BIRTLES, Cecil Daniel
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It is with great sadness that the family of Cecil (Buck) announce that he passed away peacefully on September 29, 2013 at Veteran's Village, Sherbrooke in his 89th year. Cecil leaves to mourn with loving memories his daughters Verna, Beverly and Betty; sons Bob and Dennis along with their spouses, and by the mother of his surviving children Elsie Birtles. Mourning his loss are also eleven grandchildren and thirteen great grandchildren. Cecil is survived by one sister Ethel Smith; sisters-in-law Alda Birtles, Cathie Telford, Jean Kane and Flora Erratt. He was predeceased by his son Jason (2004); his granddaughter Allison Upcott (2004); his parents William and Edith (Nadiger) Birtles; brothers Bill, Joe, Ernest and George; sisters Mary and Winnie. Cecil was born near Lockwood, SK on December 14, 1924 and grew up on the family farm. After his mother's death Cecil moved to Chelan, SK where he finished school. Cecil enlisted during WWII, joining the RCAF as a rear gunner and departing for England in 1944. Following Victory in Europe, Cecil volunteered for the Pacific Theatre but fortunately the war ended prior to his departure. After the war Cecil farmed in the Chelan area and served as Chelan postmaster from the early 1950's until January 1998; he was a supporter of community -local school board, community association, and a life member of the Royal Canadian Legion. In the eyes of his children, this busy man always made time to be a wonderful father – supporting his kids was what he did best. In 1998 Cecil moved to Saskatoon and over the years he made a number of friendships which gave him a great deal of joy. In 2011 he moved into the Veteran's Village at Sherbrooke Community Center where he felt loved, supported and cared for by a wonderful and kind staff. Cecil's family wish to express their admiration and gratitude for the loving care provided to him by all his caregivers at Sherbrooke. At Cecil's request there will be no funeral service. Memorial donations can be directed to the Sherbrooke Foundation, 401 Acadia Drive, Saskatoon, SK S7H 2E7 or to a charity of one's choice. Arrangements in care of Cheryl Carlson, MOURNING GLORY FUNERAL SERVICES (306-978-5200) www.mourningglory.ca
Mourning Glory Funeral Services
1201 8th Street East
Saskatoon, SK S7H 0S5
Published in The Saskatoon StarPhoenix on Oct. 3, 2013