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Orr FraserFraser Gilbert Orr

After a brief illness at the age of 98 our beloved father passed away on Friday, September 15, 2017, at the Carman Memorial Hospital with his daughter Janice by his side.

He was predeceased by his wife Alma nee Taillon, his parents Duncan and Mary Jane as well as his brothers Doug, Charlie, Gordon, Ray, Garnet and sister Verna.

Left to cherish his memory are his five children Terry (Jerelyn), Ken (Olivia), Norman (Cathy), Janice Knaggs (Ken) and Larry (Laura).  Grandpa will also be missed  by his twelve grandchildren Christopher, Jodene Stel  (Travis),  Robin (Robyn), Nadine Iafolla (Marc),  Liane Wally (Owen),  Athalie Arnal (Bret),  Sydney,  Daniel Knaggs (Karen),  David Knaggs (Sherry), Joel Knaggs (Jess), Stuart and Yvonne as well as thirteen great grandchildren Maddie Orr, Skylar, Paris, and Mackenzie Knaggs, Isabelle and Emilie Iafolla , Isaac Wally, Annabelle and Benjamin Arnal , Connor and Chloe Stel , and Seth and Troy Stanford.

Dad was born on May 15, 1919 on Ash Avenue in Elm Creek, Manitoba in the family home which still stands today. He met his future wife Alma in grade school. When Dad joined the Royal Canadian Army Corp in 1941 and was stationed at Camp Borden Mom flew to Toronto where they were immediately married.  At the end of the war Terry was born and in 1946 they moved back to their roots in Elm Creek.   In 1947 Dad and his brother Garnet opened the Orr Brothers Hardware. Anything and everything was sold in the store and if not stocked it would be ordered, anything to serve a customer, even opening on a Sunday for a last minute request.   A few years later Dad took over his father’s insurance business, later to be appointed agent for Manitoba Crop Insurance Corporation in the municipality of Grey.  Though running a business and raising a family of five was a full time occupation, he made time for hunting, fishing, gardening, curling and golfing.

Dad was not only a family man but also valued his community, spending many years serving on boards for the fire department, town council, and the town hall.  He was a life member of the Legion and the Elm Creek Curling Club.

In 1984 Dad sold his insurance company ending a 60 year era for the Orr family. For the next  fourteen years  he and Mom wintered in Mesa, Arizona which proved to be a new lease on life for both of them, keeping busy golfing and  crafting, hobbies they both had in common.  In 2005 as Mom’s health declined they made the Heritage Manor their home. Dad remained a loving husband and devoted care giver till her passing in 2013.  While at the manor he made many friends, planted vegetables in the back, flowers in the front and enjoyed feeding and watching the birds outside his living room window. His tools were always handy in case someone needed a hand.

As advancing age took its toll he took pleasure in having lunch with the residents of the manor, keeping up with the news, watching the Bombers, especially if they were winning, being an armchair golfer and doing jig saw puzzles.  Once he quit driving at the age of 95, he looked forward to summer when he could be seen running errands around town in his sporty red scooter.

Dad always looked forward to visits from his family and took an interest in our lives.   We enjoyed hearing stories of the early days and the many misadventures that unfortunately come with old age.  He was always upbeat and positive.

As one of the oldest and longest living residents of the town he became the unofficial historian and was frequently called upon to verify historical facts with his unbelievable memory for names, places, and events.

On July 1, 2017 in conjunction with Canada’s 150th Birthday Dad was honored by having Ash Avenue, the street on which  he was born, had a business and lived  for almost all his life, renamed Orr Avenue in recognition of his service to his community and his country.

We will remember Dad as a true gentleman and someone who could be relied upon to provide thoughtful counsel as well as help, who never lost sight of what mattered in life and who kept us chuckling with his wonderful sense of humor and quick wit. All these words add up to the man Dad was but they’ll never outweigh our love for him.

Special thanks to the caring and compassionate staff at the Carman Memorial Hospital for making Dad’s passing as comfortable and dignified as possible.

As per Dad’s wishes cremation has taken place and there will be a celebration of his life on September 24, 2017 at the Elm Creek Community Hall followed by a reception and a time of fellowship. A private family interment will take place at the Elm Creek Cemetery. 

If so desired memorial donations may be made to the Heritage Manor Fund payable to the Elm Creek Housing Corporation, Box 34, Elm Creek, MB, ROG ONO, or to a charity of one’s choice. 

Comments  

#1 Angela 2017-09-20 20:32
Condolences to the family, he will be missed. He was always a joy to visit.
#2 Pat Westfall 2017-09-22 10:26
I remember your Dad and the store. My deepest condolences to you and all of Frasers family. He will be missed. From Pat Westfall nee Pat Cummer.

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