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It is with great sadness that the family of Cecil Laverne Ogden announces his passing on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019 at the Emo Health Centre in Emo, Ont.

Cecil was born on Aug. 15, 1940 at the Fulford Nursing Home in Emo, the youngest of six children to the late Wesley and Ida Ogden.

He was united in marriage to his favourite girl and love of his life, Thelma Lorraine Pederson, on Aug. 26, 1966.

He will be lovingly remembered by Thelma, his wife of 52 years; his children, Liane (Steven) Toriseva and Roben (Amanda) Ogden; and grandchildren, Jordan, Tori, and Emma.

Cecil also is survived by his brothers, David and Lawrence; sisters-in-law, Patricia Ogden, Loraine and Edith Pederson, and Beverly Mylenchuk; and brothers-in-law, Donald “Ted” Corrigan, Paul and Oliver Pederson, and George Mylenchuk.

He was predeceased by his siblings, Alexander, Jean, and Mamie; sisters-in-law, Carol and Edith Ogden; as well as father-in-law, Peder Pederson, mother-in-law, Sally Gill, and brother-in-law, Garry Pederson.

Cecil attended Aylsworth, Lash, and Emo elementary schools and Fort Frances High School. He received his Bachelor of Arts/Education and went on to spend 36 years in education. He taught in Dewart and Sifton, Ear Falls, and Barwick, and at Donald Young and Robert Moore Schools.

During this time, he completed Master's degrees in both Arts and Science.

Cecil was very active in a variety of community affairs, including politics, athletics, recreation, and health. In 1995, he retired and in 1999, his family started Border Country Outfitters, a business in hunting and fishing.

Cecil's motto was “work makes the wheel go round, the fun provides the grease.”

A service of celebration and remembrance will be held in memory of Cecil Ogden on Thursday, March 7, 2019 at 1 p.m. at the Christian Reformed Church in Emo, followed by a reception at the Royal Canadian Legion in Emo.

If desired, in memoriam donations may be made to the Emo Hospital Auxiliary by cheque c/o Northridge Funeral Home, P.O. Box 89, Emo, Ont., P0W 1E0.

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