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MARINO SVEINN GUDMUNDSON (published on August 21, 2010)

MARINO SVEINN GUDMUNDSON June 21, 1932 - August 15, 2010 Affectionately known as The Governor With heavy hearts, fond memories and surrounded by his loving family our beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather left us peacefully after a courageous battle at the E.M. Crowe Memorial Hospital in Eriksdale, MB on August 15, 2010. Remaining to cherish his memories and sadly missed by his loving and devoted wife of 57 years, Edna; daughters Karen Erickson (Larry) and Trudi Sigfusson (Dwayne); son-in-law Emil Erickson (Ingrid) and his very special son Barry who he held a special spot for in his heart; grandchildren Lisa (Mike), Mark, Kirstin (Colin), Brock (Desiree), Lindal (Kristen), Brett, Tenneile, Tatum; great-grandchildren or the little people as Grandpa would affectionately call them when moments of patience were called for, Kaylee, Kendra, Signy and Soren, as well he is survived by his sister Lillian Kelly; sisters-in-law Lillian, Beatrice, Evelyn, Louise, Therese, Rita (Grant); brother-in-law Victor (Doreen) along with numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. He was predeceased by his beloved daughter Lenore in 2003, his parents David and Sigurbjorg, his seven brothers Kristjan (Marin), Stefan (Loa), Valdimar, David, Johannes (Sigurborg), Lindal, Agust (Ruby), his two sisters Gudrun (Jack), Kristin and brothers-in-law Bert and John. Dad was born and raised in Arborg and attended Ardal School, leaving at the age of 16 by train to Edmonton to join his brother-in-law on a prospecting trip in search of Lost Lemon Gold Mine, BC. Following this he travelled to Yellowknife to work in Negus Gold Mine where he started off as a dishwasher and worked his way up to shiftboss and Millright. Three years later he returned to Arborg, met and married the love of his life, Edna, and they farmed for a few years before seeking a business venture in 1959 in Morris, MB where he and Mom owned and operated the White Rose Gas Station and 24 Hour Restaurant. However while there, Mom and later Dad, were faced with serious health challenges which led to the selling of the business. After recovering, Dad accepted a job offer with the Department of Public Works and moved the family to Churchill where he worked to thaw 14 miles of frozen water pipes that were seven feet underground. This is where he met and worked with his life-long friends Earl Scharf and Pat Ormiston. His adventure and accomplishments in Churchill became some of Dad's fondest memories. Enough adventure had, Dad and the family settled in Lundar where he worked with his brother Agust in the farm machinery business for many years. Dad faced much adversity in his life from the tender age of three when he lost his mother to being lost and left alone at age 16 in the wilderness while prospecting and later his MVA with a young family to care for. He faced these and every hardship with courage and resilience and, at the same time, was a loving gentle father who stressed the importance of education, having a positive attitude and hard work ethic. He was highly organized, determined and resourceful. The legacy of these and many other gifts will forever inspire his children and grandchildren. He was a kind soul who loved people, enjoyed company and had the most beautiful and welcoming smile, wit and sense of humour. He was extremely proud and interested in the lives, events and accomplishments of his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Everyone who knew Marino would have a story to tell! Dad was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion, a former Lions Club member and proud supporter of the Community Swimming Pool and Merritt Support Centre. He was highly interested and knowledgeable in both local and world affairs. Dad was always grateful to Dr. Ethel MacIntosh and Dr. Elzette Steyn for giving him more than ten additional years which he valued and treasured. A celebration of Marino's life will take place at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, August 23, 2010 at the Lundar Lutheran Church with Pastor Terry Throndson officiating. Interment to follow at the Lundar Municipal Cemetery. The family wishes to thank Dr. Arara, the nursing and hospital staff as well as the palliative care supports at the E.M. Crowe Memorial Hospital and also the many Home Care Staff. Flowers are gratefully declined and, in lieu, those wishing to commemorate Marino's life may wish to consider a donation to either the E.M. Crowe Memorial Hospital Guild in care of Irene Sigurdson, Box 474, Eriksdale, MB R0C 0W0, or Northwest District - Hwy. 6, Palliative Care, Box 527, Ashern, MB, R0C 0E0. Hvila nu gothmen (Rest now good friend) Arrangements by: ARNASON FUNERAL HOME Ashern - Lundar 1-204-768-2072 1-866-323-3593

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