December 16, 1949 – March 22, 2021
With the heaviest of hearts, we announce the sudden passing of our patriarch, Will.
He is survived by his true love, his wife Janet; his daughter Carrie (Chris); his son Kris (Elke); and his four grandchildren, William, Thomas, Maya, and Stella.
Will was raised in the North End and lived his whole life in Winnipeg. He was married to Janet for almost 48 years and together they raised their two children.
Will spent most of his working life at Air Canada. He enjoyed his many years volunteering with the Red River Ex and made many friends in recent years at the St. James Assiniboia 55 Plus Club.
He was an avid Nascar fan and traveled to many races in the States. In his retirement years, Will enjoyed a somewhat quieter life enjoying his grandchildren, watching the Jets, playing scrabble, and often winning against his kids at cribbage.
Will had the kindest heart, under a sometimes-gruff exterior. He was full of love and immeasurable generosity. He extended this to this family, his friends, and without abandon to his grandchildren.
We, the family, are grateful for the messages of love and support that we have received.
A celebration of his life will be scheduled for a later date.
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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Mar 27, 2021
It is with deep sadness the family announces the passing of Dad, loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. Dad leaves to mourn his wife Elsie, daughter(s) Karen (Allan) Vince, Shelley (Dale) Braun and grandchildren, Tyler (Karleigh), Nicole (Adam), Jason (Brittany), Riley and great-grandchildren Mason, Anders, Julianne and Charlotte. He is also survived by siblings Art (Lee), Dave (Hilda), Erna (Leonard) and many nieces and nephews and their families.
He is predeceased by his parents, two sisters, two brothers and several brother in-laws and sister in-law.
Dad was born in Steinbach, MB and raised on the family farm in Grunthal, MB. Abe and Elsie married in July 1963 and moved to Winnipeg where Dad started his first job with National Drugs. He then began his career in aviation, starting with Transair and moving on to Air Canada where he retired in 2003. He loved working with his colleagues who became friends and spoke fondly of his time he spent with them. He was a dedicated Air Canada employee, he took pride in his work and made lifelong friends.
Mom and Dad were married for 57 wonderful years, they were side by side through everything they did, they supported and loved each other completely. Dad loved his daughters, supporting them in whatever way they needed.
Dad loved his grandchildren, they were very special to him. His eyes lit up each time they called or came over and loved spending as much time as he could with them. He loved watching his great grandchildren play and was able to meet his newest great grandchild just a few weeks before his passing which made him smile from ear to ear as he held her in his lap.
Dad enjoyed many years of camping, fishing, snowmobiling and golfing but his true passion was travelling with his family and in retirement spent winters in Hawaii.
The family would like to thank Dr. Duerksen for his continuing care and regular phone calls, also his respite and palliative caregivers. We’d also like to thank the staff at St. Boniface Palliative Care Unit for their excellent support during his final days.
Dad was a kind, gentle, caring man dedicated to his faith and his family. He will be greatly missed but forever in our hearts.
Don’t grieve for me, for now I’m free, I’m following the path God laid for me.
A private family funeral service will be held on Thursday, February 11, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. with a video production begining at 12:40 p.m.
To view the live stream please visit the following link. https://www.oneroomstreaming.com/view/authorise.php?k=161282897999664
Donations in memory of Abe may be made to CancerCare Manitoba or to Parkinson Canada.
ROBERT PETER ROLFE
Born in Bournemouth, England
on May 25, 1933
Passed in Winnipeg, Manitoba
on December 28, 2020 (87)
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our Father after a long battle with Alzheimer’s and Covid-19.
Dad is survived by wife Yvonne and sons, Tony, Glenn (Debbie), Paul (Karen) and Gord (Jennifer). He was predeceased by his oldest son Christopher in 2005 and many grandkids.
Dad lived life to its fullest. Having only a mother (Emily Rolfe) who passed away very early on, and no other family, Dad joined the navy at a very young age to explore the world. He met the love of his life Yvonne at a dance in Bournemouth and their journey began. Christopher was born in England in 1955. Wanting a better life, they travelled to Canada where dad found work at Air Canada for 35 years. Tony and Glenn were born in Winnipeg (1958 and 1961) but Mom was homesick and returned to England where Paul was born in 1964. A lack of work forced them to return to Winnipeg and Gordon was born in 1972.
