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JEROME JULIAN MALBRANCK (published on October 24, 2008)

JEROME JULIAN MALBRANCK It is with great sadness that we announce the unexpected passing of Jerome Malbranck, at the Seven Oaks Hospital on Monday, October 20, 2008. Jerome was born on October 6, 1944, in Winnipeg. He grew up in St. Vital and attended Windsor School and Glenlawn Collegiate. Jerome began doing errands and odd jobs after school for his uncle at Al’s Jewellers at the age of fifteen and started on what became his life-long career in the jewellery business. After high school he went on to take courses in gemology and watch making, became a certified diamond appraiser and held title as President of the Canadian Jewellers Association. Jerome acquired many regular customers over the years, and out of that many fond and profound friendships. His affiliation with various organizations spoke of a man who was highly regarded in his community for his generosity and support. The Knight’s of Columbus, Folklorama, The Belgian Club and Ducks Unlimited were but a few. He was also very committed to the Seven Oaks, St. Boniface, Misericordia and Grace Hospitals. Jerome had many interests and hobbies in his life. He found great enjoyment in nature and the outdoors (thus his secret longing to be a forest ranger) and loved to fish, garden and go for walks. In more recent years, he spent afternoons weekly along the Forks walkways, often with his grandson Spencer. Jerome was a wonderful painter and produced many oil and folk art paintings. He enjoyed taking his grandchildren to baseball games and spoiling them with treats and souvenirs. Above all, we want Jerome to be remembered for the unconditional and devoted love he gave his children, grandchildren, family and Church. His sudden and early passing has left an incredible void in the lives of his family, friends and co-workers. He was a remarkable man and will be greatly missed by many. Jerome was predeceased by his father George; his very dear uncle and mentor Al Malbrank and very close friend Pierre Daoust. He is survived by his mother Mary; brother George (Barb); sister Barb (Norm); his children: Debbie (Reg), Diana (Rick), Darren (Krista) and their mother Eunice; Kaley and her mother Vernelle (David). He is also survived by three grandchildren: Jenna, Shannon and Spencer and numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. He leaves behind a very special friend Hedy, as well as Joe Vivone and Bill Hrabi who were like brothers to him. The family would like to thank the emergency staff for the care given and Dr. Terry Babick as both friend and doctor to Jerome over the years. As per Jerome’s wishes, a private family service is being held. Flowers are gratefully declined. If one wishes, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba, 6 Donald Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3L 0K6 or a charity of your choice. The Coutu family in care of the arrangements. E.J. COUTU & CO. FUNERAL DIRECTORS 680 Archibald St. 253-5086

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