Passed away at the Deer Lodge Centre, Winnipeg MB, on Thursday December 29, 2011 at the age of 91 years, Lloyd Joseph Irwin, formerly of Belmont MB.
Lloyd was born December 26, 1920 at the home of his parents Thomas and Margaret Irwin at Belmont and died December 29, 2011 at the Deer Lodge Centre, Winnipeg aged 91 years 3 days. He left school early, joined the work force, working for farmers in the area. In 1941 he joined the XIIth Manitoba Dragoons, training Winnipeg, then served in England, France, Belgium, Netherlands and Germany returning in late 1945 being discharged 1946. Some say he had the luckiest service number H-77777. While serving in The Netherlands he met his future wife Augusta Massolt / Massaut in Leeuwarden. She came to Canada as a War Bride in 1947 and they married July 4, 1947 at Belmont. They had a baby girl in 1948 who died in child birth, and a son Chris in 1952. Their marriage dissolved in the summer of 1960.
After the War, he returned to Belmont and took up farming on 25-5-16. In 1966 he sold the farm to Morley Myers and moved to Brandon working on construction. When the industry slowed down there, he moved to Winnipeg and continued in the industry up to his retirement age. Some notable projects he worked on start to finish: the McMaster Hall complex, the Brodie Science Building, City of Brandon Waste Water Treatment Facility and in Winnipeg the Seven Oaks Hospital and the Centra Gas Building. Lloyd was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion and the ANAF before entering Deer Lodge.
He was a man for hard work and a kind heart. Always had time for his son, those who came with him, his grandson and looked forward for the little girl to visit, his grand daughter while in Deer Lodge. He always sat in his chair by the window peering down to see who was coming for a visit.
Lloyd is survived by his son Chris [Katherine] of Belmont, his only grandson Robbie & his wife Pam and his great granddaughters Sarah & Emma all of Edmonton Alta. Also, by his sister Iva Shaw who now resides in Killarney.
He was predeceased by his father Thomas Irwin 1878 – 1947 and his mother Margaret Spring 1880 – 1969. Also his siblings: William 1905 – 1979, Jane 1906 – 1973, Archibald 1907 – 1956, Thomas 1910 – 1988, Catherine 1914 – 2006, Stanley 1916 – 1961, Raymond 1918 – 2004, his brother-in-laws John Mackie [Jane] 1896 – 1978, David Cove [Catherine] 1913 – 1936, Walter Cove [Catherine] 1906 – 1983, Robert Shaw [Iva] 1919 – 1994. Also his sister-in-law Ada Yeo [Archibald] 1918 – 1990 who re-married John Penner.
His nephews Gordon Mackie 1980, Donald Mackie 2000, predeceased him David Cove, Allan Cove, Bob Shaw, Tommy Shaw survived him. His Niece Cleo Laird-Raison [Cove] 2001 predeceased him Margaret Ann Brolund [Mackie], Tranna Homenick [Cove], Judy Tully [Shaw], Penny Solinske [Shaw] survive him.
Funeral Service will be held in the Knox United Church, Belmont, on Wednesday January 4, 2012 at 2:00 pm with Phyllis Mulligan officiating. Interment to follow at Hillside Cemetery, Belmont. Friends that so desire, memorial donations can be made in Lloyd’s memory to the Strathcona Historical Society (Museum), c/o Helen Delorme, Belmont MB R0K 0C0.
The family would like to thank Deer Lodge management, Nursing and Support Staff of 2 West, 2 South, Tower 6 for making his stay a memorable one full of happiness and a sense of belonging over the past nine years. Finally 3 East, it’s management, Nursing and support staff making his final days comfortable and pain free. Also his companion Joey whom he looked forward to her visit, they tease and tell stories.
Online condolences can be sent by visiting www.willmorchapel.com. Jamieson’s Funeral Services, Willmor Chapel, in care of arrangements. 1-204-827-2480.