May 20, 1929 ~ September 21, 2022
Surrounded by his loving family, our hero received his eternal wings and made his journey to paradise on September 21, 2022 in the early morning.
Don was welcomed into this world on May 20,1929 in the small town of Storthoaks, Saskatchewan. He was 1 of 7 kids in the Mann clan and spent his childhood years in Storthoaks farming with his family and making the long 4-mile trek to school and back, rain or shine.
In 1954 Don met the absolute love of his life Lois, in Carievale Saskatchewan. He wasted no time and made her his bride in 1956. She was his everything and him hers as well. They began to build their life and family together in Bienfait, Saskatchewan.
Don worked for the Canadian Pacific Railway his entire career. Throughout his working years, Don moved his family across Saskatchewan and Manitoba, to towns such as Kennedy, Oxbow and Stonewall before making their final landing in the beautiful town of Beausejour Manitoba. Here the Mann’s built their dream home in 1973, and quickly became involved members of the community.
Don and Lois were always members of the United Church. When they moved to Beausejour, they followed suit and quickly became members of St.Pauls. Here is where they made many lifelong friendships and became Sunday regulars. Don was very involved with the church in many ways. He was a Core member of MGM, right alongside his coffee buddies Gord and Gib, creating sets or selling tickets for Haystack, and setting endless chairs for fall suppers and gatherings.
Don was a lover of many things in life. He enjoyed traveling with his wife Lois to many places including PEI, England, Alaska, and more. They always enjoyed caravanning to Calgary and BC to visit Kurt, Kev and family. Dad enjoyed spending time at his family’s cabins, helping with any fixer up jobs, and tinkering with anything he could. He was a sports fan through and through, He was the always first in the stands to watch his boys on the ice. He also never missed a Toronto Maple Leafs or Blue Jays game.
Gramps, a title cherished. He did anything and everything imaginable for his grandkids. He attended every event with that ear-to-ear grin and the proudest look on his face. He never missed a moment when it came to them, teaching all his values and making sure we never left his house without a big wet kiss and a smile on our face.
In 2007 Grandpa earned his favorite title yet, GG (Great Grandpa). His greats were his pride and joy. He loved to dance with all of his babies and read endless books. They could get away with absolutely anything as long as it didn’t involve them possibly getting hurt. His love for them didn’t know any bounds.
Don is predeceased by his loving Mother and Father Sidney and Annie Mann, Brothers- Sydney, Jim (Eileen), Fred (Betty) Mervin (Hazel) Mann, Sisters- Betty (Taffy) Williams, Dorothy (Ray) Barber, Daughter- Lorelei Mann, Grandson- Conner Mann, as well as numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.
Don is survived by his beloved Wife Lois, Children Cynthia (Doug) Puttaert, Kurt (Sharon) Mann, Kevin (Shauna) Mann, Monica (Bruce) Wilgosh. His grandkids Kayla (Brent) Farias, Sherelle (Barret) Frith, Dylan (Carlynn) Wilgosh, Brett Puttaert, Brittney (Stephan) Mendela, Emily (Pedro), Spencer and Hayley Mann. His great grandkids Brooklyn, Preslee, Maverick, Mila and Winslow. His extended family Susan (Rick) Kaatz, Selena (Conner) Njegovan, Curtis (Rachel) Kaatz.
The family wishes to thank the wonderful teams of, The Beausejour Hospital, Beausejour First Responders, The Grace Hospital and all the compassionate care he received.
All of Dons family and friends are invited to attend his Celebration of Life, on Tuesday, September 27, 2022 at 1:00 pm. The celebration will be held at Soberings Funeral Chapel at 1035 Park Ave, Beausejour. Following the Celebration all are invited to join Don’s family for fellowship and refreshments at St. Pauls United Church at 730 James Ave, in Beausejour.
In lieu of flowers the family wishes for any donations to be made out to St.Pauls United Church, in memory of Don Mann.
In the words of our “Main Mann”, Keep smiling, Thumbs up, a high five and Bye for now.
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Larry and Bonnie Taylor
Our condolences to all the family
Brittany & Curtis Dowling
Sending my condolences to the whole Mann family. Don was a great man. Take care!
Rick and Carol Kilbrei
Rick and I are so very sorry to hear of the passing of Don. We extend our deepest sympathies to Lois, Cindy, Kurt, Kevin and Monica and their families. Both Rick and I have very fond memories of Don over many years and will always remember his great smile and his sense of humour. Rest in peace Don.
Sorry for the families loss, I only met him a handful of times but it was very clear how kind and loving he was. I saw how much he cherished his family. I wish you all peace and healing thru this difficult time. God bless you all.
