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JOHN ROBERT GIRLING (published on February 27, 2010)

JOHN ROBERT GIRLING STILL DANCIN' 1926 - 2010 Ever so sadly and suddenly, John passed away on Saturday, February 20, 2010. Remaining to forever cherish his memory are his daughter Gail (Ted) Tomyn; grandsons, Silas and Isaac Tomyn; sister Maud (Ken) Masset; sweetheart girlfriend, Doreen Bisset; numerous nieces; nephews; extended family; neighbours; his army boys; lots of dancin' girls; and a large circle of friends. He is predeceased by his parents Ellen and William; brothers Frank and Earnest; sisters Florence and Edith; partner and soulmate of 46 years, Sophia Chercoe in 2004 and his daughter's mother Eileen Schmid in 2009. John was born in Winnipeg in 1926. His family moved to the Matlock, Petersfield area when he was five years old where he lived for his childhood. In 1944 John joined the army, and spent two years in the Second World War. He was released in 1946, and worked for the C.P.R. section crew at Milner Ridge, MB. He joined the army again in 1950 to go to Korea on a special force team with the Commonwealth Division until 1952. When John returned from Korea, he was stationed at a camp in Shilo, MB for five years. In 1953 he married Eileen Duczek. They had one daughter, Gail Roberta. In 1964 Eileen and John were divorced. He was hired as a salesman by Marshall Wells Hardware in 1974. His territory included Pine Falls, the Interlake area, Grand Beach, Lac du Bonnet, Beausejour, and Edmonton, AB. He stayed with Marshall Wells until his retirement in 1987. John met Sophia Chercoe in 1964 and spent many years traveling down to their winter home in Magalia, California. They enjoyed the company of many friends there. They traveled to Reno, Palm Springs, Phoenix, San Diego, and Vegreville, AB. Together they spent many wonderful years in Winnipeg. During Dad's younger years his hobbies were: golfing, hockey, baseball, and his car, the 1930 Graham (Paige). When older his hobbies were: outings with his grandsons, building lawn furniture, cutting grass for numerous people, bowling, gardening, barbecuing, playing cards, dancing the night away and coffee time with the boys at Polo Park. Who said John retired. John had a very full life. I his daughter, give my father to God. In compliance with my Father's wishes a Graveside Service will be held in the late spring. A notice will be in the newspaper then. We would like to thank all the compassionate people who helped us through this hard time. In lieu of flowers, donations in John's memory may be made to the Norwood Legion. Rest in Peace Dad.

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