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by D R Kurt


WOMB derives from Wilds Of ManitoBa



Alice Kolisnyk Memorial

Alice passed away on August 4, 2022, please go to http://www.wilds.mb.ca/alice



Richard Kolisnyk Memorial

Rich passed away on June 9, 2006, please go to http://www.wilds.mb.ca/rich



Stopping by Woods
on a
Snowy Evening

Robert Frost

"Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.

My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.

He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound's the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.

The woods are lovely, dark and deep.
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep."


The last verse of this poem by Robert Frost
were the closing words in Justin Trudeau's eulogy
to his father Pierre Elliott Trudeau.


Donna Kurt snowhoeing in the womb of a giant poplar in Winnipeg
Donna Kurt snowshoeing in the womb
of a giant poplar in Winnipeg
Copyright © 1991 Donna R Kurt








Margaret Alice Christina Kolisnyk (nee Scales)
April 24, 1921 to August 4, 2022

Photo of Alice Kolisnyk

Alice Kolisnyk

Obituary and Memorial Pages Posted On Web 2022 August 12

Peacefully, Alice passed away at St. Boniface General Hospital. To view the obituary, videos, memorial pages, and other information select the following links.

Visit the Ethical Death Care tribute page for a wonderful video of Alice's life and her obituary and to post a Tribute to her.
Alice Kolisnyk Tribute

Visit the Wilds of Manitoba Memorial page in honour of Alice's life, with an evolving memorial and links to other videos and resources about Alice.
Alice Kolisnyk Memorial

Visit the Nonagenarian Canoeist page for inspirational videos of Alice canoeing
Nonagenarian Canoeist


Printed in Winnipeg Free Press, August 13, 2022


April 24, 1921 to August 4, 2022

On August 4, 2022 Margaret Alice Christina Kolisnyk moved on peacefully with family by her side.

Alice's family kindly requests that you honour her memory by visiting her tribute pages at EthicalDeathCare.com and wilds.mb.ca/alice to see memories, photos and stories by those who knew her.



Robert Keith Kolisnyk
January 26, 1958 to May 28, 2018

Photo of Robert Kolisnyk

Robert Kolisnyk



Richard Gilbert Kolisnyk
Memorial Page

November 13, 1927 to June 9, 2006

Photo of Richard Kolisnyk

Richard "Rocky" Kolisnyk

Printed in Winnipeg Free Press, June 13, 2006

RICHARD G. KOLISNYK, NOVEMBER 13, 1927 to JUNE 9, 2006 - Peacefully, with family at his side, Rich passed away at St. Boniface General Hospital, survived by his wife Alice (nee Scales), children Donna, Douglas (Carmen), Robert (Susan), and Karen (Paul), grandchildren Keith, Matthew, Kelsea, Savannah, brother Ken (Bernadette), black lab Chance, and many family and friends. Rich was predeceased by his parents Paul and Sophie and brothers Mel and Ray.

Rich was born in Detroit, raised in Winnipeg, and attended Isaac Newton. He worked for Manitoba Government Telephones (MTS) and TransCanada Pipelines in Morden, and then for Air Canada as a mechanic for 36 years in Winnipeg and Edmonton, until his retirement in 1988. "Rocky" loved his football (senior league quarterback), hockey (Morden, Scotland, Winnipeg, Edmonton, old-timers), golf (six hole-in-ones), and enjoyed canoeing with Alice, Donna and friends. Rich volunteered for many groups such as the Manitoba Rec. Canoeing Assoc. He was a great welder and metal artist and all-around builder and handyman sharing his talents with many family and friends. Rich loved playing cribbage, especially with Alice. He was a strong, caring, sharing and loving man and is missed greatly by all.


He fought his last battle so valiantly
     A battle he should have not lost

Exceptional courage and strength he showed
     Alas his body and heart slowed

Richie, good night, sleep well, sweet dreams
     Your spirit and soul
     will continue to beam

Our hero and knight in shining armor
     We miss you so much,
     our hearts are filled with sorrow

     You have taught us all so much
     from beginning to end

     You now lead the path
     so we can all meet again

     Rest peacefully "Daddio"

The family thanks St. Boniface General Hospital for their care. Donations may be made in honor of Rich to the St. Boniface Hospital Research Foundation towards the purchase of new hemofiltration dialysis machines used in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit. Cremation at Knysh Funeral Home. Friends and family are welcome to gather to remember Rich between 6:00 PM and 10:00 PM on Thursday, June 15 at Partner's Deli, Peguis Pavilion, West Kildonan Park. Or visit www.wilds.mb.ca/rich.



Cheryl Turner
(nee Deans)

December 14, 1950 to March 16, 2006
Cousin (Willa's Daughter)
CHERYL TURNER (nee DEANS) 1951 - 2006 On Thursday March 16, 2006 Cheryl Turner, beloved wife of the late Fred Turner, passed away at her residence in Transcona. Cheryl leaves to cherish in her memory her daughters Sherry Turner (Graeme Bonham), Kim Turner (Ryan Code). She will be missed deeply by her loyal dog Bear. She also leaves her siblings, Wayne Deans (Georgette), Glenda (Bob Carter), Kim Deans (Laurie), Cec (Terry Meachum), Erin Deans, Ron Deans (Dylene), Rich Deans (Marlene). She will also be missed by her sisters-in-law Marilyn Jones and Christine Turner, Auntie Alice and Uncle Richie and numerous nieces, nephews and friends. Honourary pallbearers are David Jones, Dane Jones, Tom Turner, Kevin Turner, Jan Deans and Barry Napora. Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held at 1 pm on Wednesday March 22, 2006 at Knysh Funeral Chapel 1020 Main Street.



Stanley Lyon
October 17, 1924 to March 31, 2006
Mother's Brother-in-law (of Dorothy)



Dorothy Marion Lyon
(nee Scales)

December 31, 1922 to December 13, 2004
Mother's Sister



Mary Isabella Denholm
(nee Dudgeon)

August 12, 1910 to July 25, 2004
Mother's Aunt

Photo of Mary Denholm

Mary Denholm

MARY ISABELLA DUDGEON - DENHOLM 1910 - 2004 Mary completed her earthly journey on July 25, 2004, 18 days short of her 94th birthday. Mary was the youngest of James and Margaret Dudgeons seven children. She was predeceased by two sisters, Bessie Scales of Morden and Margaret Livingston of Dauphin; and four brothers, Andrew of Manitou, Peter of Darlingford, and Alex and Robert of Morden. The Dudgeon family grew up in the Shadeland (Thornhill) district of southern Manitoba. Their parents had emigrated from Scotland in 1886. Mary married Robert (Bob) Denholm of Oldhamstocks, Scotland. Morden, MB was their home for the next 30 years. They had two daughters, Cathy and Marlene. Mary was a life member (past president) of the Royal Canadian Legion Ladies Auxiliary, a lifelong member of the Presbyterian Church, held offices at Presbytery and Synod levels of the Womans Missionary Society, and was active in the Morden Horticultural Society. When Bob retired, they moved to Winnipeg and served for three years as house parents at the Presbyterian Fellowship House. In 1964 they travelled to Scotland and lived for a year in Glasgow. On return to Canada, they settled into 22 years of retirement in Makinak, MB. Grandson Robert Sommerville was born during this time. He spent many carefree summers with Nan and Gramps before they moved to Winnipeg in 1980. After Bobs death, Mary resided at Riverside Lions Estates where she enjoyed the community life and independent living. In May of 2000 Mary became a resident at Meadowood Manor where she lived her declining years with great courage and tenacity. Cathy (John), Marlene and Robert (Dawn) wish to acknowledge the care and support of their extended Denholm and Dudgeon families, friends and neighbours - particularly Liz Morash. A special thank you is extended to the nursing home staff and aides at Meadowood Manor for their dedicated and compassionate care. Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on July 29 at Thomson "In The Park" Funeral Home, 1291 McGillivray Blvd., Winnipeg. Rev. Martha McDowell of St. Andrews Presbyterian Church will officiate. A private family interment will take place at a later date. Flowers are gratefully declined. If you so choose, donations may be made to a charity of your choice. THOMSON "IN THE PARK" FUNERAL HOME AND CEMETERY 1291 McGillivray Blvd

"She has achieved success who has lived Well, laughed often and loved much; who has gained the respect of intelligent men and women and the love of little children; Who has filled her niche and accomplished her task; who has left the world better than she found it, whether by an improved poppy, a perfect poem or a rescued soul; who has never lacked appreciation of earth's beauty or failed to express it; who has looked for the best in others and given of the best she had; whose life was an inspiration; whose memory a benediction."



