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DR. JOHN LEROY AGAR (published on July 04, 2009)

DR. JOHN LEROY AGAR, D.V.M.; M.V.Sc. January 7, 1929 - June 28, 2009 John was a small town boy his whole life. Many of the talents he acquired were nurtured in the town of Acton, Ontario where he grew up. John played trumpet in the Acton Legion Band that performed across southern Ontario and won prizes at the Toronto Exhibition. This talent helped finance his university education. Honing his skills on the trumpet remained a life long passion. Summers spent helping with the harvest on his Uncle's farm at Kleinberg, Ontario fostered an interest in agriculture and lead John to pursue a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine at the University of Guelph. On completion of his veterinary degree in 1954, John headed west to work in Alberta. There he discovered the joys of trout fishing and caught the flying bug . He took flying lessons and eventually joined the R.C.A.F. As a flight lieutenant in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, he served as a flight instructor and saw the world with Transport Command (Trenton). On September 5, 1958, he married Helen Dolmage and they raised four great children. Working as a veterinarian, John and his family lived in various locations including Mitchell, Ontario, Guelph, Ontario, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and Abbotsford, British Columbia. Winnipeg, Manitoba, however, became home. John was a life long learner applying his boundless enthusiasm to a wide array of interests including: golf, fishing, hunting, camping, amateur radio, guitar, aircraft restoration, flying fixed wing aircraft and gliders, winemaking, Italian cooking and Linux software programming. John is lovingly remembered by his family: wife, Helen, of Winnipeg, Victoria and Bob of High River, Alberta, Cathy, Rod and Bonnie and Cheryl and Michael of Winnipeg. John's ten grandchildren are Nicolas and Bentley Hunsberger, Mitchell, Samantha and Tanner Agar, Thomas and Emma Dunlop and Breeze, Autumn and Indi Agar. After a long and courageous struggle with pulmonary disease, John has moved on to greener pastures . Thanks to the staff on 5B and the Emergency department at St. Boniface Hospital. They are kind and thoughtful people who treated John with great respect. John loved his dogs and we know he would appreciate a donation in his memory to your local Humane Society. A Celebration of John's life will be held at Churchill Park United Church, 525 Beresford Avenue, Friday, July 10, 2009. Service starting at 12:30 p.m. Luncheon to follow at 1:30 p.m.

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