It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Charles "Angus" McLeod Davidson, at 95 years old, on July 1, 2019, surrounded by family. Angus was born on the family homestead (NW 31-06-12 W3) on November 12, 1923, the youngest child of John and Agnes Davidson. He had a special bond with his five siblings; Ann, Janet, Myrtle, Jean, and Jack. He took his schooling at Pinto Head and Kingsmead schools. He walked to school with his siblings to a one-room schoolhouse, with one teacher. This is where Angus met lifetime friends. Angus was a boy in the roaring 20's when horses were traded in for Model T's and farmers and ranchers were building houses and huge hip roof barns that dotted the landscape in Southern Saskatchewan. This was an exciting time for early settlers. He went through the dirty 30's as a teenager. He learned how to work. He and his family picked countless stones by hand to clear the land. Many trees were planted on the farm, as well as a large garden. His first investment was turkeys. He soon traded those turkeys for a few pigs and then a cow. There were also sheep on the farm. Angus told the story of how he sold his first cow for $12.00. The drought in the 30's was bad and there was next to no money, but it was a great time to live because family, friends, and neighbours were plentiful. Lots of visiting, working back and forth with neighbours, country picnics, going to church on Sundays, and dances throughout the neighbouring communities. In 1938-1939, he missed his friends when due to drought, the Kristiansens, Hagans, Austroms, and Wallaces tore down their homes, loaded them on the train, and moved to Alberta where they had irrigation. The following year, the Gundersons and Desharnais left. Needless to say, this left a real gap in the community. In 1940, Angus got a job on a threshing crew and received the highest wage that he had ever earned. He threshed for 40 days and earned $200.00 ($5.00 per day). He was thrilled and thought he hit the jackpot! In 1944, Angus and his parents moved to the Buckley farm near the communities of Cadillac and Ponteix, Saskatchewan. He rented the land to get his farming career underway. On November 28, 1951, he married the love of his life, Marlene Gunter, daughter of Russell "Curly" and Lena Gunter. Angus and Marlene made a deal to purchase the Buckley farm. They named it "Our View Farm". On this farm, they raised their five children; Charlene (Bill) Oxley, Vernon (Eileen) Davidson, Wade (Ruthie) Davidson, Leilani (Dwight) Dirk, and Kimberly (Dennis Siemens) Davidson. The family continued to grow. They have nine grandchildren: Ben (Sarah) Oxley, Carla (Mario) Chabot, Glen (Julie) Davidson, Ross (Tara) Davidson, Amber (Jonathan) Fast, Tyler (Melanie) Davidson, Jaden (Jacqueleen) Dirk, Kaitlyn Dirk, and Leonard Davidson. 16 Great-Grandchildren: Ayden Oxley, Preston Oxley, Faith Oxley, Nathan Chabot, Morgan Chabot, Kegan Davidson, Amara Davidson, Anica Davidson, Ash Davidson, Cameron Davidson, Jaime Davidson, Flynn Davidson, Hendrix Fast, Scarlett Fast, Sadie Davidson, and Sage Davidson. He also has other kids in Ponteix that have absolutely chosen him as their Great-Grandpa. To name a few, Xyrale Feji, Kie Shay Feji, Reziel Egoc, and Micah Egoc. Angus and Marlene's mixed farming operation encompassed grain farming, breeding Gelbvieh cattle, raising sheep, breeding Golden Retrievers, training Border Collies, and gardening. Angus lived a "blessed" life. His pleasures every day were his family and friends. He very much enjoyed their visits, always with ample love, humour, and kidding galore! He will be fondly remembered and deeply missed by his loving wife of 67 years, Marlene, all of his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, as well as his brother-in-law, Jack (Irene) Gunter, sister-in-law, Lois Davidson, and many cherished nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, John and Agnes Davidson; his wife's parents, Russell "Curly" and Lena Gunter; sisters, Ann (Jim Dinsmore) (Vic Robins) Robins, Janet (Irvin) Lamb, Myrtle (Wes) Baragar, Jean (Raymond) Robinson; brother, Jack Davidson; sister-in-law, Jean (Eldon) Finell; and treasured son-in-law, Bill Oxley. A graveside service was held on July 4, 2019, at the Ponteix Community Cemetery, followed by fellowship at the Parrish Hall in Ponteix. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Angus' name to a charity of your choice. The family would like to thank Ponteix ambulance attendants and the Cypress Regional Hospital staff for their exceptional care. Lemieux Funeral Home, Ponteix, SK were entrusted with the arrangements. For further information please call 306-625-3925 or visit our web site at www.lemieuxfuneralhome.com and express your sympathy to family members on the family tribute wall.
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