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Emanuel (Manny) Nels Nordin passed away Saturday, June 21, 2014 at the Rainy River Health Centre in Rainy River, Ont.

He was born Feb. 1, 1925 in Tovell Township (Bergland), Ont. to Knute and Emma (Fredrickson) Nordin.

He attended McCrosson-Tovell school in Bergland and worked for Dalseg’s in the late 1930s and early 1940s.

In 1943, he enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force and served at several bases in Manitoba. While in the air force, he met Aileen Marjory Drader and they were married in August, 1946 in Winnipeg, Man. after they were discharged.

They moved to Rainy River, where he worked for the CNR and then, in 1954, for the LCBO until 1980, when he retired.

Manny and Aileen had four children and will be missed by Rick (Carolyn), David (Laurence), Patricia (Michael Potter) and Lori (Larry Caul), as well as nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Manny was very involved in the community as a longtime member of the Masonic Lodge and the Royal Canadian Legion, where he was a past president.

He was involved in many other organizations and activities, such as Knox United Church, Cubs and Scouts, and firearms training.

In 1967, he was one of two Rainy River citizens to receive the Centennial Medal for community service, and in 2012 received the Queen’s Jubilee Medal.

Manny was very proud of his Swedish heritage. His parents were born in Sweden and came to Canada as children with their families.

He was happiest at the cabin at the lake he built in the 1950s and spent as much time there as he could there–a few miles from where he was born.

Manny passed away on June 21, 2014 at the Rainy River Hospital and

A celebration of Manny’s life will be held Thursday, June 26, 2014 at 11 a.m. at Knox United Church in Rainy River, with Rev. Frances Flook officiating.

He will be interred alongside his wife, Aileen, in the Bergland Cemetery.

The honourary pallbearers will be Tim Nordin, Larry Nordin, Rene Norberg, and Cam Hanson.

An Honour Guard will be provided by the Royal Canadian Legion in Rainy River and the Masonic Lodge.

If desired, in memoriam donations may be made to the Knox United Church in Rainy River or the Royal Canadian Legion Br. #54 c/o Northridge Funeral Home, P.O. Box 89, Emo, Ont., P0W 1E0.

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