January 10, 1942 ~ February 25, 2017
Very peacefully with family by his side, Bryan left us to join his golf partners on the 19th Hole.
Bryan leaves behind his wife of 53 years, Joan, son Blaine (Joanne) Page with grandchildren Delaney (Chris) Ward, Shelby Page (Jonathan Bailey), Brandon and Parker Page, daughter Alana (Mitch) Miller with grandchildren Breanna, Mackenzie and Cam Miller, his mother Mabel Page and sister Brenda (Doug) Holloway. Also left to mourn his loss are brothers and sisters in-law Audrey Page, Margaret Marks, Jean (Wally) Burchuk, Laura (Gerry) Gretsinger, Pat Grant, Memory Grant, Alice Grant, Willie (Margie) Grant, and Orville (Janet) Grant, as well as many nieces, nephews and good friends.
Bryan was predeceased by his brother Bill Page and father Grenville Page.
Dad started operating crawler tractors on his uncles’ farm North of Oakville when he was only 11 or 12. This early experience set him on a course to run heavy equipment for the next 50 plus years. As well as running dozers and scrapers to build roads and pipeline right of ways he also ran his own backhoe business from 1966 until he retired in 2010. There are a lot of basements and wells that were dug and pipe and culverts that were buried by a very skilled “Duffy” on his little yellow machine.
When Dad found time away from work he could be found doing all sorts of activities. Fishing, hunting and snowmobiling were some of his favorites from way back. Golfing, gardening, happy hour or coffee at Stooks were some of his more recent pastimes. His wit and sense of humour always had people around him both laughing hysterically or waiting to be zinged. Dad always lent a hand to the community by working shifts for years at the fair booth or bringing his backhoe to help out at the Sports Park, Rink or whatever community project was going on.
As he became known as Grampa the grandkids all had a story to tell him or want a story out of him. Lots of times they would just sit with him and very few words would be said. They respected him and he was very proud of them. Dad/Grandpa we miss you very much and will always be thinking of you.
A celebration of Bryan’s life will be held at the Oakville Community Hall at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 2, 2017.
If friends so desire, donations may be made in Bryan’s memory to Central Plains Cancer Services, 318 E Saskatchewan Ave, Portage la Prairie, MB R1N 0K8, or to Oakville Cemetery c/o Dale & Shirley Kirton, Oakville, MB R0H 0Y0.
A tree will be planted and cared for by McKenzies Portage Funeral Chapel. www.mckenziesportagefuneralchapel.com. 204-857-4021.
Central Plains Cancer Services
318 Sask. Ave. E., Portage la Prairie MB R1N 0K8
Box 88, Oakville MB R0H 0Y0