FLEURY: Margaret Hilda Fleury of Maryfield, Saskatchewan, formerly of Brandon, beloved mother of Shirley Hayden, passed away peacefully at the Moosomin Regional Health Centre on Wednesday, December 31, 2008 at the age of 88 years. Prayers will be held for Margaret at the Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, on Tuesday, January 6, 2009 at 7:00 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Augustine’s Roman Catholic Church, 327-4th Street, on Wednesday, January 7, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. with Fr. Dominic Yuen as Celebrant. Interment will follow at the Brandon Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Margaret may be made to the Brandon Humane Society, 2200-17th Street East, Brandon, MB, R7A 7M6 or the Heart & Stroke Foundation, Unit 3-824-18th Street, Brandon, MB, R7A 5B7. Complete obituary information to follow.
FERRIS: Thomas A. Ferris, born 25 July, 1917, passed away peacefully at Fairview Home on November 29, 2008. He was born and raised on his grandfather’s homestead at Camille near Holland, MB. His father was Lewis Ure Ferris and his mother was Annie Jeffrey. One of 14 siblings, he is survived by sisters Ellen Rutherford, Holland, MB, Elsie Murray, Moosejaw, SK and Dorothy Caslick, Red Deer, AB. Tom completed high school in Holland and during the depression went to Business College in Winnipeg. In 1941, he volunteered for Pilot Training in the RCAF. He trained on the prairies and was delayed obtaining his wings by an aircraft crash. Once operationally trained, he proceeded overseas for duties as a Sergeant Pilot on the Ventura aircraft assigned to Bomber Command. After his operational tour and a serious enemy attack incident, he was assigned back to Canada to train new Ventura aircrews in Penfield Ridge, NB. Before taking on these duties, he took the train back to Holland, MB to marry his one and only love, Mary Lunn Harrison. A small wartime wedding was followed by a train trip to Moncton, NB. Once the Ventura was phased out by heavier bombers, Tom conducted Air Transport duties throughout the Maritimes. In early 1946, Tom took his honourable discharge as a Commissioned Officer and they moved back to Holland. He was the first Anglo Canadian fuel distributor in Holland. In 1955, the family, now complete with two daughters and two sons, moved to Hayfield, MB and subsequently a VLA house on 22nd Street in Brandon. Tom took on administrative duties with Anglo Canadian which became Royalite Oil then Gulf Canada. Tom took early retirement from Gulf and along with Mary had a very productive retirement of community involvement. A gifted musician, Tom was a Barbershopper. Mary and Tom, who called themselves the Ferris Wheels, entertained many events especially activities at the Assiniboine Centre. Tom lost the love of his life Mary in Nov. 2003. He is survived by his children Lewis Arthur Ferris of Victoria, Janet Elizabeth Vermeulen (Harry), Winnipeg, Donald Thomas Ferris (Jeanne), Calgary and Norina Gail Martin (Dan), Coldwater, ON. He leaves grandchildren Tanya Newell, Harold Kevin Lepp, Tiera Ferris, Michael Thomas Martin, Katherine Martin, Jennifer Ferris and Thomas Ferris, and one great grandchild, Dexter Newell. The funeral service was held at the Knox United Church on Wednesday, December 3, 2008 at 10:00 a.m. with Rev. David Cathcart officiating. A reception at the church followed the service. Interment was held at the Brookdale Cemetery, Holland, MB on Thursday, December 4, 2008 at 1:00 p.m. followed by a reception at the Holland Community Centre. Flowers are gratefully declined. Donations may be made to the Knox United Church, 451-18th Street, Brandon, MB, R7A 5A9.
