Marvin David Birston

April 22, 1952 – August 1, 2022

On Monday August 1, 2022 Marvin suddenly left us to be with his wife Evelyn, mother Elsie, father John, stepmother Kay, brothers Troy & Patrick.

Remaining to forever cherish his memory are sisters Joyce (Pete), Sharon (Charlie), Kathy (Keith) brothers David, John (Nancy), Stepchildren Rena and Marc, Mother-In-law Priscilla, Brothers-In-Law Gerald (Muriel), Warren; Sister-In-Law Sandi (Greg), step grandchildren Dominique, Dawson, Andrew, Sophia and Anthony Jr; Nephews Doug (Zuzana), Aaron (Shawntae); Nieces Tamara, Kaylynne (Nic), Kayla and Great-nephew Kashy.

My big brother Marvin grew up on River Road in Lockport with myself (Joyce) arriving a few years later. Marvin didn’t mind me tagging along as his little sister. He was quite the inventor. He designed a treehouse that had a rooftop deck and an interior with a bench seat as our sofa. It also had a secret trap door that led to the hollow of the tree. We had many hours of fun there.

Marvin also built a go kart with the help of our father. It was great fun running it on the road going down a steep hill. Probably not the safest, but it was the late 50’s and not so busy. He loved it.

Once in the winter Marvin and Dad thought it would be a good idea to use a car hood to go sledding down the river bank. It was a pretty bumpy ride.

He was quite the teaser and I must say sometimes got great pleasure out of tormenting his little sister with his jokes and tricks. I think he carried that sense of humour throughout his life.

As a child Marvin built a rocket radio he received through the Eaton catalogue for Christmas. Also a cool steam engine; he was quite proud of them.

Marvin was always helping our father with any of his mechanical duties. This came in handy for him in later years.

In his early teens Marvin moved to East Selkirk with our father. We were blessed with more brothers and a little sister. I later joined them for 3 years after the death of our mother which Marvin took very hard.

We always had a pet of some sort and Marvin’s love of animals carried on his adult years and he adored his cat Tracy. His niece Kayla has adopted Tracy for Marvin. He would be very happy to know this.

Marvin always called for any special occasion, he always asked how his niece and nephew were doing and his finishing sentence with me was always “I love you sis”. We love you Marvin and you will be missed ~ Joyce.

Marvin married the love of his life Evelyn November 29, 2003 at the Holy Trinity Church in Winnipeg. They were so good for each other; with lots of laughs throughout the years. Suddenly last year Evelyn passed away and we take comfort in knowing they are together again.

Marvin was retired, in his younger years he worked as a load operator at Jones Sand and Gravel, Selkirk Redi-Mix, ABM and Chabot. He took great pride in his work. He worked as a caretaker in an apartment building for a few years as well.

He made a point to call family and friends on a weekly basis or on birthdays. He’d always let the rest of us know how others were doing.

Marvin was a very kindhearted, thoughtful brother, uncle, stepdad and stepgrandfather. He always looked forward to visiting his family and friends.

Our family wants to make a special mention to Marvin’s neighbor; Andy, for always being there to lend a hand.

A memorial service will be held on Monday August 22 at 2 pm at Old St. Andrews on the Red Anglican Church, St. Andrews, Manitoba.

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Troy Peter Birston

August 15, 1974 – January 17, 2022

On Monday, January 17, 2022 at his residence, Troy suddenly left us to be with his parents John and Kay; Brother Patrick and sister-in-law Evelyn.

Remaining to forever cherish his memory are his Brothers Marvin, David, John (Nancy); Sisters Joyce (Pete), Kathy (Keith); Nephews Doug (Zuzana), Aaron (Shawntae); Nieces Tamara, Kaylynne (Nic), Kayla and Great nephew, Kashy and his friends.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Brown, the Selkirk Crisis Center staff, SMHC staff, home care, his case worker, Russel and his neighbor / friend Floyd for caring for Troy over the years.  Your compassion for Troy’s well-being was greatly appreciated and will always be remembered.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

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