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RUSSELL GORDON FARRELL (published on September 08, 2011)

RUSSELL GORDON FARRELL It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Russell Gordon Farrell on September 5, 2011 after a courageous battle with cancer. Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 51 years, Ann; his children Karen (Ray Bach), Derrick (Ginny), Shawn (Andrea), Gordie (Charlene); and his grandchildren Dylan, Carly, Stella, Lincoln, Jasper, Violet, Kaitlyn, Riley, Ellie, Daneal, Veda and Felix. His constant companion, Muggins will also miss his Papa very much. Dad was born on February 24, 1936 at Dauphin, MB and grew up on the family farm, eight miles east of Dauphin. His years of schooling in Dauphin also included lots of work on the farm. His father taught him that you had to work for anything you wanted, and hard work never hurt anyone. During the summer of 1956, Dad left home for Alberta and work with the Highways Department on a survey crew. Returning home in December, he began work with the Manitoba Highways Department. On April 2, 1960 Dad married Ann Chornoby at Dauphin. As they moved around the province with work, they raised a family of four. Dad had a lifelong career with Manitoba Highways and Transportation, December, 1956 to May, 1998 - the last five years as the Director of Maintenance, Eastern Division. Dad participated in several sports from school to retirement but hockey was a passion. As a player, a goalkeeper for 45 years in Jr. B, Intermediate AA, Commercial and Old Timers Hockey with the Selkirk Settlers. As a coach, manager and administrator in MAHA and CAHA Hockey, As President of the Selkirk Recreation Foundation Inc. (1981-1993), he headed the drive to raise funds and build the Selkirk Recreation Complex. A huge honour was given to Dad on October 3, 2003 when he was inducted into the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame, in the Builder category - something given to only a small number of people over the years. He was also named the Town of Selkirk Citizen of the year in 1989. He was extremely interested in the history of our family and spent many hours putting together a family tree with as much information as he could find at the time. He also wrote his autobiography of his many daily experiences with the hope that future generations, living in a world much different than ours of today, will find them somewhat enlightening . We will treasure it! Dad was very giving of his time and knowledge. He spent many days helping each of us renovate and build our homes. He would do anything to help us out. Dad was always very interested and active in participating in our lives - whether it was selling tickets at the door to a Farrell Bros. Concert, dance recitals, graduations, gymnastics competitions or soccer games. We all have different special memories and times we will always hold dear - Wednesday night at Gun Club, weekend breakfasts with Grandpa and Grandma, summer vacations at Caddy Lake or wherever that summer took us, and Sunday afternoons visiting Grandpa and Grandma. His hearty laugh as he watched an episode of Earl will always remain with us. He was a wonderful husband, dad and grandfather and will be greatly missed! A memorial service will be held on Friday, September 9 at 10:30 a.m. in the Gilbart Funeral Chapel, Selkirk, with Rev. Brad Elliott officiating. Flowers gratefully declined. Donations can be made to CancerCare Manitoba. Gilbart Funeral Home, Selkirk in care of arrangements.

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