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Born: Jul 23, 1938

Date of Passing: Apr 26, 2020

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July 23, 1938 - April 26, 2020

It is with deep sadness and heavy hearts that we announce the peaceful passing of our beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, Irene on April 26, 2020, at the age of 81.
She is predeceased by her mother and father, Anne and Basil Partridge, brother Fred Partridge and sister Gail Partridge.
She is survived by her husband of 57 years, Brian; children, Colleen (Don), Laurie (Randy), Shannon (Mark); grandchildren, Tamara (Richard), Jeff (Lynnsay), Courtney (Brandon), Amanda (Luke), Jesse (Alyssa) and Emma; great-grandchildren, Jacob, Bailey and Scarlett; brother Bob Partridge and sister-in-law Judy Partridge.
Irene was born on July 23, 1938, in Winnipeg. She grew up in the North End and she was very proud of her "North End street smarts." She attended Luxton School and Tec Voc High School. She worked as a secretary at CNR Station and Symington Yard. She met her husband Brian while working at the CNR, their first date was to see the movie Old Yeller. They were married on June 9, 1962.
Irene devoted her life to raising her three daughters; family was everything to her. As a young mother she enjoyed sewing, baking, and attending her girls' many baton competitions. Many weekends were spent at Mom Partridge's house playing cards, singing, and having a drink or two. One can never forget the famous Partridge parties in the basement. Many summers were spent at their beloved cottage at Grand Marais, where friends and family gathered for many bonfires and happy times. As the kids grew older, Irene went back to work at the St. Vital Curling Club and then at Superstore, where she later retired.
Irene was a very devoted Grandma and loved to have the grandkids over for many sleepovers which included treats and her famous chocolate cake. She was always the happiest at home surrounded by her kids and grandkids.
Irene loved to watch curling, figure skating and her beloved Blue Bombers, GO BIG BLUE! She had a heart of gold and will always be remembered for her warm personality, her laughter and her unforgettable smile. Her favourite quote was "never underestimate the power of a simple smile."
Mum always said her daughters were the wind beneath her wings, but she was truly ours.
A celebration of Irene's life will be held at a later date.

Tonight, we name a star Irene to replace
her dimming light from us her family

She never wanted more than plain and
simple things but always gave from her heart

You taught the girls to love, laugh
and smile, even to cry once in awhile

Your lessons of life we will continue,
known to the family as the Bacon factor

For Brian your partner you can be
assured the love you shared is
alive in the family that arose

Even though you let Brian be the boss
he knew loving and losing you
would be his greatest loss

Your boys teased you sometimes to wits end
not really knowing it was you
showing us to live, love and laugh

Your grandkids' faces have permanent grins
put there by you through memories
of fun and a chocolate bar or two

Thank you, Irene, for your lessons
of how life should be lived

Although your light here with us
has dimmed somewhere over the
skies of Grand Marais a star remains bright

Good Night Irene Good Night

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on May 09, 2020

Condolences & Memories (7 entries)

  • Our sincere condolences to Brian and family at the sad loss of dear Irene. We will always think of Irene as a very dear friend. She welcomed us with open arms when we first arrived in Canada and remained a dear friend right to the end. We will always remember the good times we shared, the many laughs and tears. Rest in peace dear friend. Barbara & Gordon. - Posted by: Barbara Hill (Friend) on: May 12, 2020

  • Deepest Sympathy. - Posted by: Steve And Penny Stewart (Neighbour) on: May 10, 2020

  • You were my second Mom when I was growing up and accepted me for me. You put up with my teenage antics and I loved you for that. You were the cool Mom. I remember coming to visit you when your girls moved away on their adventure. We would sit for hours and just chat. I think it helped both of us. Life got busy and I hadn't seen you in a long time but would get updates. You will always be in my memories and my heart. Until we meet again ❤️ - Posted by: Alyssa Henault (Family friend) on: May 09, 2020

  • I am so sorry for the loss of your beloved Mom. I remember the day Mrs. Bacon drove over to our home to drop off Laurie for the weekend. As her slow moving station wagon came to a stop we squinted and wondered what the shiny object on the roof was... It was her famous chocolate cake which she put on the roof and forgot to put into the car! What a careful driver she was for that cake to have stayed on the roof and arrived safely. Always makes me smile when I think of that day and what a lovely person she was. - Posted by: Laura Matwichuk (Friend) on: May 09, 2020

  • Many happy times Marg & I spent with Irene and Brian and the girls. Our deepest condolences go out to Brian and the family. Irene will be missed. - Posted by: Russell Thompson (Old Friend) on: May 09, 2020

  • Very saddened to hear of Irene’s passing. I fondly remember Irene as a kind and supportive co-worker in the Superstore Deli Department. I was always happy when I saw the schedule and Irene and I would be working the same shift. Indeed a special lady. Her laugh is lighting up heaven. - Posted by: Diane (Co-worker at Superstore Deli) on: May 09, 2020

  • My condolences to you and your family. - Posted by: Stan Burch (friend ) on: May 09, 2020

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