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MANITOBA - Boissevain - Miscellaneous Obituaries - 6

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Date: Tuesday, 28 June 2016, at 10:47 p.m.


Melvin Leayton McCausland passed away peacefully at Boissevain Health Centre at 93 years of age.

Melvin was born on his parent's homestead July 27th, 1904, son of John and Clara McCausland. After receiving his education at the Fairburn School, he attended Manitoba Agriculture College in Winnipeg.

In October 1934 he married Mildred Latimer of Boissevain. They operated a successful livestock and grain farm one mile north of Boissevain for 31 years. In 1965 they retired to Boissevain and built a new home on Cook Street.

Throughout his life Mel was interested in all community activities. For many years he belonged to I.O.O.F. Lodge. He was a life member of the Boissevain Curling Club where he obtained an eight-ender on January 23, 1975. Also he loved his golf where a golfer's dream came true on August 20, 1980 getting a "hole in one" on the third hole at the Boissevain Golf Course. Also he was a long time active member of the Boissevain Community Centre.

Melvin and Mildred enjoyed several trips to east and west coasts, the United States and an Alaskan cruise. They also enjoyed many summers at their cottage on Killarney Lake with family and friends.

Mel took up residence at Westview Lodge in April of 1995. He really enjoyed all activities with many friends, plus the loving care and support of all the staff at Westview.

Mel was predeceased by his wife Mildred in April 1995, his parents John and Clara McCausland, brothers Edward, Harry, Art, Ernie, Wes and Harold, as well as five sister-in-laws Nellie, Ethel, Berniece, Marjorie and Mildred, also one brother-in-law Bob Latimer.

Melvin is survived and will be dearly missed by one daughter Shirley (Grant) Nesbitt of Boissevain, three grandsons and four great grandchildren, Craig (Denise), Scott, Anna and Julia Pringle, Regina; Brent (Cindy) and Teagan Pringle, Glenboro and Guy Pringle of Brandon; one step-granddaughter and three step-grandchildren (Deb) Trent, Derek and Melissa Cuvelier, Killarney, Mel Cuvelier, Killarney; one sister-in-law Elsie Latimer of Boissevain and one sister-in-law Bea McCausland of Burnaby, B.C.


On January 7, 1998, Sgt. Murray Alfred Ross Gill of Ashcroft, B.C. passed away at the age of 49 years at Royal Inland Hospital, Kamloops, B.C.

Murray was born at Deloraine, Manitoba on April 8, 1948. He attended school at Horton and Boissevain and, while attending school, he worked at the Quick Freeze meat market and also helped on the farm. As a young lad Murray enjoyed playing baseball and hockey.

As a youth he had a great desire to join the R.C.M.P. and on September 9, 1970 he did so. In March 1971 he graduated from Regina with his first posting to Surrey, B.C., followed by Abbotsford, Clearbrook, Williams Lake and Ashcroft, B.C. Murray attained the rank of Sgt. in 1991 and was highly respected by members of the force and was certainly well known in the R.C.M.P. network in B.C.

A memorial service was held in Kamloops January 10 where 80 members attended in full dress, a sign of much respect. Murray faithfully carried out that obligation for 28 years.

On January 17 a memorial service was held at St. Paul's United Church, Boissevain, of which Murray was a confirmed member, with Rev. Harvey Hurren officiating.

Murray was predeceased by his sister Linda in 1977 and his father in 1981. Left to mourn and cherish his memory are his wife Shirley of Ashcroft, B.C., son Steven of Kamloops and stepdaughter Fawn of Vancouver and his mother Verla Gill of Boissevain plus extended family members, uncles, aunts and cousins and very special niece Shelley and nephew Kevin.

We need give thanks for his service and his faithfulness to the course of life.


Ethel Mildred Mansbridge of Minnedosa, Man., entered into rest Sunday, December 6, 1998 at the Minnedosa Personal Care Home at the age of 89 years.

