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WEEKS: John Mathew, lovingly known as Jack, passed away on Tuesday, February 2, 2021 at the Brandon Regional Health Centre. Jack was predeceased by his parents Frank and Marion; brother Keith; and son Roland Keith. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife Shirley; daughter Deborah and son-in-law Robert of Dauphin, MB; son Dwain and daughter-in-law Cindy of Regina, SK; brother Charles "Ted" and sister-in-law Ruth of San Antonio, TX; grandchildren Clayton Baker (Tamala), Meghan Baker (Jake), and Katie and Brendan Weeks; and great grandchildren Alexis, Connor, Austin, Bentley, Addison and Willa. Jack was born in Winnipeg on March 1, 1933. He spent his youth in Winnipeg, and received his first full time job after high school working at the Canadian Bank of Commerce. It was there that he met Shirley Frederickson; they were married on August 5th, 1955 and they purchased their first home in Winnipeg. In 1961, Jack was appointed as an Accountant at the Bank of Commerce in Dauphin, MB. The family, which now included a daughter, Deborah, spent the next 17 years in Dauphin. Two more children, Keith and Dwain Sion completed the family. Jack worked for many years at the Canadian Bank of Commerce, the CKDM radio station and Parkland Feeds in Dauphin. He finished off his accounting career at Meyers Norris Penny in Brandon where he worked on the Cost of Production study for the Manitoba Milk Producers and the Canadian Dairy Commission. His job was perfect for him. He spent a great deal of his time travelling from dairy farm to dairy farm, visiting and working with families who quickly became lifelong friends. Jack's love of horses was established when he first purchased a pony for young Deborah. Many horses followed. In 1977, Jack, Shirley, Keith and Dwain Sion moved to a small hobby farm outside of Brandon. Horses and trail rides were not the only activity the family enjoyed. Jack learned to ski at a young age, and the love of skiing quickly hit the entire family. Summers were spent trail riding with the horses, and winters were spent on the ski hill. Jack was continuously involved in the communities in which he lived. He was an active member of the Dauphin Agricultural Society, the 3D Saddle Club, the Parkland Pony Club, the Boy Scouts and the Nancy Greene Ski club. If you ever needed a Santa Claus appearance, Jack was your man. Jack and Shirley spent most of their retirement years at the farm outside Brandon (Kemnay). Just recently they both moved into Hillcrest Place Personal Care Home. The Celebration of Jack's Life will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Jack may be sent to Extendicare Hillcrest Place, 930-26th Street, Brandon, MB R7B 2B8.

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As published in Brandon Sun on Feb 06, 2021

Condolences & Memories (5 entries)

  • We are saddened to hear of the passing of dear Jack. We always looked forward to him coming to the farm and catching up. He was always so interested in all of the latest news about our kids and grandkids. Although he was struggling a bit in his last few visits he never lost his sharp wit and joy in his work. We will miss him dearly. - Posted by: Harold and Lisa Watt (Clients and friends) on: Feb 27, 2021

  • I have known Jack for about 30 years as he ran our Cost of Production study for Dairy Farmers of Manitoba. Jack was a strong advocate for farmers when it came to properly reflecting the true costs of producing milk on the farm. You could tell he truly loved working with farmers and he loved his relationships with them. I thoroughly enjoyed my relationship with Jack, which was more than a working relationship. He was a passionate man, whether it was skiing, horses, family, or working with farmers. I will miss him and will cherish my memories of him. - Posted by: Brent Achtemichuk (Friend) on: Feb 08, 2021

  • Jack was a great family friend. When I was little I always remember him teasing us kids when he came to do the farm accounts. Lovely man, he will be missed. - Posted by: The Dooley Family (Friends) on: Feb 07, 2021

  • Valerie and I were saddened to read on Jack's passing. Our most sincere condolences to the whole family. Jack was an upbeat gentleman! Allan & Valerie Matheson - Posted by: Allan & Valerie Matheson (Friends through horses) on: Feb 06, 2021

  • It was a pleasure having Jack & Shirley as our neighours and friends. Many hours were enjoyed visiting, gardening, riding and skiing. Sending blessings, thoughts and prayers to the family. From Gilles & 'Bette Down-the-Lane' - Posted by: Elizabeth Tardiff (Friend and neighbour) on: Feb 06, 2021

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