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DOUGLAS LLOYD VANSTONE (published on May 23, 2009)

DOUGLAS LLOYD VANSTONE December 14, 1945 - May 12, 2009 After a short but courageous battle with cancer we regret to announce the peaceful passing of our husband, father and Papa, Douglas Lloyd Vanstone who passed away at Portage General Hospital with his loving family by his side. He was predeceased by his grandparents; Bert and Daisy Vanstone and Alton and Agnes Reichert, father and mother-in-law Hartley and Margaret Wilson. He is lovingly remembered by his wife Cathy, children, Darryl (Tracy) Vanstone, Hartley (Emily) Vanstone and six grandchildren: Austin, Abby, Reegan, Payton, Callie, and Adam all of Portage la Prairie. Parents, Ed and Lois Vanstone of Portage, siblings David (Eunice) Vanstone of Portage, Hazel (Abe) Dyck of Roseisle, and Ross Vanstone of Portage, sisters-in-law Colleen (Bill) Jury of Minnedosa, Christine (Harvey) Davidson of Portage, Cherry Ann (Doug) Chandler of Winnipeg and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. Doug was born December 14 at Portage General Hospital and grew up on the family dairy farm. He treasured his early school education at West Prospect School. After his years at Portage Collegiate Institute, he continued his education at Manitoba Institute of Technology (Red River Community College) as a journeyman carpenter. Doug's teenage and early adult years were filled with his love of hockey, motorcycling, snowmobiling, and flying his airplane. These treasured times with his friends created many memorable experiences and stories he loved to share. He was a Sunday school teacher at Portage Gospel Hall and president of the Portage Flying Club. He married his wife of 35 years, Cathy (Wilson) of Oakville on August 3, 1974. They lived with their two sons on their farm north of Portage la Prairie. He enjoyed encouraging and supporting his wife and sons' numerous activities such as: school sports, curling, baseball, and the Portage Fair board. Doug enjoyed participating in Portage Slow-Pitch league, Men's Night golf, and Portage Curling Club. Cherished family memories include: downhill ski trips with friends, camping, and Mustang road trips. A passion for Doug was NASCAR Motor Racing, including season tickets to the Texas Motor Speedway. Port Land Farms was operated from 1974 to 1996 with his brother Ross and since then, his sons have been farming with him. In 1999, Port Land Farms was awarded Portage and District Chamber of Commerce Farm Family of the Year. While he was very pleased that his sons are continuing the family farm, he was even more proud of their role of husbands and fathers. His own role as Papa to his six beloved grandchildren was his priority. He made a special effort to attend as many of his grandchildren's activities as he could. He also considered their pets; Oakley and Kona special members of the family. Doug was always willing to help people, whether it was encouraging youth in their activities or providing practical help. He was very generous with his time, advice, and acts of kindness. He will forever be remembered by all those who loved him. On Friday, May 15, 2009 friends joined the family for the interment at Evergreen Memorial Gardens. The pallbearers were Jay Barber, Ty Barber, Rob Gemmell, Ryan Hyde, Cam Scott and Scott Sissons. A service to celebrate Doug's life followed at Portage Alliance Church at 4:00 p.m. officiated by Pastor Ray Willms. Memories of Doug were shared by Jim Solomon. Bill Chiponski led in prayer. Shawna and Chad Neufeld provided musical accompaniment for the congregational hymns and special music. Bonnie and Wayne Sawatzky sang Angels Amongst Us and We Will Remember . The recessional music Go Rest High On The Mountain . Honourary Pallbearers were Arnold Blight, Dave Jefferies, Ted Moon, Jim Moorhouse, Ken Moran, Keith Rempel, Grant Sissons and Morley Voss. Family and friends shared in a reception following the service served by Portage Alliance Church. To recognize and honour Doug's commitment to providing a legacy for all children and grandchildren in our community, the family respectfully requests that donations in lieu of flowers be made to the PCU Recreation Centre Complex, care of City of Portage la Prairie, 97 Saskatchewan Ave. E., Portage la Prairie, MB R1N 0L8. A tree will be planted in memory and cared for by McKenzies Portage Funeral Chapel. 857-4021

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