Dad’s passions were playing darts and dancing at the Legion. Dad represented Air Canada in many dart tournaments. Fishing and camping early on at Otter Falls and then at their trailer at Tall Timber Lodge are fond memories for all. Dad was also an avid soccer fan and notably Manchester United. Dad’s greatest love however was his beautiful wife and his kids. His sense of humour, infectious smile and zest for life will be in our thoughts forever.
Rest in peace Dad, you set the bar very
high and we thank you for all of your love.
We all will miss you immensely.
As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jan 02, 2021
Harold Slegers With sadness, we announce that Harold passed away accidentally at Pelicanpouch Lake, Ontario.
Harold is survived by his wife Susan, daughter Lauren, mother Wilhelmina (Mensing), sisters Mary-Anne and Caroline (Trevis Boyd), and brother Reg, along with nieces, nephews, in-laws and many friends & colleagues.
Harold was a gifted Mechanic. There wasn’t anything motorized that he couldn’t fix. Taking good care of all his vehicles and toys was very important to him.
Harold’s main career was with Air Canada Maintenance. After leaving Air Canada, he was very proud of the fact that he was able to start a new career in HVAC and become a “50-year-old Apprentice” and then a Red Seal HVAC Journeyman.
In 2003, Harold and Susan bought property at Pelicanpouch Lake. Harold had to learn some new skills because not everything is mechanical. Together with Susan and Lauren, they built a beautiful cabin, a true “off-the-grid” retreat. This was the place that Harold loved to be the most, especially when he was there with his girls, Susan and Lauren.
Harold was proud of the work that he did and the accomplishments of his family, especially those of his daughter Lauren. He will be missed by many and the stories of his adventures will be shared for a long time to come.
We would like to thank the Kenora Division of the OPP for their thorough search in November and to the HEART Team who were able to recover Harold.
Should you desire to make a donation in Harold’s name, please consider the HEART Team at hearteam.ca
“Rick” Richard Nordal March 19, 1946 – December 11, 2020
On Friday, December 11th, 2020, our much-loved husband and dad was freed from his many physical challenges He left this world peacefully, at Selkirk Regional Health Centre, at the age of 74 years.
He leaves behind his wife of 46 years Ruth; daughter Shaylene (Melanie); son Scott (Casey); the light of his life his granddaughter Jesika; and step-grandchildren Emily, Alexis and Maximus.
He is predeceased by his parents Walter and Sophie; his father-in-law Metro and mother-in-law Helen.
Rick loved all sports, however, hockey was his sport as he was a force to be reckoned with on the ice. He also enjoyed hunting and fishing.
Rick had a 33-year career working for Air Canada. After retiring at the age of 55, he volunteered at the Marine Museum, it was his heart and soul. He loved to be there cutting grass, helping with pancake breakfasts and Halloween Haunt, selling draw tickets or whatever was needed of him.
Dad will be remembered for his love of Tim Hortons, watching all sports, cruising in his many vehicles, snow blowing, cutting grass, fishing with Scott, helping Shay with yard work, and a good Half Moon deluxe hotdog with a canned Pepsi.
When I cash in I would like to go
Where the geese fly low and the bucks run slow
Where the fishing is good
Anytime of the year
And you don’t need all
That expensive gear!
Where the weather is nice
The whole year-round
With about two months
Where there is snow on the ground
No vicious storms, no droughts, no tornadoes
A good summer for growing tomatoes
Our family would like to express our appreciation to Dr. Prematilake and the staff of Med1 at the Selkirk Regional Health Centre, who gave such love and devotion to our husband, father and grandfather and tremendous moral support to our family these past few weeks. You have made the transition easier and have made our lives richer.
In accordance with his wishes, cremation has taken place and no formal service will be held.
If you wish to honour Rick’s memory, a donation can be made to the Marine Museum of Manitoba, P.O. Box 7, Selkirk, MB. R1A 2B1
To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Richard (Rick) Nordal, please visit our floral store.
IEUAN CHRISTOPHER SAMUEL
Chris Samuel, beloved husband of Lynne Samuel, died December 10, 2020, in Winnipeg. Born in Yorkshire, UK on June 24, 1940 he was the son of Rev. Ieuan Samuel and Esther Samuel (nee Hughes).
After earning a degree in Agriculture, Chris came to Canada seeking adventure in 1964, and became a proud Canadian citizen in 1968. He lived briefly in Vancouver before moving to Winnipeg, where he worked for the Richardson family’s stock farm before joining Air Canada in 1965. He was employed there until his retirement in 2005.
