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NAPOLEON JOSEPH GERMAIN (published on August 08, 2009)



NAPOLEON JOSEPH GERMAIN April 5, 1917 - July 30, 2009 With deepest sorrow our family announces the peaceful passing of our beloved father and grandfather, Nap at the age of 92. Nap, an astute, generous and loving father/grandfather leaves many to cherish his memory and to mourn his loss: his daughter, Florence Sliney (Ray); his daughter-in-law, Glenna Germain (Doug, deceased); his grandchildren, Sean Christopher and Sarah Meghan Germain; and members of an extended family too numerous to name. Nap profoundly grieved the loss of those who predeceased him: his wife Stella, in 1996; his son Douglas in 2002; as well as all of his own siblings. Born and raised in Winnipeg, Nap relocated only briefly in order to defend Canada while serving in the Canadian Air Force during the Second World War. Once again a civilian, he worked diligently as a Claims Agent for the Canadian National Railway until his retirement 30 years ago. Throughout his adult life he served first as a member of the Masons and then later as a member of Shriners; notably as a bagpiper in the Shrine's Pipe and Drum Corps. With Stella, his children and later his grandchildren, Nap especially sought out and enjoyed family time at home or at the cottage. To know Nap was to appreciate his skills, talents and passions: carpentry, woodworking, leather craft, crafting, renovating, building, creating, and a zest for living; all of which he readily donated, shared or taught. However, his greatest passion and joy arose from his beloved role as Gramps . The family expresses genuine appreciation and extends heartfelt thanks for the most sensitive, personal and professional loving support extended (over the last 19 months but especially over the last two more difficult months) by the all the staff caring for Nap at Deer Lodge Centre: Dr. Rifkin; Speech therapist, Jamie; Tower 7 staff (especially but not only, Andrea and Dawn); and 3 East staff (especially but not only Chris, Tannis, Beata, and Elizabeth). Nap confirmed several times over that he felt respected, comforted and well cared for as he journeyed through his crisis, his fear, his hope, his fight, his decisions, his acceptance of an inevitable outcome and his peaceful passing. Acknowledgement of and appreciation for thoughtful care is extended to the Bayshore Home Health administrative team (especially Wendy and Elaine) and companions (Val, Rita and Bev) for providing continuity through compatible, attuned and focused daily companionship. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Nap's name to the Recreational Service of Deer Lodge Centre, 2109 Portage Ave., Winnipeg, MB R3J 0L3 As per his request, Nap has been cremated. A memorial service celebrating Nap's life with the Reverend S.C. Sharman officiating will be held at 11:00 am, on Friday, August 21, 2009 at St. Andrews on The Red, St. Andrews Road and River Road, St. Andrews, MB. Interment and time for fellowship will follow immediately on site. THE WORLD OF ETERNAL LIGHT We travel the River of Life, day by day, And its turns can bring many changes our way. But what might appear as the final bend is just the beginning instead of the end. For beyond it, there lies still another land Where your loved one, directed by God's own hand, Lives on, although physically out of sight, At peace in a world of eternal light. (Unknown) NEIL BARDAL INC. 204-949-2200 nbardal.mb.ca


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