Raymond Kolisnyk
February 22, 1931 to February 29, 2004
Father's Brother

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Raymond Kolisnyk


Peacefully, on Sunday, February 29, 2004, Raymond Kolisnyk, aged 73 years, passed away at Seven Oaks Hospital.

Ray is survived by his brothers Richard (Alice), and Kenny (Bernie) nieces Karen and Donna; nephews Douglas and Robert and Allan and Paul in California; numerous other relatives and friends.

He was predeceased by his parents, Paul and Sophie and brother Mel.

Ray was a kind, gentle, compassionate fellow with an exceptional sense of humour. He always maintained a strong sense of old school ethics and values and was respected by everyone who knew him. He was a fine gentleman and brother.

A gathering of family and friends will be held on Thursday, March 4 at 7:00 p.m. at Cropo Funeral Chapel, 1442 Main St.

Flowers gratefully declined, if friends so desire, donations may be made in Raymonds memory to a charity of ones choice. CROPO FUNERAL CHAPEL

Memorial Card: "The pain we feel most deeply is the hardest thing today because we, your family, loved you in a special way. We hold you close within our hearts; no distance can divide. For today, in Memory's Lane, we still walk side by side. Our thoughts are with you, your place no one can fill. In life we loved you dearly; in death we love you still."



Robert Cecil (Syd) Scales
November 3, 1928 to January 23, 2002
Mother's Brother

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Syd Scales
at his antique store "Wee Dicker" in Penticton, BC

January 23, 2002 Suddenly passed away in Penticton, BC.

He was predeceased by his wife Vera; father Wes; mother Bessie and sister Willa.

Left to mourn is his sister Alice (Richie) Kolisnyk, Dorothy (Stan) Lyon; brothers Jim (Jean) Scales, Milt (Joyce) Scales and numerous nieces and nephews.

As requested, cremation has taken place and interment will take place in Summerland at a later date.



Christopher Kolisnyk
1963 to May, 2000
Cousin (son of Uncle Mel)

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Chris Kolisnyk



Junior Melvin (Mel) Kolisnyk
1926 to March 9, 2000
Father's Brother
Uncle Mel inspired me greatly with his ability and interest in delving into abstract subjects concerning life, the hereafter and gave me different insights into problems and actions of other people and myself. He was strong willed and independent. Mel served in the US military. Mel is survived by his ex-wife Dorothy, their sons Alan, Paul (and family) and Chris, brothers Richard (and wife Alice and family), Raymond and Ken. Mel passed away quietly at his home in Santa Monica, California, following a long illness. I last visited Mel in March, 1999 and enjoyed dining out with him, Dorothy and Chris as well as visiting Paul's young family. Here are some images of Mel I would like to share. (click on an image to view a larger version)

Photo of Mel Sleeping in Forest
Mel came on a canoe trip between Kenora and Dryden, Ontario, on a beautiful canoe loop with a group of Manitoba Naturalists Society members. He is snoozing on Gee Jay lake amid the towering pines.

Photo of Mel Catching a BIG fish
Mel is hauling in a big one, at Mantario Lake, Manitoba. His brother Richard is to his right. Mel paddled the grueling 16 km of lakes and portaged the 4 kms of trails between the lakes about a year after losing a lot of muscle from his right torso due to gangrene caused by infection from a burst appendix which nearly killed him.

Photo of Mel with Alice and Rich picking Blueberries
Mel (background) picking blueberries on the west shore of Mantario Lake, Manitoba, with his sister in law Alice (left) and brother Richard (foreground).

Photo of Rich, Mel and friend Ray Gazing over Mantario Lake
I don't know what they are contemplating, if not the beautiful scenery of Mantario Lake, but here Mel sits with his brother Richard and friend Ray Chenier (with hat on).



Paul George Kolisnyk
November 5, 1902 to August 8, 1993
Father's Father


Photo of Paul Kolisnyk and his 4 Sons

Ken, Rich, Paul (father of the 4 boys),
Mel and Ray Kolisnyk

Winnipeg Free Press Obituary: PAUL KOLISNYK - Peacefully on Sunday, August 8, 1993, with family by his side, Paul Kolisnyk passed away at Maples Personal Care Home.

Paul was born in 1902 in Cooks Creek, residing there until his marriage to Sophie Shack. He imigrated to Detroit, Michigan and returned to Manitoba in 1931.
Paul was predeceased by his wife Sophie in 1980. They had celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary in 1975.
His memory is cherished by four sons, Mel, Richard (Alice), Raymond and Kenneth; grandchildren, Allan, Paul, Chris, Donna, Karen, Doug (Carmen), Robert (Susan); great-grandchildren, Keith and Matthew and numerous nieces and nephews.
Paul was employed by Bristol Aircraft for 33 years (MacDonald Bros. Aircraft). He also worked for the City of Winnipeg Engineering.
After retirement Paul led a very active work life, taking deep satisfaction in helping anyone who asked for his help or advice.
As he wished, cremation has taken place and interment will be at a later date. A memorial service will be held on Friday, August 13 at 3:00 p.m. at Cropo Funeral Chapel, 1442 Main St. at Luxton Ave. with Rev. Doug Martindale officiating.
The family requests, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to a charity of their choice.

Winnipeg Free Press Memoriam: KOLISNYK - In memory of Paul, who passed away August 8, 1983 (errata: 1983 should read 1993).

Deep in our hearts you are fondly remembered,
Sweet, happy memories cling around your name;
True hearts that loved you with deepest affection
Always will love you in death the same.
Lovingly remembered by the family.



Wilhelmina Helen Lydia Deans
(nee Scales)

(Mom's twin sister)
April 24, 1921 to January 31, 1989
Aunt (Mom's Twin)

Photo of Wilhelmina and Alice 1988 09 24

Wilhelmina and Alice on September 24, 1988,
the day of their Mother's Funeral Service

