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FEADER, Wesley (Wes)

October 19, 1918 – July 4, 2012

After a short illness, Wesley (Wes) Woodrow Feader of Calgary passed away on Wednesday, July 4, 2012 at the age of 93 years, surrounded by family.

The fourth son of Colin and Edith (nee Binion) Feader, Wes was born on the home farm at Fleming, SK on October 19, 1918. After completing high school, he worked on the family farm. In 1940 Wes enlisted in Royal Canadian Air Force, serving overseas in Squadron 403 as an Armourer. In 1947 he enrolled in a watchmaker’s course in Winnipeg. Starting his career in Elkhorn, MB, Wes settled in Melita in 1953 where he established Feader’s Jewellery Store. Wes and Mil enjoyed retirement in Melita, then moved to Calgary in 1989. Wes will be remembered for his loving support of family, his kindness to friends, and his great sense of humour.

Wes is survived by his daughter Kathy Feader of Winnipeg; step-daughter Lynda (Terry) O’Connor of Calgary; step-son Barry (Barb) Lindsay of Sherwood Park; sister Mary Osborne of Moosomin, SK; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his first wife Belva Connor in 1958; second wife Mildred Lindsay (nee Walker) in 2005; four brothers; and a sister.

A Celebration of Wes’ Life will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Crowfoot Chapel (82 Crowfoot Circle N.W.), on Friday, July 13, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. A Legion Graveside Service will be held in Melita, MB Cemetery. Date to be determined. Condolences may be forwarded through If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Salvation Army, 420 – 9 Avenue SE, Calgary, AB T2G 0R9 Telephone: (403) 410-1111,

In living memory of Wes, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot Chapel, 82 Crowfoot Circle N.W. Telephone: (403) 241-0044.

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  1. Cheryl Stewart :

    Geoff Kirby and family send Wes’s family our sympathy. Wes was a kind, gentle man and will be missed. We are thinking of you at this sad time.

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  2. velma snitka :

    Kathy, Lynda and Barry,
    Sorry to read of the passing of Wes. I have many fond memories of being your neighbor. Wes had a long, active life. Deepest sympathy. Velma and family.

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  3. Carol Yushchyshyn :

    Kathy, Lynda, Barry & family…grieving with you…Wes was a special guy who joined our “boistrous” family effortlessly. accepting us all into his life, warts & all…he was always so welcoming and interested in everyone he met..I remember tours of his huge garden in Melita..his humour..his obvious pride & enjoyment of his family..I will miss him..thanks Kathy for sharing your Dad with us all…I feel blessed that fate or the good grace of God made us family…Love to you all…Carol Y

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  4. Judith & Rick McFarlane :

    Our hearts go out to all the family. Wes was a heck of a guy. I have many fond memories that I will cherish. Images of a lush garden full of wonderful things, a house full of music, family and friends. His head popping up from behind the counter in the jewellery store to offer assistance since a young’s girls taste in presents for Mom aren’t always the best choice. He loved having people around and was The Best Bartender! He will leave a big hole in the hearts of many. We salute you.

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  5. Kathy Brown (Minnis) :

    I was 3 when Wes, Belva & Kathy moved into the house next door. What I remember of Wes over the years as neighbours …Wes was a gentleman and a gentle man. He never raised his voice no matter what Kathy & I got up to.
    Even though I was 7 when Belva passed away, I remember the care & compassion he showed her & Kathy. I remember him telling us to be quieter because Belva wasn’t feeling well. Yet he never barred any of us from their home.
    Wes was a gentle spirit who let us raid his garden even when the veggies weren’t ready. We used to graze on the raspberries that grew between the Feader/Minnis gardens.
    When Wes’ sister Mary came to town & gave Kathy & I perms, no matter how ridiculous we looked he ALWAYS said we looked lovely!
    I still have & wear jewelry purchased at Feaders Jewellry. When Wes had lunch with us in Wpg, a year or so ago I told him a bracelet I had from his store had just broken & asked him if it was still under warranty & if he could fix it.. leave it said Wes had a great sense of humour.
    I remember when he retired from the store & took a bartenders course. He invented a drink as his final exam. I forget if he called it the 14 or 24 carat but I am certain today it would be called a shooter. We sat in his basement & he poured us all drinks. Luckily we lived next door. If I could remember the ingredients I would raise my glass in a toast. Kathy, Barry, Linda maybe you know??..
    Wes’ focus was always his family. I still remember his ‘hum’ when he worked in his yard. I remember his kindness, his sense of humour, his steadfast loyality. I smile when I think of him. Take comfort in his spirit that revolves around this earth. My sincere sympathy. I love & will miss Wes. Kathy (Minnis).

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  6. Sherry (Tilbury) Line :

    Kathy, Barry and Linda and Familes,

    Thinking of you all in the loss of Wes.

    May all your precious memories, keep him close to your hearts always.

    Most Sincere Sympathy,
    Sherry and Earl Line

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  7. Gladys McDougall :

    My sympathy to the family.
    I will miss our phone calls back and forth.
    Thank you Wes for being my friend all these years.
    Rest in Peace.
    –Gladys McDougall

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  8. Judy McDougall Biggs :

    My Deepest sympathy Wes’s family. He has been a good friend to my mother over the passed 5 years. Wes will be dearly missed by her.

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  9. Norma Minnis :

    Kathy, Linda & Barry
    My sincere condolences. Wes was a really good friend & neighbour. One of the Original 12 on Veterans Row. I have so many wonderful memories. He will be missed.
    Norma Minnis

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  10. Bryan Minnis & family :

    Just a short note to express our heartfelt sympathy to your entire family. Wes was a good neighbour to our family when we were growing up & as an original “Centre streeter” he will be missed. Even to this day, I remember if you could not see him in his garden, you knew he was there by the “humming” he always performed when outside, which he obviously enjoyed.

    Kind Regards
    Bryan Minnis & family
    Beausejour, Mb.

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  11. Debra Minnis :

    Kathy, Barry and Linda; I send my deepest sympathy to you and your families. Wes was one of the kindest men I have ever known and he will truly be missed by all who have been fortunate to know him.
    Debra Minnis

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  12. Ruth Townsend :

    I have just now connected and read these great remembrances of Wes. What wonderful memories—He was a RICH RICH man and will be missed by many–
    another great tribute

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  13. Ruth Townsend :

    I have just read these great tributes to Wes–and so many people have so many great memories!
    that in itself is another Tribute that I offer.
    People tend to sound like Saints in these eulogies–now we know that is not true and even funny “other memories” end up being good ones too.

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  14. Sharon Wickham :

    I am so sorry to hear of Wes’ passing. At our last outing to Swiss Chalet he was so happy with his newly restored vision and his new glasses and looked very “dapper”, as I told him, decked out in his leather jacket and new hat. We had a wonderful visit as he was his usual “sharp” self. I’ve had many great visits with Wes and Mil over the years that I will always cherish. I consider myself lucky to have had them as friends. Please accept my sincerest sympathy.

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