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Emanuel (Manny) Nels Nordin, 89

Emanuel (Manny) Nels Nordin
Born 1 February 1925 in Tovell Township (Bergland) to Knute and Emma (Fredrickson) Nordin. He attended McCrossen-Tovell school in Bergland and worked for Dalseg’s in the late 1930s and early 1940s. In 1943 he enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force and served at several bases in Manitoba. While in the Air Force he met Aileen Marjory Drader and they were married in August 1946 in Winnipeg after they were discharged. They moved to Rainy River where he worked for the CNR and then in 1954 for the LCBO until 1980 when he retired. Manny and Aileen had four children and will be missed by: Rick (Carolyn), David (Laurence), Patricia (Michael Potter) and Lori (Larry Caul), nine grandchildren and six great grandchildren.
Manny was very involved in the community as a long time member of the Masonic Lodge and the Canadian Legion where he was a past president. He was involved in many other organizations and activities such as Knox United Church, Cubs and Scouts and firearms training. In 1967 he was one of two Rainy River citizens to receive the Centennial Medal for community service and in 2002 received the Queen’s Jubilee medal.
He was very proud of his Swedish heritage. His parents were born in Sweden and came to Canada as children with their families. He was happiest at the cabin at the lake he built in the 1950s and spent as much time there as he could – a few miles from where he was born. Manny passed away on June 21, 2014 at the Rainy River Hospital and will be interred alongside his wife, Aileen in the Bergland Cemetery.
A Celebration of Manny’s life was held on Thursday, June 26, 2014 at 11 a.m. from the Rainy River Knox United Church, with Rev. Frances Flook officiating. Honourary Pall Bearers will be Tim Nordin, Larry Nordin, Rene Norberg and Cam Hanson. Honour Guard provided by the Rainy River Royal Canadian Legion and Masonic Lodge. If desired memorial donations may be made to the Rainy River Knox United Church or the Rainy River Royal Canadian Legion Branch #54, c/o Northridge Funeral Home, Box 89, Emo, Ontario, P0W 1E0. Online condolences may be offered at