WILHELMINA HELEN LYDIA DEANS (nee Scales) of Flin Flon, Manitoba will live forever in our hearts. Mom left peacefully and in her usual gentle way on Jan. 31, 1989. Mom will always be loved by her eight children and their families: Wayne, Glenda, Cheryl, Kim, Cecily, Roberta, Ron and Rich. Willa made loving memories for her 11 grandchildren. Willa's twin sister Alice, brothers Jimmy, Milt, Syd and sister Dot lover her dearly. Willa was predeceased by her infant son Jimmy in 1954, her father Wes Scales in 1962 and her mother Elizabeth Scales in 1988. Mom was proud to be of service in the Air Force for her country in the Second World War. Mom's chapel service will be held at Dadson Funeral Home at 2:15 pm on Saturday, Feb. 4, 1989. Mom will have a chapel service in her hometown Morden, Manitoba on Tuesday, Feb. 7, 1989 at 12:15 pm and burial to follow at Hillside Cemetery. Refreshments will be served at the Legion by the Legion Ladies Auxiliary in both communities following services. In Flin Flon, Active Pallbearers are Bob Carter, Harley Evans, Gerry Fardoe, Dennis Hyndman, Alan Krassilowsky and Randy Peever. Honorary Guard are ex-service women. In Morden, the Active Pallbearers will be Roberta Deans, Kim Deans, Jan Deans, Bobby Kolisnyk, Joey Turner and Jeff Lawry. Willa's Honorary Pallbearers are Syd Scales, Milt Scales, Jimmy Scales, Stan Lyons, Terry Meachem and Robbie Dudgeon. Ushers are Rich Kolisnyk and Alan Dudgeon. Dylene Deans will attend the guest book. These words ("Why God Gave Mothers Hands?", below) express Mom's life, written in her honor dedicated by her eldest daughter Glenda. In fitting with Willa's lover for nature, donations can be made to: The Canadian Wildlife Federation. Donations can also be made to the following organizations: Pastorial Care Unit, c/o Flin Flon General Hospital or The Manitoba Cancer Society. The Deans children are very appreciative of not only the professional skills of the 4th floor nurses and a very humanistic man, Dr. Donaldson, but also their sensitivity and tender hands toward a special lady ... Our Mom.

"Why God Gave Mothers Hands?
When we were very little, these hands, they cleaned our face
They wiped our tears, they cleansed our knees, they soothed us everyplace
These hands worked hard, they worked alone, they rarely stopped at dusk
To sit and rest like others, they carried on, in through the night
They did their very best.
When we were growing up a bit, these hands they never stopped
They never shamed, they never hurt, they grabbed you to her lap
These hands lived a life of playfulness, of teaching love and loyalty
To share with family, the gifts we learned from her
And did their very best.
When we left home, all eight of us, these hands they never stopped
They crafted gifts of motherhood, they celebrated all the little things that always meant a lot
Your friends too, received her gifts of love, she did a feat that's hard to do
But still they carried on, for Gramma Willie had grandchildren, she wasn't finished yet
And still they did their best.
When now these hands are little, wrinkled, weak and ill
They show their love and safety, they grasp a little frail
These hands are showing strength to all of us, so grieved and full of pain
To live our life of togetherness and heal ourselves again
They work with God to guide us through the generations to come
You see ... an angel's hand can do the best
When they belong to our Mom."
Written with love and respect to my teacher, my mom.
Always lovingly ... your oldest daughter
Glenda Elizabeth Brownlee Deans



Elizabeth (Bessie) Brownlee Scales
(nee Dudgeon)

April 12, 1897 to September 16, 1988
Mother's Mother

Photo of Bessie and Wesley

Bessie and Wesley, July, 1960


On Friday, September 16, 1988 at the Chilliwack General Hospital, Chilliwack, B.C., Mrs. Bessie Scales (nee Dudgeon), aged 91 years, of 6035 Veder Rd., Sardis, B.C., formerly of Morden, Man.

Mrs. Scales was predeceased by her husband Wesley Scales, 1962 and four brothers, Andrew, Peter, Alex and Bob.

She was a life member of the Morden Royal Canadian Legion Womens Auxiliary, also a member of the Morden St. Paul's United Church and the Carman United Church, Sardis, B.C.

She leaves to mourn her passing three daughters, Alice and her husband Richard Kolisnyk, Winnipeg and Mrs. Wilhelmina Deans, Flin Flon and Dorothy and her husband Stan Lyon of Sardis, B.C.; three sons, Jim and his wife Jean Scales, Alliston, Ont, Syd and his wife Vera Scales, Penticton, B.C. and Milt and his wife Joyce Scales of Trail, B.C.; also 24 grandchildren, 37 great-grandchildren and two sisters, Margaret Livingston, Dauphin, Man. and Mary Denholm, Winnipeg; one brother-in-law Pat Livingston and one sister-in-law Emma Finley of the Tabor Home, Morden.

Funeral service will be held on Saturday, September 24 at 2:00 p.m. from Wiebe Funeral Chapel, Morden with Rev. John Freeman officiating. Interment will follow in Hillside Cemetery, Morden.

Wiebe Funeral Chape of Morden in care of arrangements.

Post-funeral service obituary: ditto above (including correction of date of death stated in obituary from September 17 to September 16): We sincerely thank all relatives, friends & neighbours for their many acts of kindness, flowers & cards, to the Womens' Auxiliary of the Morden Legion for their attendance and reception, and to the honorary & active pallbearers with the passing of our dear mother. The Scales Family.

Photo of Bessie, Bob, Mary and Andrew

Bessie with brother in law Bob Denholm,
and her siblings Mary and Andrew Dudgeon



Sophie Kolisnyk
(nee Shack)

July 16, 1901 to November 22, 1980

Photo of Sophie Kolisnyk

Sophie Kolisnyk


Peacefully on Saturday, November 22, 1980 at the Health Sciences Centre, Sophie, aged 74 years, beloved wife of Paul Kolisnyk of 930 Pritchard Ave.

Besides her husband, Sophie is survived by sons, Melvin and his wife Dorothy of Los Angeles, Richard and his wife Alice of Winnipeg, Raymond and Ken of Winnipeg; two brothers, Joe Shack and wife Queenie in England, Nick Shack and his wife Eileen of Winnipeg; seven grandchildren, Donna, Doug, Bobby, Karen, Allen, Paul and Chris. She will be sadly missed by the family, relatives and many friends.

Funeral service will be held in the Thomson Funeral Chapels, Broadway at Furby, Wednesday, November 26 at 3:30 p.m., the Rev. Dr Bruce Miles officiating. The service will terminate at the chapels, to be followed by cremation.

In lieu of flowers, should friends desire, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society (Manitoba Division), 960 Portage Ave.



Wesley Scales
November, 1893 to July 25, 1962
Mother's Father

Photo of Wesley in July 1960

Wesley in July, 1960

In Loving Memory Memorial Card:

Died in the Morden District General Hospital on Wednesday, July 25, 1962. WESLEY SCALES, Beloved husband of Elizabeth Brownlee Scales. Age 68 years. FUNERAL. Funeral services will be held from St. Paul's United Church, Morden, Manitoba, on Friday, July 27, 1962, at 2:30 p.m. Interment will be at Hillside Cemetery. Friends please accept this intimation.

Final Rites For Wes Scales:

Wesley (Wes) Scales passed away at the Morden General Hospital on Wednesday, July 28 (errata, this published date was incorrect, it should have stated July 25) after a lengthy illness. He was 68 years old.

Funeral Service was held from St. Paul's United Church, Morden on Friday, July 27, with the Rev. G. R. Cook officiating. The choir was in attendance with Mrs. T. Compton as organist. Miss Joanne Spangelo sang "The Old Rugged Cross."

Burial was in Hillside Cemetery, with Morden Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Pall bearers were: Clarence Rudd, Morden, Allan Dudgeon and Robert Dudgeon Jr., Thornhill, Chester Hamilton, Manitou, Stu Johnson, Kaleida and Mac Scales, Winnipeg.

Left to mourn his loss are his wife Elizabeth Brownlee; three daughters, Mrs. Richard Kolisnyk (Alice) of Winnipeg, Mrs. Archie Deans (Wilhelmina) of Flin Flon and Mrs. Stan Lyon (Dorothy) of Sardis, B.C., three sons, Sgt. James Scales, R.C.A.F., Camp Gimli, Cecil Scales, Morden and Milton Scales of Nelson, B.C., two sisters, Mrs. Ken Findley of La Riviere and Mrs. Ray Hamel, Minneapolis; three brothers, W. Scales of La Riviere, Roy Scales of Chilliwack, B.C., and Cecil Scales of Chicago. There are also 22 grandchildren.