Chris and Lynne were married in Winnipeg October 4, 1968, and celebrated 52 years of happy life together.
Chris was a kind gentleman with a wonderful British sense of humour and was an avid reader and puzzle solver. He was active with the Canadian Kennel Club, always at ringside to assist Lynne showing her dogs and volunteered with the Prairie Toy Breed Association, the Assiniboine Kennel Club and the Windchimes Greyhound Rescue.
He will be missed and fondly remembered by Lynne; his brother Nicholas and family in England, and long time friends Bob and Betty Poole, Pat Smith, Marion Zerrenthin and Allan Webb.
Donations in Chris’ memory may be made to the Winnipeg Humane Society.
Ken Loehmer Funeral Services
As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Dec 19, 2020
On December 23, 2020, Richard Victor Gosek began his journey back home to the spirit world. Richard was born to Peter and Maria Gosek on December 23, 1949 in Heilbronn, Germany. He was six months old when he arrived in Canada. Richard and Gwendolyn were married in 1968 and raised their seven children, Darla-Rae, Derek, Jared (Carly), Chad, Shawn, Tara (Dennis), and Lonnie (Newton). Richard was predeceased by his parents, Peter and Maria, and his two sons Chad Jeremy and Derek Richard. He leaves 10 grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews and many friends to honor his memory. Richard lived life with a passion and excelled at whatever he set out to do. He was 15 years old when he first drove race cars at Brooklyn Speedway, he worked for eight years alongside his father in basement construction and later worked for Winnipeg Transit as a bus driver and supervisor. When the opportunity arose he turned to working on airplanes at St. Andrews Airport. Soon after, his boyhood dreams of flying were met when he earned his private pilot’s license. He then went on to graduate from Stevenson’s Aviation with his AME license. His love for aircraft drew him to working in maintenance at Air Canada as a mechanic and process auditor. Richard loved his work at Air Canada where he took great enjoyment in working with his Air Canada family.
Richard understood that a person’s greatness does not come solely from the work we do in public, but it is woven into the relationships we build and the acts of love and joy we leave for others to remember us by.
For stories of remembrance of Richard please follow this link to his full obituary:https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/winnipeg-mb/richard-victor-gosek-9964042
May 1, 1944 – September 14, 2020
Under unexpected circumstances, Wayne passed away surrounded by his loving wife, Carol of 49 Years; his loving nephew Rene Connell (Denise); and his loving niece Linda Leray (Al).
Wayne loved his son Jeff Gauger, Jeff’s wife Sandra, grandsons, Josh and Waylon. Also grieving are his brothers, Larry and Ron (Marilyn); sister-in-law Dianne Bannerman and sons, Geoffrey and Todd; great-nephews, Jared and Logan Leray; Brad and Tim Connell, brother-in-law David Westmacott (Rhonda), and sons, Mark and Jordan.
Wayne was predeceased by his father and mother Raymond and Laura, sister Lorraine Connell, brother Willie, and nephew Cory Connell.
Also grieving are all of his many friends and neighbours here in Winnipeg and in Mesa, Arizona.
Wayne last worked for Air Canada with an A.M.E. License, promoted to Foreman.
A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.
I / We will love you forever.
Love Always Carol
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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Sep 19, 2020
It is with great sadness that the family of Robert Brian Loutit announces his passing after a brief illness, on Thursday, June 11, 2020, at the age of 72 years. Robert will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 30 years, Leslie, his daughters, Jill (Keith) and Tara (Chris) and his stepdaughters, Melissa (Kevin), Jacqueline (John) and Kristin (Butch). Robert will also be fondly remembered by his eight grandchildren, Carli (Jason), Matthew (Ayla), Cassidy, Tyr, Cadance, Marlena (David), Kahrisa, Kolby, four step-grandchildren, Alex, Aiden, Kaity and William and his four great-grandchildren, Haven, Nova, Jesse and Johnathan. Robert leaves behind his mother, Phyllis, his many brothers and sisters, numerous nieces and nephews and his best friend, his dog, Gomez.
Robert was predeceased by his first wife, Faye, his father, Stanley, his brother, Gordon and his sister, Marion.
He will be fondly remembered for his quick-witted sense of humour, his incredible skill and talent to create and fix anything, his charming personality, and the ability to make friends anywhere. He was known to be a great listener, a storyteller, and a giver of wisdom.