Funeral service was held Saturday, December 12, at 3:00 p.m. from the Minnedosa United Church with Pastor Elgin Hall officiating. Interment took place at Minnedosa Cemetery. If friends so desire, memorial donations may be made to the Minnedosa Personal Care Home or the Arthritis Society. Sparrow Funeral Service of Minnedosa in care of arrangements.


Dorothy "Dee" Philipps, late of Lions Manor in Brandon, passed away Thursday, March 25, 1999 at the Assiniboine Centre, Brandon, after a four-week battle with cancer.

Dorothy was born to John and Gertrude Hamilton on October 1, 1923 in Boissevain. She attended Boissevain Schools and worked at the Peace Garden Cafe and the Egg Grading Station. On January 17, 1958 she married Jim Philipps, and created a loving supportive home. Friends and family always appreciated a warm welcome over a cup of coffee. The highlight of her life was raising four month old Marilyn Chambers, "her girl". She and Jim babysat during regular school days and often "borrowed the little one" for special events and visits to hotels with a pool. Marilyn and Dee had a special bond to the end. She found great enjoyment and satisfaction in crow hooking afghans and lap covers, knitting dishcloths, and finely stitched quilts. Many friends and relatives were the recipients of her creativity.

Dorothy leaves to mourn her passing Marilyn Chambers and fiancÚ Don Blanchette of Lloydminster, AB; her "other girl" Carole Chambers and husband John Gill and their "wee ones" Jennifer and Victoria, all of Calgary, AB; her three special step-children Gerry Philipps of Winnipeg, MB; Diane Legge of Saanichton, BC; and Betty Lou McDowall of Perry Sound, ON; and their families; several Hamilton cousins and their families; as well as many long time friends including Ruby Chambers, Lois (Dennis) Evans and Bonnie Vinck. She was predeceased by her husband Jim in 1977, her mother, her father, her brother Fred, half brothers John and Walter, and half sisters Hazel, Margaret, Edna and Annie.

As she wished, a graveside service was held at the Philipps family plot in the Boissevain Cemetery on Tuesday, March 30, 1999 at 2:00 p.m. with Canon Joy Ruddock officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Dee may be made to a charity of your choice. Arrangements were in care of Brockie Donovan.


Donald Campbell Shaw passed away suddenly at the Tri-Lake Health Center, Killarney on April 21, 1998.

Donald was born on the family farm near the Fairfax district on May 15, 1931 the oldest son of Roy and Inez Shaw. Donald took his schooling at Fairfax and was baptized, confirmed and a member of Fairfax United Church and attended Minto United Church in the later years. He lived in the Minto-Fairfax district all his life, moving to the family farm in 1973 where he lived until his death. Donald farmed until his retirement in 1995.

Donald was a great friend to all who knew him. He loved life and lived it to the fullest. Donald made a great many friends in the activities he enjoyed, golf, curling, ball, hunting and wintering in the south. A deck of cards was never far from his side. Donald's garden was his pride and joy which usually produced enough vegetables to supply half of Minto. Donald had a great sense of humour.

Donald was married in 1957 to Yvonne DeDobbelaere and had three children, Brad, Janice and Richard. Donald had seven grandchildren, Lee, Sean, Ian, Kerrie Sprott, Ladene, Mandi Shaw and Dale Shaw, whom he was extremely proud of. He took great joy in watching them participate in their activities and grow into the special people they are today.

In 1991 Donald was remarried to Audrey Downey which brought him great happiness.

Donald leaves to mourn his loving wife Audrey, his children, Brad, Janice (Tom) and Richard (Brenda), two step-sons Craig and Christopher Downey and their families, mother Inez Shaw, brother Orville Shaw (Elva), sister Edna (Ed) Burke, nieces and nephews and a great many friends.

Donald was predeceased by his father Roy in 1976.

The family would like to thank all who came to say good-bye to D.C.

