Orley McLauchlin

Obituary of Orley McLauchlin

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Thomas Orley McLauchlin

1934 - 2021

With family at his side, Orley McLauchlin passed away peacefully on October 5, 2021 at Hillcrest Place in Brandon where he had been residing since July.


Orley was born on June 10, 1934 at the family farm south of Harding.  He was predeceased by his parents Orley and Elsie McLauchlin, his older brother Ellwyn and his grandson Matthew Peters. 


Orley met his wife, of 61 years, Adele at a dance in Lenore and they were married January 16, 1960.  Orley continued to work at Manitoba Highways for a few years when they first got married, a growing farm and four children being born in six years, he was needed full time on the farm.  They resided and farmed the McLauchlin family farm until 2001 when they moved to Brandon. 


On the McLuachlin Century farm they raised chickens, pigs, cows and grain but cattle was his passion.  They bought their first purebred Maine Anjou heifer in the mid to later 70's and it did not take long for him to become recognized as one of the premier breeders of Maine-Anjou cattle not just in Manitoba but in Canada.  They travelled to shows across western Canada as well as the Toronto Royal.  In 1985, they won the prestigious “Grand Showman Award” for Canada.  In 1992, they decided to disperse their purebred cattle but remained in the commercial cattle business for a few more years. 


He was not one for hobbies but loved sports, especially curling and baseball.  He loved the game of curling and participated in a number of leagues and bonspiels in Manitoba and any province that the Canadian Cattleman’s Bonspiel was being hosted.  Toronto Blue Jays was his favorite sports team.  Orley and Adele travelled to Toronto for a stretch of home games every year from 2004 to 2017.


Left to mourn Orley’s passing is his wife Adele, children Lynne Gustafson (Eric), Marilyn Peters (Mark), Orley McLauchlin (Sue) and Darryl McLauchlin (Jeany), grandchildren Marcie Moar (Derek), Scott Lavich (Maria), Barrett Lavich (Taira), Warren Peters, Hannah McLauchlin, Trent Gill, Tyler Gill (Laura) and Tiffany Gustafson, along with four great grandchildren.


A Celebration of Orley’s Life was held on October 13, 2021 at the Brockie Donovan Chapel. Donations in memory of Orley may be made to a charity of your choice.


The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dad's dear friends who kept him socializing on coffee row and taking him out to the farm prior to his year in care. The Hillcrest Place and Brockie Donovan staff for their caring assistance.  We would also like to thank all the family and friends that have sent food, flowers and wishes.


 Rest in peace, we will miss you!

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