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JOHN LESLIE RANKIN (published on September 26, 2009)

JOHN LESLIE RANKIN January 17, 1914 September 22, 2009 John Rankin passed away peacefully on September 22 in Hamiota Hospital with family by his side. Gertrude (Tremaine), his loving partner and wife of 63 years, passed away in 2006. His sisters, Mabel, Esther, Jean and Phyllis also predeceased him. John will be lovingly remembered by his daughter Linda Terra (Romano); son Les (Diane); grandchildren, Roger Terra (Kathleen) and Danilo Terra (Renata) and great-grandchildren Clara, Melissa, and Alena. Dad was born and raised at Oakner and returned to the family farm after receiving his Diploma in Agriculture from the University of Manitoba in 1940. Purebred Shorthorns soon became an important part of Cherryridge Farm. A true conservationist and steward of the land, his goal was to improve and never to deplete what he touched. This passion he carried from farming into all parts of his life. His involvement in and contributions to his extended community included service to 4-H, Oakner United Church, the public school system at local, division and provincial levels, as well as service on a number of hospital and health related boards both locally and provincially. He was a councillor in the R.M. of Hamiota and later Mayor of Hamiota, following his retirement. Being named as an Officer of the Buffalo Hunt as one who has made a distinctive contribution to the life of Manitoba was an honour he treasured. His commitment also included active participation in a wide variety of groups and organizations involving seniors' housing, health and rights. He served a term as President of the Manitoba Society of Seniors. John was a true believer in the power of community and took considerable joy in witnessing the successes and accomplishments of various individuals, businesses and organizations, particularly in the Hamiota and Oakner Districts. John was a member of the Masonic Order for almost sixty years, bringing him numerous friends and acquaintances and tremendous fulfillment. As a Mason he served as both Grand Master and Grand Secretary for Manitoba. Dad shared with Mom a love and appreciation of their family, both immediate and extended. Grandchildren and great-grandchildren in recent years were to them both a constant source of pride and affection. A memorial service will be held at the Hamiota United Church on Saturday, October 3, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. Flowers are gratefully declined, but contributions in lieu of flowers may be made to Hamiota District Health Centre, Hamiota, MB, ROM OTO or to a charity of your choice.

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