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Victor Douglas Pople

January 1, 1928 ~ October 6, 2018 (age 90)


Vic Pople passed away peacefully with his family at his side at the Portage General Hospital on Saturday, October 6th, 2018.

Vic Pople born January 1st, 1928, to Ben and Zara  Pople at Cartwright, Manitoba, has always been a restless person which explains why he has been a jack of all trades.

His working career began at a young age.  He worked as a farm hand,; a bush camp wood cutter in Ontario; a sawmill worker in British Columbia; a telephone lineman in Manitoba; a seismograph operator in Alberta; a carpenter; a road construction worker; a lineman with Saskatchewan telephone; a miner at Calumet, Yukon; a bridge painter at Pelly and Carmacks, Yukon; an asbestos miner at Cassiar, B.C.; a placer miner at Kathleen Lake, Yukon; and finally, a commercial fisherman on Lake Manitoba and a scrap iron dealer.

In 1950, he met and married his soul mate.  They have three daughters and one son (all university graduates), six grandchildren and six great grandchildren. 

Vis was tenacious and stubborn.  Throughout his life, he had a number of health concerns including several bouts with cancer.  Each time, he would beat it and come back stronger.  Vic, with the help of Iona, raised over $200K over many years of fundraising for cancer care and research.  Vic worked especially hard for Central Plains Cancer Services whom he saw help out his community, especially others battling cancer.

Vic started writing when he was about eighty with letters to the editors of various newspapers.  Then he wrote about his memories of his early life.

Vic loved to visit, and in later years enjoyed he and Mom’s (Iona’s) daily trip to Walmart.  There he would catch up with old friends and made many new friends.  Vic always had a kind word to offer, or a kick in the pants if needed, always encouraging others to strive to achieve their goals.

Let to mourn his passing is his wife of 68 years, Iona, and his three daughters, Kathy Simpson, Sally (Lawrence) Nystrom, and Arlene (Ira) Noel and his one son Doug (Lori); six grandchildren Marla (Tyler) Smith, Scott (Elaine) Nystrom, Alexis (Clint) Switzer, Victor (Olivia) Simpson, Harvey (Amy) Noel, Leah Pople (Nate Oickle); great grandchildren Mia Whitford, Alexander Smith, Elliot Smith, Ryder Switzer, Chase Pople and Peighton Oickle, sister Hazel, many in-laws and nieces and nephews.

Predeceased by his parents, Ben and Zara (Du Bedat) Pople, his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Claude and Eva Drohan, his infant granddaughter, Angela Noel, his brothers John and David and his sisters Thelma, Dorothy, Rosemary, and Lil.

Thanks to the staff of the Portage General Hospital for their care, compassion, and empathy for our husband, dad, grandpa, great grandpa, and friend.  A big thank you to everyone who made time to drop by the hospital for a visit.  Each visit brightened his day and brought a smile to his face.

In keeping with Vic’s wishes, a family graveside service was held.

Donations may be made in Vic’s memory to Central Plains Cancer Services, 18 Saskatchewan Ave. E., Portage La Prairie, Mb., R1N 0K8,  or Sunset Palliative Care Inc., Box 92, Portage la Prairie, Mb.,R1N 3A7

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