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ELMER J. BLANCHARD (published on March 05, 2010)

ELMER J. BLANCHARD June 18, 1937 to March 3, 2010 After retiring to the serenity of the lake (Grand Beach, MB) with his wife Dora and beloved dog Angel, Elmer peacefully passed away after a lengthy battle with kidney failure, with his family at his side at the Selkirk General Hospital. Elmer was born in Tignish, P.E.I. and joined the 2nd Battalion Queens Own Rifles of Canada serving three years (1957-1960) in Germany and two tours of Cyprus then went on to serve five years with training school of Cornwallis, Nova Scotia, getting posted to Winnipeg in 1973 with the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry. In 1978 he joined the Correctional Service of Canada and retired after 19 years at Stoney Mountain Penitentiary, making a total of over 41 years of Public Service. Elmer is survived by his wife Dora of 48 years; two beautiful daughters Debbie (John Robillard) and Bonnie (Werner Muth); four grandchildren Destiny Muth, Harley Muth, Kyle Robillard, and Steven J. Blanchard who is following in his grandfather's footsteps of Correctional Services; brother Steward (Gisele Blanchard); sister Diane Leavey. Elmer was predeceased by his grandchild baby Jessy Muth and his sister Shirley Deroche. A Celebration of his life will be held at Grand Marais Recreational Centre on Saturday, March 6, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. Elmer has been involved with Grand Beach area development as a volunteer to help bring to the area a healthy life style for the residents as well he was a director to help get the Wellness Centre started therefore he would have wanted to get this centre up and running with your help. So in lieu of flowers, in his honour Elmer J. Blanchard donations can be made to: Wellness Centre Trust Fund 1043 Kittfon Rd., Box 2 Group 35 RR 1 East Selkirk, Manitoba R0E 0M0 Elmer's dedication, loyalty as a worker, friend and family man is how he will be remembered so next time you hear Stomping Tom Conners, have a drink for Elmer and remember the good ol' times. Gilbart Funeral Home, Selkirk in care of arrangements.

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