Wesley Scales was born in Winnipeg and lived with his parents, who later moved to the Kaleida district, until the beginning of World War I when he joined the 184th Battalion at Manitou. When overseas he was transferred to the 107th Pioneers, with which he served until the end of the war.

He married Elizabeth Brownlee Dudgeon in 1920. For the 25 years prior to their retirement in 1960 they lived at the Court House in Morden where Mr. Scales was caretaker.



Remembering Other Family Members

Jim Scales

Jean Scales

Milt Scales

Vera Scales

Micah Scott

Bernice Nield

Velma Dudgeon

Ole Dudgeon

Art Dudgeon

Judy Hoes

Eileen Laing

Alan Dudgeon

John Sinclair

Margaret Livingston

Marlene Dudgeon

Alex Dudgeon

Bob Dudgeon

Peter Dudgeon

Andrew Dudgeon

Joey Turner

Nick Shack

Eileen Shack

Joe Shack

Queeny Shack

Walter Shack

Dorothy Boundy













Clarence Tillenius
wildlife and nature artist extraordinaire
(link to his official website at Wilds Of Manitoba)
August 31, 1913 to January 22, 2012
Artist and Canoeing Friend

Photo of Clarence Tillenius

Clarence Tillenius



Dr. William O. Pruitt, Jr.
Naturalist Friend
(link to his official website at Wilds Of Manitoba)
1922 to December 7, 2009
Naturalist Friend

Photo of Dr. William O. Pruitt, Jr.

Dr. William O. Pruitt, Jr.



Andrew David (Sid) Sidoli
November 12, 1968 to February 11, 2008
Family Friend

Photo of Andrew (Sid) Sidoli

Andrew David (Sid) Sidoli

Sadly, on February 11, 2008, we lost our mate Andrew "Sid" Sidoli to a lengthy battle with melanoma. He leaves behind his beautiful Mom Joyce, sister Rebecca, brother-in-law Brett, niece Mia, nephew Jack, loving wife Elle, step-son Bailey, many family in Sydney, Melbourne and England and many, many friends all over the world. Sid, we know you are in Great Hands with your Dad Tino, both your passings were very untimely and we all miss you both greatly. Its hard to believe that we will not see you physically anymore but your spirit and soul will live long in our hearts. Everytime we have a BBQ we will have a beer for you. Everytime the boys are in the surf they will have a ride for you. You were a great son, brother, uncle, godfather, husband, step-father and friend who will never be forgotten!!! We love you and "Be Good".

Memorial Card for Andrew (Sid) Sidoli



Walter Peter (Bucky) Buckoski
November 7, 1930 to January 18, 2008
Family Friend

Photo of Bucky Buckoski

Walter (Bucky) Buckoski

November 7, 1930 - January 18, 2008

Peacefully, on Friday, January 18, 2008 at St.Boniface Hospital, surrounded by his family, Dad passed away after a lengthy and courageous battle with various medical challenges.

Walter will be remembered by his beloved wife, Anita, their children, Grant (Kathleen), Dale Ducharme (Marcel), Glen, Dean and Kim (Bruce); his brother Robert (Enie) of Parrsboro, NS; sisters-in-law Sally and Gloria Bauer; brothers-in-law Archie Lavallee and Marc Lavallee (Diane); grandchildren Michael Ducharme, Brad (Tannis) and Michelle; numerous nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents, William and Mary; his sisters Dorothy Kashton (Chuck) and his brother Donald.
Walter began his career in the 50s as an electrician with Ideal Electric. He was later foreman on a number of large apartment constructions for Hermann Bros. Electric. It was the love of horse racing that led him to the job at the Assiniboine Downs where he was the track electrician for 25 years.
As a young man he was an excellent athlete. His favourite sports were hockey and baseball. He had many fond memories playing for the Winnipeg Tobans. When his playing days were over he took on the role of coach. He coached CPAC Womans Fastball teams, senior hockey and kids hockey at Boyd Park.
Dad's love of horses led him to form B B Stables with Art Brockhill. This partnership grew into a great friendship. In recent years he passed on his experience and knowledge of horses to his son Grant. Walter also loved to go fishing with his brother Donnie and friends Art, Fred Liebrecht and Ed Kanski. After retirement, Walter and Anita enjoyed many winter trips to Phoenix with Gloria and Eddie Bauer and Fred and Margaret Liebrecht.
We appreciate the compassion and care he received from the doctors and nurses during his stays at Seven Oaks and St. Boniface Hospitals.
Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday, January 22 at 10:00 a.m. at Cropo Funeral Chapel, 1442 Main Street.



Art Brockhill
June 30, 1931 to December 24, 2007
Family Friend

Photo of Art Brockhill

Art Brockhill

ARTHUR JAMES BROCKHILL June 30, 1931 - December 24, 2007
He Ran A Good Race And Is Now In The Winners Circle.
Peacefully, surrounded by his family, dad passed away after a lengthy battle.
Art was born on June 30, 1931 in Winnipeg and except for a couple of years in the Lakehead resided here all his life.
Dad began his career in the tire industry in the 1950's with Firestone. In 1972 Art became owner of Columbia Tire which was originally located on Bell Avenue and later on Pembina Highway. Dad retired in 2001 to spend more time with his wife Barb.
As a young man Art was a gifted athlete. He was probably most proud of being a member of the Winnipeg Rams Football Club, which in 1954 won the Dominion Championship of Canada.
As well as football, Art was a member of the Elmwood Giants Baseball Organization.
After hanging up his cleats, Art took on numerous roles as coach, manager, trainer, etc. of his son David's various hockey teams.
Dad had a lifelong love of horses. He taught each of us how to ride and we spent many happy hours on horseback at our property in Stoney Mountain.
This love of horses eventually led dad to become involved with the Manitoba Thoroughbred Racing Association. Art was a proud member of the Horsemen's Benevolent Protection Association at Assiniboia Downs, and with his best friend, Walter Buckoski, Formed B B Stables. They never really made a lot of money but they sure had fun, and some times would beat their own horse to the finish line.
Art was predeceased by his wife, Barbara (Babs); his parents, Jim and Jeannie; his mother and father-in-law, Inez and Jack Passman, brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Alan and Rose Passman and his son-in-law Ken Georgison.
Dad is survived by his daughters, Kim Georgison (Ken Christie), Linda Chymy (Terry), Dale DeGagne (Tom) and only son David; 10 grandchildren; Chris Lenoski (Lisa), Kathryn Caners (Cliff), Jennifer Verrier (Scott), Matthew and Kylee Brockhill, Tara, Samantha and Hailey Chymy, Dustin and Devyn DeGagne and five great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his only sister Carol Clark (Bob) who he cherished, along with numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
Art's grandsons will act as Honorary Pallbearers. A Memorial Service is to be held on Saturday, December 29, 2007 at 10:00 a.m. at Glen Eden Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers. Dad requested that donations be made to the Manitoba Chapter of the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 39 Woodview Bay, Winnipeg, MB R3R 3C9.
Arrangements entrusted to: Glen Eden Funeral Home 4477 Main Street 338-7111



Thomas Claude Meadows
1926 to April 11, 2007
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Dr. Tom Meadows

