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BERNARD (BEN) GIROUX (published on April 16, 2006)



BERNARD (BEN) GIROUX On Thursday, April 13, 2006, at Concordia Hospital, Ben left his pain behind and went to his eternal peace. He was predeceased by his two brothers, Julien and Lambert; and his sister Esma. Ben will be lovingly remembered and greatly missed by his wife of 45 years, Julia. His memory will also be cherished by his nieces, Joyce (John), Carolyn (Malcolm), Evelyn (Morris), Diana; and by his nephew Gilbert (Bertha) as well as by his great-nieces and great-nephews. Ben will also be missed by many friends and by Julia's family. Ben was born to Bernard and Elizabeth (nee Miron) Giroux in Ste. Rose du Lac, MB on July 2, 1917. He spent his youth on the farm in Valpoy, MB where, as a bright young man, he figured out how to provide wind mill electrical power to his family's house. Ben served as a Corporal with the Canadian Armed Forces during the Second World War. After his discharge he worked in Northern Gold and Nickel Mines in such areas as Sherridon and Kississing before moving to Winnipeg where he was employed for many years as a mechanic at several garages and at Prairie Auto Carrier. While working at Prairie Auto Carrier, Ben invented a device which made it possible for one person to unload cars coming in by rail. For many years Ben and Julia welcomed young people who rented rooms in their large house. Friendships developed which continued even after their move away from Young Street and gave them decades of enjoyment and much support at difficult times. Many thanks go out to that Young Street group and to other good friends and current neighbours, especially Elma and Martin Friesen. A graveside service will be held on Wednesday, April 19 at 3:30 p.m. at Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens with a reception to follow in the Chapel Lawn Reception Centre, 4000 Portage Ave. CHAPEL LAWN FUNERAL HOME AND RECEPTION CENTRE 885-9715


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