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Date of Passing: Feb 26, 2021

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It is with great sadness, that we announce the peaceful passing of Vernon Hugh Appleyard on Friday, February 26, 2021 at his home in Stonewall, Manitoba, with his wife Darlene at his side.
A virtual funeral service will be held, Saturday, March 6, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. on Vern's obituary page at
Longer obituary to follow in Saturday's paper.

MacKenzie Funeral Home
204 467 2525

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Mar 02, 2021

Condolences & Memories (39 entries)

  • Our condolences to the Appleyard family. - Posted by: Pilcher family (Community neighbour) on: Mar 19, 2021

  • I have fond memories of Vernon back in primary school, especially sitting beside him in Grade 7. He was a whiz at math and was the go-to person for anyone who struggled. Vernon was a very kind, fair and decent person. I was very sad to hear of Vernon's passing. Condolences to his wife Darlene and family. - Posted by: Jean (classmate ) on: Mar 09, 2021

  • I have known Vern since I helped teach him how to curl so many years ago. Of course, I knew him to see him in his father's store and was so happy to see that he carried on giving us the great care in the pharmacy that we received from his father. I am so glad that Darlene came to be a blessing in his life! Over the years, Vern helped me in a great many ways as a pharmacist, and was a great friend and supporter. I felt that I had a very close personal friendship with Vern. I know I did! I could trust and confide in him. But when I talk with others about Vern, I find that they also felt a very close and personal friendship with Vern. What an amazing Gift! To be able to have an entire community of close personal friends! He is missed by so many and will continue to be missed! - Posted by: JOYCE WYRCHOWNY (Friend) on: Mar 09, 2021

  • My best memories of Vern go back to curling when we were in high school. I don't know if I can say whether we won more games than we lost, but, win or lose, anyone who has experienced it will remember Vern's smile and infectious laughter. Win or lose, we had fun! That was quite a few decades ago, but he is still gone way too early! My recent knowledge of Vern is through my mother, Joyce, who has benefitted greatly from his advice, friendship, and caring. From everything mom has shared with me, it's pretty obvious that Vern will be missed by the community as a whole. More so, it's obvious that Vern will remembered fondly and personally by each individual he has touched. I haven't really known Vern in decades, and I am personally grateful for the love and care he has shown my mother, and for that he will be missed. - Posted by: Neil Wyrchowny (Curling buddies in high school) on: Mar 08, 2021

  • I am so sad to hear of Vern's passing. We had so many great times travelling in our younger years. Vern was always up for an adventure, sliding into the airport at the last minute with a hastily thrown together suitcase, but ready to go! I've always cherished those memories and will continue to do so. The world has truly lost a great man. - Posted by: Dawn Dola-Jenney (Friend) on: Mar 08, 2021

  • Vern was an exceptional person, a caring pharmacist and a great friend. Our university years together helped to establish those long-lasting friendships that get us through life’s challenges. We will miss Vern’s smile, his laugh and willingness to lend a hand and help in any way he could. Vern was a one-in-a-million person that we feel very privileged to have known and to be able to call our friend. Our deepest condolences are extended to Darlene and all of Vern's family. - Posted by: Susan Lessard-Friesen and Rick Friesen (Friends) on: Mar 06, 2021

  • I have such wonderful memories of working with Vern (for 15 years) and fun times shared going to staff X-mas parties at Vern and Darlene’s house. His annual staff curling/cancer fundraising event was always a blast and his generous matching of funds was outstanding! Our heartfelt condolences go out to Darlene and family. Vern will be greatly missed by everyone. BIG HUGS and love. Take care. Linda and Bruce Huewan - Posted by: Linda Huewan (Former co-worker) on: Mar 06, 2021

  • Remembering a gentleman, a kind & gentle man, a businessman and a friend. Vern was not just a good person. He was one of the finest people I have ever known. He has left a profound mark in our small world and we are better because of him. My most sincere condolences to Darlene & family - Posted by: Beth Ritcher (Friend) on: Mar 06, 2021

  • So sorry to hear of Vern's passing. Though it was many years ago, we have fond memories of our time growing up together. Whether we were at school, in band practices or at the curling rink, Vern was always such a good friend, ready with a smile and a chuckle - always the chuckle! He will be missed but not forgotten. To Darlene and the entire Appleyard clan, please accept our sincere condolences. Vern, you will be fondly remembered. - Posted by: Sandy & Dennis Pritchard (Friends) on: Mar 05, 2021

  • On behalf of Maddy and Deena. Vern was a good guy. He’s remembered and held in the highest regard. I remember when I was his house cleaner... I gave him SHIT in in July... dude take your Christmas tree down!.’Love you man RIP - Posted by: Deena Ingram and Maddy Marshalk (Friends) on: Mar 05, 2021