THOMAS CLAUDE MEADOWS, B. Sc., B. Ed., M. Ed., PhD Surrounded by family on Wednesday, April 11, 2007 at St. Boniface General Hospital, Tom Meadows passed away at the age of 81 years. Tom will be greatly missed by his children, Ruth (Doug) Schappert, Raphael (Linda) Meadows and Bruce (Shelley) Bertrand-Meadows; grandchildren Anna, Lisa, Amy and Kayla, Isaiah and Talia, Tejas; brothers Donald (Leslie) Meadows, Edward Meadows and sister-in-law Tess Meadows. He was predeceased by his wife Gloria Meadows, sister Dorothy Smith, brother Robert Meadows, and sister-in-law Muriel Meadows. In addition to many other extended family members and friends, Tom will be particularly missed by his dog, Bucky who was his constant companion in later years and a source of comfort following the death of his wife Gloria in 2005. Tom was born in Minnedosa, Manitoba in 1925 and raised on the family farm just south of town. He received his early education at Roseneath School and his grade 12 at Minnedosa Collegiate Institute. After a brief time as a navigator in the Royal Canadian Air Force at the close of the Second World War, Tom returned to Canada in order to further his education and obtained his Bachelor of Science, Principal's Certificate and Bachelor of Education from the University of Manitoba in 1950, 1957 and 1958 respectively. Tom instructed in the public school system in both rural Manitoba (Carmen Collegiate, Flin Flon Collegiate and Roblin (Goose Lake Collegiate etc.) and within the City of Winnipeg (Miles Macdonell Collegiate) as both teacher and principal for more than 17 years. In 1962, Tom met and married Gloria and together they eventually had three children, Ruth, Raphael and Bruce. Tom and Gloria were very proud parents and supportive of the many activities in which their children became involved, be it music (jazz or classical), sports (swimming, baseball, soccer, volleyball, basketball) or other interests. Tom's love of canoeing and the wilderness was shared by all of his family. Over the years, the family spent countless days at the cottage on Big Whiteshell and enjoyed many canoe trips together. In 1967 Tom became a professor at the University of Manitoba's Faculty of Education. While focusing his teaching on Science Education and Outdoor Education, Tom also continued to further his own education and achieved a Masters of Education from the University of Manitoba in 1971. A few years later, Tom obtained his PhD at the University of Texas at Austin, where the family lived for 15 months from May 1973 to August 1974. In addition to his many hours of studying and writing, Tom made sure to travel and explore the State of Texas with his family making many new friends and creating a variety of fond memories along the way. Upon his return to Manitoba, Dr. Tom continued to teach at the University of Manitoba until his retirement in 1990. Tom was also a very talented jazz piano and double bass musician and through the years the family jazz combo played countless gigs' together. Tom continued to delight people with his musical abilities and played with several orchestras (Winnipeg Pops Orchestra, Southglen Orchestra, Gig 1) throughout his retirement. Tom and Gloria were married for 43 years before her passing in November 2005. In addition to raising a family together, they shared a passion for music, nature and playing both bridge and cribbage together. They loved and respected each other deeply and shared a wonderful life together. Tom had a special affection for the dogs in his life and displayed a particular talent for training them even as a boy. Tom continued to walk his dog Bucky on a daily basis until the day before he was admitted to hospital and during the winter they were often found skijoring in the park together. Whether it was as a young man, with his family or on his own in later year, Tom was happiest out on the lake in his canoe with a paddle in his hand. We miss you Dad. May you be blessed with sunny skies and calm waters on your journey. Memorial Service to be held at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, April 19 at St. George's (Crescentwood) Anglican Church, 168 Wilton St. at Grosvenor. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba, 200-6 Donald St, Winnipeg, MB, R3L 0K6 or the Winnipeg Humane Society, 5 Kent St., Winnipeg, MB, R2L 1X3 BARDAL FUNERAL HOME CREMATORIUM 843 Sherbrook Street, 774-7474 Condolences: www.bardal.ca



Rolf Zawadowski
December 7, 1953 to January 24, 2007
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Rolf Zawadowski

ROLF ZAWADOWSKI It is with great sadness that the family of Rolf Zawadowski announces his passing on January 24, 2007 at St. Boniface Hospital at the age of 53. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 30, 2007 at Glen Eden Funeral Home. He is survived by his wife of 19 years Heather (McNeelands); daughters, Erica and Courtney; mother Eva Zawadowski; sister Rose (Robert) Dziadekwich (Randelle and Rochelle); mother-in-law Gaylia McNeelands; sister-in-law Janet (Gerald) Andrews (Jennifer and Lisa); as well as his beloved dog Leeshee, and extended family members in Germany, Poland and the U.S.A. He is predeceased by his father, Nikolaus. Also left to mourn Rolf are his huge circle of extraordinary friends whose lives he has touched over the years. Rolf was born December 7, 1953 in Whitemouth, MB, where he spent his early years on the farm before moving to Winnipeg at the age of 12. He attended David Thompson and Elmwood High Schools, after which he began his career at MTS, where he was employed up to the time of his passing. Rolf was a kind, considerate and selfless person, always putting the needs of others before him. His greatest joy in life was being a Dad to Erica and Courtney. They will miss his kind, gentle manner and support for everything they did. Rolf also had a special place in his heart for all of his nieces. He was a devoted son and a loyal friend, who could be counted on to help at any time. As his health declined, his determination, strength, and sense of humour continued to provide strength to his family up to his final hours. Heartfelt thanks to the staff of the Palliative Care Unit at St. Boniface Hospital for care provided. Flowers respectfully declined. Donations may be made to CancerCare Manitoba or the St. Boniface Palliative Care Unit in his memory. Rolf will be deeply missed, but he lives on in the hearts of those he touched, for nothing loved is ever lost, and he was loved so much. Arrangements entrusted to: Glen Eden Funeral Home 4477 Main Street 338-7111



Arnold E. Monk
November 19, 1927 to August 26, 2006
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Arnold Monk