FELGUEIRAS: João "John" Manuel Dias Pereira Felgueiras of Brandon passed away at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Thursday, November 20, 2008 at the age of 81 years. John was born on August 22, 1927 in Bouro, Portugal. He met Patrocinia Azevedo in 1950 and they were married in 1951. Together they had five children: Carlos, born in 1952, Albino, born in 1954, Emilia, born in 1956, John, born in 1960, and Fernanda, born in 1970. John graduated from school in Bouro and worked with his father, Manuel Felgueiras, painting cathedral churches. He then worked for Hydro in Portugal and become an inspector. In 1960, John came to Canada and started painting in Winnipeg. In 1962, he moved to Thompson and worked for Jacobson and Greiner for many years. He then achieved his goal of starting his own painting company, "Colorburst Painting and Decorating." John is survived by his children: Carlos Felgueiras, Albino Felgueiras, Emilia Rosa Wengenroth, John Felgueiras, Fernanda Tobin; 11 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. He was predeceased by his wife, Patrocinia da Conceicão Azevedo Felgueiras. Mass of Christian Burial was held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel on November 24, 2008 at 2:30 p.m. with Fr. Dominic Yuen of St. Augustine’s Roman Catholic Church as Celebrant. Interment followed at the Brandon Cemetery. Active Pallbearers were: Carlos Gouveia, Albino Felgueiras, John Felgueiras Jr., Johnny Felgueiras and Lloyd McAlpine. Donations in memory of John may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, 415-1st Street, Brandon, MB, R7A 2W8.
FRASER: Dorothy Eileen Fraser (née Dingle), beloved wife of William, passed away at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Monday, November 10, 2008 at the age of 78 years. Dorothy was born on February 26, 1930 at Pugwash, Nova Scotia. She retired in March 1992 after 25 years of service at the Officers’ Mess, C.F.B. Shilo, Manitoba. Dorothy is survived by her husband William J. Fraser of Brandon, daughter Joanne (Joseph) Pederson of Kingston, ON, son William D. Fraser of Brandon, daughter Carolyn (Randy) Sedgwick of Wainwright, AB, four grandchildren and four great grandchildren. In keeping with Dorothy’s wishes, a private graveside service was held on Friday, November 14, 2008. Donations in Dorothy’s memory may be made to the Kidney Foundation of Canada, 42 McTavish Ave. East, Brandon, MB, R7A 2B2.
GREEN, Eldin Wayne (December 1949 to October 2006) The family of Eldin Wayne Green wish to express with great sadness, the loss of a fine man, at the Assiniboine Centre in Brandon, MB, on October 26, 2006 after a courageous battle with cancer, at the young age of 56 years. He was born in Killarney, MB on December 3, 1949, the third child of four to the late Harold and Laura Green of Brandon. Eldin was raised in Wakopa, MB before the family moved to Brandon in 1954. He attended King George Elementary, Earl Haig Jr. High, and Brandon Collegiate Institute, as well as East Kootenay Community College in Cranbrook, B.C. where he achieved Interprovincial Journeyman Status as a Welder Tradesman. Eldin married Patricia Ann Simpson on April 24, 1970 and moved to Red Lake, ON where their first son, Frank, March 1971, and daughter Lori, February 1973, were born. Eldin and his family moved to Douglas, MB that same year. Their third and fourth children were born; John in August 1975 and Daniel in May 1977. During this time, Eldin worked at Behlin-Wickes, Canadian Steel Tank and Brown Steel. The family ventured west to Elkford, B.C. in the spring of 1978 where he found employment at Fording River Coal Mine. Eldin was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting, fishing, hiking, camping, motorcycling, quadding and snowmobiling with his family and friends. His most memorable past times include building a wilderness cabin, restoring a 1975 pick-up into a powerful on/off road vehicle, many bike trips across Canada and the States, visiting Hawaii with his youngest sister, Norma and her family, as well as a trip to Costa Rica with his brother, Glen. Eldin also enjoyed a few fishing trips with his older sister, Dianna and brother Glen, and a fishing trip to northern Alberta with his two sons. He participated in many outdoor adventures with his brother, sisters and his children’s families. Upon taking an early retirement at age 55, he sold his home in Elkford and moved back home to be closer to his brother and sisters, and bought a house in Killarney in September 2005. Eldin was diagnosed with cancer in late January 2006 and fought a good battle until his last day. Eldin lived with no fear of anything or anyone. He was a strong, proud man who could build or repair anything, and in many cases improve the original design. However, with all his strength and determination, he could not repair or improve his cancer. Surviving are his son Frank (Patricia) Green and grandchildren Tia and Kimberly of Hillcrest, AB and Justin and Natashia of Brandon, MB; son John (Stacey) Green and grandchildren Hunter, Hannah and Ryliegh of Smoky Lake, AB and Colten of Cranbrook, B.C. Also surviving are his brother Glen (Lillian) Green; sister Dianna (Larry) Williamson and sister Norma (Richard) Borotsik, all of Brandon, as well as several close aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. Eldin was predeceased by his father Harold in 1981; mother Laura in 1982, daughter Lori in 1973, son Danny in 1980 and his grandparents on both sides. The funeral service will be held at the Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, on Monday, October 30, 2006 at 2:30 p.m. with Pastor John Reaves of Bible Baptist Church officiating. All friends and family are urged to join in this celebration of life. In keeping with Eldin’s wishes, cremation has taken place and he will be laid to rest, by special permission, with his son, Daniel Glen, at the Brandon Children’s Cemetery. In lieu of flowers and gifts, we ask that any donations be made to the Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation, "Palliative Care," or "Cancer Care," 150 McTavish Ave. East, Brandon, MB, R7A 2B3 or to any children’s wish foundation in memory of his deceased children. The family would like to thank Dr. Fourie, the staff on A3 Palliative Care, the Assiniboine Centre and all other medical staff involved with his fight.
