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WILLIAM OBADIAH (OBIE) BAIZLEY May 25, 1917 - May 3, 2000 On May 3, 2000 Obie passed away peacefully at the Meadowood Manor Personal Care Home in Winnipeg where Jessie will continue to reside. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Jessie; his children, Don (Lesley) Baizley, Brian Baizley and Brenda Sokoluik; grandchildren, Gord Baizley, Marnie Baizley, Jeff Baizley, Amy Baizley, Michael (Shelagh-Marie) Sokoluik and Brent Sokoluik; great-grandchildren, Michael, Jennifer and Rebecca Sokoluik; his brother Wes (Miriam) Baizley of Milwaukee, Wisconsin; sisters-in-law, Jean Sargent and Marj (Al) Hamilton; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Obie was predeceased by his parents, William and Esther Baizley and his brother Carl George Baizley. Obie was born in Montreal and travelled with his parents as an infant to Winnipeg where they settled in the family home/grocery store on 5th Avenue in St. Vital. He attended Provencher High School and graduated from the Lincoln Chiropractic College in Indianapolis, Indiana in the spring of 1937. He commenced practising chiropractic in Winnipeg that year at the Monroe Clinic. It was there he met Jessie and they were married on April 29, 1939 in Stonewall, MB. After serving with the RCAF, the family settled in Winnipeg and from 1946 to 1972 resided on Maplewood Avenue in Riverview. Throughout his life he was active in community affairs - Past President of the Riverview United Church Fellowship, Riverview Home and School Association, Riverview Community Club, Winnipeg Kinsmen Club and Manitoba Chiropractic Association and an Honorary Life Member of the Winnipeg Kinsmen Club, the Manitoba Chiropractic Association and the Canadian Chiropractic Association. In 1959 Obie was elected the MLA for Osborne as a member of the Roblin Government and was re-elected in the two following elections. He served in the cabinets of Premiers Roblin and Weir from 1964 to 1969 in the portfolios of Labour, Municipal Affairs and Northern Affairs. In the late 1970s he served as Chairman of the Manitoba Labour Relations Board. In 1974 he chose to live the balance of his life without alcohol. In doing so, he brought a new level of serenity to his life that was a joy to behold. Just as he had been helped by many people during difficult periods in his life he found a special satisfaction in helping others during times of trouble. There was a love of people which enabled him to see the good in almost everyone he met. His family was his greatest source of pride and pleasure. His steadfast unconditional love and support has been the bedrock upon which their lives have been built. The family would like to thank all those who helped support Dad through these last difficult years. That support was essential in fuelling the spirit which enabled him to maintain and demonstrate a remarkably positive attitude in the face of multiple strokes. He truly practised the serenity prayer. Special thanks and appreciation must also go to the very caring and compassionate staff at both the Riverview Health Centre and the Meadowood Manor Personal Care Home. Cremation has taken place and there will be a memorial service celebrating Obies life at 12:00 noon on Monday, May 8 in Knox United Church, 400 Edmonton St., Winnipeg. Flowers are gratefully declined. However, donations may be made to The Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College, 1900 Bayview, Toronto, Ontario M4G 3E6, the Meadowood Manor Personal Care Home, 575 St. Annes Road, Winnipeg R2M 5B2, or to a charity of choice. NEIL BARDAL INC. 949-2200
As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on May 06, 2000