Alvin Roger Birch of Birnie, MB passed away October 24th, 2019 at Neepawa and Area
Hospital at the age of 77 years.
Alvin was born June 14, 1942, near Birnie, Manitoba, on the home quarter where he
has resided most of his life. His parents Edward and Nellie(MacIntire) Birch had 7
children...Ronald, Wayne, Larry, Alvin, Terry, Eileen and Dale.
He grew up on the family farm until he took a job in Yellowknife in the Northwest
Territories building a highway. Alvin worked cutting the line, driving, fixing the machinery
and also did some cooking. He really enjoyed the work in Yellowknife and he said it
was one of the best experiences of his life. He took his holidays/banked time and
returned to the family farm to help his parents and younger siblings.
Alvin farmed with his father for 10 years until he bought the farm from his parents. He
had at that time met his future wife Phyllis Kulbacki and were soon married in May
1973. They had 3 children... Jackie, Kevin and Katherine.
When not farming he played baseball, curled, fished and hunted. He played baseball
with the Big Valley Bulls. Alvin loved curling whether it was playing or watching. In
1965 was proud to have won the Grand Aggregate in the Neepawa Men’s Bonspiel with
Art Birch, Bruce Aitken and his brother Ronald Birch. Their picture is still up on the wall
at the Neepawa curling rink today.
Alvin had many fishing stories about the big one or the one that got away. He taught
his children how to play baseball, curl, fish and hunt. Alvin loved his grandchildren. He
would take them fishing and said they were “good luck”. He always encouraged them to
try their best and and try new things. Being a giving-type of person, he was always
helping someone in many different ways including giving helpful advice.
Although my he may never have said it out loud, we know that he was truly proud of his
children and the way they all have grown up. Dad showed strength and love right up
until his last days with us.
Dad was predeceased by his parents Edward and Nellie Birch, his brother Ronald, his
brother Dale, sister-in-law Bonnie and his grandson Ryan.
Lovingly remembered by his wife Phyllis of 46 years, children ...Jackie (husband
Murray), Kevin (wife Heather) and Katherine (husband Jason). Also missing their
grandpa, papa and yampa... dad’s 9 grandchildren...Brittany, Tyler, Maxwell, Katelynn,
Alyssa, Sara, Paul, Kimbree and Wayne.
We would like to thank all of the staff at Neepawa and Area Hospital for their care for
dad and to all the doctors/nurses that looked after him, especially Dr. Ong. We would
also like to thank all our friends, family and neighbors for their support during this
difficult time. To White’s Funeral Home and Rita Friesen for the lovely service and the
United Church for the lunch… a sincere “Thank you”.
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