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Ross Funeral Service

123 - 4Th Ave East, Assiniboia, SK

OBITUARY

Cecil Keast

November 19, 1921June 30, 2019

CECIL LEONARD KEAST November 19, 1921-June 30, 2019 Cecil was born November 19, 1921 to Harry Keast and Agnes (Sharpin) at Happy Valley Post Office, 3 miles south of Coronach. He and his sister Alice moved in with their brother Charlie (Lena Fritz) when their mother died in 1932, and they attended Bannerman School. Charlie and Joe Fritz sold horses and when Cecil was 13, they had him ride a horse with them to Swan River, Manitoba. They stayed a few months, then went home and left Cecil there with a farm family to attend Pretty Valley School in Manitoba. At age 16, he moved in with his father at the hotel and worked with him in the post office. At age 18, he joined the army. He was mentioned in dispatches “in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the combined attack on Dieppe” as follows: “During the Dieppe operation, 19 August 1942, Lance Corporal Keast was a signaler with the South Saskatchewan Regiment. Throughout the action, encumbered by his No. 18 set, and, in consequence, always presenting a conspicuous target for enemy snipers, he moved and operated his set often over fire swept ground, with great coolness and entire disregard for the fire on the enemy. His devotion to duty was of inestimable value in maintaining intercommunication. During the withdrawal near a pill box, four wounded men lay in the road vulnerable to enemy fire. Keast organized a group of men at once to evacuate the wounded men leading the squad himself, improvising stretchers out of some old beds. Although bullets were striking all around him, he disregarded them entirely. His calm assurance and his systematic manner helped complete the task quickly. His fearlessness was an inspiration to all.” He was a prisoner of war for nearly 1000 days and was in handcuffs for 13 months of that time. When the war was over, Cecil returned to Coronach and was postmaster 1945-1978. In 1948, he married Isabel Greenwood. While working as postmaster, he studied to complete his International Accounting papers in 1954 and his Certified General Accountant (CGA) degree from UBC in 1963. He was secretary manager for the building and managing of Coronach’s first hospital, and he set up a fund to keep Coronach donations in Coronach after amalgamating with Weyburn. He acted as “Receiver” for the Coronach Hotel and the Rockglen Hotel. When the power plant and mine were first being set up, and the gov’t ignored all the town’s concerns, Cecil had a wartime solution to get everyone’s attention: cut the road! He worked with the Poplar River Surface Rights Association to obtain fair land prices and to make land reclamation mandatory. He was secretary for the Borderland Grazing Co-op. He was secretary for the Town of Fife Lake for twenty years. He was the secretary-treasurer for the Municipal Building Committee for the construction of the Sportsplex. He was one of the overseers of “Two Valley Construction Company” that built ten homes in Willow Bunch and ten homes in Coronach for low-income families. He was overseer for the “Big Muddy Beavers”, a non-profit organization which provided employment geared toward community improvement. He was also a Justice of the Peace. When he retired from the post office, Cecil set up an accounting office which he ran with the help of his wife and Patsy Galbraith from 1978-2011. In his accounting business he enjoyed consultations with people of all ages and was happy to give free advice. He liked helping people. So he worked until he was 90! In his brief retirement, Cecil lived at Coronach, Rockglen, Regina, and Emerald Park. Cecil is predeceased by his parents Harry and Agnes (Sharpin) Keast, his brothers Charlie and Howard, and his sister Alice (Elliott). Cecil is survived by his loving wife of 71 years, Isabel, his daughter Colleen Pritchard (Allen), his grandson Shane Kessler (Connie), his granddaughter Mandy Giffen (David), and his great-grandson Adriel Giffen, and numerous nieces and nephews. A private family graveside service was held Friday, July 5, 2019 at the Coronach Cemetery. Pallbearers were: Neil Montgomery, Ron Thorhaug, Rick Lesperance, Brian Wrolson, and Bryce Wrolson. Expressions of sympathy for the Keast family may be shared at ww.rossfuneralservice.com. Arrangements entrusted to Ross Funeral Service, Assiniboia, SK

Services

  • Private Family Graveside Service Friday, July 5, 2019

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Jim/Laurie & Joyce Parson

July 12, 2019

Isabel and Colleen, so sorry to hear of your loss. Both Mom and I have wonderful memories of Cecil!! He will be missed by all but remembered by all for his wonderful enjoyment of life. God Bless.

Ernest and Jean Granger

July 5, 2019

Our deepest sympathy to Isabel and Colleen and family for the lost of a wonderful husband father and grandfather

Gay and Blair Wilderman

July 5, 2019

Our deepest sympathies to you Isabel and Colleen and families on the passing of your dear Cecil husband and Dad and Grandfather and Great Grandfather. Cecil was a wonderful man and I learned a lot from a man that had so much knowledge and always had a kind heart and helping advise and compassion for anyone.
He will be greatly missed by all.
Hold onto the great memories!

Darren & Susan Forbes

July 5, 2019

Deepest condolences to the family.

Ron & Cheryl Powell Powell

July 5, 2019


Isabel, Colleen &Family
Condolences on your loss, Cecil was a very great person may your memories ease your sorrow.

Debbie Spooner ( Bellrose)

July 5, 2019

My condolences Isabelle . Colleen and family. I have many good memories of happy times in your home where I learned to love "The Sound of Music!) and time spent with lots of horsey talk and activities!

Angela & Ed Plumb

July 4, 2019

So sorry to hear of your loss Isabel, Colleen, Shane, Mandy and families. Cecil was such a giving man. Town of Coronach and the people there have greatly missed his giving and knowledge. I never realized his sacrifice in the war. I am honoured to have known such a honourable man. He will be greatly missed. ❤️

Kelly Elder

July 4, 2019

I always enjoyed my interactions with Cecil, from the first time I took over the books for the curling club to interviewing him for the Remembrance Day Salute in the Triangle News. Such a kind, patient, caring man! Cheer to a long life, well lived. Delaney really enjoyed getting to know Cecil. Our sympathy to Isabel, Colleen and family.

Grant, Kelly and Delaney Elder

Shelly Swan

July 4, 2019

Just spoke to mom Diane Clark and she said she has never seen a couple who enjoyed each other’s company as much as they did ❤️
Our sincere sympathy Clark Family

Nichole Gellner

July 4, 2019

Our sincere condolences to Isabelle, Coleen n family..Cecil was a wonderful boss n Mentor I will treasure our coffee break, visits n laughs God Bless

FROM THE FAMILY