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ALEC NEVILLE DAWSON
Born: Oct 11, 1938
Date of Passing: Jan 18, 2021Send Flowers to the Family Offer Condolences or Memory
ALEC NEVILLE DAWSON
October 11, 1938 - January 18, 2021
As a youth growing up in England, Alec enjoyed tearing up the rural roads on his motorcycles, announcing to his mum and local villagers that he would soon be home. He loved dirt bike and classic TT style motorcycle racing, spending countless hours with his mates modifying bikes for greater speed. He started a haberdashery delivery business from a panel truck, selling consumer goods whilst attending night school to attain his degree in mechanics. Never a man to sit on his haunches, after some years he decided to immigrate to Australia, but somehow ended up on the wrong airplane and landed in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada in 1963. There, in 1965, Alec met the daily sunshine in his life -- his wife, Carol.
Seeking self-employment after working for IHC farm dealerships, Alec and Carol moved to Teulon in 1968. They founded a repair and service shop called Teulon Tractor and Motor. They worked side by side throughout their 54-year marriage, raising a family and developing their business until it was sold in 1999. Alec retired in 2002.
Alec made many lifelong friends servicing the greater Teulon area. He became known to his friends as "Christ-mate" because this was his English manner of leading in to whatever subject he wished to discuss with them. He had nicknames for nearly everybody he knew. Over the years, he served as councillor and sat on hospital and hall boards, was a firefighter and eventually Fire Captain, was a member of the Chamber of Commerce and a founding member of the tractor pull committee. Not only did Alec and his friends build the skid for the tractor pull, Alec modified a Dodge 383 Interceptor engine into a WD9 farm tractor. This creation became Ol' Blue, a crowd favourite and frequent winner for many years.
Alec is survived by his loving and caring wife Carol, his son Chris Dawson (Sarah), daughter Cathy Kelly (Brian), and daughter Julie Leduchowski (David).
Alec leaves to mourn grandchildren, Michael Dawson (Bree), Bradley Dawson (Rhea), Bryce Kelly (Diane), Brody Kelly (Desiree), Megan Smith (Andrew), Gavin Leduchowski (Michelle) and Owen Leduchowski; great-grandchildren, James Smith and Kane Dawson. He will be remembered by his large extended family in England as favourite Uncle Nev.
The family wishes to offer our deepest thanks to the kind and caring staff at Goodwin Lodge. Your compassion shines through. A family memorial will be held later this year.
"Perhaps they are not stars, but openings
in the sky where the love of our departed ones pours through and shines down on us
to let us know they are happy."
Ken Loehmer Funeral Services
As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jan 23, 2021
Condolences & Memories (6 entries)
Nev was a top man, we all loved him here in GB, he brightened the room up when he walked in and filled it with laughter and happiness, we will always remember him xx - Posted by: Jeff and Margaret Dale and family (Family by marriage ) on: Jan 29, 2021
Chris, Cathy and Julie Sorry to hear of your dad's passing. My dad Wally (and mom Loretta) knew your dad from his IHC days. I remember us visiting back and forth as children in the 70's with much fondness. Your parents' home was always so welcoming and much merriment ensued. And of course I remember coming to many tractor pulls in my dad's IH pickup, I cherish such memories. Keep the fond memories of your dad close to your heart. - Posted by: Shelley (Sklepowich) Rennie (Old family friend) on: Jan 25, 2021
Neville was the most wonderful brother-in-law. Whenever he visited us in England we were guaranteed happy times and he leaves us with many joyful memories. He was kind and caring and a friend with whom you could speak and open your heart to. My sons have fond memories of their times with Uncle Nev. they have great respect and love for him. We will never forget our visit to Canada. He will be greatly missed by us all. - Posted by: Janet Dawson (Brother-in-law) on: Jan 24, 2021
So sorry to hear of Alec's passing. He was a great guy and a friend to everyone who knew him. Always willing to help out with anything. When he and a couple other guys first built modified tractors it was an absolute delight watching them at our Tractor Pulls over 40 years ago. Even going down Main Steet in Moosomin SK for breakfast on a Sunday morning was a real eye catcher. Ol Blue was not ever a high tech unit but it always managed to beat some of the classy Ltd Modifued tractors that guys had spent thousands of dollars on. They hated competing against him. He loved it!!. Alec will be missed by all who knew him. Sincere condolences to all the family Bert and Kathy - Posted by: Bert and Kathy Campbell (Friend) on: Jan 23, 2021
Sorry to hear about his passing. He will be missed by all that knew him. - Posted by: Lorne Buchko (Friend) on: Jan 23, 2021
Our sincere condolences to the family for your loss of your husband, father and grandfather. I have known Alec since 1963 when he came to Canada. He was employed at our family IHC Dealership in Dominion City Manitoba as a mechanic. Being both of us as being single we went different places for movies and went into the USA in North Dakota and Minnesota and had some good times . After a few years Alec decided he wanted to start his own business and he moved to Winnipeg. As our lives had changed we sort of lost contact. Many years later we had met up with Alec when he had his own business in Teulon. We had a lunch with Alec and his wife and he went to show us his house out in the country. He was very proud of his accomplishments. Unfortunately as time goes on we lost contact, however I remember him as a hard worker. R.I.P. Alec. - Posted by: Herman Ballast (Former friend and employer) on: Jan 23, 2021
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