Lover of music, particularly anything that included a fiddle, dancing with the ladies, a fine glass of scotch with a great cigar, playing crib, solving the daily crossword, cheering on our Manitoba curlers and our Toronto Blue Jays, and all things farming, cars and sales. Passionate story teller with a great sense of humour, easy going nature with a love of laughter. Forever known to many family and old friends as Dubie thanks to a mispronunciation of Hughie by one of his beloved sisters.
Most important to us as his children was his undoubted love, his unwavering encouragement and willingness to let us live our lives without judgement. As a friend to many he was always willing to lend an ear, or a hand even when he himself could have used a hand,
Our Dad died very close to where he started his life on a farm nearby that he never stopped remembering with much fondness. He grew up there along with his three brothers and two sisters. Early in his life he experienced loss with the death of his brother Lloyd and later his dad. He always remembered and spoke of both with much sadness.
Dad spent many years travelling across the Prairies and in some case the country in numerous different sales roles. He could have made a You Tube video of many sales best practices that would have been useful today in building resilience.
Dad had a lifelong love affair with food. He loved all things sweet with a particular fondness for butter tarts, peanut butter and cookies. However he wasn’t discerning donuts, wagon wheels and pie would do too!
He had a very long life, and at his 90th birthday party last year he joked that he was almost the longest living member of his family. Dad is predeceased by many important people in his life including all of his siblings, his grandson Laurie, his son-in-law Tom, our Mother Bettie, many of his very dear old friends, and most of his lady friends. He is survived by children Roxanne (Brian), Craig and Sandy along with many nieces and nephews.
A couple of weeks ago he shared with Roxanne that he had heard from someone at the farm and they were calling him home, they had a place for him. Dad, we hope you have found your place and are resting there in peace with all of those who went before you. You are always in our hearts.
Thanks to the staff at both Lion’s Prairie Manor and Portage Hospital for their care. Donations in Dad’s memory to either are appreciated.
Portage & District Hospital Foundtion
524 Fifth Street S. E., Portage la Prairie, MB R1N 3Ab
Lion's Prairie Manor Foundation
24 Ninth Street S. E., Portage la Prairie, MB. MB R1N 3V4