In Robert’s lifetime he had many jobs that related to his various interests, but his love of airplanes carried him to Saunders Aircraft, and then later to Air Canada, where he then retired as a sheet metal worker after 24 years.
Robert loved working with the public which led him leaving retirement to work at Canadian Tire in Selkirk for 9 years at the Service Desk and as a Cleaner. He was much loved by his co-workers, and by his customers. People would come by to visit or seek mechanical advice from Robert because he was so knowledgeable. He finally retired for good due to his health.
Robert was always a community minded person and was an active member of the Selkirk Friendship Centre. He volunteered, served on the board, and was President for 17+ years. He was also an active member of Manitoba Associations of Centres.
During his retirement, he volunteered at many schools within Lord Selkirk School Division, and Sunrise School Division. He shared his love of music, building flutes, creating art and storytelling. His ease to interact with the young people and his incredible knowledge will be missed by the schools in our communities.
Robert made many friends and connected to many people. It was rare that someone did not know Robert Loutit. He will be sincerely missed by his large and loving family, his vast network of friends, and his entire community.
A Come & Go – Celebration of Life will be held at 642 River Road, Lockport, MB on Saturday, June 20, 2020 from 2:00-4:00pm. Social distancing requirements will be followed.
In lieu of flowers, the family of Robert Loutit would appreciate donations made to Air Canada’s Dreams Take Flight (Winnipeg Chapter) – In Memoriam of Robert Brian Loutit. Winnipeg Executive 204 479-5267 email@example.com.
Alex (Sandor) Ladanyi
September 17, 1938 – March 1, 2020
Alex (Sandor) Ladanyi passed after a short courageous battle with cancer. Alex passed peacefully in his home, surrounded by his loving family. Alex is survived by his devoted wife Sharon, of 57 years, his 2 children Douglas and Sherrie, 4 grandchildren Jonathan, Maggie, Benjamin and Samuel, and one great-grandchild Milo. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews and their families. Alex was predeceased by his parents, Sandor and Ilonya, as well as his beloved sisters Eva and Zsuza.
Alex was born in Hungary in 1938. As a 17 year old student, he fled Hungary during the Hungarian Uprising of 1956. He landed in Canada, where he met and married the love of his life Sharon in Portage La Prairie Manitoba in 1963. He devoted his life to her as well as his children Douglas (1967) and Sherrie (1973). Living in Canada, he became an upholsterer and talented tradesman, which led to a successful 37 year career with Air Canada. Whether it was upholstery, carpentry, auto mechanics, or home renovations of any kind, there was nothing he could not build or fix.
He was an avid soccer player in his youth and in his later years enjoyed coaching amateur teams and sharing his footwork skills. He loved to travel with Sharon and his family and enjoyed countless holidays exploring different parts of the world. He was also a devout chess fan and played online with competitors from around the globe.
Alex will be dearly missed for his unconditional love for his family, his capable and willing hands to help, his great stories and insightful conversations, and his witty humour. Our loss is only comforted by the fact that he is no longer in pain, and he is at peace.
A Ceremony of Life has been postponed. Thank you for your understanding.
If desired, donations in his memory can be made to Pancreatic Cancer Canada. (pancreaticcancercanada.ca).
TERRENCE “TERRY” ERNEST BRUCE MILITERE
Peacefully after a long illness, Terrence (Terry) Ernest Bruce Militere passed away on Sunday, September 29, 2019.
Terry is survived by his wife Elizabeth, children Daniel (Stacy), Coral and Dennis and his grandchildren. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends. He was a friend of Bill W. for many years.
There will be a Celebration of Terry’s life on Saturday, October 19, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. at Grace Christian Church, 50 Barnes Street in Winnipeg.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the Arthritis Society Prairie Division, 1465 Buffalo Place #100A Winnipeg Manitoba R3T 1L8 would be appreciated.
Passed away at Princess Margaret Hospital on Tuesday, September 24, 2019 at the age of 43. Cherished son of Jocelyn and Leon Killam. Loving brother of Shelly Killam. Proud uncle of Ethan and Mason Bredemeyer. Dear nephew of Marion (late Ishmael), Carole (Gary), George (Kathy), Margaret (Roger) and Sheila (Bill), Patricia, Martin (Joanie) and Nila (Ray).
