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Neil Cline

Neil Martin "Dozer" Cline

Tuesday, December 22nd, 1931 - Wednesday, January 29th, 2020
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Obituary

Passed away at the Glenboro Health Centre on Wednesday January 29, 2020 at the age of 88 years, Neil Martin "Dozer" Cline, of Wawanesa MB.

Neil leaves to mourn his passing his loving wife Joan (nee Hamilton), daughters Laurie Cline and Pam Cline both of Brandon, sons Brad (Sheila) Cline, Perry (Heather) Cline and Travis Cline (Gail Feser) all of Wawanesa; six grandchildren Ashley (Mitch), Regan, Marisa (Noah) Jena (Randy), Cali (Kyle) and Brett; seven great grandchildren Sienna, Ivy, Terrick, Bella, Lowe, Lincoln and Mav as well as numerous extended family & friends.

Neil was predeceased by his parents Lewis & Ada Cline, brothers Earl (Clara), Boyd (Agnes), sisters Mae (Ernie) Fortier, Phyllis (Herman) Johnson, Dora (Albert) Thomas & Anne (John) Thomas.

Dad's favorite pastimes growing up in Belmont were baseball and hockey. He played ball with the Belmont A's and was proud to be one of the pitchers in 1952 when the team won the Central Manitoba Baseball Championship. In 1953 he was offered a job at the creamery in Souris and joined the Souris Cardinal Team who went on to win the Central Manitoba Championship that year. Both teams were inducted to the Manitoba Baseball Hall of Fame. The nickname Dozer started in his early baseball days because of his pitching, they say he hurled the ball like a bulldozer. When he started his job with Modern Dairies in Brandon (where he worked for the next 28 years) the family moved to Nesbitt where he played ball with the "Treesbank Tigers". As his son`s Brad, Perry and Travis started playing sports he turned to coaching Little League Baseball in Nesbitt and hockey in Wawanesa.

Dad enjoyed Hunting, ice fishing, trapping or golfing in his spare time. He was an avid reader and would take a book with him everywhere he went. Once when he was ice fishing Travis went into the fishing shack and found him reading his book and he had not even put a line in the water. Dad was always interested in farming and had a small hobby farm for a few years but later would help his father-in-law Terrick and then his son Brad combine.
He was very particular about his garden spending hours every day watering and weeding and in the past few years helping his granddaughter Regan with her garden. When they lived next to the Senior`s housing in Wawanesa he had a box near the back lane where he would put a few fresh veggies every day for anyone that wanted to help themselves. Dad kept busy helping out his boys running for parts or building supplies or helping move equipment. The last few years in the winter he was really enjoying some time at the rink watching his great granddaughter Ivy and great grandson Terrick play hockey.

Sunday was his favorite day of the week. Every Sunday some or all of his kids, granddaughters and great grand kids would show up at the house for a visit and a treat. Mom said he would try and guess how many would show up that particular day. It will be hard to see his empty chair when we gather for "Sunday Coffee".

A Celebration of Neil's life will be held on Tuesday February 4, 2020 at 2:00 pm in the Wawanesa Centennial Hall. Reception to follow.
A family interment will take place in the Wawanesa Cemetery.
Memorial donations can be made in Neil's memory to the Wawanesa Minor Sports, Box 91, Wawanesa MB R0K 2G0.
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Service Details

  • Service

    Tuesday, February 4th, 2020 | 2:00pm
    When
    Tuesday, February 4th, 2020 2:00pm
    Location
    Wawanesa Community Hall
    Address
    202-4th St.
    WAWANESA, MB R0K 2G0
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    A Celebration of Life will be held in the Wawanesa Community Hall.
    Officiant
    Shirley McBurney
  • Interment

    Location
    Wawanesa Cemetery
    Address
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    WAWANESA, MB
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    A Family interment will take place in the Wawanesa Cemetery.
  • Reception

    Location
    Wawanesa Community Hall
    Address
    202 4th St.
    WAWANESA, MB
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Cheryl Battersby

Posted at 09:20pm
Joan and family,
My thoughts are with you and your family during this time.
Cheryl McGill Battersby
AJ

Audrey & Kelly & Michelle Johnson

Posted at 01:11am
Audrey, Kelly and Michelle.
Joan, Laurie ,Pam, Brad, Perry Travis and families, Sorry so to hear of Neil's passing. Our deepest sympathy to all.
He'll be greatly missed by all of you and all that knew him. May you take comfort in knowing what a great loving husband, father and grandfather and a great grandfather he was, and a was a friend to all. Our deepest sympathy to each and everyone one.
So sorry we where unable to attend the funeral.
LJ

Lloyd & Joyce

Posted at 08:09pm
Our deepest sympathy to you, Joan and your family at this difficult time

Liane Heinrichs

Posted at 12:03pm
Our condolences to the Cline family. Neil was such fa kind gentleman, & he will be missed. Each of you have an abundance of wonderful memories of your time together to sustain you now, & bring smiles in the future. Don & Liane Heinrichs
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Barb McDonald

Posted at 10:45am
Sorry for your loss. Thinking of you all at this sad time. Barb McDonald
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