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Obituary for Francis Hill McManes

McMANES: It is with deep sadness that we, the family, announce the unexpected but peaceful passing of Frank McManes at home in Brandon, on November 13, 2007. Frank would have celebrated his 88th birthday on Wednesday, November 14th. Frank was a loving husband, father, grandpa, great-grandfather and friend to many. He leaves to cherish his memory: Shirley, wife of 28 years; his six children Janice, Jim, John, Joanne, Jeff and Jaye and their spouses; sixteen grandchildren; three great grandchildren; his brother, Melvin and three stepsons Wayne, Rick and Cal Mennie and their families.
Frank was predeceased by his first wife Blodwen (Bobby) and by his youngest brother, Hugh. Frank was born and raised in Alexander. He attended Dalton and Alexander Schools. He was an active member of the community and farmed with his father and his two brothers. Frank enlisted in 1941, became a pilot, and served overseas until 1945. On his return to Alexander he continued to farm, married and raised six children. He loved his family times, his curling, his days as councilor for the Whitehead Municipality, and his many neighbours and friends. In 1957, when crops were destroyed by hail, Frank returned to flying. For many years he was a very respected and well-liked instructor with the Brandon Flying Club and Maple Leaf Aviation. Many students were inspired by his skill, calmness and love of flying. Upon his retirement as a pilot, he traded airplanes for tractors and combines and continued to farm with his sons on the family farm. When he and Shirley married, Frank moved to Brandon. He became active as a Director with the Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum, curled at the Brandon Curling Club, and became a cottage owner at Clear Lake where he enjoyed many weekends and holidays. He led an active social life, attending church at Central United Church, enjoying Booster Club dances, and more recently singing with the Song Birds Choir. He maintained his close farming ties. He was particularly proud of his family, their accomplishments and took great pleasure in his grandchildren and great grandchildren. Throughout his lifetime he formed many valued and lasting friendships. A Celebration of Frank's Life was held on Friday, November 16, 2007 at Central United Church. Interment was in the Brandon Cemetery. If so desired, donations may be made in Frank's name to the Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum, Box 3, Group 520, RR#5, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 5Y5. Expressions of sympathy may be made at Arrangements were with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 727-0330.

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