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ANDREW BISHOP (published on August 08, 2009)

ANDREW BISHOP Andrew Bishop passed away peacefully on July 29, 2009 at the Poseidon Care Centre. He is survived by his beloved wife Mabel of 67 years, six children, Brian (Pat), Carol (Bob), Sandy (Len), Lyle (April), Debbie (Paul), Kirby (Angie), 11 grandchildren, Dennis (Bill), Donna (Junel), David (Val), Shawn, Cindy (Anthony), Terryl (Dave), Amber, Carla (Arnold), Katherine (Josh), Preston (Nina), Brendan, 11 great-grandchildren, Robin (20), Kayla (17), Mathew (16), Jordyn (15), Kegan (12), Emily (10), McKenzie (7), Shane (7), Samantha (6), Colin (3), Aeriannah (1), sisters Margaret Koblun, Edith Jonson, Kathleen Weaver, Laura Monaghan (Bill), several nieces, great-nieces, nephews, great-nephews, and cousins. Andrew was predeceased by his parents, Abraham and Katherine Bishoff, and brothers Emmanuel and Gus. Andy was born on April 6, 1921 in Kendall, Saskatchewan. He grew up on the farm in Arborg, MB, joined the military to fight for his country during the Second World War where he served all six years in combat and came back as a decorated soldier. While on leave in England he met the love of his life Mabel (whom he met under an apple tree). Andy was never afraid of hard work whether it was raising six children or working for Winnipeg School Division #1 as a caretaker for 30 plus years. He was a fun loving father, grandfather, great-grandfather, friend and co-worker whom you could always have a good laugh with. Being a big kid himself, he kept busy with the joys of his life, his little snots (grandchildren and great-grandchildren) which they lovingly called Grandpa George , fishing, puttering around and travelling. Andy and Mabel spent many years camping with the kids and finally ending up at Hillside Beach Trailer Park Co-op where he was one of the original eight board members established in 1974. They spent many happy hours with family and friends; where he always joked about catching the big one . However, he did achieve Master Angler status while visiting family at Clear Lake where he did catch the big one and has never let anyone forget. Traveling was always a passion for Andy and Mabel Adventuring from England to Hawaii and most recently Palm Springs. The family would like to thank all the many wonderful caring staff at the Poseidon Care Centre. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Cancer Care Manitoba or the Heart and Stroke Foundation Weep not over this empty shell; it has lived its life quite well. The time has come for my spirit to go, residing in this body no more. Tears and gloom let there be none, my journey home has just begun. So friends and loved ones weep not for me, my soul has been set free. So rejoice with me one and all, for I go in answer to the Master's call.

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