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HAROLD GRANT GALBRAITH

Born: Sep 12, 1929

Date of Passing: Aug 13, 2021

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GALBRAITH, Harold Grant
September 12, 1929 - August 13, 2021. We are sad to announce Dad's passing, yet happy he is at peace now. He lived a full, long life, and we celebrate this blessing. Dad was predeceased by his loving wife, Marion née Cooper (2008) and his son, Bruce (2003). He leaves to cherish his memory his daughter, Lynn (Joe) Goodwill and his grandchildren: Alison (Curtis) Radford, Melissa (Chris) Warkentin, Bryce (Amanda) Galbraith, Stephanie (Ripley) Galbraith, and Jessie Goodwill. As well, he leaves five great-grandchildren: Maddy, Emily, Brayden, Cody, and Ryleigh, his daughter-in-law, Karan (Grant Miller) Galbraith, his sister-in-law Margaret Lowe, and several nieces and nephews. Moosomin, Saskatchewan was Dad's birthplace. He was the first born and only son of Harry and Elsie (West) Galbraith. Two years later, his late sister, Eleanor (Creighton) Sheane followed. After graduating from high school (no small feat in that day), Dad tried many forms of employment. He also met his future bride, Marion Rose Cooper, who was a bank teller in the area. Eventually, Dad went into his own business, a meat market and locker plant in rural Saskatchewan. In September 1951, their daughter, Susan Lynn was born, and in 1954, their son, Grant Bruce came along. Bruce faced many life-threatening challenges from birth and required several hospitalizations in a time before Medicare. Dad bore the responsibility of a young wife and family and the health issues of his son by working even harder at his business. In the late 1950s, he opted to take a job in Winnipeg with Federated Co-op as a meat department manager at one of their stores. He came to be the general manager of several of their Winnipeg stores.
In the early 1960s, he was offered the position of general manager of all Co-op operation in Virden. He accepted the job offer as he felt it was a good move for his future and his family. A few years after moving to Virden and taking on the new job, Dad was approached by his major competitor, Jim McNeil, owner of the IGA stores in town about buying his business. A deal was struck, and Dad purchased the IGA from Mr. McNeil and went into the grocery business on Third Avenue (Grant's IGA). It was truly a family operation as Mom, my brother and I all worked at "the store", but so did other families like the Larsons and the Collies. The business thrived even as Dad threw himself into his adopted community. He belonged to the Lions Club, the Legion, St. Mary's Vestry, and did a stint as a town counselor. As well, he purchased Harry's Bakery uptown and relocated it to our grocery store. The enticing smell of fresh baked goods definitely attracted even more shoppers! Busy as he was, Dad would take time to watch Bruce and I swim at the pool or take in one of Bruce's high school football games or be there when Terry McLean was teaching us to ride our horse. As a family we would go on tenting holidays every summer somewhere in Canada or the United States as he loved to travel and see new places. I left for Winnipeg and university and Bruce tested the waters in the oil patch, but eventually he decided to return and work for this father in the store. In the mid-1970s Dad purchased Souris Modern IGA and had Don and Cheryl Brown of Souris manage it. After a few years, Dad turned the operating of the business over to Bruce and Karan, who had joined our family in 1975, and he and Mom, and of course their favourite pooches, GG and/or Rosie, began their "active retirement"! They could dote on their three little grandchildren and later my daughter when she joined the family. They also travelled to Europe, the Caribbean, and throughout the United States and Canada, but their heart settled on Mesa, Arizona "Fountain of the Sun". They purchased a winter home there, with a summer residence at Oak Lake Beach. "Down South" they had many friends from Virden, Souris and just about every province and state! Great times with so many happy memories and lasting friendships! They spent a total of over 30 winters in Mesa. Back in Virden, the decision was made to close the old store and Bruce opened his own business, Bruce's IGA, (1984) in the new strip mall on King Street. After a few short years, Bruce, unfortunately, was diagnosed with cancer. He left us far too early in 2003. This was the event in Mom and Dad's life that as a parent no one is ever prepared for. Life, however, goes on and so did Mom and Dad until Mom's cancer returned only a few years later. At this time, they sold the house in Mesa and moved back to the lake. As her condition worsened, they relocated to a condo in Brandon on Braecrest Drive close to the medical services she needed. Mom passed away in January 2008 and after a few months I convinced Dad to move back to Virden to the life lease at Bolton Place. He enjoyed his stay there and made new friends as well as renewed old friendships. There was always a hot game of crib in the afternoon downstairs! As Dad needed more assistance day by day, I suggested he move to Souris to Victoria Park Lodge to be near me. He settled in there and loved it, especially the home-cooked meals, as he did love his food! It was great to have him so close! His next stop was the Souris Personal Care Home where he went to live a little over a year and a half ago. There he received excellent care from the doctors, nurses, and staff. He also found new crib playing partners and they enjoyed their games every afternoon. He especially enjoyed the friendship of Amelia Morden. Dad had several health issues (at 91 and three-quarters years who wouldn't!), but he had a sudden decline in early August from which he didn't recover. The family would like to thank the doctors, nurses, and staff at the Souris Personal Care Home for the excellent care they gave Dad during his stay there. A graveside service will be conducted by family friends, Rev Bill and Rev Mona Blackburn, at the Virden Cemetery on Wednesday, September 15, 2021 at 2 pm.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Central Speech and Hearing Clinic Inc. 1325 Markham Rd. Winnipeg, Manitoba R3T 4J6; Funds for Furry Friends 740 Rosser Ave. Suite 208 Brandon, Manitoba R7A 0K9 or a charity of your choice.
Messages of condolences may be made online at www.carscaddenfuneralchapel.com

G.R. Carscadden Funeral Chapel - Virden
in care of arrangements.

As published in Brandon Sun on Sep 11, 2021

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