The funeral service was held in the Minto United Church on Saturday, April 25, 1998. Pallbearers were Ed Anderson, Glen Campbell, Willie De Yaegher, Barry Good, Garry Mains and Garth Seafoot. A special honour guard was formed by some of Donald's friends. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of choice. Arrangements were in care of Boissevain Funeral Home.


Fred was born December 11, 1915, the third son of Petrus and Florence Cuvelier. He was born on the home section near Deloraine.

In 1932, the family moved to the Croll area. The brothers, David, Fred and Phiel formed a partnership, bought the Kilmury and O'Neil farms and farmed successfully until retirement in 1979.

Fred enjoyed baseball and hockey and was an avid Centennials and Border King fan. Even after retirement, he spent many happy hours tending the yard site and he dearly loved to just go for a drive. It was some of these drives that caused other drivers much frustration when they were caught behind him. He continued to Sunday drive no matter what day of the week.

Fred enjoyed any time spent with his family and especially enjoyed children. They always brought a smile to his face. Fred always enjoyed a good joke and liked to make a small wager every now and then

In 1996, Fred moved to the Westview Lodge after suffering a minor stroke. He liked to play bingo and looked forward to each and every visitor he had. Fred resided at the Lodge until his health problems forced him to be hospitalized.

Fred passed away peacefully on November 20, 1998.

He is predeceased by his father, mother, his brothers Edward, Phiel and David.

He leaves to mourn his sisters, Jean Couckuyt and Selvie Missinne, sister-in-law Laura Cuvelier, many nieces and nephews and their families.

Pallbearers were Marshall Teetaert, Larry Teetaert, Gary Couckuyt, Reg Couckuyt, Wayne Patterson and Bryan Jackson. Interment was in Boissevain Cemetery.


Nellie Swanson was born March 22, 1906, sixth child of Charles and Louisa Mannix, in Loch Monar, Manitoba. She was baptized July 15, 1906 at the Church of the Ascension Anglican Church in Stonewall, Manitoba. Most of her schooling was at Caranton School north of Boissevain. Nellie married Nels Edward Swanson on October 11, 1939 at St. Matthews Pro Cathedral in Brandon, Manitoba. Prior to her marriage Nellie worked as a housekeeper. After her marriage she and Nels farmed the Glen McNeil place until the fall of 1946 when the family moved to Harrison Hot Springs, B.C. They returned to Boissevain in 1949 where they stayed until they moved to Cardston, Alberta in 1963 to work on the Blood Indian Reserve. They returned to Boissevain in 1969. She retired in Boissevain and remained there until she died on November 25, 1998 at Evergreen Place. She was laid to her eternal rest with her husband of nearly 50 years at Boissevain Cemetery on Saturday, November 28, 1998.

Nellie had many interests and she followed these wherever she was. She was a Brownie leader for many years, enjoyed participating in any number of community plays, read, knitted, crocheted and sewed until her eyes no longer allowed her to do this. She started oil painting when she was 80 years old and leaves a number of very beautiful scenes and animal pictures. She enjoyed many kinds of music and is fondly remembered by her family for the many hours of organ music and singing in the evenings.

She has remained a member of St. Matthews Anglican Church here in Boissevain. She was a life member of St. Matthews Anglican Church Women and was for many years a member of the Whitewater Women's Institute.

Nellie is survived by her two daughters Ingar (Ernie) Constant and Evelyn, 3 grandsons Ronald, Conrad and Thomson and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents Charles and Louisa Mannix and all of her brothers and sisters, Mary (Tom) Chambers, Norman, Adelaide (Earl) Miltemore, Charles (Betty), Margaret (Angus) McLeod, Arthur, John (Llewella), Janet (Dennis) Glover, and Patricia. She is also predeceased by two nephews Jim Miltemore and Findlay McLeod.

Pallbearers were Richard Reimer, Thom Swanson, Ronald Constant, Conrad Constant, Arthur Mannix and Samuel Hester.

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