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Alphonse “Al” Jaenen

Alphonse “Al” Jaenen

December 18, 1930- January 4, 2020

As published in the January 27, 2020 World-Spectator

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Alphonse “Al” Jaenen passed away at the age of 89 leaving a large family to cherish his memory: Elva, his wife of 65 years; their son, Leonard (Nancy), daughter, Susan (Gary), and sons; David (Lorna), Edward (Wanda), Thomas (Patti) and Murray (Terry).

His grandchildren: Angela, Nicole (Dustin), Heather (Colin), Sarah, Catherine (Graham), Brody (Breanna), Donovan, Carmen (Jay), Claire (Cody), Paige, Tyler (Erin), Andrew (Katy), Colin, Andrea (Justyn) and his two great-granddaughters Emersyn and Logan.

Al rose early every morning with a smile, ready to embrace a new day with optimism and energy. A master of organization and multi-tasking, he was always looking for another project. While working on the Duke farm he took on the role of butcher for the local beef ring going to a different farm each week.

The farm that this young man envisioned then would grow through hard work and dedication as he labored alongside Elva, the love of his life. It would grow to encompass grains, livestock and honeybees. What began as a hobby grew into a large apiary on the prairie producing fresh honey. He was especially proud of the several national awards that acknowledged his superior honey. In the 70’s he had a dream to create gift boxes containing honey and a ceramic container. These were assembled by all members of his growing family and were sold throughout Canada including in the Eaton’s stores. A ceramic enterprise was launched to make the containers for those packages. This would later expand to a business that provided ceramic supplies and a studio for many ladies to gather at and create. In the 90’s his attention shifted to custom grain cleaning activities.

Throughout his life Al was an active volunteer on several communities and supported many worthwhile organizations.

Al enjoyed people and had an especially deep love for his family. He wanted a party for every holiday and occasion so he could be surrounded by family, food, sweets and ice cream! He was interested in everyone’s lives and was as famous for asking questions as he was for telling stories.

Always a hard worker, a good day for Al was a day in which he accomplished something of value, learned something new from an experience or a book and went to bed after a big bowl of ice-cream knowing that his family was safe and happy.

We will miss this gentle and caring man with his big smile, infectious optimism and sparkly wit.


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