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GEOFFREY BRENT JONES (published on January 16, 2010)



GEOFFREY BRENT JONES May 9, 1962 January 9, 2010 Comforted by the love of his family, Geoff passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, January 9, 2010. Near the end of his life Geoff stated that heaven would be being held forever in the hearts of his family. Geoff, you are now, and always will be, in heaven. Left to forever cherish his memory are his wife of 23 years, Deanna, and his beloved children Nick, Zack and Kayla. Geoff's mother Mavis, his siblings Ron, Patsy, Brenda, Darrell, Derek and their families as well as Geoff's in-laws Len, June and Corrine will always remember his wonderful spirit. He was predeceased by his father, Dudley. Geoff will be remembered for his quick smile, unique sense of humour and contagious laugh. He loved a good time and good music, and was usually the last to leave a party. He was an avid environmentalist and took great pride in his work with Manitoba Conservation. He thoroughly enjoyed time spent outdoors, gardening, camping, swimming and cycling. Some of his fondest memories were of days spent at Clearwater Lake growing up, and later at Matlock with his family. He loved a good road trip, and was as thrilled as a child when he spotted wildlife or anything new and different. He said that he often stood in awe at the beauty of nature. Geoff was born in Norway House, Manitoba in 1962. He lived most of his childhood in The Pas, Manitoba and graduated from MBCI in 1980, receiving the Louis Armstrong Jazz Band Award for his talent on the tenor saxophone. The friends Geoff made during his years in The Pas have always had a special place in his heart. Their antics growing up were typical of young men, and certainly provided for a number of humorous stories later in life. Geoff attended Brandon University, where he obtained his Bachelor of Science with a major in Botany. It was during a summer vacation at home in The Pas when he met Deanna. It wasn't long before they were inseparable, much to everyone's surprise. Geoff's love of a good party was at odds with Deanna's quieter temperament, but they soon proved that opposites do attract. They were married in The Pas on Christmas Eve in 1986 and began their life together in The Pas, where Geoff worked as the assistant curator of the Little Northern Museum. He had a keen love of learning, though, and decided to further his education at the University of Manitoba where he obtained his Masters of Science in Botany. Geoff was forever sorting, pressing and cataloguing plants and thoroughly enjoying himself. In 1992 Geoff began working for the Department of Environment (now Conservation). He worked in both the Water Quality and Terrestrial Quality sections, and enjoyed himself tremendously. He eventually became a part of the Wildlife and Ecosystem Protection Branch as an Ecosystem Monitoring Specialist. He and his colleagues shared a love of the outdoors and protecting the environment, so again he made many close friends. It takes a certain kind of person to enjoy getting wet, cold, muddy and covered in wood ticks...with his new friends he had found his niche. In his mid 30's Geoff took up two pastimes that became his passion. He taught himself to play guitar and loved to sit around a campfire with friends strumming and singing. Geoff also embraced the discipline of karate he loved this sport and was extremely proud of obtaining his black belt. His friends at the Pan Am Karate Club held a special place in his life. Family was everything to Geoff. He loved his children with all of his heart, and took great pride in their accomplishments. He was very involved in their lives, attending countless sporting events and musical performances. He loved watching Kayla play soccer, and was always on the sidelines cheering rain or shine. Geoff and Kayla shared a fun-loving, adventurous nature. One of his favourite memories was when they visited Devil's Tower together - he called it their own special adventure. Jamming on his guitar with Zack gave him hours of joy, as did listening to him practice. They shared a love of old time rock and roll and vinyl records checking out vintage record stores was a favourite pastime. Geoff was incredibly proud of Nick graduating from high school with honours and attending university, as well as pursuing his musical career. He lived a little of his own rock and roll dream watching Nick perform, and was very respectful of his courageous and tenacious spirit. Geoff was fortunate to have had the chance to share his hopes and dreams for his children with them in the last weeks of his life, something they will always cherish. Throughout Geoff's short battle with cancer he was comforted by the love and support of family and friends. Family put their lives on hold to ensure that he was always cared for, and always loved. No task was too great. Friends and colleagues went out of their way to make him feel special and treasured. Words cannot express our gratitude for your thoughtfulness. Thank you to Geoff's angels at CancerCare, St. Boniface Hospital. Your kindness and compassion will always be remembered. A heartfelt thank you to Dr. Wong and Kathy you gave Geoff hope and support, and you always made him feel like this was a battle worth fighting. You are truly a wonderful team. A celebration of Geoff's life will be held on Friday, January 22 at 2:30 p.m. at Transcona Memorial United Church, 209 Yale Avenue West, Transcona. As a tribute to Geoff's memory, gifts can be made to CancerCare Manitoba or the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba. How I wish, how I wish you were here GLEN LAWN FUNERAL HOME 982-7550


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