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Date of Passing: Oct 25, 2022

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On Tuesday, October 25, 2022, (Donald) Laverne Manness, beloved husband, father and grandfather, passed away at the age of 79.
Born to Don and Gladys Manness, eldest sibling to Carol, Stuart (Jane), Garth (Linda), and Craig (Cheryl), Laverne graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Agriculture in Animal Science. During his time in university, he met Patricia Ross, a fellow Aggie from "Sunny St. James", who became his loving bride for 57 years. Together, they established a life together on the farm, raising five children: Rob (Sandy), Brent (Rachel), Lorna (Paul), Andrew, and Jon (Jane), and were also blessed with 13 grandchildren: Kayla, Lauren, Joshua, Caleb, Jessica, Alexandra, Nicholas, Samuel, Hannah, Ashley, Taylor, Sophia, Kristjan. He is also survived by his uncle Sidney Manness, and uncle Malcolm and aunt Sylvia Haverstick.
Laverne loved the farm. In his youth, he enjoyed involvement in the local 4-H Club, winning awards in both public speaking and the Cattle Club. After university, he went on to become a successful farmer, Councillor, and Reeve for the Municipality of MacDonald. Deeply devoted to community, Laverne worked passionately as Reeve to bring municipal water directly to the residents of MacDonald Municipality. As Councillor, he worked unceasingly to improve drainage for all farms in the region and to prevent flooding. He was an integral member of the group that brought the community together to build the Domain Hockey Arena.
Laverne was a sports enthusiast, winning the Free Press Trophy in 1967 and was also recognized as the All-Star Third for the Provincial Men's Curling Championship in 1966. He continued to curl until age 76. He loved baseball and showcased a menacing fastball. Through the years, he coached boys hockey, bringing home a Provincial Championship for the local community in Domain. He worked hard to balance the rigors of competition with the desire to give all kids the opportunity to play and grow to love the game.
Laverne had an incredible work ethic and his determination, energy, and perseverance were well known. Laverne loved to plant and nurture an enormous garden, preparing and enjoying bountiful meals with his family. He loved a good story, a good laugh, politics, and a team to cheer for. He had a strong intellect and a great sense of humour. Laverne was devoted to his family and will be dearly missed.
Our family would like to extend our sincere gratitude to thank the staff at Deer Lodge Centre for their care and support of Laverne. Donations in Laverne's memory may be made to The Deer Lodge Centre Foundation, Tower Three South.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, October 29 at 1:00 p.m. at the Church of the Rock. Interment to follow at Avonlea Cemetery.
Thomson "In the Park" Funeral Home in care of the arrangements.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Oct 29, 2022

Condolences & Memories (5 entries)

  • So sorry for your loss Pat. Laverne was a well respected coworker and a friend. Sadly we when on vacation during the funeral. Condolences to you and your family - Posted by: Marty Smith (Friend and coworker ) on: Nov 09, 2022

  • Our deepest sympathy Pat and family. We have great memories of our kids playing hockey together in younger years. Take care, Doug & Bev Anseeuw & family - Posted by: Bev Anseeuw (friend) on: Nov 04, 2022

  • Dear Manness family - extending my heartfelt and deepest sympathy on the passing of Laverne Manness. Thank you for sharing this lovely tribute of a life dedicated to his family and his community! It's evident he touched a lot of lives along the way! Thinking of you all at the very sad and difficult time. So very sorry for your loss! Lynda Ruban staff at the HSC Foundation - Posted by: Lynda D Ruban (staff at Health Sciences Centre Foundation) on: Oct 31, 2022

  • Sorry for your loss! Sending warmest condolences to the whole family! - Posted by: Emmanuel Courcelles (Friend) on: Oct 29, 2022

  • My deepest sympathy to Pat and family. May the Holy Spirit comfort you in this time of loss and in the days ahead. Although I did not know Laverne personally, a marriage of 57 years speaks for itself as a great testimony of friendship and love. May the memories of good times bring warmth to your hearts and smiles on your lips. - Posted by: Diane MacDonald (Friend) on: Oct 29, 2022

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