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JAMES ALBERT (BERT) MCDOLE (published on January 10, 2009)

JAMES ALBERT (BERT) MCDOLE Formerly of Elgin, MB. Passed away peacefully with family at his side on January 6, 2009 at Sunnyside Manor Personal Care Home in Birtle, MB. He was in his 95th year. Dad was predeceased by his loving wife, Dorothy (MacGillivray); his parents James and Mary (Kelly); sisters Muriel, Katherine and Marguerite. He will be missed and lovingly remembered by his children, Jim, Janie (Tom) and Carla (Rick); grandchildren Chris, Jodie (Jon); Kara (Mike); Jill and Tim and his great-grandchildren (who affectionately called him Big Papa ), Holden, Reece, Trey, Emerson, Griffin and Claire, sister-in law, Mae MacGillivray, nephew Bill and nieces Lynn and Carla. Dad was born at the family home in Winnipeg, MB on August 16, 1914, the youngest of five. In 1918 the family moved to Elgin. He took all his schooling in Elgin, was active in the Anglican Young Peoples and enjoyed playing hockey. In 1934 dad began working with his father in the lumber and coal business and James McDole Son was formed. They took on the Imperial Oil Agency in 1923. Upon his father's death in 1957 the business became known as McDole Lumber and Fuel with fertilizer being added in 1967. Dad retired from the business in 1980. The family also owned the Elgin Hall from 1930-1949, where all the local concerts, plays, movies, dances and meetings were held. Dad was always active in the community. He served as Minister and People's warden at St. John's Anglican Church for many years; Past Master of the Elgin Masonic Lodge; Secretary-Treasurer of the Elgin Consolidated School; secretary and co-chair of the Elgin-Souris- Hartney Field Days when hosted by Elgin. Dad also enjoyed curling and was a past president of the curling club and spent many years as drawmaster for the Men's Bonspiel. Following the death of his wife, Dorothy, in 1989, Dad moved to Brandon. He maintained an active lifestyle, attending his grandchildren's many activities, golfing, and attending Wheat Kings games. Family was very important to Dad and he enjoyed the many gatherings to celebrate special occasions. As his mobility started to decline he made the decision to go into Personal Care and settled into Sunnyside Manor at Birtle in 2007; having Carla and Rick close by. The family want to thank all the staff at the Birtle Hospital and Sunnyside Manor for the wonderful care they provided to him. A private family graveside service will be held at the Elgin Cemetery, Elgin, MB, at a later date. If friends so desire, donations in memory of Bert may be made to the Elgin Community Fund, in care of Brandon Area Community Foundation, Box 22096 Brandon, MB R7A 6Y9. Kowalchuk's Funeral Home, Souris MB in care of arrangements.

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