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EDWARD (ED) CHARLES MANDRAKE Edward Charles (Ed) Mandrake C.D., embarked on his final journey of life on Sunday, May 2, 2010 at the Victoria Hospital at age 71 years. Leaving behind his friend, partner, soul mate Marie after 51 years of marriage. Remaining to forever cherish Ed's memory are his loving wife, Marie; daughter Karen (Shawn); grandson Tylor; granddaughters Lea and Ashley; his mother Tinna; sister Diana; numerous uncles; aunts; nephews; nieces; sisters-in-law Nellie, Lucy and Belle (Hank).He was predeceased by his father, Walter; loving sister Alesia Johansson; both grandparents; numerous uncles and aunts (especially Uncle Peter and Aunt Emily). Ed's most memorable moments were when he married Marie Wiwchar May 19, 1958; joining The Royal Canadian Army Service Corps in 1956 and the birth of his daughter Karen in 1963. He was elected to the Red River College Student Council in 1988 and was awarded the student council Honorarium ring. In 1988 Ed was elected to the Manitoba Legislature as a member of Assiniboia Constituency. He was an avid volunteer for Big Brothers, scout master in Brandon and 1st Soest Group in Germany. Ed's greatest joy was talking to students at various schools during Remembrance Day. He volunteered at the Kit Shop HQ/Canadian Air Division. He was a Past Master of Masonic St. James Lodge #121. Ed was also treasurer for the Former Manitoba Members of the Legislative Assembly Association. On Friday, May 7, 2010, Ed's Funeral Service will be held at 2:00 p.m. in the St. Andrews Anglican Church, 2700 Portage Avenue, with Rev. Ian Mills, presider. Honorary pall bearers will be Chief Ray Walker and P.O. Donna Pelchat. The family wishes to express heartfelt thanks to all the doctors and staff on the 4th and 5th floors of the Victoria General Hospital. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Ed's memory may be made to the Winnipeg Humane Society, 45 Hurst Way, Winnipeg, MB R3T 0R3. Footprints One night a man had a dream. He dreamed he was walking along the beach with the Lord. Across the sky flashed scenes from his life. For each scene, he noticed two sets of footprints in the sand: one belonging to him and the other to the Lord. When the last scene of his life flashed before him, He looked back at the footprints in the sand. He noticed that many times along the paths of his life there was only one set of footprints. He also noticed that it happened at the very lowest and saddest times in his life. This really bothered him and he questioned the Lord about it. Lord, you said that once I decided to follow you, you'd walk with me all the way. But I have noticed that during the most troublesome times in my life, there is only one set of footprints. I don't understand why when I needed you most you would leave me. The Lord replied, My son, my precious child, I love you and I would never leave you. During your times of trials and suffering, when you see only one set of footprints, it was then that I carried you. Author Unknown We Love and Miss You Very Much, Dad Maggie Angel
As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on May 05, 2010