GARA: Zennoth "Zen" Gara of Brandon passed away peacefully at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on August 11, 2006 after a courageous battle with cancer. Zen was predeceased by his beloved wife Susan in January 2006; parents Wasylena and Harry Gara; sisters Helen Gara, Olga Lynall, Doris Boetzer, Martha Hefler and brother, Mike Leasck. Zen will be lovingly remembered by his daughter Michelle and son Harry. He is also survived and will be greatly missed by his sisters Ann Hagen, Jessie Storozynsky (Taras) and brother Ralph Gara (Carol) as well as numerous nieces and nephews and their families. Zennoth was born on March 11, 1936 in Shortdale, Manitoba. He was employed at Canada Packers in Winnipeg for 16 years before moving to Brandon where he worked at the Burns Meat Plant. After retirement, he managed a number of revenue homes and he met many, many people through this venture. Zen loved to stay close to home and spent many hours working in his yard planting an array of flowers as well as a vegetable garden of which he was very proud. He enjoyed the company of his loving wife Susan whom he lost to cancer earlier this year. His other passion in life was his family for whom he took great pride and pleasure. Zennoth will be sadly missed by anyone whom he spent time with and many stories will be shared by all. He had a wonderful sense of humour and a mischievous grin. The Divine Liturgy was held at St. Mary's Ukrainian Catholic Church on August 17, 2006 at 10:00 a.m. with Rev. Fr. Michael Tkachuk as Celebrant and Mr. Tony Yuriy as Cantor. Interment followed at the Brandon Cemetery where he was laid to rest beside his beloved wife, Susan. As an expression of sympathy, donations in memory of Zen may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, 415-1st Street, Brandon, MB R7A 2W8.
Rest in peace, Zen
WIGHTMAN: Mrs. Reta Wightman of Fairview Home, Brandon, passed away at her residence on Wednesday, March 25, 2009 at the age of 89 years. A graveside service will be held at the Brandon Cemetery on Saturday, March 28, 2009 at 10:30 a.m. with Rev. Shannon McCarthy of Central United Church officiating. Complete obituary information to follow.
WATTS: Alberta Bernice (Bunny) of Brandon, passed away at home on Friday, January 30, 2009 at the age of 65 years. Bernice was born in The Pas, MB on November 7, 1943. After completing school she worked at R.H. Williams Dental Lab until she moved to Thompson in 1962 and married Derland Watts. Her three children were born there and the family moved to Brandon in 1966. She worked at Sunset Haven Nursing Home and then Kmart until her retirement. She enjoyed curling, cribbage, floor shuffleboard and loved cooking and her garden. Bernice was predeceased by her husband Derland, her parents Earl and Alberta Wilson; brother Earl; sisters Verna and Shirley. She leaves to mourn her passing son Danny (Toni), daughters Rhonda and Gidget (Todd), eleven wonderful grandchildren, two great grandchildren and her brother Alvin Wilson (Cheryl) of The Pas. She is also survived by sisters and brothers-in-law; as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins. In keeping with Bernice’s wishes cremation has taken place and a private family service will be held. To celebrate Bernice’s life, family and friends are invited to a Come and Go Tea at the George Brockie Fellowship Centre, 332 – 8th Street, Brandon on Friday, February 6, 2009 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Manitoba, Unit 3, 824 – 18th Street, Brandon, MB R7A 5B7.
