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ALBERT (AB) PETER ANDERSEN (published on February 23, 2011)



ALBERT (AB) PETER ANDERSEN It is with broken hearts that we announce the passing of Ab Andersen, loving husband, father and grandfather at the age of 80 on February 19, 2011. He adored and was adored by his wife of 46 and one half years, Elaine. Also left behind to celebrate his life are: his daughter Sandra (David) and grandchildren Zachary, Meagan and Dalen; and his son Glenn Boss (Shannon - his Ray of Sunshine) and grandchildren Hannah and Ella. He was predeceased by his parents Andrew and Hansine, brothers John and Hans, and sisters Johanna McInnes, Kathleen Westwood and Olga Nichols, and survived by his brother Andy (Roya). Ab was born on March 9, 1930, in Moline, Manitoba. He retired from Fort Ignition in Brandon, Manitoba (formerly Sharp's Auto Electric) after 17 years of dedicated service. He will be remembered for his quick, dry sense of humour; for his deep blue eyes; his dependability; his hard work; and his manicured lawn and trees. Dad was a fiercely independent and proud man - who worked so very hard and sacrificed so very much to support his family to ensure they had everything they ever wanted and more - the mark of a great man, wonderful husband and best dad. His family was his hobby - whether it was chauffeuring his kids around to activities, doing our paper routes when we were too busy , taking us fishing, bowling, or inviting us to join him in his favourite sport - golf. Dad and I (Glenn) must have played over 300 rounds of golf together over the years - though neither of our scores seemed to be indicative of that. Sandra treasures the many memorable hours she spent with dad in his greenhouse and how it sparked her continued love of watching plants grow. He will be remembered by his grandchildren as a silly grandpa who made them laugh - usually at his own expense, and who went to their karate tournaments, soccer games, water polo games, dance recitals, ringette games, graduations from high school, film school, and the military - despite (as he says) being deaf as a post and blind as a bat. They have fond memories of the many sleepovers at grandma and grandpa's house and how grandpa was able to pamper each in a way that made them feel extra special. He will be remembered by his wife as the love of her life, soulmate and partner in every sense of the word. He was so strong - and he fought his horrible cancer with grace and dignity. We want to thank the doctors and nurses at CancerCare Manitoba, the Palliative Care Program, and Riverview Health Centre for helping him keep his grace and dignity during his courageous battle. Additional thanks to Dayna - student nurse at Riverview - for making him smile and nicknaming him the Silver Fox. Thanks to all our friends for your overwhelming support, with a special thank you to our dear friend Susan Cull, who truly went above and beyond to help us give dad the best care. Dad, you were right - you will be golfing again this summer! We miss you so much. A memorial reception to honour Ab's life will be held at Thomson In the Park Funeral Home on Friday, February 25 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., with the eulogy being read at 3:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to CancerCare Manitoba, 675 McDermot Ave., Winnipeg, Manitoba R3E 0V9 or to The Heart and Stroke Foundation, 200-6 Donald St., Winnipeg, Manitoba R3L 0K6. THOMSON IN THE PARK 925-1120 Condolences may be sent to www.thomsoninthepark.com


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