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CAMPBELL GORDON SAVAGE

Born: Dec 23, 1915

Date of Passing: Jan 04, 2003

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CAMPBELL GORDON SAVAGE With his family at his side Cam passed away peacefully January 4, 2003 at the Carman Hospital. Born on December 23, 1915 in Calgary, AB, he was the eldest son of Alexander and Sadie (Sarah) Savage. Originally from the Carman area, the family moved back when Cam was quite young. He was educated at local schools in Miami and Carman before starting a four year pharmacy apprenticeship at Westaways Pharmacy in Miami, MB. He entered the School of Pharmacy at the University of Manitoba in 1939 and graduated in 1941. After graduation he worked in retail for a couple of years before becoming a pharmaceutical sales representative for Ayerst, McKenna and Harrison. He enjoyed this line of work for 18 years until several factors persuaded him to return to the retail life. After six months as a relief pharmacist he started working for Mr. Wm. McKnight and Richard Hooker at the McKnights store on the corner of Sherbrook and Westminister in Winnipeg, MB. He remained there until retirement in 1981. Cam kept his pharmacy license active for four years during which time he provided holiday relief for numerous rural and city pharmacists. Once fully retired from pharmacy, Cam threw himself into work in the Miami community. He was involved with the boards of the Collingwood Seniors Home, the Miami Friendship Center and the Miami Citizens Park in numerous positions. He was always available to run errands for those less mobile than himself and was often called upon to provide chauffeuring services for medical appointments in Winnipeg. Cam had a very friendly and gregarious nature which garnered him many good friends over the years. He had the ability to start a conversation with just about anyone and find a link with them inside five minutes. Even in his early years, Cam was always a very social individual. He was seldom at a loss for something to say in almost any situation and had a large repertoire of stories. Throughout his entire life he was always heavily involved in many outside activities: a variety of sports (baseball, curling, golf, skating, tennis) many organizations associated with pharmacy (MPhA, Red River Drug Rangers of the NorthWest Travelers) music and singing; community work; church life; woodworking; gardening; travelling; and more lately genealogy. He spent many hours researching the family history - not only the Campbell - McIntyre - Savage side, but the York - Stevenson - Garnett side as well. He and Gerry travelled extensively in the United Kingdom in the quest for his heritage. He particularly enjoyed the McIntyre reunion hosted by Bob McIntyre of Carman this past summer at the family farm. Genealogy really brought Cam in to the clutches of technology as he mastered the intricacies of the computer to help keep all the genealogical information organized. Cams woodworking skills were put to the test with arrival of the first grandchild, Megan. Grandpa constructed a teak cradle for her use. In fact, all of his grandchildren and several grandnieces and nephews have made use of this very special cradle. He also enjoyed making wooden toys for his grandchildren as much as they enjoyed playing with them. He was predeceased by his parents, Alexander and Sarah Savage; brothers and sisters-in-law, Robert and Enid Rankin, Robert and Iris Smith, Harold and Violet Garnett, Angus and Dorothy Sutherland, Fred Menzies and Dulcie Harper. He is survived by his loving wife of 57 years Geraldine; children, Elizabeth (Ian) Shepherd of Vancouver, BC, J. Gordon (Cheryl) of Winnipeg, Catherine, and Barbara (Bob) Murray of Carman; grandchildren, Megan (Ben) Aprim, Kathleen, David and Gregory Shepherd, Jason and Neil Savage, Brennan, Graham and Allison Murray. Other surviving family are brothers, Doug (Elva) of Elm Creek and Ken (Frances) of Carman plus numerous nieces and nephews. Extended family members also include Gordon Reed of Burlington, ON and Jack (Gwen) Ohlsson of Gloucester, ON. We would like to thank Drs. E. Barnes, G. Clayden and F. Dreyer and the staff at the Carman Hospital for the kind and compassionate care Cam received during his short stay in hospital. Thank you also to the ICU staff at the Concordia Hospital in Winnipeg, especially Dr. Y. Ciric. Funeral service will be held on Thursday, January 9, 2003 at 11:00 a.m. at the Miami United Church with Allison Halstead and Rev. Harold Kenyon officiating. Flowers are gratefully declined. If desired, donations in Cams name may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, The Diabetes Society or to a charity of your choice. Interment will take place in Miami, MB. at later date. Doyles Funeral Chapel of Carman in care of arrangements.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jan 07, 2003

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