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MONTAGUE (MONTY) LITTLE

Born: Jun 22, 1895

Date of Passing: Jun 01, 2004

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MONTAGUE (MONTY) LITTLE Monty died peacefully at Oakview Place Extendicare, on Monday, June 1, 2004 at the age of 108. Dad was born on June 22, 1895 in Kingstown County Dublin, (Dun Laoghire), Ireland. He immigrated to Canada along with his parents, two sisters and four brothers in 1912 settling in Dauphin, MB. Dad was employed by Western Grocers for 30 years and was with the original wholesale grocers Cameron-Heap in Dauphin, for the period of 1916 to 1929. He was hired as a packer with Western Grocers, on September 1, 1929. In November 1944 he moved to the position of Receiver and then to a Country Shipper in August 1947. He was promoted to Warehouse Supervisor in August 1950. He retired from Western Grocers on December 29, 1960 after 44 years, 11 months in the grocery business. He retired to Vancouver with his wife Jean (Thomas) where they enjoyed many happy years. Dad and Mom moved to Winnipeg in 1993, due to Moms poor health, and lived at the Courts of St. James for six years before taking up residence at Oakview Place, in 1999. Dad enjoyed a full life maintaining good health up until the end of April of this year. He will be missed by many friends who he enjoyed having lunch with each day at Oakview or having a coffee with at Tim Hortons. Many articles have been written about him over the years. When he was 104 he attended the U.S. Cuban Pan Am baseball game with his son-in-law and grandson. His 106th was spent at the classrooms of two of his great-grandchildren, at Dieppe School, sharing with the children his experiences of when he was growing up and what it was like in "the good old days". His 108th was attended by The Honourable Peter Liba and his wife Shirley, making this occasion a very special day. He was an avid fan of Tiger Woods and never missed watching the games that he was participating in. He enjoyed reading, doing jigsaw puzzles, gardening and watching sports for many years. Dad was able to attend St. Chads church most Sunday mornings, where he so enjoyed the choir, and the music and singing of the ensemble. Dad was predeceased by his dearly loved wife Jean of 67 years, on May 21, 2003 and his granddaughter Michele Patricia Fisher, November 5, 1996. He is survived by his daughters, Eileen (Douglas) Britton, of Winnipeg and Katherine (Clay) Winslow, of Regina; six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Flowers are gratefully declined. Donations may be made to a charity of your choice. On behalf of the family we wish to thank all the staff at Oakview Place for their kindness and care of Dad for the past five years, particularly everyone on One East, thank you all for your support and compassion. Dad was just three weeks short of celebrating his 109th birthday on the 22nd of June. A celebration of his life will be held on Monday, June 21, at 1:00 p.m. at Neil Bardal, 984 Portage Ave. (Aubrey Street entrance). NEIL BARDAL INC 949-2200

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jun 05, 2004

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