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CLIFFORD ELLIS LINDSTROM (published on February 28, 2009)

CLIFFORD ELLIS LINDSTROM February 21, 1944 - February 24, 2009 It is with great sorrow we announce the passing of our husband, father and afi after a courageous battle with cancer at the Gimli Community Health Center with his family by his side. He will be sadly missed by his loving wife, Vilborg; daughters, Caroline of Arborg and Wanda of Winnipeg; son Terrance (Noella) of Riverton; his grandchildren, Terra, Amanda, Tiffany and Travis and three great-grandchildren. Also sadly missed by his sister Valerie (Alvin) King; niece Amy (Glenn) and their son Braeden and niece Samantha; sister-in-law Violet Olson of Arborg and his Prince Rupert; nieces, Debby (Willie) and their children, Chris and Kim and Lori (Wayne) and their children, Jessica and Leanne. He was predeceased by his mother, Violet Sigurdson and step-father Franklin Sigurdson. Cliff was raised in the Chatfield/Inwood area with special cousins, Irene, Helen, Irvin, Ken and Keith. This was a very musically gifted family and Cliff learned by ear to play the accordion, banjo, guitar and to sing. Anyone knowing him has heard of the Mule Skinner Blues. Part of Cliff's formative years were spent in Winnipeg, then moved to Riverton, where he worked for Sigfusson's hauling freight. This he wrote a song about. He also worked on heavy equipment on the Red River Floodway, at Odie River, building a ferry and another song was written about these adventures and sung at many events. He played in various bands in Winnipeg, his own and others and was a very special entertainer. In Riverton, he was in a band called, The Fine Country Folk and they had a studio where they recorded many a fine tune, and had a bus to travel to many events and locations. He also worked for Buchko Ent. hauling concrete, was a school bus driver, and was a licensed oil furnace repair man. If it was broken - you bet he could fix it! He was also very educated in electrical and automotive repair and well read in medical and biblical. If something stumped him, he would read until he found the right answer. Cliff had a very caring spot in his heart for his wife and family, always helping to solve a problem or just a good long talk. This last year he spent time with Valerie while going for Chemo and radiation treatments. He also had just started to enjoy our new home in Riverton after selling the farm (Kelduland). He will be so sadly missed by his wife and family and all who knew him. Love You More In keeping with his wishes, cremation has taken place and there will be no formal service. Gilbart Funeral Home in care of arrangements.

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