Bill N. Reibin
1930 - 2019
On January 1, 2019 Bill N. Reibin of the Benito Personal Care Home formerly of the RM of Livingston, Arran, Saskatchewan passed away at the age of 88 years.
Bill was born to parents Nick and Mary Reibin (Kabotoff) in the RM of Livingston, Arran, Saskatchewan.
Bill attended school at Thunderbird, Saskatchewan until Grade 8, then went farming with his parents full time. They lived on top of Thunderhill, until 1945 when he bought our present place.
They bought their first Ford tractor in 1939, using horses until then.
Bill’s dad retired in 1950 when he moved into Benito and built a new home.
Bill farmed on his own for a few years until he got married to his wife of 64 years, Joyce, on November 4, 1954. Together they started their family of three, Patrick in 1955, Reginald in 1957 and Judith in 1959.
Bill farmed with his father for ten years until Bill and Joyce purchased the land and branched out on their own; purchasing more cattle, starting a hog operation and renting more land.
Bill’s passion in life was farming as well as big game hunting every year. Later he enjoyed fishing and camping in the summertime, when time permitted and ice fishing in the winter which was a real passion, fishing at the lakes north of Whitebeech with Armit Lake being his favourite.
Bill enjoyed fishing with all his fishing buddies from Norquay, Swan Plain, Whitebeech and Bill Kastrukoff from Benito, often stopping at Bill Pakaluk’s cabin on his way home for a fish fry with friends.
In 2010 his health started to fail, Bill rented his land out, had a farm sale in 2014 and due to failing health moved into the Benito Personal Care Home in 2015 where he resided until January 1, 2019 when he passed away.
Bill is survived by his wife Joyce of 64 years and three children, Patrick (MaryAnn) of Beausejour, Manitoba, Reginald (Yvonne) of The Pas, Manitoba and Judith of Winnipeg, Manitoba; six grandchildren, Mervin (Lori) of Gillam, Manitoba, Jason (Krista) of Winnipeg, William of Winnipeg, Jeffrey (Robyn) of The Pas, Michelle (Cameron) of The Pas, and Jeremy (Megean) of The Pas; ten great grandchildren, Corey, Brendon and Avery of Gillam, Emma and Amy of Winnipeg, Bryce, Sawyer, Halia, John and Langdon of The Pas; sister Elsie Emmond of Benito; niece Peggy of Winnipeg; as well as many cousins.
Bill was predeceased by his parents Nick and Mary Reibin, Grandma and Grandpa Reibin, Grandma and Grandpa Kabotoff, nephew Lou Emmond as well as numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
In keeping with Bill’s wishes, cremation has taken place and a service will be held later in the Semenovka Cemetery.
Should friends so desire, donations in Bill’s memory may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association.
Swan Valley Funeral Services
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Swan River, MB R0L 1Z0
Canadian Diabetes Association
Box 1224 Station K, Toronto ON M4P 9Z9