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DR. KEITH N. ROUTLEY (published on January 07, 2009)



DR. KEITH N. ROUTLEY, D.D.S. 1923 - 2009 It is with great sadness that the family announces the passing of Dr. Keith Routley, on Sunday, January 4, 2009, after a lengthy and courageous battle with cancer. Dad was predeceased by his infant sister Teresa, in 1926; mother Mary Routley, in 1975; and brother-in-law Dr. Paul Smith, of Peterborough, Ontario, in 1968. Dad is survived by his loving and devoted wife Beverley; and six children; 11 grand- children; and three great-grandchildren; daughters, Pamela Routley (Mel Williams), Barbara Brako (Ryan), Marian Peters (Gord); and sons, Mark (Wilma Schroeder), Brent, and Paul (Elaine Colley). Grandchildren are Jennifer Peters, Tanis Guyot nee Brako (Reald), Lee Ann Peters (Bryson Game), Derik Brako, Mack Masson, and Jackson, Ashley, Tammy, Jamie, Rachel, and Alex Routley. Great-grandchildren are Braden, Ella, and our most recent, Avery Guyot. Also surviving is sister Iona Dyment, of Cincinnati, Ohio; sister-in-law Glenna Smith Cooke, of Mississauga; former daughter-in-law Tracy Routley and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Dad attended various parochial and public schools in Winnipeg and Dauphin and graduated from St. Paul’s High School in 1940. He attended two years of Pre-Med at the University of Manitoba till he served with distinction in the Royal Canadian Navy from 1942 to 1945 and where he crossed the Atlantic Ocean 17 times. In 1945 he started his first year in Dentistry at the University of Toronto where he met our mother, Beverley who was working at the University of Toronto – Faculty of Dentistry as a Registered Dental Nurse. In 1950, Dad and Mom married in February, Dad graduated in Dentistry in May and they both moved back (during the 1950 flood) to Winnipeg, where Dad practiced Dentistry for 38 years on Osborne St. Dad also had three satellite dental clinics in St. Pierre, Gimli and Polo Park. Over the years Dad was very active in the community and various Catholic churches. He ran as a candidate in both provincial and city elections, and served as Chairman on the Boards of Roslyn House, South Fort Rouge Business Association, Sisters of Service and Civic Charities Endorsement Committee of the City of Winnipeg. He is also Past President of the Serra Club and the Red River Exhibition (1969 to 1970), and also Past President of Leisurewood Park in Weslaco, Texas. Dad was also Past Grand Knight of Council 1107 Knights of Columbus Winnipeg and past Board Member of Misericordia Hospital Foundation. He also was a founding member and Director of the Brotherhood of Christian and Jews. Until recently he was a member of the Probus Club of Winnipeg. Dad was also the recipient of the following awards: Community Service Award from the City of Winnipeg in 1968; Random Act of Kindness Award in 1996; Celebrate Canada “People who make a Difference” in 1999; “Honor a Quien Honor Merece” from the Government in Nuevo Progreso, Tampico, Mexico in 1999. Dad loved all sports but especially baseball (Blue Jays), golfing, and curling. He managed and coached the Canadian General Electric Women’s Fastball Team who won the City Championships in 1975. And Dad also skipped two family curling teams that won a Boxing Day Bonspiel at the Winnipeg Winter Club in 1970 and 1980. Dad and Mom built a cottage at Clearwater Bay on Lake of the Woods in 1960 where we six children / spouses / grandchildren and many relatives and friends enjoyed over a span of 35 years. Dad was Chairman of the Rush Bay Road Board, founding member of the Zig Zag Yacht Club, Commodore of the Clearwater Bay Power Squadron and was a principle founder and first Fire Chief of the Clearwater Bay Fire Hall. After his retirement in 1987, Dad and Mom spent 15 winters in Weslaco, Texas where he founded Mabel’s Free Clinic with the assistance of Mabel Clare Proudley, situated in Nuevo Progresso, Mexico. This clinic has grown over the years and is presently a dental, medical and optical clinic serving thousands of poor in Mexico. Currently, his daughter Pamela, now retired and winters down in Weslaco, Texas is on Mabel’s Free Clinic Board of Directors and active with fundraising for the Clinic - keeping Dad’s legacy alive. Dad and Mom had 59 years together and travelled Europe, The Caribbean, Mexico, New Zealand, Australia, Fiji, Hawaii, Canada and the U.S. Continent. They were also season ticket holders of the Blue Bombers, Symphony, Ballet and MTC. We will truly miss Dad and are thankful for all the guidance, direction, sporting events, humour and compassion, as you can see even though Dad was very active in the community his whole life till August 2007, he always made time for the family. We remember skating at the River Heights Community Club, visiting the zoo, building us a large toboggan slide on Oxford St., driving us to school, car trips to the Rocky Mountains and Glacier National Park and in 1967 we all went to Expo in Montreal. We were lucky as children to spend our summers at Clearwater Bay where Dad and Mom introduced us to water skiing, glide sliding and many boat trips on Lake of the Woods. In the winter we would cross country ski and snowmobile at the lake and the family spent many hours at the Winnipeg Winter Club especially T.G.I.F. Nights. We are sincerely thankful and fortunate for all the “life experiences” Dad shared and did with us. We love you and will miss you. A celebration of Dad’s life will be held at St. Mary’s Cathedral, 353 St. Mary Avenue at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 10, 2009 with Rev. Fr. K. Barclay officiating. The family would like to sincerely thank Dr. Poon and Dr. Milner, for all their care and support. Special thanks to Michelle and Christina for all their help, and friendship. We also extend heartfelt gratitude to the staff at the Riverview Health Centre for all their support and care. In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made, in the memory of our Dad, to Mabel's Free Clinic , Lot 211 - 1501 S. Airport Dr., Weslaco, Texas, 78596. Expressions of sympathy can be made at: www.knyshfuneralchapel.com KNYSH FUNERAL CHAPEL Family Owned and Operated 1161C Fife St. 582-0973


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