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ALFRED JAMES WILLIAM WRIGHT (published on September 20, 2008)

ALFRED JAMES WILLIAM WRIGHT Alfred James William Wright, age of 94 years, passed away peacefully at Lions Prairie Manor, Portage La Prairie on September 3, 2008. He will be sadly missed by daughters Muriel (Rick Pacey) of Vancouver and Rilda (Steve Beilgard) of Gillette, Wyoming and their families, five grandchildren and nine great- grandchildren, one sister Phyllis Lee (Cliff) of Treherne, and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife Trevona (Twiss) Knowles in May 2007, his parents Tom and Nellie Wright of Treherne, three brothers Joey (age 2, 1917), Leslie 1944 in a farm tractor accident, and Stanley 1992 and sister in-law Lois Wright 1994 of Colorado Springs, US. Alf was born the first son of Tom and Nellie Wright on June 13, 1914 in the Boyne Creek District near Treherne, Manitoba and attended school at Boyne Creek District School. Upon completing elementary school he helped on the farm until he joined the Army in 1940. He joined the Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders in early 1940, was shipped overseas in 1941 and stationed in London, England. He was wounded in the Battle of Dieppe and spent almost a year in hospital in England. In June 1944, he married Nora Power of Ireland and sent his bride home to Canada to live with his parents. In April 1945 their daughter Muriel was born and Rilda arrived in 1951. This completed their family, and in 1967 they were divorced. In 1973 he married Trevona (Twiss) Knowles of Winnipeg. Upon arriving home from overseas, he learned Cabinet Making and for over 25 years worked for Display Fixtures in Winnipeg, building and installing cupboards all over Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Northern Ontario. Alf was a member of the Masonic Lodge and the Royal Canadian Legion for many years in St. James, Winnipeg. He was a proud grandfather and nothing pleased him more than a visit or a phone call, or to go and visit them. They were all far away but until his health failed they went to visit often. Alf had a keen sense of humor and loved to tease, be it a sister, niece, nephew or nurse. For the past six years he has been a resident of Lion's Prairie Manor in Portage La Prairie, where he was always content and happy. We express our deepest appreciation and thanks to the staff for their care; we know he loved you all. Cremation has taken place and funeral service was held in the Chapel of the Omega Funeral Home, Portage La Prairie on September 13, 2008 with the Reverend Marg Scott officiating. Eulogy was given by Phyllis Lee and a poem The Dash' and words of remembrance were given by Steve and Rilda Beilgard. Soloist Coralie Arundell sang One Day at a Time and Just a Closer Walk with Audrey MacFarlane presiding at the piano. The congregational hymn was In the Garden . Representatives from the Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders and the Portage Canadian Legion were in attendance. Piper David Kyle played Amazing Grace . The urn bearer was Steve Beilgard. The Burial followed in Boyne Creek Cemetery in the family plot. If friends so desire memorial donations may be made to the Park Side Ward, Lions Prairie, Manor Foundation Inc. 24-9th St. SE Portage la Prairie, Manitoba R1N 3Y4. A tribute DVD in memory of Alf will be produced by the Omega Funeral Home, condolences may be sent to the family c/o Omega Funeral Home, 83 Royal Road South, Portage la Prairie, Manitoba, R1N 1T8 or friends may leave a message of sympathy on our web site Dedicated to those we serve .

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