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Date of Passing: Nov 14, 2022

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McMILLAN: David Ronald. It is with profound sadness that we announce the sudden passing of our beloved husband, dad and grandpa on November 14, 2022 at the age of 79 years. Dave was born in 1943 in Portage la Prairie to Ron and Mildred McMillan. Davey lived his formative years in Austin. There he learned to love adventure, swim, hunt, fish and his famous jive. In 1969, he married Joanne (nee Thompson) in MacGregor. They began their early marriage moving 11 times in six years, settling in Brandon in 1974 to raise their family. Dave started his business, McMillan Diesel Injection Service, and ran it for over 50 years right up until days before his passing. He played for the Rob Roy/McMillan Diesel Old Timers Hockey Team for many years. He also spent many happy times with friends at Triple Oak Ranch, where he taught his family to work hard and play harder! He spent many proud moments cheering on his grandchildren at hockey games, recitals, horse jumping events and concerts. Dave was an avid hunter and fisherman and spent his last day out hunting. It brings us comfort knowing that he spent his last hours doing something that he loved. His work ethic and skills were astounding to all who knew him. He was the most hardworking, gentle and loving man we have ever known. We honour him, as he should be honoured. Left to treasure his memory are his wife Joanne, daughters Jacqueline (Vaughn), Alanna and Kelly (Ronald); grandchildren Ryan, Jared, Rory, Rhiannon, Calixto and Connor; and many friends and relatives. He was predeceased by his parents, Ron and Mildred, sister Ida (Bob), brother Herb (Myrna) and niece Terri-Wynne. "You will love someone that you can't live without, and your heart will be badly broken; the bad news is that you never completely get over the loss…but they live forever in your broken heart that doesn't seal back up. It's like having a broken leg that never heals perfectly and still hurts when the weather gets cold… but you learn to dance with the limp." The Celebration of David's Life was held at Trinity United Church on Monday, November 21, 2022 with Rev. Doug Neufeld officiating. Donations in memory of Dave may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba, 1379 Kenaston Boulevard, Winnipeg, MB R3P 2T5,

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Publish Date: Nov 26, 2022

McMILLAN: David Ronald, age 79 years, beloved husband of Joanne and loving father to Jacqueline, Alanna and Kelly, passed away on Monday, November 14, 2022 at the Brandon Regional Health Centre. The Celebration of David's Life will take place at Trinity United Church, 1515 – 6th Street on Monday, November 21, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Doug Neufeld officiating. Donations in memory of David may be made to the charity of your choice. Complete obituary information will follow.

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Publish Date: Nov 18, 2022

As published in Brandon Sun on Nov 18, 2022, Nov 19, 2022, Nov 26, 2022

Condolences & Memories (7 entries)

  • 32 years ago when we left Brandon for Vancouver Island, Dave was one of the last persons I took the time to stop and not only say goodbye, but also to say thank you to him for all the physical and moral support as we set up our shops on Park Ave East. A truer gentleman does not exist ! His girls must be so proud of him! So long my friend! - Posted by: Yvan Gosselin (Friend ) on: Dec 04, 2022

  • So sorry to hear of Dave’s sudden passing deepest sympathy to Joanne and families Sending hugs to you all Linda and Lyn Snaith in Arizona - Posted by: Linda Snaith (Friend) on: Nov 21, 2022

  • Joanne and family, we are so very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts are with you all at this time. May all those great memories be a comfort for you in the days ahead. Love Frank & Lynn - Posted by: Frank & Lynn McLachlan (Cousin ) on: Nov 20, 2022

  • Joanne, our sincere condolences to you and your family at this time. We always enjoyed our times together and we know that Dave will be greatly missed by friends and extended family. - Posted by: Ross and Kathy (Friend) on: Nov 20, 2022

  • Condolences on Dave’s sudden passing. So sorry Joanne and to the family. - Posted by: D J Edwards (Friend) on: Nov 19, 2022

  • Joanne, my prayers are with you and the family as you mourn Dave's sudden passing. You will be surrounded by loved ones...may treasured memories fill the emptiness you feel at this difficult time. Hugs to all! Donna - Posted by: Donna Vrooman (Friend) on: Nov 19, 2022

  • Our sincere condolences to Joanne and family at the passing of such a wonderful man. Our thoughts are with you at this time. Aunt Jean Harkness, Shawn & Karen, Kim & Hilda, Howard & Shirley - Posted by: Shawn Harkness (cousin) on: Nov 19, 2022

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