  • Sincere condolences to Darlene and family. Vern was such a kind man and I enjoyed working at the Stonewall Hallmark for a brief time in 2019. - Posted by: Sandy Ehrich (former employee) on: Mar 05, 2021

  • Darlene, so saddened and so sorry to hear of the loss of your beloved husband. He truly was a remarkable individual who contributed so much to our wonderful business community. RIP Vern, you will long be remembered as an integral part of Stonewall business history. - Posted by: Ellen Francis (Business community associate) on: Mar 05, 2021

  • A truly wonderful man and friend, always a smile. Our condolences to Darlene and the Appleyard family. - Posted by: Phil & Kim Admiraal (Friend) on: Mar 05, 2021

  • Our sincere condolences to the whole Appleyard family. Harold & Jackie Harrison - Posted by: Harold & Jackie Harrison (friend) on: Mar 05, 2021

  • Remembering Vern with such fondness. So many happy memories of the days at Hallmark Polo Park and seeing Vern come in and visit us each week. I always enjoyed seeing that smile walk in the door and the great conversations that would follow. Heartfelt condolences to Darlene and the Appleyard family and of course his work family as well. - Posted by: Barb Shapiro (Former coworker ) on: Mar 04, 2021

  • I was so sorry to hear about Vern’s passing. He was always such a cheerful fellow. I first met Vern in the Stonewall Area Band. He played the tuba. His smile will be missed. Condolences Darlene and family. - Posted by: Tracy Dunstan (Friend) on: Mar 04, 2021

  • I was shocked to hear of Vern's sudden passing. Vern and I went to school together from kindergarten through high school. He always had a ready smile and his warm and hearty chuckle was very heart warming. Vern gave you one hundred percent of his attention and good will. In the years of knowing him and talking to him he always brightened up my day. I will surely miss his smile and his contagious sense of humor. My sincere condolences to all the family. - Posted by: Leslie Goresky (long time acquaintance) on: Mar 04, 2021

  • Darlene, we are so sorry for your loss. Vern was truly a very special person who will be missed by so many. Vern always had a smile on his face, something witty to say, a laugh that was very contagious and was always willing to offer some good advice or a helping hand. He always had time for others and was so kind and generous. We have so many good memories of Vern over the years and will miss him always. - Posted by: Brian & Margaret Dusik (Friend) on: Mar 03, 2021

  • Vern was an honorable, kindhearted soul and extraordinary man. There are many in the community who will deeply mourn his passing as his was a life of service, love, compassion and devotion. May you rest in peace Vern. Our deepest sympathies to you and your family Darlene. Our thoughts and prayers and are with you during this difficult time. - Posted by: The Peleck Family (Friend) on: Mar 03, 2021

  • Deepest condolences to Darlene and the Appleyard family. Knowing Vern was one of the best memories of university life. He was a great friend, and will be remembered for his smile and ready laugh. - Posted by: Gayle Gowanlock, nee Bessel (Friend) on: Mar 03, 2021

  • So very sorry to hear of Vetn's passing. I will remember him for his kind heart, constant smile and chuckle. My condolences to Darlene and the Appleyard family. - Posted by: Roberta Wright (Friend) on: Mar 03, 2021

  • Great person and friend, will miss you skipper. - Posted by: murray and brenda paull (friends) on: Mar 03, 2021

  • I met Vern in grade 10 in 1976. We were close friends in high school and the four years at university, car pooling every day between Stonewall and Winnipeg. He was a best friend. I remember Vern for his sense of humour. He had a deep laugh, which would come from deep in his core and make his whole body shake, especially his shoulders, as his eyes would tear up. He really looked you deeply in the eyes when you talked with him and you knew he was really listening. He was so caring and thoughtful. He had a ‘gung-ho‘ attitude and was always a good sport. Even when I asked him to do something together that he did not want to do, he would be smiling. But he would at the same time raise his eyebrows slightly and I learned to recognize that meant no. I remember how proud he was of the new stereo system he bought and had me over to hear Phil Collins songs. I remember his grin growing from ear to ear as he kept cranking up the volume and I could feel my chest vibrating deeply. It was the best stereo I have heard. Vern, you were the best guy, a true friend. You did so much for me and I am very grateful!! I am listening to Phil Collins songs tonight and reliving all of the great memories: your laughter; studying hard together; those Pharmacy university student social events; the road trips; curling; and more. To Darlene and the Appleyard family, I wish you peace. I hope you will find some comfort in knowing how loved Vern was and what a positive impact and lasting impression he had on so many people. He was so well liked and respected. Please accept my sincere condolences. - Posted by: Brad Barrie (Friend) on: Mar 03, 2021

  • Darlene and Appleyard family, our deepest condolences. Vern was always good to us at the pharmacy. He looked after us like we were family. He truly had compassion for people. We are truly saddened by your loss. We will miss his smiling face. - Posted by: Cathy and Guy Dearman (Aquantience ) on: Mar 03, 2021

