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Born: Aug 30, 1922

Date of Passing: Jun 05, 2017

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VERNE MCCOMAS On June 5, 2017 in his 94th year, our Dad peacefully passed away at the St. Norbert Nursing Home. He will be forever remembered by his wife, Maxine, sons Jim, Brian (Sharon), and Don (Noye), and grandchildren Kyle, Leone, Natalie (Matt), Lana, Alexander, and Alan. Dad was born August 30, 1922 on the family farm in Shellbrook, SK. He joined the RCMP in 1943 and proudly served the force for 27 years. After retiring from the RCMP, he worked for a further 17 years as an administrative assistant with the Dean of Education at the University of Manitoba. In his retirement he worked tirelessly on the causes that he believed in. His work with Lifelinks (Manitoba Schizophrenia Society) helped raise awareness for mental illness and he was instrumental in having the Income Tax Act (Disability Pensions) changed to provide disability pension opportunities for the mentally disabled. He lobbied the RCMP to amend their pension act to ensure that surviving widows and orphans would continue to receive their husbands' retirement pensions. He enjoyed working on his tree nursery, playing golf, curling, bridge, spending time at the cottage with family, and travelling with Maxime throughout Canada and the world. We'd like to thank the wonderful staff at the St. Norbert Nursing Home for taking such good care of Dad in his last days. Memorial service to be held on June 28, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at Chapel Lawn Funeral Home, 4000 Portage Avenue. For those who wish to sign the online Guest Book please visit our website. Chapel Lawn Funeral Home, 204-885-9715

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jun 24, 2017

Condolences & Memories (3 entries)

  • We offer our condolences to you and your family. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. - Posted by: Manitoba Ladies Past Presidents Curling Association (Friends of Maxine) on: Jul 03, 2017

  • I was blessed to know Vern since the 90s at MSS, he was a nice man always enjoyed speaking with him. Regards, Peter Ostryzniuk - Posted by: Peter ostryzniuk (Past MSS president) on: Jun 26, 2017

  • To the family: Vern was a truly exceptional member of the Manitoba Schizophrenia Society. He was the longest serving member of the Society and was passionately active with the Society before I began as Executive director in 1995. His work with Lifelinks was close to his heart. He was a very gracious gentleman who cared very much about informing society about the effects of stigma, the hardships encountered by schizophrenia, and the need for people to do genealogical research for any psychosis or schizophrenia in their family history so as to be aware of the impending warning signs. Vern and Maxine were faithful attenders to the MSS Iris Gala Evening and contribute financially to professional development of the MSS Team. Vern was most encouraging and affirming of me and MSS. It was very rare to see him without that warm smile he had. I attribute my successful transition to MSS as Executive Director to his support, along with Don Green (who were mutual friends). I have a wonderful maple tree in my backyard in Steinbach that Vern had me pick from his tree nursery about 15 years ago when he took me out there. On behalf of the board of director and the MSS Team, we honour him, his passion, his work with MSS, and his unusual gentlemanship. Maxine thank you for your passion, support and "loaning" Vern to us as he volunteered thousands of hours to the Society-Dr. Chris Summerville - Posted by: Chris Summerville (Friend, professional colleague) on: Jun 24, 2017

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