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JACOB SCHELLENBERG (published on April 17, 2010)



JACOB SCHELLENBERG Passed away April 2, 2010. Born in Tiegenhagen, Ukraine on May 24, 1923. He immigrated in 1925 and learned to walk on the passage over, arriving in Halifax on the Melita of the C.P.R. line. His family settled in southwestern Ontario. In the 1930s he documented his keen interest of cars, trucks, farm ploughs and ocean liners in many scrapbooks. Dad loved to tell stories about family and work experiences. There was the one where he lost his front teeth in a collision with friend Pete Schroeder on Halloween or the band he played button accordion in at the work camp in Montreal River where he was conscripted during the war. After the return of his brother-in-law, John Mathies, from the war they bought a truck and started the first of many trucking companies. Another great story, the runaway truck loaded with manure crashing into the hair salon. The next venture, Leamington Transport, led Jake to Winnipeg where he met Mom at the Y.M.C.A. Young People's Club. Their first date was Good Friday in 1957. They were married Valentines Day 1959 and drove to Florida for their honeymoon. Twins Gerry and Lynn came the next year and in 1961 another trucking venture relocated them to the Maritimes. Marjorie was born in 1962 and David in 1966. We lived in a house on top of a hill overlooking the Saint John River, our country paradise, Westfield. Thanks Dad. Here comes the 1970s. Trucking led us to Dartmouth, NS and this became the place we identified with. Dad and Mom retired in 1988 and decided to return to Winnipeg. Jack and Elaine were best friends. They talked and they played. Dad was an active member of the Lions Club for over 40 years. Particularly dear to him was the Lions connection to Guide Dogs and the annual Dog walk-a-thon. His final wish was to donate his body to the University of Manitoba. Jacob was predeceased by his dad Gerhard, mom Sara, sister Mary, brother George and by his son, David in 1995. He his survived by his sister Helen Mathies, wife Elaine (Mennell), son Gerry, daughters Lynn (Eric) and Marjorie, four grandchildren, William, Jake, Emily and Mary and many other family members, all of them loved. Thanks to Dr. Permack and the staff of the 4th Floor Victoria Hospital and to Homecare. Memoriam and service to be held Friday, April 23 at 1:00 p.m., Churchill Park United, 525 Beresford. Rev. Janet Walker officiating.


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