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Born: Sep 11, 1922

Date of Passing: Oct 06, 2019

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September 11, 1922 - October 6, 2019

It is with great sadness that the family of Vern Jeffrey announce his recent passing. With his family by his side, Vern, 97 years old, passed away peacefully early in the morning of October 6, 2019.
Left to mourn his passing is son Blair (Val); grandson Darryl (Kyla); great-grand-daughters, Kara and Kaitlan; sister Beth Money; sister-in-law Irene Gray; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife Joyce; parents, Angus and Mildred; and infant granddaughter Darcy Jeffrey.
Vern was born and raised on the family farm north of Grandview, MB. He attended Wicklow School through Grade 8 and then worked on his parent's family farm, dabbling in mining, forestry and trucking along the way. Vern became smitten with the young lady teaching down the road at Morranville School and in 1945 Vern and Joyce were married, commencing what was to be a 70-year long journey.
Together they purchased Vern's grand-father's land and farmed a quarter section across the road from his parents and in 1946 they welcomed their son Blair into their family. In 1957 they decided to make a major change, leaving the farm and moving to Rennie, MB to work in the Whiteshell Provincial Park. The move proved to be a good one and Vern enjoyed a 26-year career with Natural Resources as Works Foreman and later park ranger in charge of the Rennie District and was highly respected by co-workers, cottagers and patrons of the park. In 1983 Vern and Joyce retired and made what would be their last move to Whitemouth where they built and shared their retirement home (many of the finishing touches done by Vern himself) by the Whitemouth River for over 30 years.
Known as an extremely likeable couple, Vern and Joyce were always thankful for the many dear friends they had made throughout their lives and attributed much of their longevity to their vast network of friends and family, together with whom they shared many good times. Vern had many interests including travelling, camping, fishing, curling, golfing, card playing, playing crokinole, carpentry, volunteering and gardening. Vern's home and yard were a source of pride and he cared for these meticulously. He also had an affinity for GMs and every couple of years would come home with a shiny new Chevrolet, Olds or Buick from Melnick Motors Ltd.
Without question, his favourite pastime was watching his family grow up and participate in their favourite activities. Whether it be baseball, curling, hockey, soccer or volleyball, watching and encouraging us was always a priority. Late in life he most loved to sit and admire his "beautiful" great-grand-daughters and listen to their stories about what they had been up to since their last visit.
His greatest concern was the well-being of his family. He was very interested to find out what we were doing or what we may be planning next. He was always ready to help with a renovation or any project we had on the go. We will always be thankful and very grateful for his love and generosity. He was a true gentleman and wonderful memories of him will be with us always.
The family would like to thank all the staff at the Whitemouth Personal Care Home for the wonderful care and compassion they gave to our father and grandfather during the time he spent with them. We wish you all could have known him the way his family will remember him.
Funeral service will be held at the Ross United Church on First Street in Whitemouth on Saturday, October 12, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. Reception to be held at the Whitemouth Community Centre following the service. Private family interment will be held at the Whitemouth Municipal Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Whitemouth Museum Society where Vern volunteered many hours or another charity of your choice.

& CREMATORIUM, Beausejour
(204) 268-3510 or MB Toll Free 1-877-776-2220

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Oct 10, 2019

Condolences & Memories (6 entries)

  • To Vern's Family, I am saddened to hear of Vern's passing. A truly good man. Over the years my wife and I spent many happy hours with Vern and Joyce at Brereton Lake, Rennie and later meeting for lunches in Whitemouth. My daughter still makes the "Joyce's Brownies" recipe. Your family has many good memories to cherish. - Posted by: Bill Humphreys (Friend) on: Oct 12, 2019

  • Dear Blair , Val and all family, My sincere condolences to you in the passing of your Dad. He truly was a well respected man - as they say A Life Well Lived. Sincerely Grant Clark - Posted by: Grant Clark (Friend) on: Oct 11, 2019

  • Vern & Joyce Jeffrey, what great memories, Friends, Neighbours, Colleagues, Role Models, Teachers, Curling buddies, so glad they had such full lives, so happy they were our longtime neighbours, such a wonderful son they raised(our Brother Blair) forever remembered, forever Cherished! Sincere Condolences from your Park Yard Family, Diane, Wayne, Ron & Gail Grier - Posted by: Wayne Grier (Neighbor, Family Friend ) on: Oct 10, 2019

  • Condolences to Blair.Val and family. I have so many fond memories of Vern and Joyce from spending some of my childhood near them on the farm then later in the Whiteshell. I had many contacts with Vern while working 3 summers at Falcon lake for Parks. Vern always had a sense of humour and lots of infectious laughs. They both have a special place in my heart. - Posted by: Maureen Kinniburgh nee Grexton (Cousin) on: Oct 10, 2019

  • A well respected member in the Whiteshell community the short time I knew him. You must be very proud of your father Blair and Val. Don Bettof - Posted by: Don Bettof (Acquaintance ) on: Oct 10, 2019

  • To Vernon’s family, we extend our most sincere and heartfelt sympathy. We both enjoyed working with Vern during our many years with Manitoba Natural Resources. Vern’s work ethic and concern for Manitoba Parks was always evident. We have many fond memories of Vern. We too found him to be a “true gentleman”. Cherish and treasure your memories. Rod & Marg MacCharles The Pas, MB - Posted by: Rod & Marg MacCharles (Friends and former Co-Workers) on: Oct 10, 2019

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