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ALBERT EDWARD (ABBEY) DOWD (published on March 05, 2011)

ALBERT EDWARD (ABBEY) DOWD Abbey as he was better known to everyone, was the second eldest child, born December 26, 1953 to Nelson and Isabelle Dowd. During his younger years he worked at the Glenboro Gaiety Theatre with his other siblings. As well, he delivered newspapers throughout the community. He was employed with Toman Engineering and later worked at the Oak Lake Park grounds. He married and lived in Brandon where Abbey was caretaker of an apartment block. He received his Fifth Class Power Engineers certificate on August 21, 1984. On December 22, 1986, Abbey began working in the maintenance department at Central Park Lodge, Winnipeg, which he enjoyed and was appreciated by his co-workers. Because of ill health he took early retirement effective February 12 of this year. Sadly, he never saw his first retirement cheque. He was hospitalized on February 9 and passed away on February 26 at the Victoria Hospital in Winnipeg with his family at his side. The family has the following memories of Abbey: His son Ryan recalled that whenever someone would say Hurry-up , to his Dad it meant to slow down. Abbey always looked forward to coming home and visiting Mom and attending family outings, especially her birthdays. He was a great sports enthusiast. Abbey enjoyed curling, hockey, baseball and golfing as well as hunting. He enjoyed challenging his brother Morley to a game of pool at home. Abbey enjoyed his evenings out for dinner with May and Rick whenever they were in Winnipeg and a good game of cards. Over the past years there were many family camping trips out west as well as through the U.S.A. that Abbey enjoyed in his younger days. When Darlene was just a little girl she was fortunate to have her brother Abbey teach her a mean game of crib. George enjoyed his visits with Abbey and Pat while they lived in Brandon and then again in Winnipeg. The adventures of ice fishing and hunting will always leave fond memories. Jennifer was remembering back to when we would all go numerous times to Uncle Abbey's for his barbeques. They were always such fun. He would take Jason into the woods behind their house looking for deer or anything else that may happen to be there. Surprisingly enough Abbey maintained his nice dark hair with no grey. On a return trip home to Glenboro from Winnipeg with his Dad, Abbey was holding a container of Beep that he had been drinking when he got out of the truck. Hence, he was given the nickname Beep that his siblings have continued to call him. Abbey was predeceased by his father Nelson in July 1981 and leaves to mourn his passing son Ryan and Ryan's mother Patricia of Winnipeg, mother Isabelle of Glenboro, brother Morley of Glenboro, sister Margaret May (Richard) Cockle of Thompson, MB, niece Donna, great-nephew Brian, great-nephew Zack, great-niece Laura of Winnipeg, sister Dorothy (Brian) Robertson and nephew Colby of Carberry, sister Darlene Marsh, niece Jennifer, great-nephew Jeremy, great-niece Raelynn, nephew Jason (Brook) of Winnipeg, and by brother George (Andrea McKay) and niece Peyton of Glenboro. Also mourning his loss are numerous aunts, uncles and cousins from across the provinces as well as close friends and former co-workers. Funeral services were held on Thursday, March 3, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. in the Willmor Chapel, Glenboro, MB with Sharon Hamilton officiating. Organist was Vera Bjornson. Interment took place in the Glenboro Cemetery. Attending pallbearers were Daryl Drinkwater, Trevor Drinkwater, Darcy Drinkwater, Perry Dowd, Ross Dowd and Ron Dowd. All in attendance were considered honorary pallbearers. Friends that so desire, memorial donations can be made in Abbey's memory to Glenboro Curling Club, Box 337, Glenboro, MB R0K 0X0. The family wishes to extend their sincere thanks and appreciation to the Glenboro and Brandon Hospitals, nursing staff, as well as the ambulance attendees. Also to Dr. Blouw and Dr. Smelsky of Victoria General Hospital and the nursing staff for their compassionate care. For online condolences and video tribute, please visit Jamieson's Funeral Services, Willmor Chapel of Glenboro in care of arrangements 1-204-827-2480

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