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Date of Passing: Apr 04, 2017

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EDWARD HAROLD MONTGOMERY (MONTY) Edward Harold Montgomery (Monty), passed away peacefully with his daughters by his side on April 4, 2017 at Deer Lodge Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba at the age of 89 years. Monty is survived by his wife of 68 years, Phyllis D. Montgomery (nee Henderson) and his six surviving children, Barbara Wipf (Paul), Edward "Gar" (Connie), Doug (Donna), Beverly Montgomery-Foster (Fred), Diana Montgomery/Hanslip (Ray), Lloyd Montgomery, and Donnie in Heaven. He has 13 grandchildren, Michael Hunt (Millie), Brad Hunt, and Jackie Hunt (David); Carolyn Brightnose (Dale), Dan Montgomery (Theresa), Michael Montgomery (Carly); Matthew Montgomery (Barbara); Mackenzie, Duncan, and Christina Murta; Joshua, Katey and Eliza Montgomery, as well as 14 great-grandchildren and seven great great-grandchildren. Dad is also survived by his brothers, Don and Bill Montgomery (Joan) and one sister-in-law Evelyn Hjeldness; numerous nieces, nephews, good friends and neighbours. Monty was born in Winnipeg to William and Rose Montgomery (nee St. Germaine) on November 24, 1927. He was raised in Winnipeg's North End during the Great Depression with his three brothers, Bill, Lloyd and Don. During the Second World War his two older brothers joined the Royal Canadian Navy and Dad, eager to serve, convinced his father to let him join up at the age of 16--lying about his age by one year. Thankfully all three brothers came home. In 1947, Dad met the love of his life at a dance hall in Winnipeg, Phyllis Henderson. Mom and Dad married on December 4, 1948. Soon after, the babies started coming, seven in total. In the late 1940s Dad started working with his father in the plumbing business, the beginning of a long successful career. During the 1950s the family moved for a few years to Castlegar, BC and then Coaldale, AB, eventually returning to Winnipeg. In 1962, Dad and Mom bought a brand new home on Knox Street in Assiniboia, where they remained until moving to Deer Lodge Center a few months ago. In addition to his service in the Second World War in the Navy, Dad also served in the Queen's Own Cameron Highlander's Pipes and Drums, first as a tenor drummer, then he was promoted to Drum Major in the 1960's, a post he took most seriously and proudly. He retired from the Cameron's in 1982, and also served as Drum Major in the Khartum Shriner's Pipes and Drums, the Manitoba Pipes and Drums, and, more recently, ANAVETS Unit 283 Pipes and Drums with his daughter Barbara, who remains a piper with the 283. Monty was passionate about life and passed that joy to his children, grandchildren, and really anyone who came in contact with him. He loved his wife, his family, his pets, his hockey, his pipe bands, his work, all his friends and the odd beer or two. Not always in that order, however love was always central to his life and the absolute center of that was Mom. Don't worry Dad we'll take care of her for you, like you always did us. Rest in peace and raise a glass with all those who were waiting for you to arrive to get the party started. The family would like to thank the wonderful staff at Deer Lodge Center-3W for all their kind and considerate care of Dad for the past few months. We appreciate every kind word, gesture and the tears and hugs you shared with us when Dad took his final sleep. Two-thirds of the Montgomery siblings would like to extend an extra special thanks to our sisters, Bev and Barb, for carrying the heaviest of burdens. No words will be enough to express our thanks and love, and it's fitting you were both there when he passed. A celebration of Monty's (Dad's) life will be held at ANAVETS 283, 3584 Portage Ave, Winnipeg, MB, on Friday, April 7, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers donations in Dad's memory can be made to the Winnipeg Humane Society, 45 Hurst Way, Winnipeg, MB, R3T 0R3 . NEIL BARDAL FUNERAL CENTRE 204-949-2200

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Apr 06, 2017

Condolences & Memories (5 entries)

  • Eddy was my great uncle and I will remember him from numerous occasions including many family reunions at their cabin... Him and Auntie Phillis were always there when you showed up in Winnipeg and needed a bed - Posted by: Patty Will (Niece) on: Apr 07, 2017

