BRAMBLE, Robert "Bert"
Robert Leonard Bramble passed away peacefully at the age of 80 years at Dr. F.H. Wigmore Regional Hospital in Moose Jaw, Sask., on Thursday, December 31st, 2020. Bert was born on June 14th, 1940, in Orangeville, Ontario, to Leonard and Evelyn Bramble. He was raised on the family farm on the 3rd line of Amaranth Township, west of Orangeville. He attended Farmington School, a one-room schoolhouse, and then high school in Orangeville. Growing up, his interests included trains, fishing, swimming, riding his bicycle, playing pool, and playing hockey -- eventually playing for the Amaranth Rockets and the South Dufferin Junior Farmers in the Junior Farmers League and for the Shelburne Muskies. He got his first paying job when he was 13 years old – working for Wallace Gallagher. In 1957, Raymond and Ialean Ector were visiting with the Brambles in Ontario and offered Bert a job if he wanted to come west. He accepted and came to Elbow in 1958. He drove to Elbow, getting as far as the Tuxford grain elevator before asking for directions. This was the first time he had ever been in a grain elevator. Bert worked seasonally in Saskatchewan, farming and operating construction equipment from spring until fall, and returning home to Orangeville in the winter. Bert met his future wife, Evelyn Ector, in Elbow. They enjoyed going to movies (including The Guns of Navarone) in Riverhurst and Outlook, attending barn dances at Ralph Barlow's farm, and playing canasta at Don and Emma's place in Elbow. During this time, Bert taught Evelyn to drive a car. Bert gave Evelyn an engagement ring on her 18th birthday in October of 1965, and they were married on April 9th, Easter weekend, in 1966. Together they raised their children, Carmen and Troy. When he first came to Saskatchewan, Bert started working as a heavy equipment operator for Skaar & Ector Construction and later for Bill Cherowka. He also worked on Raymond Ector's farm and in his shop. Bert worked on large construction projects in those days including the nearby Gardiner Dam and Qu'Appelle Dam. Following his father's death in 1970, Bert began farming on his own in the Elbow area and established his own construction company. Bert consistently had a strong work ethic. He spent a lot of time working on different projects at the shop and was always willing to lend a hand to help others who needed it. If it was broken, Bert could fix it. Bert was community minded. He was a member of the Kinsmen Club of Elbow, the Elbow Wildlife Federation, and the Western Canada IHC Chapter 38 Club. He enjoyed meeting new people, swapping stories, and sharing common interests. He was a loving husband, enthusiastic father, and supportive grandfather, attending many sporting events over the years for Troy and Carmen and making the trip to Saskatoon to watch his grandkids David, Michael, and Elizabeth at their events -- mostly hockey games, figure skating shows, and band concerts. After one of David's high school band concerts, Bert commented that he loved it more than any concert at the Centennial Auditorium. Bert enjoyed spending time with his family doing a variety of things, such as boating, fishing, waterskiing, snowmobiling, travelling, and going on Sunday drives. He loved Saskatchewan. Many summer holidays were spent at Waskesiu, beginning in 1958 and right up to July of 2020. Bert was especially happy to share his love of Waskesiu with his kids and then his grandkids. He enjoyed fishing and hunting trips to Northern Saskatchewan; train trips to Ontario, British Columbia, and Alberta; and road trips throughout Canada and the United States. Highlights of those included the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville in 2007 and Mardi Gras in New Orleans in 2014. Bert had grown up listening to the Grand Ole Opry on the radio, so it was very special for him to be able to visit the Grand Ole Opry in person. His trip to the Opry in 2007 brought back wonderful memories of a road trip he had made there in 1961 with two friends from Ontario. One of the friends had just bought a new truck, so a road trip down to Nashville was the perfect escape. In 2017, Bert and Evelyn were thrilled to fulfill Bert's dream of taking a cruise to Alaska … the ultimate outdoor adventure. Anyone who knew Bert knew that he was witty and had a great sense of humour. We will miss that. Bert also loved animals, especially cats, and found them fun to have around the house. Over the years, Bert attended a few auction sales – or some might say a few too many auction sales – and usually found something interesting to add to his collection including things as meaningful to him as an antique tractor or as practical as a box of parts. In quieter moments, he liked to read, whether it was The Western Producer, Classic Plant and Machinery magazine, or non-fiction books about the North. Bert's interest in reading about the North was sparked by Blaine's gift of a book called North to Cree Lake. Bert also enjoyed music, most notably country music. Over the years, many concerts were enjoyed, from Stompin' Tom to Garth Brooks and from Rita McNeill to Neil Diamond. Andy was pleased to learn that Bert enjoyed the Neil Diamond concert because Bert used Andy's ticket when he couldn't go. Bert and Evelyn thoroughly enjoyed several trips to take in concerts at Hostfest in Minot, North Dakota. Bert enjoyed the pleasures of small-town life, including reminiscing and telling stories with friends over morning coffee at the Deli. Bert is survived by his wife Evelyn; daughter Carmen (Andy Allen) and their children David, Michael and Elizabeth; son Troy; brother Barry (Jane); nephews Mark (Jackie), and Travis (Sarah), and their families; nephew Jim Bell; and niece Laura Bell; brothers- and sisters-in-law Stuart (Lorraine) Ector; Ron (Myrna) Ector; Blaine Scott (Ina Hanley); Lyla (Gilbert) Janzen; Darlene Ector (Roylance Hancock); as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and many good friends. Bert was predeceased by his infant son Jason in 1978; parents Leonard and Evelyn; sister Mildred Bell; sisters-in-law Sandra Bramble, Mary Scott, and Emma Jensen; brothers-in-law Art Bell and Don Jensen; and parents-in-law Raymond and Ialean Ector. In closing, the family would like to thank you for your kindness and support, for being here today during these challenging times. A private family service was held at the Elbow United Church on Wednesday, January 6, 2021, with Reverend Ursula Wiig officiating. Memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society
, Saskatchewan Division, or a charity of choice. Arrangements were in care of the Outlook Funeral Chapel. __________________________________________________