August 19, 1925 - May 6, 2018
Dad passed away peacefully at Deer Lodge Centre at the age of 92.
He was predeceased by his parents and brother. Left are his son Dan (Michele) and daughter Barb (Russ) and his grandson, Cody.
He often spoke of good memories growing up in Portage la Prairie, and was particularly proud of getting away with driving his Dad’s car onto Crescent Lake in the winter.
He joined the Navy as soon as he could out of high school and participated in Theatres of War on the East Coast, preparing to serve overseas. Before he was shipped out, WWII ended and he returned home. He held many jobs over the years but found that his last job - working at the Manitoba Museum to be the most gratifying. He often spoke of the wonderful staff there that became friends as well as enjoying the opportunity to speak with visitors from out of town as to why Winnipeg is great!
He had a love of birds which tied in nicely as he enjoyed fishing through channels and hoping to get a glance at an eagle or bird of prey. He enjoyed photography and took a camera with him whenever he was going to the zoo, or looking at flowers in the English gardens. One of his most cherished experiences was going on a hot air balloon ride together for his 85th birthday. We even talked about it a few days before he passed.
He loved all music – as long as it was jazz - and even played his CDs in his final year, telling us that he thinks the residents all really like his music! Lena Horne was playing as he took his final breaths.
His last year or so was spent at Deer Lodge Centre and enough really can’t be said about the wonderful care and support he received there. We really cannot thank you enough for all that you do. As per his request, there will be no formal service, but a small family service at a later date. In lieu of flowers, take a friend or family member out to lunch or supper. Those memories endure. Cheers Dad - I will choke back a shot of Glenfiddich in your honour, followed up by a Moosehead beer.
Love you. Barb.
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