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NORBERT LOUIS CARNEY (published on December 18, 2009)



NORBERT LOUIS CARNEY June 8, 1912 - December 14, 2009 It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather Norbert Louis Carney on December 14, 2009 at the Trilake Health Centre, Killarney at the age of 97. Left to cherish his memory after 72 years of marriage is his wife Marie (nee Souyri); his children: Peter (Ann), Deanna (Morris) Hoshowski, Suzanna (Brent Maine), Paul (Sheila) and Patrick (Lise); five grandchildren: Sean (Jackie), Marc, Stephen (Carol), Meagan and Emilie and two great-grandchildren, Daniel and Sydney. He was predeceased by his parents and his brothers and sisters Helena, Gerald, Richard, Daniel and Mary. He is survived by more than 20 nieces and nephews. Born in Dunrea to pioneer parents Daniel Carney and Leona Paradis (he was very proud of his Irish and French Canadian roots). He lived his entire life in Dunrea except for the years 1929 - 1936 that he spent ranching and farming in Alberta. This was at the height of the Depression and he remembers riding the rods' in search of work at harvest time. In 1936 he returned to Manitoba bringing with him the profits of his seven years of ranch and farm work (five horses and a Bennett buggy that he sold in Gravelbourg). So pleased with the sale he neglected to get the buyer's name and he wondered ever since about what happened to his five horses. A skilled horseman (this was the day of eight-horse teams) from the age of 13 he admitted in 1945 that he was a little behind the times with a set of skills that were no longer in demand. Rather than learning how to use a tractor, he visited the Calgary Stampede several times to remind himself of what could have been and then concentrated on becoming a master builder, building houses (including five additions on the family home he and Marie have lived in for more than 70 years), barns and other buildings around Dunrea and Margaret, and working on the building of churches at Estevan and Weyburn, prior to working for the Engineers at C.F.B. Shilo where he became foreman of the carpentry shop. During the years he worked in Shilo he took up pottery and the making and playing of mountain dulcimers. Following his retirement from the D.N.D. in 1977 he was instrumental in helping develop the Riverside New Horizons Centre with an equally inspired group of Seniors. He also took up the production and repair of spinning wheels, a pastime that he enjoyed until he was 95. He was a regular attendee at auction sales, well known to the auctioneers for his willingness to buy the unsellables' as well as real bargains, including many antique wood-working tools. His last favourite pastime was cribbage and he always regretted never having gotten a 29'. The family wishes to thank the Home Care workers who have helped with the care of our parents, and the staff at the hospital in Killarney who took care of Norbert during his many visits over the years. A viewing with prayers will be held on Saturday, December 19, 2009 at 10:30 a.m. followed by the Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 a.m. at St. Felix Church, Dunrea, Father Philip Malayil officiating. Burial will follow immediately at St. Felix cemetery. In memory of Norbert Louis Carney donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba. Killarney Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements 204-523-7791.


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