Loren Brian Halirewich was born in Roblin, Manitoba, on January 11, 1956. The third of three boys and three girls born to George Halirewich and Eva Halirewich (nee: Andrusiak), Loren spent his growing up years on the original family farm in the Silverwood area before moving with his family in the fall of 1968 to the farm where he spent the rest of his years, the farm where his father had been born and raised. Though Loren lived within a stone’s throw of Togo, Saskatchewan, the farm was on the Manitoba side of the border, so after a few years of schooling in Silverwood, each day saw him board a bus to Roblin where he completed his formal schooling.
After he finished school, Loren thought about farming, but his interest in cars, trucks, tractors and other things motor, saw him off to try a year of studies in the heavy duty mechanic industry. By the end of the school year, however, he knew that though he loved the trade, he longed for the open spaces more. He headed home where he negotiated a business proposal with his dad and they began working together. He was twenty years old.
Within four years, Loren took over the seeding and he was rapidly being recognized as an equal. He became responsible for a lot of the decisions being made and together with his father, and with support from his older brother, Grant, the farm operation expanded. They made changes in the yard, in equipment and in structures and Loren, a man of the earth, was in and around all of it.
A lifelong student of history, farming gave Loren the opportunity to delve into other areas of interest. Early mornings would find him following the latest in stock quotes and reading up on the world news. Though Loren had no interest in becoming a political figure, he could talk politics and party platforms for all three of the NAFTA partners as well as other major players in the world. He thought deeply on things spiritual and things monetary. He also maintained a lifelong interest in fixing things. Nothing was too broken for him to take on.
Loren was predeceased by his older brother, David (1954), a younger sister, Pamelia Fay (2003), and his mother, Eva Martha (2018). Although Loren fought diabetes and several other, lesser maladies, he had appeared relatively healthy, so his passing suddenly of cardiac failure leaves us all wishing that there had been a little more time to share our love with him. A farmer, through and through, he loved each season- the spring birth, the summer growing, the fall harvest and the winter- a time for buying and fixing equipment, surfing the net, reconnecting with friends and family.
Loren will be missed by the many friends and neighbors who were part of his day to day life, the aunts, uncles and cousins whose lives he would with ease drift in and out of, and especially, by his immediate family. Loren is survived by two sisters: Lori Ann Krottner, of Calgary, AB, her husband George and their children Sarah and Zachary; Carol Lynn LeMert of Prescott, AZ, and her daughters Jaala and her family, Larissa and her family and Onalle. Loren is also survived by one brother: Grant of Whitehorse, and his son, David, and his family. Finally, Loren leaves behind his business partner, friend, mentor, and father, George Halirewich, still on the farm that has been so much of Loren’s life.
Every time Loren parted ways with any of us, he would wave and say, “Well, I’ll see you again soon.” Yes, Loren, we will see you again one day… just not soon. Rest well. We shall miss you.