It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved father, grandfather and great-grandfather Lorne Erb on May 3, 2020 at the age of 84 years at the Grace Hospital in Winnipeg.
Dad was predeceased by his wife Marnie Erb (Barkley) in 2012.
Lorne leaves behind his son Bruce (Cheryle); daughter Cindy Bestland (Rodger); grandchildren Chad (Robyn), Michelle McCutcheon (Kelly), Brent Bestland (Jennifer), Darren Bestland (Laura) and Christine Bestland (Travis); and great-granddaughter Olivia Bestland.
Also left to mourn his passing are his brothers-in-law Claus Deligdisch and A.L. (Bud) Barkley (Donna); nephews Doug Barkley (Julia), Brian Barkley (Helen), Glen Deligdisch (Ruth), John Deligdisch (Elaine); nieces Donnalynn Grills, Judy Wastle (Dave) and Lori Schienke (Hal); as well as many other relatives and friends.
Besides his beloved wife Marnie, Lorne was also predeceased by his sister Lorraine Deligdisch; and brother and sister-in-law Joe and Eileen Grills.
Dad was born June 10, 1935 in Winnipeg, the second child of John Franklin and Sarah Mae Erb (Rodgers). As a small child, Dad’s Father passed away leading Grandma to leave Oak Bluff and move in with her brother Roy in Domain. Grandma had a house built in Sanford, which still stands today across from the Sanford High School.
From high school in Sanford, Dad’s first job at the age of 18 was the first Secretary Treasurer of the Morris Macdonald School Division in Morris. From there, Dad took the position of Secretary Treasurer of the R.M. of Macdonald. Later in life, Dad’s knowledge was requested by Headingley residents to help form the R.M. of Headingley where he stayed on for five years as the Secretary Treasurer until his retirement.
Other than family, Dad’s interests were music, playing the piano for multiple dinner theatres, churches and for friends at The Parkway. He loved camping in tents until Mom had too many bear experiences, so she bought a travel trailer which led them in later years to join the Manitoba Sunny Sams Travel Club. It took them to many destinations, meeting many new friends along the way.
But Dad’s passion was The Boy Scouts of Canada. Dad was a Scout Leader with the 1st Sanford Scout Group in 1963-1974 moving him on to the Administration Side of Scouting. Dad held many roles moving up to Provincial Commissioner. Dad’s volunteering with Scouts Canada led him to travel all over the world, attending 11 Jamborees in countries such as Japan and Scotland. Dad was awarded Scouts Canada Silver Wolf, Silver Acorn and the Medal of Merit, among many others. Dad’s passion for Scouting continued until the day he passed.
Thank you to all Dad’s friends at The Parkway for making Dad’s last five years so enjoyable.
Cremation has taken place as per Dad’s wishes. No formal service will be held.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Heart & Stroke Foundation Manitoba, 1379 Kenaston Boulevard, Winnipeg MB R3P 2T5.
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