Four Generations of Devoted Service
In the Selkirk area and Interlake Since 1935
September 19, 1942 April 30, 2019
We are sad to announce the passing of our brother, uncle and friend, Don Cheslock, after a lengthy deterioration of health on April 30, 2019 at Tudor House Personal Care Home.
He was predeceased by his father, John; step-father Alec Popowich; sister-in-law Lynne and his mother Anne. Don is survived by his brother Walter; sister Bev (Mike); niece Jennifer (George); nephew Alex and niece Katy (Chris).
Don was born in Rossdale, MB, moved to Cloverdale at a young age and lived there for most of his life. After his step-father, Alec passed away, he left high school to run the family farm. Don was a self taught farmer, carpenter, welder and mechanic. This self learning was not without mistakes. He once built an elaborate dog house in the basement of the house, only to find that it wouldn’t fit up the stairs!
He worked at the Manitoba Rolling Mills for over 31 years, retiring in 1995. He truly enjoyed working at the MRM, treasuring the relationships he made, even though the shift work often interfered with his farming. A routine of his was to go for coffee to the “garage” on #8 Highway. Here, he would get all the latest information of the neighbourhood.
Don was a quiet man, content to work on his fields and in his shop. He was generous with his time and always willing to help out in any way. He looked after his mother, Anne, helping her with her gardens, animals (only when absolutely necessary) and perogy making until he contracted a virus which robbed him of his strength and then the roles reversed. Don retired from farming in 2014 and moved to Woodland Court in 2016. He was happy there, enjoying the kind staff, delicious meals and quiet atmosphere. As his health further deteriorated, he was moved to Arborg Personal Care Home where he stayed for a year before moving to Tudor House in Selkirk.
Many thanks to Joyce and staff at Woodland Court for making his short stay comfortable. Dr. Prematilake for his genuine interest and respectful care for Don. Father Buduykeyvich and Parishioners of Blessed Virgin Mary Church for visits and prayers. Arborg Hospital and Personal Care Home staff for their dedicated care. Staff of Tudor House for their care and helping Don with this last journey of life. Friends, neighbours and relatives for their care, concern and visits. Special thanks go to Aunt Rose Popowich for regular visits and for always bringing home made treats for Don.
Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held on Monday, May 6, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. in the Gilbart Funeral Chapel, Selkirk. Private family interment will follow in the Rossdale Cemetery Columbarium.
Flowers are gratefully declined. If desired, donations in his memory can be made to Arborg Personal Care Home Staff Fund, Tudor House or a charity of your choice.