Lorne Alvin Williment

March 11, 1944 - March 30, 2011

Peacefully, surrounded by his family, our kind and gentle husband, father, grandfather, and brother left us on March 30, 2011.

Lorne is lovingly remembered by his family: wife Beverley, children Wayne (Colette), Marlys (Barry), and Kenneth (Melissa). He will be sadly missed by his greatest treasures in life: his grandchildren Travis, Justin, Taylor, Onaleigh, and Makayla. He was also looking forward to the arrival of his new grandchild. Lorne is also survived by his brothers: Donald (Bev), Harvey (Linda), and Russel (Anne), brothers-in-law Murray (Darlene) and Bert (Judy), and many special aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Lorne was predeceased by his mother Myrtle in 2003, his father Edgar in 2006, and his nephew Dwayne in 1973.

Lorne loved challenges and left home to work in Eaton's Warehouse in Winnipeg at age 18 years. Shortly after however he ventured north first to the gold mines at Bissett, MB and then to the nickel mines in Thompson, MB. There he worked as an underground driller and loved to share his memories with his family. Upon a visit home to Miami in the spring of 1970, he met a nursing student, Beverley (McDonald) and they were married in November of that year. Together they raised their three children, while managing a mixed farming operation. Dad took his children's activities very seriously, attending hockey games, ringette and downhill skiing events. His family has many fond memories of weekend camping trips across Canada. This continued with his grandchildren as they competed in rodeo, hockey, and snowboarding. Wayne returned to the farm in 1999 and his Dad spent hours, months, and years working closely with him to build his mechanic business. As Marlys and Kenneth left for further education, he followed their every accomplishment with pride. Phoning weekly and visiting places he had never seen including Churchill, Sioux Lookout, Vancouver, Calgary, Grandforks, Michigan State University, Ottawa, and Halifax. No place was too far to visit his family.

As his children chose their partners, he opened his arms and heart to them and shared his unconditional love. Arrival of each grandchild was met with a great broad smile and a heart full of love, as life had just taken on new meaning for him. Travis in 1992, Justin 1995, and Taylor 2000. He adored his grandsons and spent hours with them in the yard playing, training 4-H calves, learning to drive, and learning to ride horses. Their Grandpa was always there for them and so as Grandpa's health failed they returned that unconditional love staying and caring for him so he was never alone. Lorne was blessed with the arrival of his two little granddaughters in Halifax, which meant trips to visit, and Onaleigh hugs. What a joy!!

Lorne started to discover his love of carpentry in 1970 and built their first home and all the buildings on his farm in the next few years. His last project was the new home he built in 1999. He used wood from his farm and lumber from the original Williment farm home. He was so proud of the home he built.
Lorne was an active member of his community. He enjoyed helping neighbours renovate their homes, remodel the community rink, construct the grandstand, and drywall the golf course clubhouse. He was also an active member of the agricultural society. From 1980-1992 Lorne was a municipal councillor for the RM of Thompson. During this time, he ensured that the edges of the roads were pulled up and community wells were established. He supported the Miami medical clinic and worked with Ducks Unlimited on the Lizard Lake project.

As dementia overtook his independence, Lorne was truly blessed to have a caring family who made it possible for him to stay in the home he built with dignity and remain on the land he loved. He would light up with the whirlwind visits from the boys every evening for supper, the news Wayne shared with him over noon hours, and the second home he had with Marlys and Barry in Winnipeg. Along with his caring family, homecare made it possible to stay in his beloved home to the very end and we as a family thank each one of you from the bottom of our hearts.

Dad taught us patience is a virtue, hard work is respected, a kind and open heart is infectious, and while life may not always be easy or fair what matters is that you make the most of the moments you have with loved ones. Lorne has left us a legacy of unconditional love, commitment, strength, and determination.

The family would like to extend their thanks to: Miami Fire and Rescue, CRHA Ambulance, Carman Home Care Staff, Boundary Trails Medical Ward, Dr. Woelk, Dr. Berard, Dr. Howard Zacharias, and Dr. J Tohme.

Donations in Lorne’s memory to Carman Home Care, Box 807, Carman, MB or Miami and Area Foundation, Box 334, Miami, MB would be deeply appreciated.

A memorial service was held April 4, 2011 at the Miami Community Centre with Reverend Allison Halstead officiating and ash interment at the Miami Community Cemetery.

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