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PHILLIPS: It is with great sorrow that the family of Donald Gregory Phillips announces his sudden and unexpected passing on the 14th day of April, 2015.Don was born in Brandon, Manitoba, on the 16th day of April 1953, to Gordon and Agnes Phillips. He spent virtually his whole life in Brandon, Manitoba. After graduating from Brandon University, Don purchased and ran Candlewood Books until his retirement. All his customers benefitted from his encyclopaedic knowledge of books and literature. Don had many close friends with whom he enjoyed long and often heated discussions over cups of strong coffee. If anyone disputed one of his "left wing" views they had to be prepared, because Don had all the facts and figures at his fingertips. Don was predeceased by his Father, Gordon Albert Phillips, his Mother, Agnes Phillips and his Stepmother, Dawna Phillips, (née Kelleher). Don is survived by his Brothers, Lawrence Gordon Phillips of Fort Frances, Ontario, Dr. Brian Phillips and wife Dr. Elizabeth Phillips of Sussex, New Brunswick, along with their children Dr. Joseph Phillips, Patrick Phillips, Colin Phillips, Michael Phillips and Mary Kate Phillips, and his special cousin Elizabeth Brand and her family of Fort Worth, Texas. He is also survived by the members of his second family, the Kelleher clan. Don will be distinctly missed by his beloved dog, Brennan. Pallbearers will be his nephews and niece. Funeral services will be held at St. Augustine's Roman Catholic Church, 327-4th Street, on Saturday, May 2, 2015, at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, Don would have preferred that friends make donations to the Brandon Humane Society, 2200-17th Street East, Brandon, MB, R7A 7M6, St. Augustine's Church, 327-4th Street, Brandon, MB, R7A 3H1 or a charity of choice.
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BURKE: William (Bill) Richard Burke; beloved husband of Lesli; of Miniota, MB passed away at the Hamiota Health Center, Hamiota, MB on Monday, April 27, 2015 at 60 years of age. A celebration of Billy’s life will be held at the Miniota Community Center, Miniota, MB on Thursday, April 30 at 2:30pm. A private family interment will take place at the Isabella Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Bill’s memory to the Hudson Suite, c/o Hamiota District Health Centre, Hamiota, MB, R0M 0T0 or to the Miniota Fire Dept, Miniota, MB, R0M 1M0.
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Campbell Funeral Home, Hamiota are entrusted with the arrangements. (866) 620-2744.
ELLIOTT: Ida Elizabeth Elliott, beloved wife of the Late Russell Charles Elliott and loving mother of Bill Elliott and the Late Valerie MacKenzie, of Virden, Manitoba passed away at Virden Health Centre on Sunday; April 26, 2015 at the age of 95 years. Funeral services will be private by family request. If friends so desire, donations may be made to the Virden Cemetery – P. O. Box 310 Virden, MB, R0M 2C0 in memory of Ida.
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G. R. Carscadden Funeral Chapel, Virden in care of arrangements.
STEELE: Carol Ann Steele passed away April 24, 2015, after a brief battle with cancer. A Celebration of Carol’s life will be held Saturday, May 2, 2015, at 1:00 p.m. at Bethel Christian Assembly. At her request no flowers please. Donations in her memory may be made to your local library or a charity of your choice.
MURRAY: Mrs. Melba Murray of Melita, MB., formerly of Lyleton, passed away at the Virden Health Centre on Thursday, April 23, 2015 at the age of 84. The funeral service will be held from the Victoria United Church, Melita, MB. on Tuesday, April 28, 2015 (today) at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Allan Gairns officiating. The interment will take place at the Lyleton Cemetery. Donations in memory of Melba may be given to the Lyleton United Church, Box 10, Lyleton, MB, R0M 1G0 or the Victoria United Church Memorial Fund, Box 159, Melita, MB, R0M 1L0. Arrangements in care of Redpath Funeral Home - Melita (204) 522-3361. Neil Redpath & Kurt Ardron - Funeral Directors.
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MEARS: Kathleen Susan Mears, age 71 years, of Brandon passed away in the city on Sunday, April 26, 2015. Kathleen is survived by her children Larry Townsend and Melissa Townsend, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. A Graveside Ceremony will take place at the Brandon Cemetery on Thursday, April 30, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. Joe Ball, Hospital Chaplain will officiate.
