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JOHN (JACK) DONALD GILES (published on February 06, 2010)

JOHN (JACK) DONALD GILES It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of John (Jack) Donald Giles on January 31, 2010 at the age of 72 years. Jack was predeceased by his mother and father, Eva and Stanley, brothers Harvey and Clarence and his sister Bessie. He is survived by Marilyn, his wife of 49 years; by sisters, Alice, Margaret (William), Laura and Marjorie; by his children, Dean (Krisandra), Derek (Tanya) and Dana; by grandchildren, David, Daniel, Brody, Autumn, Megan and Lily; and by his in-laws and numerous nieces and nephews. Jack was born in McGregor, Manitoba on June 21, 1937. At the age of 14, he moved to the Longstaff farm near Cardale before finishing high school at Brandon College. Jack graduated from the University of Manitoba, Faculty of Agriculture and later earned degrees in Journalism at Carleton University in Ottawa and Communications (Masters) at the University of Kentucky. For 19 years, Jack worked with Manitoba Agriculture. He went on to work overseas with CUSO, at the Canola Council of Canada and at Ducks Unlimited. Jack was honest, trustworthy and a man of principle in both his professional and personal life. Family and home were most important to Jack. For over 49 years, he and Marilyn shared their lives together. In all ways it was a marriage characterized by love, kindness and respect. The kids needed only to look to their dad to see what it meant to be a good husband and loving father. A lifelong learner, Jack combined great intellectual curiosity with a sense of humility. He was a gentle and patient man. At home and elsewhere, kindness, compassion and encouragement were extended to all, without thought of reward or recognition. Jack will be greatly missed by his family and friends. A celebration of Jack's life will be held at Sturgeon Creek United Church, 209 Thompson Drive, on February 13, 2010 at 1:00 p.m. Cremation has taken place. Sincere thanks to all the staff at Golden West Centennial Lodge who gave Jack such loving care. Flowers are gratefully declined. Those who wish may make a donation to the Manitoba Alzheimer's Society.

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