ALBERT “BERT” HARRY MANN
SEPTEMBER 6, 1926 – MARCH 4, 2018
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our Dad and Grandpa, who with us by his side at Birchwood, took his final breath at the age of 91.5. Dad reached up and took Mom’s hand as he walked into heaven to begin his new journey there with her. Thanks for letting us be with you as you left this world and went with your Maggie, her presence was so evident that day in your face and your actions. And it was the first time we’d seen you smile so much in a very long time.
Born and raised in Kenora, Dad was the fifth child of Elizabeth and Arthur Mann. As a young man he served in WW2, first as a soldier and later as a PPCLI. He loved to tell stories of his time served in the military. In his working career Dad worked for Pepsi, Transcan Homes, and the Dept. of Hwys. He retired in 1996 after spending his last 17 work years as a guard for the O.P.P. Dad loved that job and did not give it up until he had to when he turned 70.
In his spare time, Dad enjoyed working with his best friend Kenny Wai fixing up old TVs and radios. People came to see him if they needed help with a TV or if they needed tubes, Dad often had what nobody else had. In his younger days, Dad liked talking on his CB radio & would sometimes do so while his granddaughter was with him, then in his later years when he became less vocal, “ten four” and “over & out” resurfaced between him & Jenny. He would also use these expressions with some Birchwood staff that he was fond of.
Dad loved animals and had great stories about his bear observations at the dump. Taking us to see the bears was a big event back then. Once Dad rescued two kittens who had been left in a box to die out there during the winter, those kittens were miraculously nursed by Trixie, the dog of the time who had had no pups of her own. Car rides with his Jenny and his niece Diana, when they were young, were regular outings for my dad, lots of laughter and many good conversations were had on their trips with him. He also loved his visits with Aunty Pearl, Uncle Bob and Aunty Rita, any of his family really and many, many friends. While he was at Birchwood, Dad looked forward to his rides with us, we would go driving through the cemetery to pay our respects. And we would take lots of long scenic drives through the countryside with his favourite tunes by Johnny Cash and the Highwaymen playing, as we rolled along. Occasionally visiting his niece Linda on the way.
Predeceased by his wife, Patricia (his Maggie), two sons Bobby & Donald, a daughter Carla Lynn, his Mother & Father Arthur & Elizabeth, & all of his siblings Florence, Manny (Arthur Jr.), Dolly, Lawrence, Bob, Donald, Paul, Pearl & Shirley. Bert was the last remaining child of the ten.
Survived & missed terribly by your daughter Lori, your son Kenny and your most precious granddaughter Jenny, whom you loved so much. Dad will also be missed by many nieces, nephews, in-laws and friends. Your Jenny will feel your loss more than anyone as you were her heart as she was yours as well. You’ve left behind so many cherished memories for all of us. We’ve missed your stories for a long time, but we know you are in a better place now and you are laughing and whole again with all of those who have gone before you. You surely had a lot of people there waiting for you Dad with open arms. What a grand reunion it must be! We know you will be there up front and center with Mom when it’s our time to go. Your family was the most important thing to you and we always knew that. We’ll never forget all of the wonderful things you did for us.
To everyone that helped you in this past seven plus years and before, and to everyone who took care of you or took the time to visit you and show you how much you were loved, we thank you. We are very proud of you our little soldier man. You fought a good fight and now you are free!!! Rest now Dad and Grandpa, you’ve earned your stripes. With all of our love forever…Lori, Kenny and Jenny.
Cremation has taken place and as per Dad’s wishes there will be no service. In lieu of flowers, if desired, donations may be made to the Cat Shelter, B.I.S.N.O., Parkinson Canada, Heart and Stroke Foundation, or any charity of your choice.
Alcock Funeral Home & Cremation Services (Highway 17 West Keewatin) in care of arrangements, 547-6000.