  • Our family wishes to extend our thoughts and prayers to Aunt Phyllis and all of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren at this difficult time. Our family used to visit Winnipeg from Toronto every three years when I was young to visit Grandma and family and friend. At that time we were able to get together with the whole Montgomery clan. The Montgomery "boys' were always a smiling bunch and it was great to see my dad with his brothers. When we grew up we always heard the story of Uncle Ed and the homemade hockey stick that my grandfather made for him. As the story goes he didn't think the stick resembled the stick that the 2 older boys had and in his boyish voice he made that fact known in no uncertain terms. (Bull tic hockey tic" As my dad relates my grandfather had to keep a straight face as he realized what Uncle Ed was trying to say. I grew up with that story and it will always bring a smile to my face. I also remember when I was in University making a point to visit Yonge street where Uncle Ed was in a parade as a drum major. I was waving and yelling out and Uncle Ed smiled but did not miss a step or let it interfere with his prominent role. From reading the well written obituary in the Winnipeg Free Press One can see that Uncle Ed had a life well lived and was truly a family man and caring husband. He will be greatly missed. We are sorry that we are unable to attend the celebration of his life but we are there in spirit. With love Corinne, Laurie, Scott and Kristen Roberts (Daughter of Joan and Bill Montgomery) Markham, Ontario - Posted by: Roberts Corinne (Niece) on: Apr 07, 2017

  • Edward Montgomery was my older brother by three years. He was a good brother, who taught me how to drive a car even though I was still not old enough to get a licence. He was also instrumental in my getting my first job that lasted 20 years. This is how it happened. I had been on my bike driving around central Winnipeg, stopping at different establishments seeking a job. I was close to Ashdown warehouse when I saw my dad and Ed coming out of Cronkhite Company, a plumbing supply warehouse. Ed asked me how the job seeking was going. I said not good. Just then the door to Cronkhite's opened up and the warehouse manager came out and asked my Dad and Ed if they knew of any young guy who is looking for a job. Ed replied.,yeah my brother is looking for a job. I was hired on the spot. I was with the Cronkhite company for 20 years, first as a warehouseman, then as a traveling salesman calling on plumbing shops in Manitoba, and Saskatchewan. I then helped open a new warehouse in Edmonton and was transferred back to Winnipeg as a branch manager. After a few more years I retired with a good pension. This all began a great life for me when my brother Ed got me my first job. I have always referred to him as my big brother and will always love him for getting me a great well paying job. - Posted by: DON MONTGOMERY (BROTHER) on: Apr 06, 2017

  • Condolences to the entire Montgomery family ...I fondly remember Mr Montgomery as detailed above, while growing up and going to school with his ''kids''...many memories come to mind,one when I was about 18 years of age,...the legal age to drink was 21 and I had entered the old Kirkfield hotel and was sipping on a beer in the mens tap room...Mr ''M'' all of a sudden came through the door,sat at my table ,bought me a beer and we talked for a bit. I think it amused him as he knew I was underage and nervous as ''hades''...after drinking my beer I made a hasty retreat, probably much to his amusement...fortunately I had the opportunity to return the favor and beer, back in 2014 ,when I ran into him at the ANAF vets meat draw.We had a great chat that day and it leaves a lasting memory ...he was a WARRIOR...RIP Mr Edward H Montgomery, wonderful husband, father, military veteran, drum major and plumber extraordonaire...the world would be a better place with more people like will truly be missed... - Posted by: Trent Cassin (friend ) on: Apr 06, 2017

  • Condolences to the Whole Family, Mr Montgomery was our beloved plumber for many, many years until we moved out of the city. We always had old houses so we needed him a lot and he became part of our family. What an amazing man, we all loved him. One very, very cold Christmas Eve Day he came and spent the whole day repairing our temperamental furnace because he didn't want our baby and young children to be cold. He hated that furnace so much that when we moved he asked that we not give his name to the new owners but he did so much work on our next house. You are all very lucky to have had such a fine man in your life. We are so sorry for your loss. - Posted by: Candice & Guy Stearns & Family (Clients) on: Apr 06, 2017

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