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CAREY: The death of Celia "Daisy" Carey (nee Thorley) occurred at her residence, Fairview Home, on April 23, 2015. Born January 14, 1920 in Brandon, Manitoba, Daisy was the youngest daughter of James and Celia Thorley. She received her education in the Brandon school system. Daisy was a wonderful housewife and mother to Wayne and Karen. She also worked in the Rumsford Laundry and Brandon University in housekeeping. Daisy enjoyed reading, knitting, crocheting, travelling to England, Victoria and Calgary. She enjoyed watching women's softball, was involved with Alexander School, and was a member of the Brandon Firefighters Women's Auxiliary and the Brandon YMCA. Daisy will be lovingly remembered by daughter-in-law Janice Carey of Calgary, AB; grandsons Blair Carey (Tara), great grandchildren Shayna, Orli, Samara, Rachel and Michael of Pardes Hana, Israel; Phillip (Amy) Carey and great-grandchildren Lauren, Logan and Jacob of Atlanta, GA. She was predeceased by her daughter Karen, son Wayne, parents James and Celia Thorley of Brandon; brothers Jack, Herb and Jim; sister Ethel and her former husband Jack Carey. There will be a graveside service at the Brandon Cemetery on Wednesday, April 29, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. Rev. Chris Arthur will officiate. Flowers are gratefully declined. If friends so desire, donations in memory of Daisy may be made to the Firefighters Burn Fund - Brandon Fire Department, 120-19th Street North, Brandon, MB R7B 3X6 or to the War Amps, 1 Maybrook Drive, Scarborough, ON M1V 5K9.
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Van DONKERSGOED: Grace went to be with her Lord, suddenly on Tuesday, April 21, 2015, in her 83rd year. Wife of Bert van Donkersgoed of Listowel. Mother and grandmother of Gerald Donkersgoed and his wife Laurie Miller of Vancouver, B.C. (Luke and Kelly), Christine Remley and her husband Frank of Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta, (Laura, Karina and her husband Kenny Stennes, and Matthew), and Bernice Baljet and her husband Dan of Rochester Hills, Michigan (Kristin, Danielle, and Nicole), and great-grandmother of Cade Stennes. Sister of Luke and Sini van Dijk, George and Els van Dijk, and Margie Ellen, and sister-in-law of Annie van Dijk. Grace was predeceased by her son Luke in 1984, sisters Trientje Hazelaar and Gloria Vandertuin, and brother Henk. Grace was born in the Netherlands in 1932 to Stientje and Lucas (Kamps) van Dijk. Her father was a baker, and she was unwittingly a member of the Dutch resistance during the war, delivering a specific number of loaves of bread to a specific house - many times. In 1952 she immigrated to Canada with her parents and sister (3 brothers were already in Canada, 2 other sisters stayed in Holland). She often said, with a twinkle in her eye, that she enjoyed the voyage - her kids never did hear details, apart from celebrating her 20th birthday on the ‘boat’. The family arrived at Pier 21 in Halifax, and took the train as far as Manitoba. They settled in Souris and soon moved to Brandon. She got a job at the local hospital, and Brandon being a centre of Ukranian immigrants it was several weeks before she realized the second language she was acquiring was not English. She met Bert in 1953 and they married the following year; all 4 children were born in Brandon. Grace’s sense of humour and Bert’s gentle smile resulted in wide circle of friends. They moved to Ontario in 1966. And they moved to Ontario in 1973. Yes, twice. Youngest son Luke’s asthma forced a return to Manitoba following the first move, which Grace laughingly referred to as “the time we took a holiday with all our furniture.” When they finally settled in Ontario, they had several years with a laying hen flock in Brussels and then another flock in West Montrose. Luke lost his battle with cancer in 1984. Grace was always generous with helping others, volunteering through organizations such as the Canadian Cancer Society, The Canadian Diabetes Association, the Willing Workers at Knox Presbyterian in Listowel, and the Terry Fox Foundation. She spent many happy years working afternoons at The Top Drawer in St. Jacobs. Grace had a gift of telling a story, laughing at herself, she wasn’t shy about being the center of attention at any gathering of 2 or more people. She took enormous pleasure in visiting people and brightening their days. Visitation was held at the Eaton Funeral Home, Listowel on Thursday from 2:00 to 4:00 and 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. The funeral service was held at Knox Presbyterian Church, Listowel on Friday, April 24th at 11:00 a.m. Interment in Cranbrook Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to Terry Fox Foundation or Evangel Hall ( would be appreciated.
