Elias, Mack

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Memorial service will be held at 2:00PM on Tuesday, August 20, 2019 at Christian Life Centre, Morden. Viewing will be from 1PM-8PM on Monday at Wiebe Funeral Chapel, Morden.  Interment prior to the service at 12:00PM (noon) on Tuesday at Haskett Cemetery. Donations may be made in Mack's memory to CNIB or Tabor Home Inc.  [THIS WILL BE A SCENT FREE EVENT] Please refrain from wearing perfumes/colognes. Thank you.
Cornelius Mack Elias
1948 – 2019
 
On March 29, 1948 Cornelius Mack Elias was born to Justina and William W Elias, farmers in the Stanley Municipality. Thanks to wonderful teachers, Mack received public education at the one-room Wakeham School and formed friendships that lasted his whole life. He liked arithmetic and transferred those skills to fixing equipment and building things from steel in the shop. Two highlights of his young adult life include earning his Grade 10 upgrading and touring the John Deere plant in Illinois. At the Morden Pentecostal Church Mack's faith was fashioned and it continued to deepen throughout his life. Faithfulness in attendance always
mattered to him and his trust that “our loving God knows best” never wavered. For many years Mack kept soft drinks in the shop refrigerator so that the community people had a place to visit and share ideas. A little tin can sat in the fridge for change money and people, young and young-at-heart, came by bicycle, motorcycle, snowmobile, or car to enjoy a cold Pepsi or 7Up. Mack liked being among people. For harvest season, Mack was the trucker and he took pride in backing up to the auger correctly with the first try. In winter, he loved to be on the road during the early morning hours with the snowblower helping neighbours get to their destinations on time. In all seasons he loved to “schlep” home impossibly large loads of parts and stuff that “someone might need someday,” especially tires or steel for the shop and treasures from the Bill Klassen auction sales which Mack followed closely. Many folks, indeed, were spared a trip to the parts store because
they checked Mack's inventory first. A very favorite winter pastime was playing Bid Whist with neighbours.
These precious neighbours continued to include Mack even while his body was being gripped by Parkinson's from 2003 onwards. By 2013, Mack needed to claim Tabor Home as his new home and, again, friendships helped to ease the pain of adjustment. By phone, Mac continued to contribute helpful, and quite often
unconventional, solutions to questions concerning mechanical problems or general parts information. His cellphone was his lifeline. Because of a partially twisted large intestine, Mack became seriously ill on Wednesday, August 14, 2019 and was transferred to the Boundary Trails Health Centre. With the pain under control, Mack died the next morning without distress at 10:30. Thank you to each doctor, nurse, and paramedic who helped Mack so gently and thoroughly during his final 24 hours.
 
Mack is survived by his sister, Verna Pfrimmer, brothers, Bert and Edwin (Helen), niece, Diane, nephews, Darryll (Justina), Darwin, Douglas (Janelle), great niece, Hunter and great-nephew, Elijah. He was predeceased by his parents and one brother-in-law, Ralph Pfrimmer.
 
Memorial service at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday August 20, 2019 at Christian Life Centre in Morden with interment prior at the Haskett Cemetery. The family wishes to thank each of the many staff and volunteers at Tabor Home for their years of dedicated attention to Mack's needs. The many, many hours spent at the puzzle, bingo, or crokinole tables, the daily faithful greetings, the afternoon drives to see the area around town and have Dairy Queen treats, and the self-appointed position as the official doorkeeper all contributed richly to Mack's life. Thank you again and again. Donations in memory of Mack can be made to the CNIB or to Tabor Home Inc.
 
Wiebe Funeral Chapel, Morden
In care of arrangements
wiebefuneralhomes.com

 

#1 Ben Hiebert 2019-08-16 17:38
May you Rest In Peace in HEAVEN Mac! You were a good Friend!
#2 Sheila Leatherdale 2019-08-17 01:13
So sorry to hear about Mack passing.
#3 Nancy, nee Bluhm and Daryl Smith 2019-08-17 10:27
Our sincere condolences to the Elias family on your loss. We have many good memories of Mack, helping out on my parents’ farm, playing cards with the Wakeham gang, and dropping in for visits.
#4 Adeline Peters 2019-08-17 16:33
We will miss our "door opener" at Tabor Home. Another Wakehamer has gone to heaven.
#5 George & Wendy Penner 2019-08-18 10:17
Our family has many fond memories of Mack as he was rather a part of the Bergman, Plett, Penner family. He was a very close friend to sister Pat Plett and they spent many a lunch or supper together sharing their faith and shooting the breeze. Mack attended so many of our family events and was always welcome at the family table in each of our homes. YOU COULD NEVER find a more LOYAL FRIEND OR PRAYER WARRIOR! Mack would never forget to call each of us on our Birthdays every year just to wish us the best. We always appreciated his service as the unofficial Door Man at Tabor Home as he was always there with a smile and a greeting. How wonderful it is to know that Mack is now fully whole and rejoicing in his Beloved Savior's presence.
#6 Gerald & Wendy Letkeman 2019-08-18 16:59
I have so many good memories of Mac and the Elias family. Growing up in Wakeham, I remember he was always the supplier of soft-drinks at our local community events. His shop was always open to any number of projects and repairs that my older brothers needed to tackle. We are truly sorry for your loss.
#7 Floyd & Angela Martens 2019-08-19 11:10
Our sympathies to the Elias family.
#8 Kim Van Vliet 2019-08-19 11:32
Our family has many fond memories of Mack. He was always there to help when we moved out to the Wakeham area and again when we moved to town.

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