ARNOLD E. MONK (ARNIE) With deep sadness, the family of Arnold E. (Arnie) Monk wishes to announce his passing at Seven Oaks General Hospital in Winnipeg after a long fight against difficult odds. Arnie leaves to cherish his memory his wife of 55 years Anne; daughters, Maureen and her husband Ian Irvine of St. Albert, AB, Lisa and her husband Scott Brooks; and son Jeff and partner Sue Hemphill all of Winnipeg. As well Arnie's grandchildren, Brett and Adam Brooks and Dixie and Evan Monk already miss their grampa very much. Also surviving Arnie are his sister Florence and brother Richard. Arnie was predeceased by his parents, Molly and Jack Monk of Winnipeg. Remembering Arnie at this time are his extended family, many former Eaton's colleagues, hockey buddies and friends from Kinsmen. Arnold was born November 19, 1927 in Winnipeg and spent his early years in Winnipeg's North and West Ends. From an early age he showed a high degree of interest in hockey and played in the tough outdoor CAKS league. He played for the Hibbing Saints in the 1940's and was eventually deemed skilled enough to be drafted by the Nottingham (England) Panthers. Arnie had already begun two other life journeys by this time-his relationship with his soon-to-be wife Anne and his career at Eaton's beginning in the Optical Department. Upon returning to Canada from his career in England and Europe, he settled into his life with Anne and began his work at Eaton's. He was a diligent and skilled worker showing great aptitude with clients needing personal, specialized care. He always had time for anyone who asked and spent many hours on his own time visiting his many hearing aid clients in their homes ensuring complete satisfaction with their products and their use. He was much more than a hearing aid specialist to his clients; he was their friend and was a friend who cared. Arnie worked for Eaton's for over 40 years and was able to travel extensively with Anne as a member of The Hearing Aid Society of Canada and The International Hearing Aid Society of the U.S. He held various positions in these Associations and made very effort to expand their reach to ensure that the hearing impaired were able to enjoy a fuller life experience through better hearing. Arnie was a dedicated member of The Kinsmen Club and made numerous lifelong friends there. Arnie kept in touch with many of his clients after he left Eaton's, which both surprised and pleased them all. He also remained active in the Hearing Aid Society long into retirement, which allowed him the chance to pass the torch to a new generation of hearing aid specialists. Soon after Arnie and Anne were married the Monk children began to appear. Separated by six years the three children were still able to enjoy many full family vacations including a trip to the wild west of Canada, many memorable stateside sojourns, fishing trips to The Whiteshell and swimming and sunning at Grand and other beaches. Arnie loved to drive his 1966 baby blue Ford Custom 500 to all points beyond the Perimeter with family in tow. He worked hard but fully enjoyed his time off with family. Later in life he also became an avid long distance runner and completed many marathons in Winnipeg, Paris and beyond. Arnie may not have considered himself a religious man yet rarely missed a Sunday service at Christ Lutheran Church. He lived a principled life and believed in the dignity of hard work, discipline and community mindedness. Arnie spent his retirement puttering around his home in Garden City, meeting his former hockey buddies for tea and story-telling, helping his children repair their homes the Shel Busey Way and co-coaching grand children Brett and Adam Brooks at their hockey games, practices and rec-room 2 on 1 pickup games. Grampa was proud of all four of his grandchildren and enjoyed spending as much time as he could with each of them individually as time permitted. Sunday lunches at Grandma and Grampas were times of relaxation, great food and sharing of experiences. Arnie was a man of deep integrity, able to cheer even the smallest successes of his family. Arnie's best wishes to friends and family always came early, usually by mail and with a card including one of his clever yet poignant sayings handwritten inside. The family wishes to thank the staff of Seven Oaks General Hospital ICU and Geriatric Unit 4 for all their unheralded hard work and special care in making Arnie as comfortable as possible in his last few months. We also wish to thank neighbour Ken C. who was in the right place at the right time when Arnie suffered his cardiac arrest. We were grateful that we had Dad even that little bit longer. God Bless you Ken! While many friends and family visited Arnie regularly, his youngest daughter Lisa helped Dad immensely during his hospital stay giving constant loving attention to his appearance and making sure he was comfortable and entertained. Arnie's grandchildren all deserve special mention for their fearlessness and unfailing sense of duty when their grampa was doing poorly. He was indeed their hero and their outpouring of love and respect touched him. His caring spirit lives on in these young people. Cremation has taken place. Prayers will be said Wednesday, August 30 at 7:00 p.m. at Cropo Funeral Chapel, 1442 Main St. and final services for Arnie will again be at Cropo on Thursday, August 31 at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor T. Chell officiating. Honorary pallbearers will be Don Keller, John Perry, Norman Red Mann, Jeff Monk, Ian Irvine and Scott Brooks. Flowers are gratefully declined and the family would like to suggest a donation to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or Seven Oaks General Hospital. CROPO FUNERAL CHAPEL 586-8044



Morris Sorenson
"The Urban Naturalist"
(link to his official website at Wilds of Manitoba)
September 16, 1947 to March 14, 2006
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D.M. (Tod) Thurston
1925 to December 2, 2005
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Tod Thurston

D.M. (TOD) THURSTON On December 2, 2005 our jubilant Toddy peacefully passed away at the age of 80, leaving memories of a proud man who deeply loved and truly enjoyed the fun things in life. Tod is survived by Irene, his wife of 53 years, and his five children: Cyd (Terry), Craig, Nancy (Ken), Donna (Bill) and Brent; as well as four grandchildren: Julien (Lori), Tanis, Michael and Josie, and one great-grandchild, Tea. Tod had a zest for life that he loved to share with his family and many friends. He and Irene would light up the room with their swinging duets, and tire out the grandkids with their dancing. Tod was a navy veteran, a professional hockey player and an accomplished businessman. He played hockey with England's Wembley Lions, various North American semi-pro teams, and the Manitoba Oldtimers. In 1990, he retired his business, Todston Enterprises Ltd., which imported and distributed many major wine and spirit brands. His competitive spirit remains, and is best exemplified in the way he lived each day to the fullest. We will miss you Toddy. Friends and family are invited to celebrate Tod's life at an informal noon luncheon on Wednesday, December 7, at Sts. Peter and Paul Manor, 375 Goulet St., in the main floor reception room. Flowers are gratefully declined. Desjardins Funeral Chapel in care of arrangements, 233-4949 or toll free 1-888-233-4949. Family and friends are invited to sign the Book of Condolence at www.desjardins-funeral.ca.



Raymond Aime Olivier
December 1, 1955 to October 13, 2005
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Ray Olivier

RAYMOND AIME OLIVIER December 1, 1955 - October 13, 2005 Peacefully with his family by his side, Raymond lost his battle with cancer. He fought his battle with great courage and with a deep faith that God would sustain him. His memory will be forever cherished by his loving wife Jacqueline (nee Hancox); his daughters, Monique and Suzanne (friend Remi Fiola); siblings, Denis (Henriette), Agnes (Jules) Prefontaine, Rita (Ted) White, Alf (Diane) and Suzie (Roy) Fraser. He will also be lovingly remembered by Jackie's family, his much beloved mother-in-law Sr. Denise LaFleche osb, Diana (Dennis) Pohl, Ron (Rose), Robert, Richard (Heather) and Lorraine (Andrew) Henry. Ray will also be missed by his nieces, nephews, family and friends too numerous to mention. He was predeceased by his parents, Arthur and Dina (Girard); his brother Aime; nephew Larry; and his father-in-law, Ralph Hancox. Ray attended high school in St. Norbert where he met his best friend and soulmate, Jackie. They were married October 9, 1976. He remained a loving, supportive and devoted husband and father who was involved in all aspects of his daughters' lives. Ray was a man who put 150% into anything he took on, whether it was interpreting for the hearing impaired, working as a medical lab technologist or driving for City of Winnipeg Transit and Beaver Bus Lines. His enthusiasm went on to include Scouting, scuba diving, archery and his favourite pastime, Flight Simulator on the computer. He was a dedicated blood donor, having donated over 180 times. Ray also loved music and taught himself to play the guitar. Through his encouragement and guidance, he influenced so many young people in a positive way. You know who you are! We will be forever grateful for his videotaping skills and the treasured memories he preserved for us. The family would like to thank the wonderful staff at CancerCare Manitoba, Palliative Care Program and Riverview Health Centre. Jackie would also like to thank her colleagues and friends at SBGH Labour Delivery for their tremendous and unwavering support. Special thanks to all those who kept us in their prayers and who made our lives a little easier in so many ways. Cremation has taken place. Mass of the Resurrection will be held on Wednesday, October 19 at 2:00 p.m. at St. Timothy Parish, 135 John Forsyth Road with Rev. Fr. Ray Baudry, celebrant. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Ray's memory to CancerCare Manitoba, 675 McDermot Ave, Winnipeg, MB R3E 0V9. A bientot! GREEN ACRES Funeral Home and Cemetery Hwy. #1 E. at Navin



Brent Henry Brisson
1960 to August 24, 2005
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BRENT HENRY BRISSON On August 24, 2005, Brent Brisson of Edmonton passed away peacefully at his home at the age of 45 years. Brent leaves his loving parents Remi and Marie Brisson and brothers Robert (Vivian) and Douglas (Leni) as well as nephew David and niece Katherine. Brent worked most of his adult life for the City of Edmonton. A Family Memorial Service will be held at a later date. Friends who so wish may make memorial donations directly to the Alberta Cancer Foundation. Connelly-McKinley Ltd., 10011-114 Street (780) 422-2222, to send condolences: www.connelly-mckinley.com



Bill Brigden
April 11, 1916 to January 16, 2005
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Bill Brigden

