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Grace Bindle

Grace Elizabeth Bindle

Friday, March 24th, 1939 - Monday, July 22nd, 2019
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With heavy hearts and profound sadness we announce the passing of our beloved mother, grandmother, aunt, and friend, Grace Bindle.

Born Grace Elizabeth Russell in Winnipeg on March 24, 1939, she learned to knit by age 4 growing up in Austin, MB. After attending teacher training in Brandon, and a brief period teaching in The Pas, Grace moved to Thompson, MB, where she met and married Otto Bindle in 1964.

In 1967, Grace started substitute teaching grades K to 8, but soon stuck to lower grades and the Special Education Classes, eventually teaching full-time kindergarten. After retiring in 1997, she continued to substitute grades K to 3 until 2017.

Grace is Thompson’s longest serving Block Parent, and in 2010, she received the City of Thompson’s Volunteer-of-the-Year award. She donated knitting for over 50 years and remained actively involved with many organizations including St. James Anglican Church, Thompson Hospital Auxiliary, Retired Teachers Association, Heritage North Museum, and Thompson Christian Council.

“Mrs. Bindle” is well known for having a special place in her heart for children. In a recent teaching memoir, she wrote “After I was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, I miss the kids and adult colleagues. Over the years, I run into students I’ve taught or subbed and we chat. I miss them and am happy they have continued on with their education or are working here in Thompson. I am proud of all of them, knowing that I played a part in their lives and education. I’d be back in a heartbeat if I could.”

Grace always saw the best in people and met many friends throughout her travels that she loyally stayed in contact with. She cherished every moment she spent with her grandchildren, and enjoyed summers with family, friends, and neighbours at her cabin at Paint Lake.

Grace was predeceased by her husband Otto Bindle, mother and step-father Gladys & Claude Beatty, brother Ron Russell, son-in-law Mervin Dick, and grand-daughter Susan.

Grace will be lovingly remembered by her children Allen, Kelly, and Dawn Bindle, step-daughters Dianne Dick and Patricia (Mike) Wyer, grandchildren Nigel, Carla (Gillian), Darlene (Sean), Treston (Kaitlyn), Connor, and Jesse, nine great grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild. Grace will also be lovingly remembered by her numerous cousins, nieces and nephews, extended family, former students, colleagues, and dear friends.

A Celebration of Grace’s life will be held on Thursday, August 1, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. at St. James the Apostle Anglican Church, 10 Caribou Road, Thompson, MB, with “A Life Lived” reception following at Royal Canadian Legion. Future cremation interment will be at Austin Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to CancerCare Manitoba or Heritage North Museum.
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  • Service

    Thursday, August 1st, 2019 | 1:00pm
    Thursday, August 1st, 2019 1:00pm
    St. James Anglican Church
    10 Caribou Road
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    Cremation has taken place and a Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, August 1st at 1:00 p.m. at the St. James the Apostle Anglican Church, 10 Caribou Road in Thompson, Mb. Officiated by Rev Jean Arthurson.
    Jean Arthurson
  • Reception

    Royal Canadian Legion
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    A Life Lived” Reception to follow the Memorial Service at the Royal Canadian Legion in Thompson.


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Garwood Robb

Posted at 08:58pm
Condolences to Grace’s family. I remember Grace from when I lived down the street from her and her husband in the late sixties. I remember her visiting the Jacksons where I was boarding. Grace also substituted in the school I taught in. I’m sorry to read of her passing.

Cheryl & Tom Graham

Posted at 08:19pm
Our deepest sympathy to the Bndle family; Your mother Grace was the kindest person, her smile will forever be in everyone hearts. She was a favorite teacher. Our prayers go out to her family; from Cheryl (White) Graham & Tom Graham of Calgary.

Pat & Gary Wilkie

Posted at 04:39pm
Our deepest condolences to the Bindle family & friends. May she rest in peace

Bernice Knee

Posted at 02:32pm
So sorry to hear of your moms passing. She was such a kind lady and a delight to be around. We all enjoyed our time with her in Thompson and most especially her visit with us in Newfoundland after retirement. Mom (Minnie) will certainly miss their chats on the phone. Grace kept her well informed about what was happening in Thompson since we left. Cherish the many good memories you all have of her as we will certainly do. Stay strong.

Bernice & Andrew Knee & Minnie Janes

Diane Wicks

Posted at 10:39pm
Such wonderful memories of Grace sharing her Kindergarten materials with me and always enjoyed having many conversations in our staff room. Grace enjoyed knitting and gave the cutest ,little, woollen socks to so many new babies.What a wonderful career she had...thank you for all those years of dedication. RIP Grace💕

Sherry Nelson Posted at 08:19am

Good Mom’s raise good sobs. Sorry for your loss. God bless.

Sherry Nelson Posted at 08:22am

Good sons it should read apologize for the error.

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