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Date of Passing: Jan 30, 2001

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ALLAN NORMAN ARMITAGE Peacefully, on January 30, 2001, at Grace Hospital, Al Armitage passed away at the age of 86 years. Al was predeceased by his father Norman; mother Mabel; sisters, Gladys and Irene and nephew Len Blanco. He will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by his wife Joan; sister Shirley Menzies, son Bill, daughter Liz, son John (Shawn) and grandchildren, Marni and Jared; dear companion Dorothy Goetz; niece Lynda (Larry) and her children, Lani and Alden; niece Barbara Donald; nephews, Don Menzies, Barry (Lynn) Kidd, John (Catherine) Kidd and many grandnieces and nephews. He will also be fondly remembered by the residents of Osborne on the Red and many other close friends. Al was born in Winnipeg in 1914 and spent the majority of his life living in the Fort Rouge area. He served overseas with the Canadian Armed Forces during the Second World War and was honoured for his service to his country during that time. After the war, Al worked for Imperial Oil, and for many years managed a successful service station at the corner of River and Osborne. He later worked for Westport Chrysler and Eastern Sales before retiring in 1981. Al was proud to be a Mason and was a longtime member of the Royal Canadian Legion (Fort Rouge Branch #97). He loved to spend his leisure time curling (Fort Rouge Curling Club), fishing, entertaining friends at the piano, playing darts, solving puzzles and tinkering with clocks and watches. He was an extraordinary craftsman. Al was always ready to greet with a quick wink, a new joke and a new puzzle for one to ponder. With respect for Als wishes, cremation has taken place and no formal service will be held. A small family gathering will be held to honour his requests. The family would like to extend its appreciation to the staff of Deer Lodge Centre who cared for Al during the past six months. Flowers are gratefully declined. If so desired, donations may be made to Deer Lodge Foundation, or a charity of ones choice. Cropo Funeral Chapel in care of arrangements, 586-8044.

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Feb 02, 2001

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