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MAITLAND R. SILVESTER (published on October 24, 2009)



MAITLAND R. SILVESTER November 12, 1919 - October 18, 2009 It is with great sadness that the family announces the passing of Mait Silvester at the age of 89 years on October 18, 2009. Mait will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 62 years, Neta; his daughter Deanna (Colin); his son David (Ely); his grandchildren and great-grandchildren (in British Columbia and in England) as well as numerous relatives, close friends and neighbours on Renfrew Street. Mait was predeceased by his daughter Linda and his brothers, John and Sid. Mait was raised on a farm in the Eastern Townships of Quebec where he developed a great love for the land. He was proud to have served six years overseas in the Second World War as a Sergeant Major with the 73rd Magog Field Battery. This laid the foundation for a strong anti-war sentiment in his later years. Mait, along with his wife Neta, was very much a proud Canadian, maintaining a strong interest in Canadian politics. Mait had a long career, over 30 years, as an administrator with the Manitoba Health Services Commission in Winnipeg and made many lifelong friendships there, most especially with his poker group that met regularly for many years. At mid-life, while still working full-time, Mait returned to university and was proud to have completed a four year certificate program in Public Administration at the University of Manitoba. Close to retirement, Mait and Neta joined the Reh-fit Centre where for many years he was a member of one of their running teams. Mait also was active in Toastmasters and served in a number of leadership positions with that organization, as well as teaching public speaking at Stony Mountain Penitentiary. In his later life, Mait enjoyed yearly vacations with Neta in Hawaii and became more active in building and painting projects with his good friends Larry and Gordon. Cremation has already taken place and a private family remembrance will follow. We would like to thank the staff at Veterans Affairs Canada and MB, Home Care Program for their wonderful support and a special thank you to the staff at Tuxedo Villa where Mait was lovingly cared for in the final months of his life.


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