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ALFRED JOHN PAPSON (published on April 17, 2010)



ALFRED JOHN PAPSON Alfred passed away on April 14, 2010 at the Betel Personal Care Home in Selkirk, Manitoba. Dad will be forever loved and missed by his wife Gladys of 67 years; daughters, Joanne (Bob), Judy (Ron), Lynda (John), Lorraine (Russ); his grandchildren, Lesley (Dean), Cathy, Jennifer (Graham), Jeff (Summer), Stacey (Mike), Mike, Karen (Lou), Darryl (Brenda), Jackie, Jim, (Amanda); and his great-grandchildren, Stephanie, Julia, Maya, Justine, Sarah, Jaxon, Sadie, Koen, Turi, Shai and Ava; his sister-in-law Dora Humphreys and numerous nieces and nephews. Dad was predeceased by his parents Doris and Henry; his brother Bill and sister Alice; along with his special friends Bert Graham and Peter Larsson, whose friendship he cherished. Dad was born in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba. He began his education in Rosser, Manitoba and later attended Lord Roberts and Earl Gray Schools in Winnipeg. Dad left school at an early age during the depression to support his family. He was a member of The Queen's Own Cameron Highlander Cadets. He joined the P.P.C.L.I. in 1941 and was stationed at A15 in Shilo as a N.C.O. officer and discharged in 1947. After the war he was employed by Safeway as a meat cutter and later joined the Winnipeg Fire Department in 1949, retiring in 1984 as Captain. He was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch #42 in Selkirk, Manitoba. Some of dad's many interests were raising pigeons, hunting, fishing, bird watching, taxidermy, building the family cottage at Grand Beach, travelling to The British Isles, The Canary Islands, Portugal, Spain, Africa, Phoenix, Texas, and Mexico where he made many friends, namely the Goodies. When dad retired to Grand Marais to the home mom and he built, he enjoyed his greenhouse and his gardening. He loved living in Grand Marais and was very proud of his home and property, which he kept immaculate. Dad was also a scout for Dr. Nero with their research of the Great Grey Owl as Grand Marais was one of the areas which was a natural habitat for the Great Grey Owl and Dr. Nero was the man responsible for it being the Manitoba bird. During the winter when his travelling days were done, he loved feeding the birds and deer. Dad was a true nature lover. Dad had been residing at Woodlands Court in Selkirk prior to his illness. In keeping with dad's wishes, cremation has taken place and no funeral service will be held. Flowers are gratefully declined, donations may be made to the Fire Fighter's Burn Fund, 303-83 Garry Street, Winnipeg, MB R3C 4J9 or the Betel Personal Care Home, 212 Manchester Ave., Selkirk, MB R1A 0B6. The family would like to thank the wonderful staff at Betel for their exceptional care. Dad, you will forever be in our hearts. The Coutu family in care of arrangements: E.J. COUTU CO. FUNERAL DIRECTORS 680 Archibald St. 253-5086


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