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RICHARD MCINTOSH (published on September 20, 2008)



RICHARD MCINTOSH January 4, 1909 - September 15, 2008 Richard passed away in his one-hundredth year, just three and a half months after losing Elsie, his dear wife of 62 years. He is survived by his three children, Gordon McIntosh, Ina Abra (Bob), and Gail Rogers (Ben); grandchildren Kristine d'Esterhazy (Ed) in Florida, Gregory Abra, Benjamin and Winston Rogers; great-grandchildren Gabriel, Alison and Timothy d'Esterhazy; and niece Pat Moore (Wayne). Richard was born in Bervie, Scotland, the only son of Richard and Williamina McIntosh and brother of younger sister Ina. In March of 1912 his family emigrated to Canada, spending two weeks on the Hesapatina and landing at Halifax. After some time spent working on farms in rural Manitoba, the family settled on Sherburn St. in Winnipeg. As a young man, Dad took up motorcycle riding and target shooting, and won numerous medals at Canadian Small Bore Association competitions, including the Governor General's Medal in 1947. He went to work at Westeel Company Ltd. In 1928, and became an expert in sheet metal work. During the Second World he served with the Royal Canadian Air Force in Edmonton, training workers on sheet metal techniques for warplane repair and reconstruction. Mom and Dad were married after the war, on July 13, 1946, and moved into their house on McNaughton Ave. in 1948, where they spent the next 56 years. Dad retired in 1974 after 46 years of service at Westeel. They were both longtime members of Churchill Park United Church. Dad excelled at working with his hands, and designed and constructed such things as a portable, folding wooden table and a sheet metal cartop carrier for summer camping trips, a hand-built varmint rifle, and two plywood boats that we used for many years at the lake. As we established our own homes, he was always happy to help with building and repair projects and became our little elf by often completing things in our absence! He used his shooting skills to hunt deer and game birds well into his 90s, and was known for riding his 10-speed bicycle around the neighbourhood until he fell and broke his hip at age 95, while doing his daily morning exercises. The family has many happy memories of summers spent at the cottage that Dad and Grandad built on Dorothy Lake, of morning porridge during summer visits, homemade soup at special Wednesday lunches, all his Christmas junk food, and his cakes and bran muffins at tea times with Mom and Dad. You never asked for favours, Yet you did them every day. You never asked for help, And yet you gave so much away. You never asked for gratitude, And yet our whole life through, We'll always be so grateful, Just to have had your love and you. We extend sincere thanks to the West Park Manor staff for their compassionate support and care of Dad over the past two years, and to Beryl James for her special attention to both Mom and Dad. A private family service will be held. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to a charity of your choice. CHAPEL LAWN 885-9715


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