Vaughan was interested in aviation from a very young age. After completing the Aviation course at Canadore College he was thrilled to be hired by Air Canada. Vaughan was in his 20th year as a (AME) Aircraft Maintenance Engineer at Toronto Pearson International Airport. This fit well with his love to travel . Vaughan travelled to many places including Denmark, Hawaii, Mexico, Spain, England and many other points in Europe. His all time favourite was Hawaii. He has now bid us an earthly ” Aloha ” and is now resting in a greater tranquil place, than his favourite ” Big Island ” paradise . It was always a pleasure to share time with Vaughan on his days off work or while on vacation. He loved his family dearly and family took first place in his heart.Vaughan had a love of cooking that involved experiencing, experimenting with , and improving on new culinary creations. His passion for sports and especially baseball made him a dedicated fan and seasons ticket holder for the Blue Jays.
Visitation at SMITH’S FUNERAL HOME, 1167 Guelph Line (one stop light north of QEW), BURLINGTON (905-632-3333), on Thursday, October 3, 2019 from 6-9pm. A Funeral Service will be held in the Chapel on Friday, October 4, 2019 at 10:30am. Reception to follow. For those who wish, donations in memory of Vaughan to Word & Deed, Jays Kids or Ontario Children’s Ministry would be sincerely appreciated by the family.
Graham is survived by his wife Teenie, of 54 years; sons, Colin and Stuart (Nadine); grandchildren, Kyla, Tyler and Autumn; sisters, Tessa and Margaret; along with extended family and friends. Graham was predeceased by his mother Elizabeth Caither Low; father Charles McKechnie Watt Low; and brother Charles John Low.
Graham was a generous and loving husband, father, brother, uncle, grandfather and friend who touched many lives. This was evident by the multiple friends and family members who called the Low house on Ferry Road “home” over the years.
Graham loved spending time with his family and friends, sitting outside in the yard drinking tea and working on his hobbies – like train, airplane and boat modelling.
Graham spent his lifetime working as a Licensed Aircraft Technician, retiring from Air Canada in 2005 after 20 years. He taught many co-workers, friends, family and neighbours how to use tools and fix almost anything.
Graham will be greatly missed and will be remembered for his quick quips, his dry sense of humour and his undaunted stubbornness.
The family wishes to thank all the staff at the Grace Hospital and anyone involved in his journey over the last two years.
Memorial contributions may be made to any charity of your choice.
A viewing and gathering of friends and family will be held on Tuesday, September 24, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. at Thomson “In the Park” Funeral Home, 1291 McGillivray Blvd.
As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Sep 21, 2019
GORDON FRANKLIN MARCHAK
JANUARY 14, 1939 – AUGUST 19, 2019
In the early morning of August 19, 2019, Gordon (Doo Doo) passed away at the Seven Oaks Hospital.
He was predeceased by his wife Kathy, his parents, brother and sisters. He leaves to mourn his two sons Trevor and Kurt (Kristen), his five grandchildren Tanya , Brayden , Jessica, Micheal and Wesley, great-granddaughter Malayah, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Gordon grew up in Meleb, Manitoba, where he enjoyed going and spending time with his sons, grandchildren and families on the family homestead until his illness didn’t allow him to anymore.
Gordon married Kathy in 1961 and soon their family grew to 4. Gordon worked at Jim Gauthier’s Body shop for 25 years then for Air Canada until his retirement in 2004.
Special thank you to the hospital staff at Seven Oaks Hospital for their care and compassion.
Funeral service will be held on Friday, August 23, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. in the Gilbart Funeral Chapel, Gimli with viewing 1 hour prior.
Pallbearers will be sons Trevor and Kurt, grandsons Brayden, Micheal and Wesley and Clarence Poworoznik. Honorary pallbearers are granddaughters Tanya and Jessica and great-granddaughter Malayah.
It is with deep sorrow our family announces the passing of Ronald Doege, B.Ed. (Bachelor of Education), B.A. (Bachelor of Arts), Voc. Ed. (Technical Vocational Teacher Education), A.M.E. (Aircraft Maintenance Engineer), on Monday, May 27, 2019 at the Foothills Medical Centre Special Service in Calgary, AB, after a long courageous battle with cancer. He was 51 years old.
Ronald is survived by his mother, Irmgard Doege (nee Luther), father Ralf Doege, young sister Deborah Deanne Doege Kraus (Marlin), nephews DeMar, Mason and Logan. Ronald was born in Winnipeg, MB on June 4, 1967. Throughout his life, for reasons of education, training and employment, Ron had lived in several provinces which included Alberta, Manitoba and Ontario. He was a caring, compassionate, generous, helpful, humourous, passionate and respectful man with strong traditional values. Ron would do anything to help those he cared about. Ronald was an old soul with a big heart that continued to support family and friends until the day he passed away.
