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Alfred Robert Terin

July 23, 1933 ~ September 12, 2019 (age 86)

Alfred Robert Terin of Arden, born July 23, 1933 in Winnipeg, passed away peacefully on September 12th, 2019 with his family by his side at Neepawa Hospital after a long battle with cancer.

Alfred was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba and grew up on the family farm which was situated at the mouth of Mossey River at the northern tip of Dauphin Lake. His mother and father immigrated from Latvia prior to 1933 and built the family home which was a 13 room farmhouse consisting of separate living quarters for up to 4 hired men and a cook (who made the best homemade barbecue sauce), two staircases, one for family and guests and the other located over the kitchen. The farm was very large for that time, consisting of approximately 2500 acres and 400 head of cattle.

Growing up he attended Mowat School in the area and one year of high school in Dauphin. He went on to study Agriculture in Brandon for a short time. He then returned to work with his dad on the family farm and took over the family farm in 1965 after his dad’s death.

Alfred and Lorraine lived in close proximity to one another but it wasn’t until Alfred made every effort and excuse to have to turn his tractor around at her dad’s driveway instead of in an approach half a mile earlier that they met.   They started visiting on Sundays and finally Alfred got up enough courage to ask Lorraine on a date to the Midnight Frolic in Rice Lake in 1965.  Alfred married Lorraine Rudkavich of North Lake District July 22 1967, and they continued to work on the mixed family farm operation and raise their children Curtis and Christine.

In the 70’s, Alfred and Lorraine sold the farm at the lake and in turn purchased a smaller mixed farm 4 miles to the north as well as 5 quarters of grain land and a yardsite south of Arden, Manitoba on the Arden Ridge. They farmed both operations at the same time with the help of Lorraine up north and Max Park at the new farm on the Arden Ridge.

In 1980 there was a family addition, their 3rd child, Clayton was born and at that time the family sold the farm located east of Fork River and relocated to the Arden Ridge homestead.

Alfred continued farming the grain land until 2001 after a serious accident forced him to retire. He and Lorraine continued to live on the Arden Ridge farm. 

Alfred is predeceased by his parents Robert & Alma Terin, and his sister Anne Standrick.  He leaves behind his wife Lorraine of 52 years, son Curtis Terin (Coralee)-Chelsey, Connor, Evan of Virden, son Clayton Terin (Jodi)-Taylor, Tyson, Cobe of Arden, and daughter Christine Pedersen (Hans)-Josie, Rebecca-Lynn of Neepawa, as well his sisters Rasma Stuart of Florida, Ruby James of Winnipeg, Roberta Mullen of White Rock, BC and Rita Harris of West Vancouver, BC.

Through the early years of farming, Alfred had many hired hands to help run the farm and took pride on being an honest and fair boss. He often found himself helping many neighbors repair equipment and offered a helping hand in all aspects of farming when friends and neighbors were in need. He took great pride in all the hard work that he did.

Alfred worked hard and took time to play hard. He and Lorraine hosted many house parties in any house they lived at which they and the neighbors danced the night away and made many memories.  Alfred also spent many hours at the local grain elevators selling his grain and visiting.  He loved to fish and hunt, as living near Dauphin Lake offered many opportunities.

He endured many changes, hardships and good times and said it was all worth it to be able to watch his grandchildren run and play.

A celebration of life was held at the Arden Hall, preceded by the interment at the Mekiwin Cemetery both officiated by Rita Friesen. Pallbearers were Dean Cochrane, Dale McKinnon, Raymond Pasternak, Blaine Mullen, Rodney Mullen, and Brent Hunter. If family and friends so desire donations in Alfred’s memory can be made to the Neepawa Pallative Care.

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