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EDWIN GILBERT PERSON

Born: Jan 14, 1919

Date of Passing: Apr 27, 2000

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EDWIN GILBERT PERSON (January 14, 1919 - April 27, 2000) It is with deep sadness we announce the sudden passing of Edwin Gilbert Person at the age of 81 on Thursday, April 27, 2000 at the Portage General Hospital, beloved husband of Jean (nee Murray). Funeral service will be held in the Chapel of the Omega Funeral Home on Tuesday, May 2 at 1:30 p.m. Interment will follow at a later date. Edwin leaves to cherish his memory his loving wife of 49 years, Jean; son Dennis (Joan) - Linda, Tanya, Ryan Stacey; daughter Lois (Ivan Pruden) - Adrian, Krystina (Tyrin, Kiarra), Darren; and daughter Donna (Paul Schimnowski) - Jennifer (Kevin, Brittney), Paul Jr., Jayson, Amanda; also one brother Robert; sister Mildred; brothers-in-law, Jim (Edith) Murray, Farrell (Hilda) Murray and numerous nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his parents, John and Annie Person; brother Wilfred; sisters, Doris and Arlene. Dad was born on the family farm on January 14, 1919. He received his education at Benito, Man. He spent his early years working on the family farm. In 1942 he joined the Armed Forces. He was shipped overseas at the end of 1944 and served in England, Belgium, France, Germany and Holland. Dad was a talented musician. He played with the Harvey Lake Band and in different bands throughout the Alpine/Benito area. He played the accordion and drums with his cousins, brother and friends. He maintained this love of music throughout his life. In 1948 he started his career as a grain buyer with Manitoba Pool. His stations included Benito, Roblin, Dauphin (where he met Mom), Grandview and Ninga. Mom and Dad were married in 1950 and set up residence in Ninga, Man. where their three children were born. In 1955, Dad assumed a position with United Grain Growers in Plumas, where they spent most of his 28 years with UGG. During this time he also worked and lived in Nesbitt and Ste. Rose with his family. Dad was very active in sports. He was Secretary/Treasurer of the Plumas Curling Club for 12 years, coached senior baseball and ladies fastball, was Secretary of the Plumas Sports Club, as well as being Town Father. He was a past member of the Lions and Forresters Club. Mom and Dad purchased their retirement home in Portage where they spent 17 years of happiness still close to their old friends but with new found friends and within a short drive of their children and grandchildren. Dad followed sports including hockey and baseball. One of Dads highlights was to travel to Sweden with Jean and Dennis in 1994. He was able to see where his mother and father and his family roots began. Meeting his first cousins was a special treat, as was the family gathering they held for the family. Dad was a hard working, kind, gentle man who will be missed by his many friends, both young and old. In the words of his grandchildren, "Grandpa, youre so cool". Heartfelt thanks are extended to all the Doctors and nurses who tried their best to save Dad. Should friends so desire, memorial donations may be made to the Central Plains Cancer Care Services, 318 Saskatchewan Avenue E., Portage la Prairie, Man., R1N 0K8 or to the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, Central Plains Chapter, Box 772, Portage la Prairie, Man., R1N 3C5. The Omega Funeral Home in care of the arrangements.

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Apr 29, 2000

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