After a short career as an automotive mechanic, Ronald decided to pursue a career in the aviation industry and obtained his Transport Canada Aircraft Maintenance Engineer License (M1, M2). He was an endorsed fixed wing and rotary wing aircraft mechanic for over 25 years, involved with several companies including Air Canada. Ron then focused on his final profession as an Educator. Aviation, English, History (Social Studies), Mathematics and Mechanics were his favourite subjects to teach. Ron’s hobbies included automobiles, motorcycles, movies, music, shooting, traveling, coaching and officiating sports. Ronald also enjoyed walking with his dog and exploring areas that he had never before seen.
Ronald traveled to many different places during his life and created some wonderful friendships with the people that he met. Whenever possible, Ron enjoyed taking road trips on his Harley Davidson motorcycle throughout Canada and the United States. Occasionally, he drove one of his restored vehicles instead of flying or riding his iron horse. These adventures brought great happiness to Ron. Ronald’s final journey on earth involved his return to Winnipeg from Calgary to be buried with family and friends that passed away before him. We have been blessed by Ron being in our lives. He will be missed by everyone who knew him.
The Doege family wishes to thank the Tom Baker Cancer Centre and the Foothills Medical Centre doctors, nurses and support staff who treated Ronald with kind, professional and compassionate care. We would also like to acknowledge and thank the family, friends, Lutheran Pastors (David Lowe, Annemarie Macintosh and Kevin Powell) and Ron’s former students (parents) that supported him while living with cancer.
A memorial lunch will be held on Sunday, June 9, 2019 at SS106, 824D Edmonton Trail, Calgary at 12:30 p.m.
A Celebration of Life Service for Ronald Doege will be held at a later date at Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens, 4000 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg (Tel 204 885 9715). Interment will take place following the Celebration of Life.
George West It is with deep sadness that our family announces the passing of our husband, father and grandfather, George West, who passed away peacefully at the age of 86 on April 17, 2019.George is survived by his wife Juelle, daughter Kandi (Bruce), son Jim, grandchildren Sarah, Bradley, and Tanner as well as many nieces, nephews, sister & brothers in-law and many friends.
For many years he owned his own businesses in the town of Selkirk, was a Captain at St. Andrew’s Fire Department, played golf and hockey with many friends. Our talented dad will be remembered by friends who knew him as Santa bringing the spirit of Christmas to the streets of Selkirk ringing his bells with his horse and sleigh. Dad could build or fix anything and was an amazing art painter. He enjoyed time with those who shared his passion in the antique car club, his love of golf and hockey and had worked for Air Canada for many years.
Our family has great admiration and gratitude for the staff at the Tyndall Building, ward 5.
A celebration of George’s life will be held at Gilbart Funeral Chapel on Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at 1:00 p.m.
Condolences may be left on his tribute wall at www.gilbartfuneralhome.com
Gilbart Funeral Home, Selkirk in care of arrangements.