  • My deepest condolences to Darlene and all Vern’s family and friends. May your happy memories of Vern comfort you during this difficult time. I will always remember Vern with a smile on his face, possibly a drink I his hand, always willing to share a laugh or a good story. One of easiest to get along with people I have ever met and one of my best buddies in grade school, high school and early university. Adult responsibilities has made it more difficult to keep in touch but I’ll always have my memories of Vern during our youth. Rest In Peace, good friend. - Posted by: Brad De Ryck (Friend) on: Mar 03, 2021

  • Our condolences to the Appleyard family and to Darlene who was the love of his life❤️! He was a wonderful caring friend who we will miss forever!💕 - Posted by: Bernice & Don Letkeman (Friends ) on: Mar 03, 2021

  • I am so sorry to hear of Vernon's passing! I went to school with Vernon. He was always a pleasant person with a good soul. Jean Hutt (Burnside) sent me the notice. Fly with the angels Vernon. You will be missed. Prayers & condolences to the family. Davalea (Davey) Tindle - Powell River, BC. - Posted by: Davalea (Davey) Tindle (Friend) on: Mar 03, 2021

  • I'm so thankful to have had the pleasure of knowing and working with Vern. He was a man of warmth and character; a true gentleman. This epitaph by Robert Burns seems so apt: An honest man here lies at rest, As e'er God with his image blest; The friend of man, the friend of truth, The friend of age and guide of youth: Few hearts like his, with virtue warm'd, Few heads with knowledge so inform'd: If there's another world, he lives in bliss; If there is none, he made the best of this. - Posted by: Michelle Smye (Colleague) on: Mar 03, 2021

  • Darlene, We are so sorry to hear of the passing of Vern, the love of your life. He was kind and a gentleman. He has left the world a better place. There are many heavy hearts. You two were the epitome of happiness. Please accept our sincere heartfelt condolences. - Posted by: Bonnie and Larry Dalman (Friend) on: Mar 03, 2021

  • Our sincere condolences to Darlene and all of Vern’s family on the loss of this good man. My late husband, Al Wilner, sold giftware to Vern’s Dad, and later to Vern for their stores for many years. We were so pleased to attend Vern and Darlene’s wedding. Al valued Vern’s friendship and their lunches and time together. Thinking of you. Sara Wilner and Family. - Posted by: Sara Wilner (Friend) on: Mar 02, 2021

  • Sorry to hear of the passing of Vernon. My prayers to the family. - Posted by: Raymond Ruth (Friend) on: Mar 02, 2021

  • Darlen I am so sad to hear about Vern. What a wonderful man and so incredibly kind and generous. All the times I spent selling to him at the back of the pharmacy in Stonewall are entirely filled with wonderful memories. May the peace that only God can supply sustain you and comfort you. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Love Sandra - Posted by: Sandra Bowles (Friend) on: Mar 02, 2021

  • To Darlene, so sorry to hear of Vern's passing. He was a good friend to me, and I knew him for many sorry....Brian - Posted by: brian buck (friend) on: Mar 02, 2021

  • Sorry to hear about Vern . Will always remember his kind words and always had time for me - Posted by: Alfred Fruck (Friend ) on: Mar 02, 2021

  • My sincere condolences to the entire Appleyard Family. Vern will be missed by all who knew him. God bless. - Posted by: Craig Ross (Friend ) on: Mar 02, 2021

  • I have fond memories of Vernon coming into the Stonewall Pharmacy when he was a wee lad when I worked there. It was wonderful to see how Vernon went on to grow as a man and businessman. My mother, Dora, always had a soft spot in her heart for Vernon. My condolences to Darlene and the Appleyard family. - Posted by: Donna Cassels (Long time acquaintance) on: Mar 02, 2021

  • I cannot recall a time in Vern's presence that there was not a smile on his face and a laugh at the ready. There was many a bottle which miraculously disappeared, many a meal during a time when people talked, argued and laughed and there was not a cell phone in sight! It was my privilege to share a part of his life and I will miss him. Until we meet again my friend. - Posted by: Janet McCutchon (Friend) on: Mar 02, 2021

  • So sad to hear about the passing of Vern. He certainly will be missed by all. Our condolences to his family, to his friends and co-workers. - Posted by: Dave and Linda Tyerman (Relative) on: Mar 02, 2021

  • A true gentleman.. A kind heart. A wonderful sense of humour, and always helping people to succeed. He has touched so many lives in positive ways. Not only individuals, but also securing the growth of so many companies . Wow ! And to add to that, a hugely successful businessman, running Hallmark stores, and a pharmacy, of course , with Darlene by his side 💞 Such a sad day , countless numbers will miss this incredible man. What a legacy ! One blessing, he found his soul mate and had many happy years being loved and dancing in the dark.. We will miss u Vern, I know the angels have been waiting ...💞💞 - Posted by: Lorri McInnes (Friend) on: Mar 02, 2021

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