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IVAN E. CORDINGLEY (published on December 29, 2009)



IVAN E. CORDINGLEY Born April 30, 1924 It is with great sadness, to announce the peaceful passing of Ivan E. Cordingley, at the Grace Hospital, on Christmas Day, 2009. Ivan was predeceased by his parents, Myrtle and Basil, and his sister Doreen, brothers, Basil, Lloyd and Les. He is survived by his sister Marie, son Bill, daughter Marie, five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Also by his sisters-in-law and numerous nephews and nieces. He was well loved by all. Ivan, in death as in life, showed dignity and courage, in spite of his ailing health. He will always be remembered for his easygoing good nature and his love of laughter. Ivan was born and raised in the Weston area of Winnipeg, with his parents and siblings. He started work at the young age of 17 for MacDonald Aircraft. After completion of upgrading courses, Ivan went to work for the Powell Equipment Company in Swan River and then returning to Winnipeg. On May 2, 1944, he married his sweetheart, Betty Freele. Ivan enjoyed many years of active participation in the St. Vital United Church. Though he enjoyed fishing and golfing, he was most known for his shared belief in faith. He and Betty were well known in the St. Vital community for helping others and their special gift with helping children. In addition to adopting their children, they fostered many children, both young and teenagers. In later years Ivan and Betty enjoyed many trips through the mountains and many other scenic vistas. They continued to do so, until Betty's passing in June of 1988. Ivan met Audrey O'Conner and they were married in September 2002. With this, his family increased with an additional seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Ivan and Audrey shared many wonderful trips to the Mediterranean, British Columbia, and Alaska. They were able to spend some winters in Florida. Their last adventure was to moving from Quail Ridge after 12 years, to the Westhaven Retirement Home, in June 2009. Special thanks to the wonderful nurses of Grace Hospital 3 South for the care and attention they gave Ivan. We all appreciate the extra effort they gave to make their patients comfortable. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, December 31, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. at Sturgeon Creek United Church, 207 Thompson Drive, with reception to follow. We ask for no flowers, instead please donate in Ivan Cordingley's memory to CancerCare, the Heart and Stroke Foundation or any charity of your choosing. Chapel Lawn 885-9715


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