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NOEL DAVID BARCLAY LATER (published on February 14, 2009)



NOEL DAVID BARCLAY LATER 1931 - 2009 On Tuesday, February 10, 2009 at his residence in LaRiviere, MB, Noel Later, aged 77 years went to his eternal rest. He leaves to mourn his passing his wife, Julie (nee DeTimmerman) of LaRiviere and daughter, Bernice (Nate) as well as Cindy (Ken), Lisa (Rod), Ray (Susan) and their families. He also leaves his brother, Tommy Marshall and Aunt Irene Henderson. Born August 17, 1931 to Dave and Ethel Later, he spent his childhood in LaRiviere, growing up in the Barclay House with his parents and his beloved Aunt Bernie. At six years old he competed in his first ski race. He was inducted into the Manitoba Ski Hall of Fame in 2001. He competed in downhill, slalom, cross country, and ski jumping, and won many National medals. His expertise was then shared with up and coming athletes culminating in him becoming the National Jumping and Slalom Coach at the Canada Winter Games in 1967. He also was a professional hockey player who played in Scotland and once trained with Gordie Howe. During the summer, he was a baseball back catcher who at one time roomed with Billy Martin. Noel's other interests included flying, receiving his Private Pilot Certificate in 1972. His love for golf lent him to create the beautiful and challenging golf course adjacent to his ski resort. He was a proficient pianist with a perfect ear who enjoyed live music, and provided a venue for many young musicians to showcase their craft at his resort. At the age of 23, with $13 in his pocket, Noel purchased LaRiviere Ski hill, creating Holiday Mountain Ski Resort in 1959. Under his guidance the ski area blossomed, and continues to provide children the opportunity to experience his passion for sport. He is recognized across Canada for the accredited School Program that he perfected. Noel was the first to introduce snowmaking to Canada, and in the 60's he traveled throughout the U.S., designing Snowmaking systems for other Resorts. The knowledge he gained in his travels helped him to create the legacy that is Holiday Mountain. He was given the Corporate Citizenship Award from the Manitoba High Schools Athletic Association in 1989 for his dedication in promoting sports to Manitoba's Youth. He was recognized as Manitoba's Entrepreneur of the Year in 1992. Not only was he considered the father of skiing in Manitoba, he served as a Director for over 20 years with the Canada West Ski Area Association representing the interests of all small ski areas. The Ski Business was the second great love of his life. His wife, Julie was the first. While mentoring so many young people throughout the years he embarked on a new journey at the age of 48 when he became a first time father to his treasured daughter, Bernice who continues his legacy at Holiday Mountain. Cremation has taken place. A celebration of Noel's life will be held at the Day Lodge of Holiday Mountain Resort in LaRiviere, MB, on Monday, February 16, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. A private ash interment will take place at the LaRiviere Valley Memorial Gardens Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests a donation to the Manitou Ambulance Service for their heroic efforts (make cheques out to RHA Central) care of Pembina Manitou Health Center, Box 129, Manitou, MB, R0G 1G0. Wiebe Funeral Chapel, Morden In care of arrangements, 822-4755 www.wiebefuneralhomes.com


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