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Obituary for Joshua Jacks Mennie

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MENNIE: Joshua Jacks, 30, of Brandon, was born on Jan 29th 1986, and left us on Dec 19th 2016. He is survived and lovingly remembered by his parents, Rick and Kathy Mennie, his sister Jenna Mennie Clarke (Brad Clarke), niece Addison, grandma Shirley McManes, and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Josh was predeceased by his grandparents, Norman & Elizabeth Mennie, Milton Jacks, Lois & Les Reid, and Frank McManes. We know he will be welcomed with loving arms. For the past 12 years, Josh worked alongside his parents at the family business, Diamond Edge Glass Works, as a glazier. He attended school at Waverly Park and Crocus. As a teen, he worked at Soo’s Chinese Restaurant, and Cones & Things at Clear Lake. Our special family memories include summers at our cabin in the old campgrounds, days on the boat, evenings in the cook shack, ski-dooing at the Mennie’s farm at Christmas, Boxing Day at the Andrews, weekends with the Purvis family, bonfires at Spruces with the Gilmores, "hunting bears" as little kids with the Hargreaves, neighbourhood fun with the Chapmans, and family trips to Hawaii, the Rocky Mountains, and Colorado. Josh especially loved campfires by the water watching the sun set and the moon rise, hiking, fishing, knee boarding, water skiing, tubing, ski-dooing, dirt biking, motorcycling, playing the guitar, cooking, completing his scuba diving certification, and his trips to Hamilton and China. No adventure was complete without good friends, food, and a cookout! Josh, THANK YOU for giving us the extraordinary privilege of being your parents and sister for the past 30 years. You have left a huge void in our family that will never be filled. From Mom, THANK YOU: for the privilege of carrying you so close to my heart for nine months and for making breastfeeding a successful and rewarding experience... For introducing and bringing your friends home. They will forever be our friends as well... For telling me to keep my shoulders down, stand up straight and sit properly at the computer (you sound more like my dad than my son)... For giving me huge hugs no matter who was in the office, and for always telling me you loved me... For testing and retesting all of my emotions. I think we can safely say they are all in good working condition... For reminding me to drive slower and save gas... For introducing me to sriracha hot sauce... For teaching me that everyone out there has a story to tell and a mom who loves them. I know you have been there holding me up this last month when all I wanted to do was curl up in a ball. You will always be with me in my heart. It was my honor to be your mom. Miss you so much. Love you. From Dad, THANK YOU: for being my favorite son and right hand man... For working alongside me the past 12 years, sharing and contributing to the future of our family business, and for wanting to take care of your Ma and Pa. We had some pretty cool dreams of what was to take place in the next few years... For sharing my vision of our old 1972 Chevy... For teaching this old dog new tricks. I don't know how I managed all those years without you! It's funny how I got to this age and yet, am told, I didn't know a thing!.. For letting me teach you how to water ski as a child, by pulling you around by a broom stick on the kitchen floor... For laughing so hard you fell off the chair when I served you still frozen in the middle chicken... For never ever giving up on trying to get me to quit smoking by converting me to e cigs... For sharing in my excitement when I taught you my childhood inventions passed down by my elders (flaming bull rushes, flying cedar shingle arrows, musical burning plastic bags, and paper airplanes). I realize now they were not so child friendly, but it made me proud as I watched you pass them onto your friends. Son, I always taught you that anything can be fixed, but I was wrong. I can't bring you back to us. Miss you so much. Love Dad. From Your Sister, THANK YOU: For being my little brother but protecting me like an older brother... For teaching me to never open a little boys 'magic potions'... For Donkey Kong marathons, helping me pull out my baby teeth, and hiding from the thunder with me eating plums and pop tarts... For insisting that I wouldn't be getting married without you standing up with me... For being concerned about us getting our tap water tested... For preaching about being resourceful and not wasting our money on name brand food when Presidents Choice will do... For showing me that experiences are more important than things... For cheering me on, not taking me too seriously, and helping me to put things into perspective... For demonstrating how to get back up and keep on trying, the importance of family through thick and thin and that burly men can have hearts of gold... For welcoming your niece Addison to our family, and for the snow suit you bought her so that you two could have fun in the snow this winter. You will live on in the stories I tell her of the wonderful brother I had and the special uncle she had, if only for a short time. My lil’ bro, 30 forever. Miss you so much. Love your big sis. You touched many people in your short 30 years. You left this world a more compassionate place, and left a lasting impact on our community. We are so proud of you, and your journey in life. Josh, we love you to the moon and back again, infinity. A Celebration of Life for Josh was held on Friday, December 23rd, 2016 at Central United Church, with Mr. Joe Ball officiating. Donations in memory of Josh may be made to the Addictions Foundation of Manitoba, 510 Frederick St, Brandon, R7A 6Z4.

“God, grant me the serenity To accept the things I cannot change, Courage to change the things I can, And wisdom to know the difference.”
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