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Marvin Cairns



August 16, 1960 - August 8, 2021

We sadly announce that Marvin Cairns, our brother and uncle, passed away August 08, 2021.


Marvin was predeceased by his parents, Russell and Mildred; brother Ronald; sister Shirley; sisters-in-law, Laurie and Gloria; as well as brothers-in-law, Bob Chambers and Sonny Heap. He is survived by sisters, Eileen Heap (Joe Kozokowsky), Rosalind Despins (Don), Terry Burns (Robert), Leslie Lowe (Bernard), Ellen Cairns (Blair), Brenda Cairns, and Sandy Jensen (Don); brothers, Kenneth(Anne), Orvil, Jim (Kathy), Lyle (Diane), and Brian(Shirley); brother-in-law Frank Anson; as well as many nieces and nephews.


Marvin was the thirteenth child and youngest son born to Russell and Mildred in MacGregor. He went to Austin Elementary School and then MacGregor Collegiate where he graduated grade twelve. He played hockey in Austin and also spent winters helping his dad at the curling rink in MacGregor. After grade twelve he worked on a farm and then at a Grain Elevator. He then moved to Portage la Prairie and worked at Campbell Soup until 1990. He moved to Brandon and worked on a farm until his Myotonic Dystrophy worsened. When his dad passed away, he moved back to MacGregor to help out his mom. He later moved back to Brandon and enjoyed social activities and playing cards.


In 2015 his niece Tera Ennis took him on a road trip to Edmonton and to the B.C coast where he enjoyed a helicopter ride and a boat trip to see the whales. In 2016 he went with his brother Lyle to Niagara Falls.


Marvin's family kindly requests that all of his friends and relatives take a few minutes to honour his memory by sharing photos, memories, and stories, using the comment section on this page.


A private family interment will be held at the Austin Cemetery at 3:00 pm on Sept.02, 2021. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Muscular Dystrophy Canada. 


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