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FAY KIRBYSON (ROBERTSON)

Date of Passing: Oct 14, 2021

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KIRBYSON: It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Fay Kirbyson (nee Robertson) after a lengthy illness. Fay passed peacefully at home with family by her side, just as she wished, on Thursday, October 14, 2021. She was born in Saskatoon where her mother was staying while her father was stationed in Vancouver during the war. Fay grew up on the Robertson family farm near Margaret, first attending Harmony School and later Margaret and Boissevain schools. In 1961, she moved to Elgin to accept a position at the CIBC, and she quickly made friends and began her lifelong commitment to the community. She met her husband Bob and they were married in 1964. Bob and Fay spent several winters in Vancouver where she worked at the Bank of Nova Scotia, but she was always happy to return to the farm in Manitoba in the spring to reconnect with family and friends. When they finally moved back, she settled easily into farm life again, first at the "Honeyman Place'' then in 1970, Fay, Bob, and their infant sons, Brad and Greg moved to the Kirbyson home farm. During this time, Fay was dedicated to her lifelong priorities: family, friends, music, and community. Fay was involved in many community activities including the Elgin UCW, Elgin United Church choir, teaching Sunday school, curling, golfing and volunteering at many community functions. She made many close and lifelong friends. Fay was a strong believer that she could do anything she set her mind to, a trait that she passed on to her boys. In an effort to save money when times were tight, Fay taught herself to cut the boys' hair and she made most of their clothes until they were in Junior High School. Fay became an excellent seamstress and could sew almost anything, including the boys' Halloween costumes for many years. She was also a gifted musician who taught herself to play piano "by ear". Friends and family marveled at how Fay could play any piece of music after hearing it a couple of times, without a single note of music. Her music was a gift that she willingly shared throughout her life and brought joy to many with a wide range of music from 1950s rock and roll to country and western, sacred music, and much more. After the boys were grown Fay embarked on a new adventure with Trudy McCulloch in managing the men's clothing store in Souris. Fay had an excellent sense of style and loved the annual trips to Winnipeg to see the latest styles and the chance to meet many more people. After Bob passed away, Fay moved to Brandon and worked for a number of years as a bookkeeper while continuing to golf and curl and making new friends. Fay was predeceased by her husband Bob, son Greg, parents Harvey and Gladys, brother Laverne and sister-in-law Marilyn, and brother-in-law Ross Mann. She is survived by her son Brad (Audrey), grandson Jakim, brothers Wayne (Glenna Gail) and Bev (Mary), and sister Carol Mann. She also leaves to mourn many nieces, nephews, and cousins. The Funeral Service will be held Friday, October 22, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. at Memories Chapel, 330 – 18th Street North, Brandon with Rev. Robert Campbell officiating. In compliance with Public Health Orders, proof of full immunization will be required. For those not able to attend in person, the service will be webcast on Fay's memorial page at www.memorieschapel.com. Interment will follow at 3:45 p.m. at Margaret Cemetery. Donations in memory of Fay may be made to the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba, Unit 4B, 457-9th Street, Brandon, MB R7A 1K2 or the Souris Glenwood Foundation, Box 518, Souris, MB R0K 2C0.

Expressions of sympathy may be made at
www.memorieschapel.com.


Publish Date: Oct 21, 2021

KIRBYSON: It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Fay Kirbyson (nee Robertson) after a lengthy illness. Fay passed peacefully at home with family by her side, just as she wished, on Thursday, October 14, 2021. She was born in Saskatoon where her mother was staying while her father was stationed in Vancouver during the war. Fay grew up on the Robertson family farm near Margaret, first attending Harmony School and later Margaret and Boissevain schools. In 1961, she moved to Elgin to accept a position at the CIBC, and she quickly made friends and began her lifelong commitment to the community. She met her husband Bob and they were married in 1964. Bob and Fay spent several winters in Vancouver where she worked at the Bank of Nova Scotia, but she was always happy to return to the farm in Manitoba in the spring to reconnect with family and friends. When they finally moved back, she settled easily into farm life again, first at the "Honeyman Place'' then in 1970, Fay, Bob, and their infant sons, Brad and Greg moved to the Kirbyson home farm. During this time, Fay was dedicated to her lifelong priorities: family, friends, music, and community. Fay was involved in many community activities including the Elgin UCW, Elgin United Church choir, teaching Sunday school, curling, golfing and volunteering at many community functions. She made many close and lifelong friends. Fay was a strong believer that she could do anything she set her mind to, a trait that she passed on to her boys. In an effort to save money when times were tight, Fay taught herself to cut the boys' hair and she made most of their clothes until they were in Junior High School. Fay became an excellent seamstress and could sew almost anything, including the boys' Halloween costumes for many years. She was also a gifted musician who taught herself to play piano "by ear". Friends and family marveled at how Fay could play any piece of music after hearing it a couple of times, without a single note of music. Her music was a gift that she willingly shared throughout her life and brought joy to many with a wide range of music from 1950s rock and roll to country and western, sacred music, and much more. After the boys were grown Fay embarked on a new adventure with Trudy McCulloch in managing the men's clothing store in Souris. Fay had an excellent sense of style and loved the annual trips to Winnipeg to see the latest styles and the chance to meet many more people. After Bob passed away, Fay moved to Brandon and worked for a number of years as a bookkeeper while continuing to golf and curl and making new friends. Fay was predeceased by her husband Bob, son Greg, parents Harvey and Gladys, brother Laverne and sister-in-law Marilyn, and brother-in-law Ross Mann. She is survived by her son Brad (Audrey), grandson Jakim, brothers Wayne (Glenna Gail) and Bev (Mary), and sister Carol Mann. She also leaves to mourn many nieces, nephews, and cousins. The Funeral Service will be held Friday, October 22, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. at Memories Chapel, 330 – 18th Street North, Brandon with Rev. Robert Campbell officiating. In compliance with Public Health Orders, proof of full immunization will be required. For those not able to attend in person, the service will be webcast on Fay's memorial page at www.memorieschapel.com. Interment will follow at 3:45 p.m. at Margaret Cemetery. Donations in memory of Fay may be made to the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba, Unit 4B, 457-9th Street, Brandon, MB R7A 1K2 or the Souris Glenwood Foundation, Box 518, Souris, MB R0K 2C0.

Expressions of sympathy may be made at
www.memorieschapel.com.


Publish Date: Oct 20, 2021

As published in Brandon Sun on Oct 20, 2021, Oct 21, 2021

Condolences & Memories (1 entries)

  • Sorry to hear about Fay. We send our condolences at this sad time. - Posted by: Jim and Jean McClelland (Jean- Bob's cousin) on: Oct 20, 2021

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