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JOHN MICHAEL HENRY DOLEMAN August 1, 1929 - July 1, 2009 Peacefully on July 1, 2009 at the Grace Hospice and surrounded by family, our Dad, Grampa and Great-Grampa passed away after a long and courageous battle with cancer. John was predeceased by his loving wife Eunice on May 28, 2009. Mum was devoted to her husband and family. Left to cherish his memory are sons, Douglas (Margaret) of Winnipeg; Ken (Pamela) of Swan River; and David (Gina) of Winnipeg; along with grandchildren Julie, Christopher, Adam, Shannon, Joshua, Heather, Geoffrey; great-grandchildren Kaleigh, Nichole, Kyle, Aidan, Elijah, Micah and Noah; sister Joyce; brother-in-law Bruce; and many nieces and nephews. John was born in Halifax, Yorks, England, to the late Alfred and Edith Doleman. The family immigrated to Toronto in 1940, where he continued his education at Upper Canada College and the University of Toronto's Trinity College. He moved to Winnipeg in 1949 to begin a career as a manufacturers' agent. His company successfully represented several manufacturers across western Canada until he retired from business in 1991. While he joked that the move to Winnipeg was just in time for the hottest summer on record followed by the 1950 flood, it was here that he met the love of his life Eunice. Together they raised three sons, travelled extensively and enjoyed summers at West Hawk Lake. The fondest of family memories were created at the cottage. In the early years there, Dad acted as the yacht club's commodore - being a very accomplished and competitive sailor. Dad believed in Service Above Self . He was an active member of the Rotary Club of Winnipeg for over 49 years and a multiple Paul Harris Fellow. He had also served as vestryman and people's warden at St. Peter's Anglican Church. The family would like to express their sincere thanks to the staff of the Grace Hospital 4th Floor North and the Grace Hospice, for your care and support during these last months. Dad lived his last days with graciousness and dignity. Family, friends and caregivers all attest that he was a gentleman to the end. This recent separation of 33 days was the longest Mum and Dad had ever been apart since being married 55 years ago. Dad could wait no longer to be with Mum once again. We rejoice that they are reunited in the presence of God. We will miss them and cherish their memory always. Cremation has taken place, family interment St. Vital Cemetery. Memorial donations can be made to the Rotary Club of Winnipeg Memorial Fund, 243 - 375 York Ave., Winnipeg, MB, R3C 3J3; CancerCare Manitoba Foundation, 1160-675 McDermot Avenue, Winnipeg, MB R3E 0V9; or, a charity of your choice. NEIL BARDAL INC. 204-949-2200 nbardal.mb.ca
As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on July 03, 2009