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Terry Law

February 10, 1952 — January 18, 2023

February 10, 1952 ~ January 18, 2023

Our hearts are broken once again.  Dad passed away on January 18, 2023 at the age of 70, at East Gate Lodge in Beausejour, with mom and us girls by his side.  Dad was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s 6 years ago at the age of 64 and we have been grieving the loss of our dad ever since.  Mom cared for Dad at home during the early months of his diagnosis and he has been in a care home for the last 5 years; Tyndall House in Selkirk, followed by East Gate Lodge in Beausejour.

We would like to thank the nurses and health cares aids who took care of dad over the last 5 years. You all have hearts of gold. A special thanks to the nurses and health care aids who cared for dad in his last days.  You all were so kind, gentle and loving with dad and made sure he was comfortable.  You answered all of our questions and concerns, put up with our music, laughter, tears and most of all, always made sure we were ok.

Dads love for life will be continued through his family; his wife of 47 years Jan, his daughters Tara (Lonnie) Liske, Kerri (Dave) Pleskach and Cristy Law (Jason), his grandchildren; Brek, Rorie, Addison and Jaeda and his sisters Judy (Leon) Cluff and Sandy (Murray) McDonald, as well as many extended family members and many, many, many friends.

Dad was born in Broadview, Saskatchewan on February 10, 1952, to Edith and Jack. He was the second oldest of his siblings; Judy, Sandy, and Jim. Dad spent the first 6 years of his life with his parents and sister at his Uncle Bob’s farm collecting eggs, pumping water, milking cows and being spoiled with culinary delights by his grandpa and nana. Dad always had room for dessert and he thought that an extra trip to the bathroom would allow him a little extra room for more ice cream.  He spent his time riding around town on 4 mile road on his bicycle or fishing around Crooked Lake Sunset Beach. The family later moved to Winnipeg then to Brandon in his early teens.

Dad asked Mom, his high school sweetheart to marry him in the A&W drive thru in 1974, or so he told us girls.  Mom says they were engaged on the North Hill.  Although dad never did graduate high school as he was too busy playing cards in the common room, he did graduate from Red River with his Business Administrative diploma.  Mom and Dad were married on October 4th, 1975.   They lived in Brandon for a short period before Dad was transferred by MTS to Flin Flon, where they started their family.  Tara was born in 1978, followed by Kerri in 1980.  Dad was then transferred to Thompson, where Cristy was born and their family was complete, as Dad wanted to have all his kids before he turned 30.  Dad was then transferred once again to Beausejour, where our family settled down and called it home ever since.

Dad worked for MTS for most of his working life, then took an early retirement at the age of 52.  He then worked for the Post Office in Beausejour where he delivered rural mail, which allowed him to be on the golf course every afternoon…as a bad day on the golf course is better than any day at the office.  Other jobs he had throughout the years, was a substitute school bus driver, installed satellite dishes, Dj’d and set up party tents; which always took longer to set up as Dad would somehow end of having drinks with the people who rented the tents.

Us girls were Dad’s pride and joy.  He would boast about us to anyone who would listen.  This lasted until the grandkids were born, then they became number 1 in Dad’s eyes. He would attend every hockey game and event he could to support them, and would drop anything to play with them or do anything the grandkids would ask of him. 

Dad was actively involved with the community his entire life.  From playing baseball, curling and bowling, to volunteering his time wherever he could.  He was a long time member of the Beausejour Legion, where he had a stint of being President and called bingo when asked – even though he hated it (B4 and after, under the O clickity-click).  He umped baseball and would ump our games as often as he could.  Him and his friends organized 9 years of ‘Pig Fests’ that were so successful with attendance from the town of Beausejour, they could no longer organize.  He was also on the committee that was responsible for bringing the Guy Lafleur Sportsman Dinner to Beausejour, as a fundraiser for the Beausejour arena. 

Dad loved to travel.  Mom and dad took their first trip together for their 25th wedding anniversary and they travelled every year after. His favorite trip was a Caribbean cruise; a trip he did not want to go on but loved it once he found out there were many bars and people to meet. They always came home with funny stories and many memories were made with their friends.  Dads other love was golfing.  Dad could always be found on the golf course with his buddies where the 19th hole always got him in trouble.  His love of the golf course may have contributed towards his passion for the greenest, weedless grass on the block.

A celebration of Terry’s life will be held on Tuesday, January 24, 2023, at 2:00p.m. at Sobering Funeral Chapel, 1035 Park Avenue E., Beausejour, Manitoba.  Interment will follow in the St. Mary Roman Catholic Cemetery in Beausejour, followed by a time of fellowship and lunch at the Beausejour Legion Hall. 

If you plan to attend the celebration of life, please dress in casual clothing.  Dad did not like dressing up, so this will be a casual affair (jeans, sweats or anything that you are comfortable in).  He was also louder than life, so please wear a color (no black).

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Terry’s memory to the Alzheimer’s Society of Manitoba or go spend time with his daughters over a bottle of red wine.

Cheers dad. We hope you are on the golf course or on the 19th hole having a drink with your parents, grandpa Warnick, your brother Jim and Maggy by your side.

“In golf there are no strangers only friends you’ve never met”

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