Darrell was born in Flin Flon, MB, in October of 1946, where he spent his early years growing up and playing hockey for the Flin Flon Gas Bar Juvenile team. After finishing school, Darrell attended Manitoba Institute of Technology where he received his Meat Cutting certificate. He stayed in Winnipeg working as a meat cutter, later relocating to northern Manitoba to continue with his meat cutting. Darrell also worked for a short time at Hudson Bay Mining & Smelting in Flin Flon. Following that, Darrell opened his store, the Cash & Save, in Flin Flon, where he operated it with his family and was able to pursue his passion and interest for meat cutting. He supported the community through various means, including sponsoring the Cash & Save Flyers hockey team. In 1980, Darrell married Blenda and adopted Cathryn and Richard, living behind the store and working together in the family venture. In 1987, Darrell and family moved to Dauphin and opened the Parkland Food Mart, where he owned and operated it until 1991, when he and Blenda moved to Yorkton, SK. In Yorkton, Darrell worked first as a salesman for Swifts Meat, and then as a butcher at Sobey’s until his retirement in 2006. Upon Blenda’s retirement in 2012, they relocated to Spruce Grove, AB to be closer to family, finally settling in the neighboring community of Stony Plain.

Darrell worked hard to provide the best for his family. He instilled the value of hard work and persistence and wasn’t scared to take on new entrepreneurial challenges. Darrell enjoyed time with his immediate and extended family at Schist Lake, near Flin Flon, where he enjoyed fishing, swimming and water skiing.

In his later years, Darrell’s health declined and he suffered from heart disease and severe complications from diabetes. Despite this, Darrell maintained his positive attitude and sense of humour and did his best to keep in touch with friends and family, enjoying trips to England, Arizona, New Brunswick, and road trips back to Saskatchewan and Manitoba to visit with those he held dear.

Darrell made many friends and acquaintances throughout the years at his various ventures and locations and was always eager to sit down and have a coffee with people. He was always available to talk about, well, anything, although his favorite topics were curling, hockey, and catching up on the latest happenings of friends and family. Papa was known to his youngest grandchildren and great-grandchildren as a kind, generous, and silly “pops”, and he enjoyed many phone calls with those far away, and frequent visits with his nearby family and friends that are cherished memories. He was often found sitting outside and watching the birds and traffic from his porch or deck with his jacket and Tilley hat.

Darrell leaves to mourn his wife, Blenda, children Cathryn and Richard (Christy), as well as six grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren. He will be lovingly remembered by all, and we will miss the easy conversation and laughter we shared.

Donations can be made in Darrell’s memory to the Diabetes Canada or the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada.

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