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DON VERNON BAUER (published on September 26, 2011)



DON VERNON BAUER 1945 - 2011 Peacefully on September 22, 2011, Don passed away with family at his side. Don was a devoted husband to his wife Norene. He was predeceased by his dad, Eddy and only months ago, his mom Doris, his stepson Tony Stefanzio, very special Uncle Bill Dalton, and brother-in-law Bill Minnaugh. Don is survived by his seven siblings, Doug (Bev), Karen (Don), Patsy (Dave), Christina, Marjorie (Ron), Lia (Ed), and Tim; his children, Verlie and Ryan, and his very special dear Aunt Pat, who he adored and never went a week without talking to. Don was born in Montreal on January 29, 1945, and grew up in Waterville, Quebec. He joined the Army at seventeen years of age. He returned home from Germany in 1968 and began his career as a long-distance truck driver. Don's uncle, Nelson Johnson, introduced him to the trucking industry, by taking him along on several trips. Eventually Don joined the Transx group of companies, where he remained until his passing. He was interested in the safety aspect of driving, and for several years taught the courses required for new drivers. He also spent time based in the Calgary terminal, recruiting new drivers. After returning to Winnipeg, he once again became an owner operator. During his years with Transx, Don received many safety awards, including the 2 Million Mile Award and 20 year safe driving award. Don was a company man, with a strong work ethic. He believed the customer always came first, and represented Transx to the best of his ability. He often said, if Louis is making money, I am making money. Don and Norene met later in life and married in 1984. They met by chance. Don was playing his guitar in a lounge, and asked if anyone had any requests. Norene asked if he could sing any Kris Kristofferson and as Don liked to tell the story, I've been singing Kristofferson to her for 20 plus years. Don and Norene shared many interests, current affairs, the outdoors, camping and boating. They enjoyed dancing and frequented venues, featuring many Manitoba artists and the local music scene. Don was community minded and music played a large part in his life. When time allowed, he enjoyed entertaining seniors in Winnipeg and Beausejour. For the past few years he joined local musicians for Friday Nite Jams at the Beausejour Legion, Branch 132. In 1995, after leaving Winnipeg and moving to a small acreage on the Brokenhead River, North of Beausejour, we adopted two german shepherd cross dogs and enjoyed their love and companionship for 15 years. Don was an animal lover and was devoted to his boys, Prince and King, and his cat Tiger. Don was a totally honest, generous to a fault, sociable, outgoing, reliable and compassionate man. Don embraced Norene's children, Tony and Donene (Frank); grandchildren, Dana, Joel and Melissa; Norene's nieces, Rhea (Scott), Dal (Laurie), Corinne and nephew Stace as his own. Don had a deep reverence for God and the Bible. He agreed with the words in Johnny Cash's song, It will go by the book. Family wish to express thank you to Dr. Garth Campbell, the nurses and doctors of GD6 at Health Sciences Centre for their care and kindness. In particular, to Paul, who guided us gently through this difficult time. We are forever grateful. As per Don's wishes, no formal service will be held. If desired, donations in Don's Memory may be made to The Winnipeg Human Society, 45 Hurst Way, Winnipeg, MB R3T 0R3


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