" in golf whether it was Playstation or the real thing. When the Detroit Red Wings played, Clint would call and make sure Noah knew - so he could watch the game too. During breaks or after a goal, they would call each other to discuss the game. (This was often long past Noah’s bedtime!!) Just recently, Clint gave Noah his collection of Red Wing figurines. Clint’s passion and best achievement was being Dad to Zoe, "his baby girl," age 10, Noah "his boy," age 8 and Kezia, "his princess," age 5. When each of the children were born, he took parental leave and during that time formed a strong and solid bond with each child. He missed them so much when he was working away but called every night (the longest phone call on record being eight hours to Jodi – a whole shift). Clint also loved chatting with his mom, Wendy (who affectionately called him "tintin"), and his sister, Michelle and her family. They all shared a very close relationship. Clint especially enjoyed a game of golf with Donny, Kyle and John whenever he came to town. This past summer, Zoe attended summer camp and was so surprised when Daddy came to pick her up and Kezia shared all the news of her first day of school on the phone with Daddy, just this past Monday. Clint is survived by his wife Jodi, children Zoe, Noah and Kezia, mother Wendy (John), sister Michelle (Donny), nephew Kyle, niece Karly and many other extended family members. He was predeceased by his father Robert. The Funeral Service will be held at Central United Church, 327-8th Street, Brandon, on Wednesday, September 17, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Shannon McCarthy officiating. Interment will follow at the Brandon Cemetery. A Memorial Service will also be held at Cropo Funeral Chapel, 1442 Main Street, Winnipeg, on Friday, September 19, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. Donations in memory of Clint may be made to the Douglas Children Trust Fund, c/o the Westoba Credit Union, 3300 Victoria Avenue, Brandon, MB, R7B 0N2 or to any Branch of the Westoba Credit Union.
Betty L. Duncan
March 25, 1936 ~ June 27, 2008
DUNCAN: Betty L. Duncan passed away June 27, 2008 at Brandon Regional Health Centre at the age of 72 years. She is survived by her mother Helen Duncan of Hamiota, MB; 2 brothers Fairley and David; sister-in-laws Shirley and Patricia. Also dear to Betty were her 3 nephews Steven, Adam and Jason and her Aunts and Uncles. A funeral service will be held on Monday, July 7, 2008 at 2:30 p.m. at Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, Brandon, (204-727-0694) with Rev. Jim Brown of St. George’s Anglican Church officiating. In lieu of flowers, it was Betty’s wish, if friends desire, donations could be made to the Manitoba Lung Association, 8-940 Princess Ave., Brandon, MB, R7A 0P6; Diabetes Association, 727B – 10th Street, Brandon, MB R7A 4G7 or to a charity of your choice. Thank you to family and friends for their generous acts of sympathy and support through this difficult time.