BILL BRIGDEN It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Bill Brigden on Sunday, January 16, 2005, at the St. Boniface General Hospital, at the age of 88 years. He will be remembered with love by his wife Marion; daughter Anne and her husband Ian Macdonald; son Rob and his wife Janice; and son Paul; grandchildren, Tyler and Ryan Brigden, Caitlin and Courtney Macdonald; brother-in-law Bill Patton; sisters-in-law, Blanche Parsons, Peg Brown, Donna Friesen; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Bill was predeceased by his brother Fred Rush and his wife June. Born in 1916 and except for his Second World War service, Bill lived all his life in Winnipeg. He graduated from Daniel McIntyre Collegiate in 1932, and was in the drafting and engineering fields for a few years. Hundreds of people have paddled the fine canoes and kayaks he designed and crafted until he was 83 years old. Bill excelled in sports, especially swimming, canoeing, and kayaking. He paddled thousands of miles on the Red and Assiniboine Rivers from the family home he built on the bank of the Red River in St. Vital and on Lake Winnipeg from the family cottage. Bill won many Canadian Canoe Association solo and team competitions in canoeing and kayaking, among them the famous Flin Flon Canoe Derby and the Manitoba Le Voyageur Race. He was a member of the Winnipeg Canoe Club where besides competing, he coached and helped many others in various aspects of the sport. Bill was one of the competitors to represent Canada in tandem kayaking in the Olympic Games in Helsinki in 1952. He was pleased to be an honorary member of the Manitoba Recreation Canoe Association and Canadian Canoe Recreation Association and was commended by them for his great contribution to the sport. Bill was honoured by the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame in 1997. A celebration of Bill's life will be held on Friday, January 21 at 1:00 p.m. in Westwood Community Church, 401 Westwood Dr. Flowers are gratefully declined. Donations in Bill's memory may be made to a charity of one's choice. WOJCIK'S ALL BELIEFS FAITHS FUNERAL CHAPEL CREMATORIUM 897 - 4665.



Nicholas (Nick) Hill
1932 to March 18, 2003
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Nick Hill

NICHOLAS "NICK" HILL "Cmon down" It is with profound sadness, the family announces the passing of Nick Hill on Tuesday, March 18, 2003 at the Seven Oaks Hospital at the age of 71 years, with his family by his side. Nick leaves to cherish his memory, wife June; his sons, "#1 son" Andrew Hill (Debbie), Nick Jr. (Sandy), Melanee Krause (Peter), Scott (fiancee Sandra), grandchildren, Ryan, Tyler, Breanne and Georgia. Nick was the founder of Kern-Hill Furniture for over 50 years. He loved Winnipeg and all of its cultural events, enjoyed Moose hockey, the Blue Bombers and the Winnipeg Goldeyes. Nick loved the game of hockey, he played pro hockey in his early days, coached for many years and has always enjoyed watching all hockey games. One of Nick's favourite pastimes was spent at the cottage at Grand Marais where he was known for emceeing Lypsync and regarded Grand Beach as "the 11th wonder of the world". Nick was involved with the Rainbow Stage, Red Cross, Muscular Dystrophy, and many, many others. He was active in many fundraising events and was always willing to help out anybody. The family extend special thanks to the Seven Oaks Hospital staff on Section U4 and the ICU Unit for all the care and kindness given to Nick during his stay. A service celebrating Nick's life will be held on Friday, March 21 at 1:00 p.m. in the Calvary Temple, 400 Hargrave St. with Pastor Bruce Martin officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Nick's memory to the Winnipeg Humane Society, 5 Kent St., Winnipeg, MB R2L 1X3 or the Canadian Cancer Society, 193 Sherbrook St., Winnipeg, MB R3C 9Z9. "Words are hard to find to show the appreciation we have in our hearts, for all you have given us." The Coutu family in care of arrangements: EDWARD J. COUTU LTD. 680 Archibald Street 253-5086

In Memoriam published March 18, 2008:
NICHOLAS NICK HILL March 18, 2003 Fondly remembering a dear husband, dad and grandpa who passed away five years ago today.

As time goes by without you
And the days turn into years,
They hold a thousand memories
And a thousand silent tears.
No verse or flowers no tears can ever say
How much we all miss you every single day.
To us you were so special
What more is there to say,
Except to wish with all our hearts
That you were here today.

Sadly missed by wife June, all your children and grandchildren.



Victoria Jason
April 24, 1945 to May 20, 2000
Paddling Friend

Vicki's signature in my copy of her book
Kabloona in the Yellow Kayak:
"October 18, 1995
I'm happy to be part of the MRCA
and to have met you.
Love Victoria Jason."

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Victoria Jason

VICTORIA JASON Peacefully with her loving family at her side, Victoria departed on a new journey, May 20, 2000. She started her life April 24, 1945, in Durban, Man., daughter of Wasyl and Frances Polon. She attended school in Durban, married at an early age and moved to Herchimer (south of Churchill), where her love of the North began. Raising two young daughters there, she gained many strengths from her experiences. In 1966 she moved to Winnipeg and had her third daughter. She worked as a keypunch operator at Gambles, MTS, then CN. Four of the biggest highlights in her life was becoming a grandmother. In 1986 (twice), Garrett and Denine; 1991, Keith and 1994, Aleia. In 1990, she started training for her dream of returning to the North. These dreams were realized when she began her adventure of kayaking the Arctic. This journey carried on through the summers of 1991 to 1994 as she successfully kayaked the Northwest Passage, the only woman in history to ever do so. She put her adventures on paper, publishing her book (Kabloona in the Yellow Kayak), a national bestseller and toured the country, sharing her dreams and experiences of the North. She leaves to cherish her memory her daughters, Angela Everts (Brian and Aleia) Debbie Peterson (Grant and Denine) Teresa Davey (Gregg, Garrett and Keith) loving sisters and brother; nieces and nephews, relatives and many wonderful friends. She was predeceased by her father Wasyl Polon in 1980 and mother Frances Polon in 1977. Mom loved freedom and solitude, always telling us and everyone to follow their dreams, wherever they may take you. "Kabloona," may your spirit be a "windsong" across the water. In lieu of flowers, if friends so desire, donations may be made in Victorias memory to CancerCare Manitoba, 100 Olivia St., or the Heart and Stroke Foundation, 301 - 352 Donald St. A celebration of her life will take place at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 24, in the chapel at Glen Eden Funeral Home, 4477 Main St. at which friends and family are invited to share memories of Victoria. A time of fellowship and refreshment will follow in the Glen Eden Reception Centre. Cremation has taken place and Victoria will be brought back to the North which she loved so much. Arrangements entrusted to: GLEN EDEN FUNERAL HOME 4477 Main Street.



Alice Chambers
(off-site link)
June 11, 1937 to December 13, 1999
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Alice Chambers

ALICE KATRINA CHAMBERS (nee LOEWEN) Died on December 13, 1999 after a lengthy battle with cancer. Alice is survived by three children, Anna Katrina Chambers, Andrew Keith Chambers and Paul William Chambers; five brothers, one sister and their families, Howard and Celine Loewen, Douglas and Willa Loewen, Bill and Shirley Loewen, Jim and Myrna Loewen, George and Arlene Loewen, Grace and Richard Seabrook; as well as numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews, and friends. She was predeceased by her parents, John and Ada Loewen and her husband Keith William Chambers. Alice was born in Elkhorn, MB. The family moved to Winnipeg where she completed her education, graduating from the University of Manitoba with a B.Sc. (Hons.) in Microbiology. She moved to Ottawa to work at the National Research Council, where she met her husband Keith. They moved to England in 1965 and spent three years in Leeds where Keith completed his Ph.D. in Radiation Chemistry and Alice worked in the Pathology Lab at the Leeds Medical School. They returned to Canada in 1968 with their infant daughter Anna, and moved to Pinawa, MB. Alice and her family have lived in Pinawa since that time. Alice was very involved with her family, in many volunteer activities and in advocacy work for a clean and healthy environment. She received numerous awards and honours for her services. Alice and her family would like to thank all of the friends and neighbours who tried so hard to make life bearable during these difficult times. Alice was particularly indebted to her children who never wavered in their courage and cure, especially to Paul who put his life on hold to stay with and care for her. Many thanks to the nurses in the Oncology Department at the Victoria Hospital for all your cheerful and supportive care. Thanks also to the nurses at the Pinawa Hospital and especially to the Palliative Care nurses, Myrna Klassen and Cheryl Smith. You are a special group of people. Memorial service to be held at the Lewis Centre Auditorium in Pinawa, Manitoba at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, December 18. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Fort Whyte Foundation - Taiga Station Trust, care of The Fort Whyte Foundation, 1961 McCreary Rd., Winnipeg, MB R3P 2K9. Russell Funeral Homes Ltd. & Crematorium of Beausejour, MB in care of arrangements; 1-204-268-2263.

