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Outgoing Man. cattlemen’s chief Major Jay Fox, 32

Funeral services are to be held Wednesday at Eddystone, Man. for one of Manitoba’s Outstanding Young Farmers and a former president of Manitoba Beef Producers.

Major Jay Fox died Friday in Winnipeg from injuries he suffered after being pinned Thursday evening by a tractor’s front-end loader bucket on his farm at Eddystone, about 75 km east of Dauphin.

Fox, 32, retired this month as a director of MBP, having served since 2009 as the organization’s president and previously as a vice-president. Ray Armbruster of Rossburn took over as MBP president at the group’s annual meeting last month.

Fox and his wife Angela are well known in Manitoba’s agriculture community, having been named as the province’s Outstanding Young Farmers in 2008.

According to RCMP at nearby Ste. Rose du Lac, Fox was helping to remove a front-end loader assembly from a tractor at about 6 p.m. Thursday evening.

The loader arms were raised but not blocked when the hydraulics were released and the bucket dropped, pinning Fox beneath, RCMP said.

RCMP Cpl. James Munro said Fox was later transported to Winnipeg’s Health Sciences Centre, where he died Friday.

According to his obituary Tuesday, funeral services for Fox are to be held at 2 p.m. on Dec. 28 at the Westlake Community Centre in Eddystone, with interment to follow at Eddystone’s Willowgrove Cemetery.

Donations can be made in Fox’s memory at any branch of TD Canada Trust for a trust fund for his children Devon, Charlee, Porter and Major.

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