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STAMFORD: Fredrick, William of Miniota, MB, born December 3, 1932, died March 31, 2015 after a brief illness with cancer. He was the second youngest of eight born to Jim and Mabel. Fred was raised on the family farm near Reeder, MB and attended Wynona school nearby. He began mixed and dairy farming on the family farm after he left school. June 18, 1960, he married Helen Eileen Steven. They had three daughters, Dorinda, Brenda, Sharon and one son, Barry. Spring on the farm, Fred would bring home pussy willows, crocuses, and displaced baby ducks, rabbits and painted turtles for us to admire. He was even seen herding cattle on a dirt bike in our later years on the farm. Fred was active in maintaining Wynona Community School and was awarded the Bill Clark Volunteer Award in 2013 for his dedication. Fred and Eileen sold the family farm and moved into Miniota in 2002. Fred would spend time walking through town chatting with friends. He became active at the Miniota Drop-In Center, where he would put on coffee for friends arriving for shuffle tournaments. He was pre-deceased by his parents, Jim and Mabel; mother and father in law, Helen and Tom Steven; sisters, Anne, Irene, Jessie; sisters in law, Edythe, Roberta; brothers in law, Fred, Ken, Bob, Lorne, Melburn, Clare, Ed, Ross and one niece, Elaine. He is survived by his wife Eileen of 54 years, daughters Dorinda (Roy) Stamford, Brenda (Ron) Ryan, Sharon (Scott) Medd, and Barry (Barb) Stamford; grandchildren Blaine, Amanda, Trevor, Lasha, Kristy, Chris, Kelly, Carmen, Matt, Scott, Aylssa, Shanisse, Carson, Shelby, Nick, Colby and Riley, great-grandchildren Karyssa, Maliah, Lacey, Remmie, Riley, Hailey, Hudson and Kash, sisters Lily Bowles, Mabel Boyce, Enid Lawrence, brother Ted (Pat) Stamford, brother in law Earl (Anne) Steven, and numerous nieces and nephews. Graveside Funeral Service was held April 6, 2015 at Miniota Cemetery and reception at Miniota Community Center following. Donations can be made to Hamiota Palliative Care Unit, Cancer Care Manitoba, or to the Miniota Drop-In Center. Campbell's Funeral Home in care of arrangements.
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QUINN: It is with saddened hearts that we announce the passing of our much loved mother, grandmother and greatgrandmother, Clara “Eileen” Quinn (Pangman) on April 20, 2015, in her Fairview home in Brandon. Mom was born in Hamiota and grew up on the family farm outside of Hamiota. She attended school in McConnell. She was a stay-at-home Mom until her children were established in school. She then went to work at Brandon Mental Health Centre in the dietary department where she continued until her retirement. She enjoyed her job and spoke with affection of her co-workers. Her greatest joy was her family. We always knew we were her priority no matter what else was going on in her life. No matter what event we participated in she was our greatest cheerleader and biggest fan. Some of these events lasted all day and she endured without a single complaint no matter the weather, road conditions or length of the day. She always spoke with much pride when asked about us and we in turn were truly devoted to her. Mom loved watching sports. She had played some basketball in school commenting that she was always smaller than her rivals and was able to slip through their legs when passed the ball. As the years progressed she especially enjoyed watching her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren play baseball, soccer, hockey and curl. Mom also enjoyed following the Brandon Wheat Kings on the radio. She enjoyed music and dancing, often remembering the dances she attended while growing up. She spoke of attending a few by horse and wagon. Over the years she added bingo to her list of things she enjoyed as well as trips to casinos and vacations with family. Mom considered Fairview her home for the past 7 1/2 years. She enjoyed the music, bingo and bus outings. She leaves to live in her memory, her children Lana (Bernard), Lorrie (Randy), Lorna (Kyle), Linda (Jim), Larry and Lisa and grandchildren Jason, Jamie (Natasha), Janessa (Rick), Jenna (Devin), Sarah, Serena, Catlin (Nicole), Crystal (Byron), Shandoll (Brian), Shawn (Shianne), Neal and Nathan (Kelly). Great-grandchildren, Taylor, Rhayen, Brixen, Tytan, Jaxon, Easton, Brendan, Brolin, Destin, Bailey, Brody, Hannah, Luke, Chloe, Kianna, Mersadies, Madisyn, Memphis and Rhylen. She is also survived by many foster grandchildren, her sister-in-law Mavis Pangman, as well as nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by her parents and brother, Murray Pangman as well as many other relatives and friends. In accordance with her wishes cremation has taken place and a private family service will be held at the Brandon Cemetery Columbarium.