WALTON: W. Stuart peacefully passed away at Fairview Home in Brandon, MB on December 12, 2008 with his family at his side after completing his journey through a very long and full life. Stuart was born on the family farm at Oak Lake, MB on January 9, 1911. He was the last surviving member of the Herb and Martha Walton family. Stuart was pre-deceased by his parents, his sisters, Verna Moreland, Gladys Stevenson, Evelyn Gompf, and his brothers, Mervin, Allan and Eldon. Stuart married Dorothy Freeman of Winnipeg in 1953 and together they farmed the Walton homestead. Their only daughter, Peggy Lynn, was born in 1957. Stuart served his community as a board member for the St. David’s Church, Johnston Cemetery and Hagyard School. In the early years, he was often found with his fiddle in hand. He was a man of many hobbies and had a knack of being able to fix almost anything. The hobby that brought him the most pleasure was his Golden Retrievers and Prairie Dawn Kennel. In the early 1960’s he imported from England the first light coloured Golden’s to Western Canada. Stuart and Dorothy successfully showed their dogs all through the Western provinces. His retirement project was to build a bungalow in Oak Lake which was their residence until the fall of 2000 when they moved to Brandon. The balcony off their suite then became his workshop where he spent many hours making his wooden projects. Stuart always felt very grateful that he was able to see his beloved granddaughters grow up and begin their adult lives. Failing health forced his move to Fairview Home in Sept 2006. Stuart leaves to lovingly cherish his memory his wife Dorothy, daughter Peggy (Brian Jamieson), granddaughters Ashley (Jason McKerchar) and Jody (Jon Naturkach), their father Gordon Percival and many nieces and nephews. Stuart has left his family a legacy with his remarkable memory of endless stories of days gone by, many collections, and woodworking pieces. A memorial service was held at Oak Lake United Church on December 16, 2008 with Rev. Craig Miller officiating. The eulogy was given by Stuart’s granddaughter, Jody. Interment followed at Johnston Cemetery. The family would like to thank the 4th floor and support staff at Fairview for their excellent care and friendship. For those so desiring, donations may be made to the Oak Lake and Area Foundation, Box 133, Oak Lake, MB R0M 1P0.
WEIGHT: Mr. Edwin Eugene Weight of Douglas died suddenly on Sunday, October 26, 2008 at the age of 74 years. Eugene was born April 14, 1934 to Edwin and Elizabeth Weight of Douglas, Manitoba. He attended Matheson and Derry Country schools and Douglas High School. He enjoyed sports and in 1953 skipped a rink of Ken Moorehead, Mel Wolfe and Wayne Blair, in the Annual Manitoba High School Boy’s Bonspiel in Brandon. They won the T. Eaton Company Trophy. He curled several years in Douglas rink and in later years attended all major curling events. As a teenager he joined the R.C.S.C. Corps "Swiftsure" and attained the rank of Petty Officer. Eugene was a civilian employee at CFB Shilo, working as a transport driver and appreciated for his punctuality. When he retired in 1995 he was honored by his peers at a luncheon for thirty years service. He was a faithful fan of the Marlins baseball team as well as all other baseball events. He umped many ball games for Douglas teams. Weekends in summer would find him at the Horse Races. Eugene enjoyed nature and hunting birds and big game in the fall. Eugene could recall dates and names without hesitation, a result of his love of reading. Eugene never married and was somewhat of a "loner" but he traveled extensively. He is survived by nieces Suzanne McBratney , Esquimalt, B.C. and Merna Kidd, Victoria; and her daughter, Andrea, Vancouver; two great nephews and many cousins of the McLean and Ardron families. He was survived by his only Uncle Herb McLean, Tacoma, Washington. He was predeceased by his parents’ sister Mary Lou Longley; brother-in-law Frank Longley; nephew Leonard Longley and great nephew Richard McBratney. Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held at the Douglas United Church, Wednesday, November 5th, 2008 at 1:30 pm with Rev. Barb Jardine officiating. Interment will follow at Madford Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Manitoba, Unit 3, 824 – 18th Street, Brandon, MB R7A 5B7.
