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Sven Jensen

June 23, 1923 ~ July 15, 2008

On July 15, 2008, after a brief illness, Sven Jensen, at age 85, passed away peacefully at the Deer Lodge Centre, in Winnipeg. Sven was predeceased by his wife Rae (2007) and his two brothers Oscar (1942) and Peter (1962). He is survived by his children Paul (Maureen Prendiville), Karen (Rob Dewar) and Eric and all of Sven’s grandchildren, Andrew and Kevin Jensen, Mark Dewar (and his wife Jane Lawrence Dewar), Nancy Dewar (now Berglund and her husband Eric Berglund), and Colin, Anders, Nils and Karen Jensen. He is also survived by his sister Verna Menzies, and her husband Jim, and Sven’s many nieces and nephews.

Sven was born and raised in Carman, Manitoba, where he received his early education. He enjoyed the freedom of growing up in a small town in rural Manitoba. It was in Carman that he met his life long partner, Rae (Langtry). They were together nearly 70 years.

In World War II, Sven served with the RCAF and was commissioned as a pilot officer. He survived a crash in a Liberator near the end of the war. Following his discharge from the RCAF in 1945, he worked with his father Einar in the operation of Carman Creamery, the family business. Sven and Rae were married in 1947.

Eventually he took over the business from his father. In 1970, Carman Creamery became part of Modern Dairies Limited. In 1972, Sven was appointed Manager of Crescent Creamery, one of the operations in Winnipeg. In 1975, he became President and Group Manager of Modern Dairies Limited and all of its subsidiaries in Manitoba and Northwestern Ontario.

Sven was involved in the consolidation of a number of companies in the dairy industry under one umbrella unit (Modern Dairies Limited). When Modern was acquired by Beatrice International of Chicago, Sven became President, Beatrice Foods - Manitoba. Sven was a Director of the National Dairy Council. He was a major contributor to the development of the dairy industry in Manitoba and Canada. Of particular note was his working partnership with Agriculture Canada on research to produce the best quality product. He provided sound advice to all the important stakeholders – farmers, workers, other processors and governments.

Sven spent considerable time working for his community. While in Carman, in the 1960’s and 1970’s, he served six years on Town Council and a further five years as Mayor. In 1970, as Mayor, he hosted Prince Phillip and Princess Anne at the Manitoba Centennial celebrations in Carman. He was involved with the Conservative Party of Manitoba. He was a charter member and honorary life member of the Kinsmen Club of Carman and he received his 60 year pin with the Royal Canadian Legion. He was an active member of the United Church. Sven enjoyed curling, golf and fishing at Clearwater Bay with his buddies. Sven often would quietly lend a hand to people in need. Carman always remained close to his heart and he maintained his many life long friendships there.

After he moved to Winnipeg in 1972, Sven steered Beatrice Foods into many community projects including support for various professional sporting events, sponsoring the soccer program for Winnipeg schools, and providing financial and sponsorship support for the St. Boniface Hospital Research Foundation. Sven, through Beatrice was an original sponsor of the Manitoba Marathon, something he was very proud of. Beatrice afforded Sven and Rae many opportunities for travel and meeting new people and making new friends. With Beatrice they had many trips including travels to China and Europe.

In 1989, Sven retired from the dairy business and he and Rae started a life of exploration in their Big Chevy Suburban and travel trailer. They were snowbirds who explored most of the United States and Canada, again making many new friends wherever they went. Eventually Sven and Rae ended up wintering many years in Tucson, Arizona where life (particularly in the winter) was good. When he was back in Winnipeg, one of his favorite pastimes was to visit neighbors and friends. He would often show up at a hospital to visit someone. This was his own quiet way of doing something to help someone.

In his most recent years Sven ended up with Alzheimer’s Disease. It is a situation he accepted with grace and dignity. One of his passions in later years was to cheer on his grandson Andrew at Charleswood Hawks hockey games. He has been in Deer Lodge for a year and a half where he really appreciated the attention he got from the staff. He was known to all there as a real "gentleman".

Sven personified dignity, respect and duty. He was loyal to his family, friends, to his business colleagues and to his community. He knew the importance of making and meeting commitments and fair treatment. These traits have left a mark on everyone around him.

A funeral service will be held for Sven on Monday, July 21, 2008 at 2:00 PM at the Carman United Church with Rev. Catherine Waldie officiating. Interment will take place at Greenwood Cemetery, Carman.

Memorial Donations may be made to the Carman United Church, Box 1177, Carman, Manitoba, R0G 0J0 or to the Alzheimer’s Society, 10-120 Donald Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3C 4G2.

Doyle’s Funeral Chapel is in care of arrangements.

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