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JOHN GARRETT BRETT On Friday, July 6, 2012, John's Funeral Service was held at 1:00 p.m. in the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, 59 Academy Road, Winnipeg. A private family interment will take place at a later date.
Publish Date: Jul 7, 2012
JOHN GARRETT BRETT It is with great sadness that we announce that John passed away peacefully on Sunday, July 1, 2012 at the age of 85 years. John will be greatly missed by his children, Debra (Robert), Craig (Karen); grandchildren, Sarah (Mark), and Jonathan; great-grandson Viiko; brothers Jeff and Paul; nieces, nephews as well as dear friends. He was predeceased by his beloved wife, Ada in 2006. John was a true gentleman, greeted everyone with a smile and kind word. He always saw the positive side of things. He was employed in accounting/sales with Motorways for 37 years until retiring in 1988. John was very active and physically fit throughout his entire life. He always enjoyed his annual fishing and hunting trips. Winemaking, tending the fruit trees in the yard and travelling were all activities he loved. John was a very faithful, active member of his church and sang tenor in the choir for many years. Spending time with his family and being a big part of their lives was always his greatest joy. On Friday, July 6, 2012 John's Funeral Service will be held at 1:00 p.m. in the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, 59 Academy Road, Winnipeg. A private family interment will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in John's memory to Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, or a charity of your choice.
Publish Date: Jul 4, 2012
As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on July 07, 2012
Guest Book(6 entries)
- John was a true gentleman in every way, always kind and always humble. We had a number of mutual interests and was a mentor to me in a variety of fields. I have many great memories of him from church, choir, and fishing & hunting trips. He treated me like a son, and I am deeply honoured that he did that.
John was also an extremely accomplished outdoorsman who had an uncanny sense for wildlife behaviour. He was also amazingly fit well into his seventies and eighties. Whether he was hauling a heavy pack (full of fishing gear, fancy food, scotch and a couple of bottles of wine) for a mile plus over mud soaked Canadian Shield or running on snowshoes in chest deep snow chasing moose in January, he did so at a pace that few people 1/3 of his age could maintain.
If John did something, he would do it exceptionally well, yet he would always do it quietly without ever calling attention to himself. Most importantly, John was a great man of great faith. He lived and breathed his faith in everything he did without needing to preach about it. Whether or not someone shared his faith, they could recognize right away that his faith was real and that he would be readily willing to share his faith with anyone who asked.
- Posted by: Mark Reisdorf (Friend) on: Jul 10, 2012
- "Johnny",(as my Dad referred to him), was a true friend to my dad, Harold Biddulph. He and my father enjoyed many trips to the Lake George lodge, where they spent hours fishing, and even more hours sharing memorable stories and recollecting life's events together. Having spent some time at the lodge with my father, I can visualize the two of them sitting out on the cliff taking in the late day's sun together. My father always held Johnny in high regard, and spoke fondly of him often. My deepest condolences and prayers are with you at this time.
- Posted by: Valerie Kor (Biddulph) (daughter of John's fishing buddy) on: Jul 9, 2012
- One of my favorite things about John was how good it made me feel that he always had a big smile for me, and was so glad to see me. I loved our Bible discussions, me as the analyzer and John as the ardent faithful follower; we had quite a few passionate discussions about this. He will always remain an inspiration to me for continuing to do all the physical activities he loved right up until last year. I'll miss you John
- Posted by: Janet James (Friend of family) on: Jul 6, 2012
- Our thoughts and prayers are with the family as I reflect on what a wonderful person John was. Although I was no longer an immediate part of the Brett family, I still saw John regularly and he was always gracious, kind and warm to me and my husband Jim, and I thank him for the wonderful influence he had on my children. He will be dearly missed.
- Posted by: Shirley Olson (Ex-daughter in law) on: Jul 5, 2012
- John will be missed in our neighbourhood. He was known by many as the apple tree expert, trapper (and releaser) of squirrels, raccoons, etc. and all around kind and compassionate man. Always interested in the comings and goings of those around him we had many lengthy conversations in the back lane as we took breathers during heavy snow shoveling or yard work during hot summer days to exchange stories of life, family, hunting and fishing. We are blessed to have had John as our neighbour.
- Posted by: Rick and Sharon (Neighbours) on: Jul 5, 2012
- When I first began making wine, John was one of my mentors. I learned much from him. I really enjoyed sharing fishing stories with him. He will be sorely missed by many.
- Posted by: Dennis Wright (a fellow winemaker) on: Jul 4, 2012
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