GOBEIL: Mary Myrtle Gobeil (née Meilleur) passed away peacefully with her family by her side after a lengthy but courageous battle with cancer on August 4, 2006. Mary will be lovingly remembered by her husband Andre; daughters Caroline Klein of Brandon, Suzanne (Shane) Hemenway of Calgary; grandchildren Brittany, Brendan, Carson and Avery. Mary was born to Henry and Edna Meilleur of Portage la Prairie, Manitoba on May 11, 1947. She was the first of 5 children and is survived by her mother Edna; sisters Anita (Leonard) Oliver, Elizabeth (Edmund) Schon and brothers Henry (Joanne) Meilleur and Paul (Jackie) Meilleur as well as numerous nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles. Mary was predeceased by her father Henry. In 1966, she married Andre who was in the Air Force. They moved shortly thereafter with the military and were stationed in Germany, Trenton, Halifax and finally Shilo, MB. Mary spent the majority of her career with the Public Service Commission in CFB Shilo, Civilian Personnel Office. Mary enjoyed nothing more than giving to her friends and community. She was a member of The Catholic Women’s League and T.O.P.S. for 28 years. Most recently, Mary gave a lot of her time to The Waves of Hope, giving comfort and support to other Breast Cancer sufferers. She enjoyed 10-pin bowling and golf as well as travelling with Andy. They particularly liked their trips to Las Vegas and their Caribbean cruises. Mary touched many lives in the community as evidenced by the many meals, visits and cards of encouragement brought to the house and hospital during her battle. She will be sorely missed by all whose lives she touched, especially her dear friend, Linda Mawson. Mary was a strong, courageous woman who was willing to face the challenges that she had with faith and hope. She never once complained of her illness. A special thank you to the nurses and staff of Brandon Regional Health Centre Palliative Care Unit and Dr. Gregory Large for all of their care and support in Mary’s last few months. Mass of Christian Burial was held at Our Lady of Shilo Roman Catholic Church, Shilo, MB, on Wednesday, August 9, 2006 at 11:00 a.m. with Fr. Arek Skwarek as Celebrant. Interment followed at the Brandon Cemetery. Donations in memory of Mary may be made to the Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation, (Palliative Care), 150 McTavish Ave. East, Brandon, MB R7A 2B3 or to the Canadian Cancer Society, 415-1st Street, Brandon, MB R7A 2W8.
GRUMMETT: It is with great sadness that the family of Hilda Mae Grummett (Roberts) announce her passing at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Monday, September 3, 2007. Hilda was born December 21, 1928 in Portage La Prairie, Manitoba – the third of four daughters of Jack and Hilda Roberts. Hilda attended school and worked in Portage but made frequent visits to family in Rivers. It was here she met Gerald Grummett and they were married on June 19, 1947. They started their life together in Calgary where Gerald was a member of the Canadian Army. When they were stationed to Rivers, a home was built and two children were added to the family, a son John in 1952 and a daughter Patricia in 1955. Gerald’s career took the family to Borden, Winnipeg, Germany, and eventually back home to Rivers. Hilda began working at Taylor’s Allied Hardware in the late 60’s and continued there until her retirement. Hilda was an active member of the St. James Anglican Church, singing in the choir and serving in various capacities throughout her life. She was a long time member of the Friendship Rebekah Lodge until its dissolution in Rivers. Hilda pursued many hobbies and interests throughout her life and loved to travel. In the past years, some of her favourite times were the winter trips to Osoyoos. Surviving are: son John of Calgary, AB and daughter Patricia (Sam) Funk, her pride and joy, her grandson Matthew of Shell Lake, SK and her exceptional friend and companion Doug Stinson of Rivers, MB. There is one sister, Joan (David) Crews of Red Deer, AB, one sister-in-law, Norma Morrison of Souris, MB, and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. The funeral service was held at St. James Anglican Church on Friday, September 7, 2007 with Rev. Paul Curtis officiating. Interment was in the Rivers Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Hilda may be made to the St. James Anglican Church Memorial Fund, Box 279, Rivers, MB, R0K 1X0 or to a charity of choice.
Just a prayer from those who love you,
Just a memory fond and true,
In our hearts you’ll live forever,
For we think the world of you.
GEIGER: Dorothy Edna Geiger passed away peacefully at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on August 6, 2007. Dorothy was born on August 14, 1929 to Horst (Bert) and Stella Geiger. She was an active Salvation Army member most of her adult life. She was predeceased by her parents, Bert and Stella. A Service of Remembrance will be held at the Salvation Army Community Church, 9 Princess Avenue East, on Friday, August 10, 2007 at 10:30 a.m. with Captain Bruce MacKenzie officiating. Lunch will take place at the Salvation Army followed by the interment at the Madford Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Dorothy may be made to the Salvation Army, 9 Princess Avenue East, Brandon, MB, R7A 1R8.