McLEAN: It is with heavy hearts we say goodbye to Harold McLean. Surrounded by loved ones, Harold left us on April 23rd 2015 in Ste. Anne Hospital. A personable and vivacious man, he was known for his big heart and generosity. He was hard working and always put the needs of others ahead of his own, despite his own struggles. An endearing son to George and Jean McLean, Harold was born in Minnedosa MB on May 18th 1949, spending his childhood on the farm near Rapid City. Harold’s happiest days were spent surrounded by friends and family doing the things he loved most, camping, curling and playing ball. He took pride in his yard, loved his home, and cherished his community of St. Adolphe. He was a devoted husband to Irène (née Préfontaine), caring father to Chantelle (Dwayne), Kristian (Guylène) and Stéphanie, and a loving and adored grandfather to Ella, Eric, Amélie, Justin and Derrick. Harold is also survived by his parents George and Jean, siblings Craig (Sheila) and Janice (Barry), along with his in-laws Marc (Eva), Luc (Ida), Gil, Claire, Jean, Béatrice (Eugène), Léo (Jocelyne), Rachelle, Janine (Kevin) and Gisèle (Jean-Guy). He was predeceased by Monique, Victor and Éveline Préfontaine. Harold leaves behind a great number of nephews, nieces, friends and a special Goddaughter. A Celebration of Life will be held in his honour on Sunday, May 3rd 2015, at 2:00 pm, at Pioneer Hall in St. Adolphe. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Cancer Care Manitoba or Ste. Anne Hospital. “Friends and family are the MOST important” – Harold McLean
MacKAY: It is with heartfelt sadness that we announce the passing of Alexander “Alex” George MacKay on Thursday, April 16, 2015 at the Minnedosa Personal Care Home at the age of 87 years. Alex was the Clanwilliam New Years baby born on January 2, 1928 to Bob and Tillie MacKay. Alex grew up hunting with his dad and brothers and life long friends, forming treasured memories that had lasted a lifetime. He went on to farm with the Moads and Huttons before joining the CPR from 1948 – 1966 as a fireman and a written up engineer. During this time he sold cars with Wilbur McLeod until such time as he joined the Dept. of Justice as a Deputy Sheriff in 1966 until his retirement in 1984. Summers were spent in the old campground at Clear Lake around the kitchenette with special friends and neighbors from early May till the last dog was hung in late September. In their retirement years numerous bus trips were taken with McPhail’s Travel. Alex was predeceased by his parents Bob and Tillie MacKay, sister Ruth Hodges, brother Stew McKay, brother in-law Cliff Hodges, sister- in-law Elsie McKay, nephew Robert McKay, mother and father-in-law Margaret and Pete Robinson. Alex met the love of his life Florence Robinson on New Years Eve 1952 at the Armories in Minnedosa. They were married November 1, 1958. After 18 months of wedded bliss Bruce was born in 1960, joyfully followed by Nancy in 1964. Alex will be sadly missed by his wife of 57 years Florence, son Bruce and wife Sharone, daughter Nancy and partner Don, his grandchildren Austin and Madisyn MacKay who will cherish their Papa forever. In addition his brother and best friend Neil MacKay and wife Shirley, nieces and nephews Donna, Gord, Sandra, Keith, Karen and families. Through his affiliations with the Minnedosa branch of the Royal Canadian Legion, Kinsmen Club and the Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen and Engineers he made life long friendships that he cherished to the end. Some of those friendships helped him through his most difficult times over the last several years. Alex’s wishes were not to have a funeral service but an interment will follow at a later date. In lieu of flowers donations in Alex memory may be made to the Minnedosa Personal Care Home Patio Fund. Minnedosa Funeral Service in care of arrangements.
LOCKHART: Lawrence Kenneth. June 9, 1928 – April 19, 2015. It is with deep sadness we announce the passing of a devoted and loving husband, father, grandfather and great- grandfather, Lawrence Lockhart. Lawrence was born in Brandon, Manitoba. He moved to Vancouver in 1942 at the age of 14 and then to Ladner in 1945. Lawrence married Norma Cory on June 23, 1950 and they have lived more than 60 years in Ladner. Lawrence is survived by his wife of 65 years, Norma, his children Wayne (Carol), Gordon (Anne), Lloyd (Betsy), Doris (Carl) and his grandchildren Richard (Shauna), Steven (Amy), Ryan, Quinten, Robbie, Michael (Lori), Adam (Taylor), Sarah, Kevin (Sarah), Nicole (Luke) and 6 great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his son Brett Lockhart in 1995. The family would like to thank the Doctors and nurses at Delta Hospital, Dr. Nicholson and the nurses and caregivers at Deltaview, for their wonderful care. A Funeral Service will be held on Friday, April 24, 2015 at 11:00am at Delta Funeral Home, 5329 Ladner Trunk Road, with a Reception to follow. Should friends desire, donations to Delta Hospital Foundation,, in Lawrence’s memory, would be appreciated, in lieu of flowers. Delta Funeral Home (604) 946-6040.
LALUK: Jim Laluk - February 26, 1945 - April 23, 2015. With his family by his side, Jim passed away peacefully Thursday, April 23 after a courageous fight with Pancreatic Cancer. As per Jim’s wishes there will be no service. If friends so desire, donations may be made to Brandon General Hospital, Palliative Care or the Canadian Cancer Society.
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