April, 2000 A lake in Whiteshell Provincial Park is now officially named Alice Lake in memory of Alice Chambers.



Bill Mason
April 29, 1929 to October 29, 1988
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Husband of Joyce Mason
Paddling Friends' (Becky, Paul) Father
(off-site official family web link)
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William (Bill) C. Mason



Lawrence Donald (Laurie) Brethauer
1930 to October 6, 1983
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Laurie Brethauer


Peacefully on October 6, 1983 at the Health Sciences Centre, after a courageous battle with cancer, Laurie Brethauer, aged 53 years, of Beecher Ave., Winnipeg.

He is survived and will be sadly missed by his loving wife Leah; his son Gordon and wife Liza of Winnipeg, son Garry and daughter Lynda at home; sister Joyce Liesbrecht; uncles, Henry Mycan, Henry, John and Jack Brethauer; aunts, Marie, Olga and their families, all of Winnipeg, aunt Alice and family of Sudbury. Laurie was predeceased by his mother Minnie in 1979 and his father Charles in 1980.

Laurie was born and educated in Winnipeg, he attended Lord Nelson and Issac Newton schools. Laurie was very active in sports, especially in hockey. He played minor hockey with the West End Orioles. He had a junior career with the Winnipeg Black Hawks. He received all star status, as a goal keeper. In the latter years, he was active in golf and bowling. During his life, he worked as a machinist at C.P.R., sales representative at Dunlop Tire, owned and operated the Howland Hotel in Beausejour, Man., regional tire adjuster at Dayton Tire and left due to illness. In the last years, he was employed by Hampton Green Condominiums. He was a master mason at the Ophin Lodge No. 112. He was also on the board of directors for five years of the Beausejour Winter Farewell Canadian Power Toboggan Championship and a past president of the Beausejour Lions Club.

Funeral service will be held on Saturday, October 8 at 11:00 a.m. at Cropo Funeral Chapel, 1442 Main St. at Luxton Ave. Interment to follow at Holy Cemetery. Friends may call to pay their respects on Friday, October 7 between 7:00 and 8:00 p.m., also at the chapel.

If friends so desire, donations in his memory may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, 202-777 Portage. Ave.


Cropo Funeral Chapel in care of arrangements (phone 586-8044).



Remembering Other Friends

Dr. Cam Stacey

Dr. Nichole Riese

Tony Kinal

Frank Penner

Dolci Walkin

Les McCann

Marion Brigden

Mike Brown

Kim Monson

Gary Brabant

Maurice Marceau

Alan Reglar

Joe Dobrovolny

Shirley Stone

Aggie Klassen

Joan Fitzpatrick

Gerry Chatigny

Kirk Wipper

Reg Calon

Charlie Hotson

Tom Hotson

Marg Hotson

Tom Raabe

Jerry Popiel

Gerry Mason

Betty Murdock

Stella Blackbird

Dr. Dick Smith

Dr. Louis Kobrinsky

Helen McBride

Glen McBride

Norm Mann

Barbara Brockhill

Anita Buckoski

Anne Monk

Pete Sawchuk

Ramsey Moynihan

Irene Thurston

Ted Wainikka

Dorothy Morlock

George Crosthwaite

June Hill

John Baigrie

Bill Semonick

Donna Semonick

Bill Konyk (Hunky Bill)

Mort Corrin

George Mundrake

Joan Mundrake

Heather Popiel






Fish Story '99
The last two summers I (Donna) outfitted 3-day canoe camping trips for a friend, Jo-Ann and her two sons Brad and Derek. Other friends came along for the opportunity to canoe to a new location, to practice their strokes, or just relax. Rick came along because he enjoyed the outing the first year with the boys, sharing his knowledge of fishing from spending many years fishing with friends in more remote locations. Brad and Derek are avid fishers, Derek being the one who starts at the crack of dawn; he is still fishing after he dozes off, talking in his sleep about the one that got away.

In August 1999 six adventurers paddled two canoes into a small obscure lake on the border of Manitoba and Ontario in Nopiming Provincial Park, Manitoba. Judging from the condition of the portages the lakes were not visited often and I guessed they were likely not fished much either. I suggested to the boys that fishing would be good here. What an understatement!

On the second day, Derek had caught and released a 2 lb perch and several other small fish. He had been watching fish in the murky waters, seeing their movements and shadows where we could not.

Then in the afternoon, Derek reeled in and played out a very large northern pike, but since we had no net it was not easy to land it without losing it. Rick took the rod over from Derek's tired arms and played the fish some more, getting him onto the shallow shore rocks until he could push it on shore using a paddle.

Photo of Brad, Fish, Derek, Jo-Ann, Mary and Rick

Brad, Fish, Derek (front row), Jo-Ann, Mary and Rick (Left to Right)
Copyright © 1999 D R Kurt

We were ecstatic! Derek was jumping around, levitating 1 foot off the ground. Fishing will forever be etched into his psyche after this! He had bounced around some brush and managed to spook a hornet (e.g. yellow jacket) into his shirt collar, which gave him a good bite on the back of his neck. This brought Derek from one of the happiest boys alive to a painful suffering existence. We took the time to treat his shock, focusing our attention and care on him and the hornet bite.

The lesson learned was that "A bite begets a bite." Other circular spiritual themes were discussed such as "Nature tends to find a balance; if we take we may have to give." and we talked about letting the fish go.

Well that big old fish was cut up into lovely worm-free healthy filets by our expert fisher Rick, who gave a lesson in fileting fish on a rock in the middle of the lake. That night we all enjoyed many bites of delicious fresh pike with Joanne's mouth watering stir fry. Fresh picked blueberries topped off dessert.

On the second last portage back to the cars I managed to lean onto the roots of a deadfall to move out of the way of Rick who was portaging a canoe out onto the rock point past me where we decided to launch the canoes from. A swarm of hornets emerged and 2 promptly stung my right hand on the knuckle of the middle finger; they slowly returned to their nest while I squatted to soak my hand in the water to reduce the immediate swelling and to contemplate what to do. After all, I was mostly responsible for steering one of the canoes for another hour back to the cars. I remained calm, aware that Derek, who has a healthy respect for flying insects, was watching and becoming very anxious; I wanted to show him that it is possible to remain calm after a bite, to think rationally and to not over-react. The pain and swelling and protection of the others from bites were my immediate concern. I located the first aid kit in my pack and took two Benadryl tablets, then found my head net in my bum-bag and pulled it on. Then I located my Original Bug Shirt and Jo-Ann helped Derek put it on; we tied the cuffs of the too long sleeves under his hands then put his life jacket on him. Brad was given a spare bug hat. We carefully loaded the canoes and departed the hornets' rock outcrop. The Benadryl was doing wonders for my spirits after we crossed the first small lake.

What a trip!





Photo of Ken Scarf's Outfit circa 1920

Ken Scarf's Outfit about 1920
Manitou, Manitoba