Gabriel Edward Danielson “better known as Ed” of the Rainbow Lodge, Swan River, MB passed away at the Swan Valley Health Centre on August 15th, 2018 at the age of 80 years, after a short fight with lung cancer.
Ed was born in The Pas, MB on October 4th, 1937 to Charles and Mary Ann Danielson. He did his schooling at Mafeking and Cranberry Portage. At the age of 13 he hops on a train and headed west to live with his sister Suzie. He worked at various jobs while there. At the age of 17 he joined the Army, and was stationed in Camp Borden, outside of Ottawa in 1954. His job was research and testing of weapons that other countries wanted to sell Canada.
In 1958, after his release from the Army he returned to Cranberry Portage. This is where he met Thelma, they had 2 children together. As life happens they parted. A year later he met Gerldine Holmes in Flin Flon, MB. They were married and had 7 children together, and again life happened, they parted in 1983.
Ed lived in Winnipeg for a while, but the North called him back. He started with construction jobs and worked his way up to become a blaster. He blasted rock, built highways and mine blaster. He moved lots of rock on the Flin Flon Highway. He loved his job and was very proud of his work.
The year of 2007 a huge rock came down on Ed after a blast and that was the end of his career at the age of 68. It took Ed a long time to heal, but he did. Ed enjoyed a good game of crib, jamming and singing with his family and friends and giving a helping hand to those who needed it. There was always a big pot of soup or a big pot of spaghetti on his stove if you were hungry.
Ed loved his drives to Cranberry, he would pack a lunch and stop for a sandwich and coffee at Red Deer Park, close his eyes and remember the old homestead where he grew up. Another favorite place for him was his drive to Brent’s and Tammy at the farm.
He will be sadly missed by his brother Chuck (Grace); sister Marlene (Arnold); children James (Theresa), Susie (Mike), Kim, Tammy (Brent), Shawna, Tara (Cory) and Corey; 15 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren and by numerous nephews and nieces.
Ed was predeceased by his parents Charles and Mary Ann; sons Dion (Sonny) and Jefferey; daughter Mary; brothers Dick, Adolph, Roy and Ray; and by his sisters Dora, Rita, Mary and Cecile.