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NEIL OFEIGUR BARDAL JR (published on February 17, 2010)

NEIL OFEIGUR BARDAL JR., O.M. After a courageous battle with family by his side, on Saturday, February 13, 2010, Neil Bardal died peacefully at the age of 69 years. Cancer has taken another undeserving and innocent life. Neil will be remembered by his wife Annette; sons Eirik (Lisa) and grandchildren Joshua, Samantha, Catherine and Sean; Jon (Leslie) and grandchildren Stefan and ZoƩ Signy'; sister Jean; aunt Agnes Bardal Comack (Hugh); as well as numerous relatives and friends. Neil's community involvement was wide and diverse. Over the years Neil enjoyed many affiliations, most recently he was president of the Rotary Club of Winnipeg and board member of Cycle On Life for the Riverview Health Centre Foundation. His energy, drive and commitment were infectious to those who worked with him on the numerous boards and committees. If it's worth doing, it's worth doing well', were the words Neil lived by, much to the dismay to those who just didn't get it. It was this drive that lead to the completion of the manuscript for his first book. A third generation funeral director, Neil sold his controlling interest in the funeral home on Sherbrook Street and opened Neil Bardal Inc. at 984 Portage Avenue in 1980. He then purchased Brooklawn Crematorium at 3030 Notre Dame Avenue in 1982. Neil's vision that cremation would allow families more choices, lead to the fulfillment of his dream in 2008 with the expansion and completion of the new Funeral Home and Garden of Memories on Notre Dame. He served as Registrar for the provincial Board of Administration under the Embalmer's and Funeral Director's Act from 1979 to his retirement in 2009. Neil's wish for a provincial school was the drive behind the creation of the Western School of Funeral Service in 1980. A proud Icelander, Neil's dedication was recognized by the Government of Iceland with the investiture of the Knight's Cross of the Order of The Falcon in 2000, and by the Province of Manitoba with becoming a recipient of The Order of Manitoba in 2006. A scholarship in his name was created by the I.O.D.E. in 2008. A service to remember Neil will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, February 20, 2010 in the Wellington Room of the Victoria Inn, 1808 Wellington Avenue. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Rotary Club of Winnipeg, Re: Camp Manitou, A Place For Kids, 243 - 375 York Ave., Winnipeg, MB R3C 3J3 or Cycle On Life, Riverview Health Centre Foundation, 1 Morley Ave., Winnipeg, MB R3L 2P4. Your gifts to these organizations will help causes that were near and dear to Neil's heart. The family extends a very special thank you to Neil's doctor and friend, Dr. Craig Hildahl for his care and attention in Neil's final days, as well as the Palliative Care nurses, especially Maryanne, for their support. If you would do good, then do it today, Do it gratis nor linger around for your pay; Let the deed be a gem that you cast overboard Not a hook that is baited to fish for reward. - Steingrimur Thorsteinsson Translated by Vilhjalmur Stefansson NEIL BARDAL INC. (204) 949 - 2200

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