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FRIDGEIR (SIGGI) EMILSON (published on February 06, 2010)

FRIDGEIR (SIGGI) EMILSON August 22, 1928 February 2, 2010 It is with deep sorrow the family announces the sudden passing of our beloved husband, dad, grandpa, and great-grandpa, Siggi Emilson, of Ashern, MB. Dad will be sadly missed by his wife Joan; his daughter Sharon (Larry), grandchildren, Ian (Jodi), Rebecca (Bryan); son Mark (Karen), grandson Laurie (Dayna); daughter Kathi (Ken), grandchildren, Stephanie (Keegan) Russell, Cass (Brett-Whitney), Colton; daughter Cindy (Bill), granddaughters, Mandy (David) Gall, Kimi-Marie (Aaron); son Trevor (Lori), grandchildren, Dana, Carly Jo and Eric; great-granddaughters, Marni and Sydney Russell; step-daughter Cheryl (Cal) Surgenor, grandchildren Carly and Corie; step-son Lyle (Shelley) Sigfusson, grandchildren, Alicia (James) Ballantyne, Haley (Benji), and Kelsey. Also by his siblings, Barney (Elizabeth), Maria Defoort, Runa Peterson and David (Marlene) Emilson. Along with numerous other relatives and friends. Dad was predeceased by his first wife Jonina, his brother Kris, sister-in-law Anne Emilson, brothers-in-law, George Defoort and Leo Peterson. Dad was born in a log cabin in Hayland and grew up in the district. He was the fourth in a family of six born to Gisli and Sigridur. His older siblings were born in Iceland, Dad the first born in Canada. At a young age he developed a strong work ethic, which he retained all of his life. He began spending summers away from home working on neighbours farms at the age of nine. In 1953 he married mom. They knew they'd found their home in 1959 when they purchased the Nordheim farm, located in the Siglunes District on the shores of Lake Manitoba. Dad was very proud of his Icelandic heritage and his ability to read and translate for people. When he wasn't working, he enjoyed spending time with his family. He was extremely involved in the community whether it was sporting events, social activities, or community improvement projects. He always took a genuine interest in meeting people and getting to know their story. He worked very hard, but he was always there for any of us when we needed him. He never missed a graduation, and could often be spotted at his grandchildren's hockey games, Christmas concerts, carnival, spoken poetry and the numerous other events they had. Many will remember his vigorous strides downtown, his easy smile, positive attitude and enthusiasm for life. He was always ready to lend a helping hand wherever needed. He was so proud of every one of us and made us all feel special and very loved. He was a wonderful husband, dad and grandpa. Dad was devastated when mom passed away in 1993. He later met and spent the last 16 years of his life with his loving wife Joan. He often said that many people never find true love in their lives, and he was fortunate to have found it twice. He was proud to have been an active commercial fisherman for 64 consecutive years. He was doing chores on the family farm and ready to go out on the lake with his grandson Laurie the moment he passed. He couldn't have written a better end to his life. He never failed to do his best, his heart was warm and tender. He lived his life for those he loved, and those he loved remember. We invite everyone to join us in honoring the life of Siggi at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, February 8, 2010 at the Siglunes Community Hall with Pastor Bill Watson officiating. The family would like to express sincere thanks to wonderful neighbours the Johnsons and Steinthorsons, for their help at our time of crisis and their support following our ordeal. Also thanks to John and Karen Gray, Pastor Bill Watson, and to all of our friends and family for their support during this difficult time. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Lakeshore Hospital Guild, in care of Julie Bergner, Box 721, Ashern, MB R0C 0E0. goda nott, pabbi min Arrangements in care of: Arnason Funeral Homes Ltd. Ashern Lundar (204) 768-2072 1-866-323-3593

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