A beautiful tribute to a beautiful human being! Rest well uncle Don, until we meet again. From David and Brenda
Rest in Perfect Peace Uncle Don,
Your Positive Attitude and Love ❤️ for People and Life torch will be carried forward from All of us that you have been a Role Model towards and from All of us in the MANN CLAN We Will ” See You @ The Top ” …Love & Hugs Always, Nephew Nana Opoku Agyman II ( Brent Mann & Nana Awo Asambia Nkoroma Ofosua ( Dora ) and Families…Remember that ” God Sees BIG ” & ” He’s Still Making Miracles ” from All of us here in Ghana West Africa
Rosa Greg Jenessa Alex
We are saddened to hear of Don’s passing. He was one of kindest, sweetest man that my family has had the privilege of knowing. To my young daughters he introduced himself as grandpa Don. To this day they remember him as such. All those years ago as neighbours are now special memories. You will always be remembered, smiling with that twinkle in your eyes…like you were smiling with your heart. Hugs to you Lois and family, he was a gem of a man and now an angel. RIP Mr. Mann
Our sincere condolences to Lois…Monica and Bruce..We didn,t know him that well
But have heard wonderful things about him. Keep the memories of him alive in your heart
and He will always be with you…again so sorry…Julie and Ted Kozan
Sorry for your loss. Don was a great man, always said hi with a big smile. RIP
Heather and Murray Graham
Our sincerest sympathy to Lois and the entire Mann family in the loss of Don. We had the pleasure of knowing Don through the United Church during the years we lived in Beausejour. In recent years we were able to learn of his well being through Sherelle and Barret. Don always had a warm smile for everyone and was the type of man one never forgets. You are all in our thoughts and prayers as you walk through these difficult days.
If I could choose any man I know on earth who models what it is to be a good person,exceptional husband, fantastic dad, grandfather and friend. I would pick you Mr. Mann, you will be intensely missed, it was an honor to know you. My deepest sympathies to your lovely family and friends
Linda and Gord Puttaert
We send our condolences to the Mann family on the passing of Don ( Mr. Mann) He will be sadly missed by his family and by all who knew him. His legacy lives on in his loving family.
With love, Gord and Linda Puttaert and family.
Jan and Larry Zakaluk
Sending our condolences. He had a very happy and full life, and left behind amazing memories for his family.
Dean and Donna Couvier
To Lois and family,
So sorry to hear of the passing of Don. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this sad and difficult time.
Don was the first person Dean met the day we moved to Beausejour (work related) and it didn’t take him long to go home and get you so that you could be the first person I met.
Many good times we had at the rink watching your boys play hockey, visiting and going to concerts. He even took us to meet “Tiger” Williams when he came to play a hockey game in Winnipeg and to meet Tigers sister and her family in Selkirk. He was so proud of his family. We have lots of good memories of Don.
Our kids had a great time with Mr. Mann as they crawled all over him while being teased.
Due to appointments we will not be able to attend Don’s celebration.
Dean and Donna Couvier
Shelby, Jason and families
So sad to hear of Don’s passing. Always a gentleman who loved life and his family. He will be missed by all who knew him. May God Bless and Comfort all of his family and friends.
My sincere condolences to all of Dons’ family. Don was very much a gentle and loving man and will be missed dearly by his family and friends, but his memories will be with you forever. My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time.
Rest in Eternal Peace Don – sending our deepest sympathy to all the family Love Jane, Chris and all The Bowden Family from England xxxx We have fond memories of visiting the family xxxx
What a life for Great Uncle Don, one he loved so fully, and with so much love for everyone he met. I have have wonderful memories of him at all the Mann Family reunions I attended, he gave great hugs and always greeted everyone with care and attention. When you spoke, he listened. All my love and deepest condolences to his friends and family, especially Great Aunt Lois.
Dear Lois, kids, grands and greats. We were so sorry to hear of Don’s passing. He was a great man, loved by many. He will be missed. With our deepest sympathy, Robert and Wendy
Lance & Cindy Wadelius
Our sincere condolences to the Mann family. Don was a gentleman, a good man and a caring and loving man to his family. Many will be grateful for his volunteer efforts and dedication to the organizations that meant so much to him. Our prayers and thoughts are with you.
To Mrs. Mann and family,
We were so sorry to hear of your husband’s, father’s, and grandfather’s passing. He always had a nice smile and a friendly hello. His presence with you, and all he contributed to in our community, will be dearly missed. Memories of good times spent together will keep him close in your hearts. Rest in peace Mr. Mann.
Bob & Cheryl Shaw
Janet and Jimmy
Monica and Bruce, very sorry for your loss.
dear Lois (and family)…i am so sorry to learn of Don’s passing, I marked his funeral on my calendar for today but age got to me and I forgot, I apologize. Your family and daughter were the first I met when I moved to Beausejour, Don and the church family were always a strong and enduring influence in my life. God bless you all.
My deepest sympathies to Lois and family at this sad time. You all share the joy that was Don’s life and will continue holding him in your hearts forever.
Lois and Family; My condolences on your loss of Don. Don was a good friend, neighbor and coffee buddy for a lot of years. Gerry
Lois and family..
The most beautiful times of our lives can never be lost, for they live in our hearts and are relived in our memories. Just wanting you to know that caring thoughts are with you in your sorrow.
With sympathy and love…
Remembering you and your family when my kids (Jason & Lisa) were growing up and spending time with you both..