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Born: Sep 10, 1953
Date of Passing: Sep 14, 2020Send Flowers to the Family Offer Condolences or Memory
Neil was born September 10, 1953, in Stettler, Alberta to Theodore and Doreen Thage. They moved from Alberta to Manitoba when he was 11 years old and settled in the Ashern area to farm. Neil worked for Manitoba Highways his whole life, starting on the Survey crew and he retired as Project Manager in 2012. The job he never retired from was farming, which he did till the day he died. Days before his passing he said to his wife, "You know, I love combining".
On September 28, 1974, he married Joanne and they raised two children together: a daughter Cortney and a son Nolan.
Neil had a passion for hockey and golf. He coached his son's hockey team for years then became the General Manager of the Lundar Falcons. Anyone who knew him knows what a loyal Habs fan he was. Neil also enjoyed golf and even got a hole-in-one... twice! Every winter he would go away for two weeks golfing which he looked forward to all year. He was a kind, loyal man known for his big heart, great sense of humour and love of animals. He was always bringing home some animal in need. He also deeply loved his dog Oliver. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
He leaves to mourn his wife Joanne; daughter Cortney (Rob) and son Nolan (Dana); mother Doreen; brother Wayne (Glenda), and grandchildren, Theo, Aubrey and Hadley. He was predeceased by his father Theodore Thage and will be laid to rest beside him.
A private graveside service will be held on Sunday, September 20, 2020.
For those who wish to participate in a drive-by procession, please meet at 1:00 p.m. in the Ashern Central School parking lot Hwy. #325 East. A lead car will take you past the Ashern Gospel Cemetery to say a final goodbye as Neil is laid to rest.
ARNASON FUNERAL HOME
Ashern - Lundar
As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Sep 17, 2020
Condolences & Memories (5 entries)
Neil was such a great guy, I just ran into him a few weeks ago & once he remembered he knew me he gave me one of his Million Dollar smiles❤️ And we had a great chat. I only knew him for a short time, but he’ll be in my heart forever. My deepest sympathies go out to his family. But I know He was was such a great guy, his memory will live on. - Posted by: Leslie (Employee ) on: Sep 18, 2020
I worked many years with Neil with the highways, 8 to be exact, until I got transferred to Wpg, when I was in the soils lab on Portage he would pop in to say hi. We had many laughs and great conversations. I will miss running into him at the restaurant in Ashern. May God grant you peace and comfort during this difficult time. - Posted by: Garry and Darlene Russell (friend) on: Sep 18, 2020
Neil was such a great guy, always happy and a true loyal friend. Every time we attended hockey games or golf games, and it was many over the years, it was always a good time. A lot of people will miss him, I am so sorry Joanne and family. - Posted by: Dave Kimber (Friend) on: Sep 17, 2020
RIP, Neil - Posted by: Kris Peterson (friend) on: Sep 17, 2020
So sorry to hear. My condolences Joanne and family. I have many wonderful memories of fun times with the crew. - Posted by: Debbi Bergner Fortier (High School Buddies ) on: Sep 17, 2020
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