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Born: Oct 09, 1932

Date of Passing: Mar 20, 2023

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Irene passed away on March 20, 2023 at Misericordia Place where she had been a resident for three years.
She was predeceased by her parents Neil and Alice Pope and her brother Neil Jr. She is survived by her husband of 66 years, Richard (Dick) Bevan; her daughters Laura Bevan of Victoria, BC and Gail (Stan) Dueck of Winnipeg; grandsons Nathan and Jonah Dueck; sisters Patricia Woodcock of Prince George, BC and Alice St. Onge (Denis) of St. Albert, Alberta.
Irene was born in Winnipeg on October 9, 1932. She graduated from Daniel Mac and originally aspired to be a librarian but there were no courses available in Winnipeg at that time at either the universities or community colleges. Instead she used her skills in typing, shorthand and bookkeeping to enter the business world where she essentially served as an office manager for small firms. In fact, when she left one company the owner said he would have to hire two people to replace her.
After taking some time off to raise a family, she returned to the work force as the accountant at Bruce MacDonald Travel Agency. She was sent to the American Airlines training school in Dallas, Texas to take a course in computerized accounting which was in its early stages at that time. There were numerous problems in the system to start with, and it wasn't long before Irene was telling them how to improve it.
In 1989, Irene and Dick retired and moved to Victoria, BC. Never one to remain idle, Irene worked in the accounting department at the Victoria YM-YWCA. In addition, she took on the position of treasurer at First Metropolitan United Church which at the time had one of the largest congregations in the city.
In her leisure time Irene liked to take long walks and in time knew Victoria better than most natives. She was also a whiz at crossword and jigsaw puzzles. She continued her love of reading, particularly mysteries.
Due to declining health, Irene and Dick moved back to Winnipeg in 2018 to be closer to family. They moved to The Boulton assisted living facility where they made many new friends.
On one of her birthdays her grandsons gave her a plaque which said "World's Greatest Grandmother". If it had added "World's Greatest Wife" and "World's Greatest Mother", that would have said it all.
The family extends its gratitude to all of the staff at Misericordia Place and particularly those on MP2 for their professionalism and excellent, loving care, and most of all for treating Irene with dignity and respect at all times.
A funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, April 3, 2023, at 603 Wellington Crescent at Academy Road (Unitarian Facility).
Because Irene's daughter is vulnerable to infection, KN95 masks will be provided for all who attend. The family thanks you for your cooperation.

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Mar 25, 2023

Condolences & Memories (3 entries)

  • Irene was a beloved sister to me and sister-in-law to my husband Denis and auntie to our sons Matt and Josh. Irene was my oldest sister by 18 years. Until I was six years old and she married Dick, we shared a bedroom. I thought she was the most beautiful person in the world. She loved long dresses that sparkled. I loved to watch her do her make-up and hair before going out. One evening when Dick was over at our house he caught me putting on Irene’s make-up and he never told on me! She took me to Eatons on the bus sometimes and we would ride the escalators up and down the eight floors many times then have lunch. At her work she let me use the Dictaphone. I was the flower girl at her wedding at age six. She was a wonderful sister, mother and wife. She loved her family and raised two wonderful daughters that she was so proud of. Dick helped me with every speech I ever had to make and Irene helped me with shorthand and together they had the a very welcoming home to Den and I, our sons, daughters-in-law and grandsons. Lots of humour, great food and family stories around their dining room table. We miss Irene (named for Mum’s sister) Margaret (named for Dad’s Mum). Irene taught me the value of volunteering, marry for love and love a good joke. Love Den and Ali. - Posted by: Alice Pope St. Onge (Sister) on: Mar 27, 2023

  • So sorry to hear of Irene's passing Dick. You and your family can take solace in a life well-lived. I know all of the Stellars team and their wives were a close knit group of special people. Deepest sympathies. - Posted by: Rick Brownlee (MB Sports Hall of Fame) on: Mar 27, 2023

  • Unfortunately I will be away for the service but I wanted to let Dick and the family know that we would be there if we could. Irene was an amazing lady but became even more so when combined with Dick. Together they made a great pairing and great parents. Please accept our sincere condolences and I know that Dick and I will get together when I am back in town. - Posted by: Glen Torgerson (Friend) on: Mar 25, 2023

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