It is with sadness that the family announces the passing of Darren Paul BetteRidge. Darren passed away suddenly on Wednesday, November 21, 2018 in Brandon, MB.
Darren was born on October 1, 1965 in Regina, Saskatchewan to parent Dave and Betty BetteRidge (nee Jacobson). Darren had 6 children Chelsey Schumann, Chantry BetteRidge, Cherise Kellen, Blaze Morrisseau, and Earl Morrisseau. He has rejoined his son Cole Morrisseau whom he missed so very much.
He was predeceased by his father Dave BetteRidge and his son Cole Morrisseau. Darren leaves to mourn his passing and cherish many fond memories; his wife Amanda BetteRidge, his children Chelsey, Desi and Dal, Chantry and Izzy, Cherise and Dale, Blaze, Hailey and Ember Rae, Earl and Jedsia and Jomasia, his mother Betty BetteRidge and his siblings Jeff, Blaine & Bev (Megan & Paige) and Jodi along with extended family members and many friends.
Darren met Amanda Morrisseau on April 23, 1994 at an AA Dance where he asked her to dance. A whirlwind romance was about to begin. 3 children, many adventures and 17 years passed and they were married on April 23, 2011 in Crane River, MB.
Darren always kept himself busy. He was a hard worker, working as a diesel mechanic and working on his dad's farm hauling grain and repairing machinery. Darren also worked as a painter, a drywaller, a taper and a fisherman. Darren made a lot of friends and collegues thoughout his working life across Canada. He built many homes in Pukatawagon, MB teaching them the skills so they could build their own homes. Darren received many beautiful gifts from them that showed their appreciation. His work took him away from home for long periods of time, but his family held down the fort and would wait patiently for his return. Darren's neighbors always knew when he would return home because they would hear the music. When his boys would go to school, friends would say to them "So, your dad is home?". The boys would reply "How do you know?" and the answer was "Well, we could hear the music all night!" Music wasn't Darren's only love. He loved to read with his favorite author being Louis L'Amour. He could often be found with a book close at hand and his second daughter was named after an author.
Darren had a strange or demented sense of humor at times. He knew no boundries when it came to a good laugh. He made a few of us uncomfortable at times, but it didn't matter. That was Darren!
Darren was proud of his family and always looked out for them. When Amanda was working at Ste. Rose Hospital, Darren drove her to work and went shopping. He bought so many groceries that the whole truck was full. The back seat, the box and the front seat were packed! Darren and Amanda had to sit like teenagers in love to get home and then had to unload everything when they got home. Once unloaded, Darren told Amanda "Okay, so now you don't have to go shopping for awhile, save your money!"
A time of remembrance for Darren will be held on Tuesday, November 27, 2018 at 3 pm in the Maurice Morrisseau Memorial Hall in Crane River, MB. Dale & Sharon Myhre and Blaine BetteRidge will officiate the services with Deon Roulette reading the eulogy.
Should friends so desire, donations may be made in memory of Darren to Wounded Warriors Canada, 1900 - 1500 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, BC, V6G 2Z6.
Wounded Warriors Canada
1900-1500 West Georgia Street, Vancouver BC V6G 2Z6