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Date of Passing: Nov 20, 2003

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STANLEY WILLIAM GEDDES 1925 - 2003 Stan left us peace-fully on Thursday, November 20, 2003 at the Tiger Hills Health Centre, Treherne, MB at the age of 78 years. Stan is survived by his wife of 58 years Dagny; children, Mervin, Bryan, Jerry, Robert, Donna, David; 12 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; a sister Audrey Hobman; and a brother Ernie. He was predeceased by his mother Sadie in 1975, brother Orville (Bud) in 1981, brother Keith in 1984 and father James in 1988. Stan W. Geddes was born on the family farm in the R.M. of Louise in the Crystal City area of Manitoba. At the age of three, together with his parents and baby brother Keith, they took up residence in the Somme District of Saskatchewan where his parents took up farming. Stan attended Souchez School and received his high school education by correspondence. When he was 18 years of age he joined the Royal Canadian Air Force and graduated as a Bomber Navigator receiving his wings at Portage la Prairie, MB. While stationed in Regina he met and married Dagny Bredahl of Shaunavon, SK. Upon discharge from the forces, he and his wife moved to Somme, SK where they purchased a farm and three boys were born. Stan also owned and operated a saw mill and spent the winter months in the logging industry. In 1955 he ventured North to Lynn Lake, MB where he was employed as a Hoistman with Sherritt Gordon Mines. His wife and three sons joined him in Lynn Lake a year later and it was in Lynn Lake where two more sons and a daughter were born. Stan was a very active individual in the 43 years he spent in Lynn Lake. He was an entrepreneur in every sense of the word, owning an insurance business, motel, travel agency, and many other businesses. Stan was a pioneer of the fishing lodge industry, building and operating Wolverine Lodge North of Lynn Lake and Obre Lake Lodge in the Northwest Territories. Even though Stan owned and operated numerous businesses he loved farming and he stayed an active farmer until the time of his passing. He was an active member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Chamber of Commerce, Lions Club, Shriners, and the Masonic Order. He also served on the town council for a number of years and two terms as Mayor of Lynn Lake, MB. Stan and his wife left Lynn Lake in 1998 and took up residence in Treherne, MB. The family extends their gratitude to the entire staff at the Tiger Hills Health Centre in Treherne, MB where he received excellent care. Funeral service will be conducted on Wednesday, November 26, at Central Hall near the family farm in Saskatchewan. As expressions of sympathy, if friends so wish, donations may be made in Stans memory to the Canadian Cancer Society, Manitoba Division, 193 Sherbrook St. Winnipeg, MB R3C 2B7. Online condolences may be made at T.J. Burnett Budz Funeral Service of Holland, MB, in care of arrangements, 526-2380, 1-866-526-2606.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Nov 22, 2003

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