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DONALD ROBERT ACHESON (published on May 15, 2010)

DONALD ROBERT ACHESON 1924 - 2010 With family at his side, Dad passed away peacefully the morning of Thursday, May 13, 2010 at the Victoria General Hospital. Dad was predeceased by his brother Chuck and his dearly beloved eldest grandchild, Trevor Acheson (Wayne and Mil), who is no doubt welcoming him into heaven with his bright smile and open arms. He leaves to mourn the love of his life for the past 61 years Malvina (nee Anseeuw). In a life filled with love and abundance, Dad and Mom were blessed with six children, 19 grand-children and nine great-grandchildren. Wayne and Mil (Mark-Lynn, Gwen, Jill; Heather-Jeff), Joanne and Don McClure (Shannon-Dwayne Green, McKenna, Carter; Michaela-Shawn Kavanaugh; Kim-Dave Barrett, Ben; Erin-Andrew), Gary and Janet (Kristin-Ryan Boser, Tiffany; Michelle-Rory Fogolin, Sullivan, Barrett), Bev and Bob Prystenski (Chris, Colleen-Justin, Jessica, Jaime), Ken and Georgina (Matthew-Monika, Charlotte; Kari), Lorne (Scott, Bryanne, Kelsey, Kendra). Dad's life was filled with family, friends and faith. He was born at the family farm in Oak Bluff, September 22, 1924. Along with his parents, Sid and Kate (nee Hewett) Acheson he had an older brother - Chuck and sisters Louise (Bill Baird) and Marj. Dad attended school in Oak Bluff and studied engineering at the University of Manitoba. He worked in the gold mines of Northern Ontario, before joining the Air Force in 1944. In 1948 he took over the family farm and married Malvina at St. Ignatius Parish, June 30, 1948. Their marriage of 61 years has been an example for all of us - filled with love, total commitment, devotion and caring. Circumstances shortened his own educational goals, but Dad encouraged all of us to follow our dreams, saying education was never a waste . Following years of hard work on the farm, Dad and Mom managed to spend many snow-free winters in Texas. In 1983, they began building the beautiful family cottage on Lake of the Woods. Both represent times filled with warm memories for his families and friends. Our father was a man whose work ethic, sense of fairness and integrity were reflected in all his endeavours. We, the children, are forever grateful to you Dad, for your wisdom, constant support and unconditional love - you were a wonderful Dad and we love you very much. We would like to express our heartfelt appreciation to the Emergency Room staff and 4th Floor staff of the Victoria General Hospital, WRHA home care and We Care staff who have supported Mom and Dad since December. Your compassion, love and support will be forever remembered. In lieu of flowers and especially in recognition of Dad's dedicated, unselfish care for Mom, please make donations to the Alzheimer's Society of Manitoba, 120 Donald Street, R3C 4G2. In keeping with Donald's wish, cremation has taken place and a Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday, May 19, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Timothy Catholic Church, 135 John Forsyth Road, with Father Phil Daley, officiating. The Coutu family in care of arrangements: E.J COUTU CO. FUNERAL DIRECTORS 680 Archibald St. 253-5086

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