August 2, 1926 – October 12, 2018 It is with great sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of our cherished husband, father, grandfather and brother, Walter Melnyk. Wally was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba and grew up in the North End. He was predeceased by his parents, John and Katherine Melnyk; his in-laws, Martin and Marie Heggen; his brothers, Bill, Steve and Nick; his sisters, Ann and Mary; and his brother-in-law Arnie. He will forever be lovingly remembered by his wife Ruth, of 62 years; his children, Laura (Mike) and Michael (Carrie); and his grandchildren, Ashley, Emilee and Tanner, whom he loved beyond measure. He is survived by brothers, Peter (Adele) and Harry (Sylvia), and sister-in-law Lucille. Wally also leaves behind many nieces, nephews and friends. Wally attended St. Nicholas School and Isaac Newton. During this time he grew his love for sports, especially hockey and baseball. Wally went on to play professional hockey in England and then in the IHL with the Muncie Flyers, in Indiana. While in England, he developed a passion for golf, which he brought back to Canada and shared with his family in later years. Once he returned to Canada, he started his 35-year career with Trans Canada Airline (Air Canada), retiring as a Maintenance Foreman in 1987. During his time at TCA, this is where he met the love of his life, Ruth. During their married years, they took yearly family vacations with their two children, which gave them wonderful memories. Once Wally retired, the happy couple travelled to Scotland and Norway. They also spent their winters in San Antonio, Texas. Wally was a member at both Pine Ridge and Bel Acres Golf Course. You would find Wally in the North End at the AAC (Arlington Athletic Club) shooting snooker with his brother PM and many friends. Wally could also be found at Eddy’s Place, having a bowl of soup at his favourite lunch spot. Wally spent his last couple of months in Middlechurch Personal Care Home. The family would like to extend our deepest gratitude for the compassion and care the staff showed during this time. The family would also like to thank Dr. Kevin Saunders for the excellent care he has provided our beloved Wally over the last 30 years, especially in his last six months of life. VICHNAYA PAMYAT Cremation has taken place. A celebration of Wally’s life will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, October 18, 2018 at Glen Eden Funeral Home, 4477 Main Street, West St. Paul, MB. Interment and reception to follow. Flowers gratefully declined; you can make a donation in Wally’s memory to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba. Family and friends may sign a Book of Condolence at www.glenedenmemorial.ca Glen Eden Funeral Home & Cemetery 204-338-7111
Publish Date: Oct 16, 2018
Robert (Bob) Kolisnyk
ROBERT KEITH KOLISNYK It is with deepest sadness the family of Robert Kolusnyk announce his sudden passing. Robert was predeceased by his father Richard in 1998. He is survived by his wife Susan of 29 years. Robert also leaves to mourn his mother Alice Kolisnyk; his sister-in-law Janice (Jim) Cumberland; brother-in-law Ken (Carol) Robertson; his many nieces and nephews whom he loved deeply: Lyle (Laurie) Zarichney – and children, Jordan and Kelsey; Kimberley Zarichney and children, Jeff and Hailey and Uncle Bob’s great-great-nephew Elliott; Candace (Shawn) Moroz and children, Tori and Trinity; Daniel (Carlyn) Zarichney and Alivia, Uncle Bob’s newest great-niece; cousins, Shirley (Harry) Neufeld and Ruth Makila; Doug (Carman) Kolisnyk and children, Keith and Matthew; Karen (Paul) Kolisnyk-Adams and children, Kelsey and Savanah; and sister Donna Kurt. Special friends Mike, Jerry, Lyndsay. Honorary Pallbearers will be Lyle Zarichney, Daniel Zarichney, Shawn Moroz, Jeff Zarichney and Jordan Zarichney. A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, June 5, 2018 at 2:00 p.m., viewing before, cremation will follow with interment at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Society for Manitobans with Disabilities (SMD). Glen Eden Funeral Home & Cemetery 204-338-7111
As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Jun 02, 2018
David Alexander Hrabok
David Alexander Hrabok died peacefully at the Winnipeg Health Sciences Centre on December 21, 2017 at 66 years of age.
David is survived by his wife Gayle Hrabok, daughter Christa Russell (Greg), and their children Aidan and Finn, sons Michael, Daniel and Jeff, step-sons, Sean, Brett (Alicia) and their daughter Isabel, siblings – sisters Pat Hrabok (Cheryl), Linda Lyght (David) and daughter Katherine, brothers Alex (Aleta) and their children Trevor (Brittney) and Andrea (Will) and grandchildren, brother Bob Gough (Laura), and Dr. Kevin Gough.
David is predeceased in death by his parents Alex Hrabok, Stella and Vincent Gough, and niece Madison Gough.
David was born on the 5th of August 1951 in Fort William, Ontario. He graduated from Selkirk Collegiate and Vocational Institute, and later Confederation College where he received his AME Certificate leading into a 35-year career with Air Canada.
David was a perpetual thinker who enjoyed working on motors and wood-working projects, and was always eager to use his skills to serve family, friends, and strangers. Whether he was building steps, painting, or fixing a snow-blower, he helped people whole-heartedly.
As a husband, David offered support and care. As a father, he was mentor to his children, encouraging them in their athletic endeavours and sharing his love of sports with them. As a grandfather, he enjoyed making silly jokes and rough-housing. In his neighbourhood and church communities, David played an active role, always lending a helping hand.
The family wishes to thank the doctors and nursing staff who assisted David for their kindness and compassionate care.
David was a big man with a big heart, and he will be missed by many.
An interment is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Friday, January 5, 2018 at Brookside Cemetery, 3001 Notre Dame Avenue.
Memorial Service 10:00 a.m., Saturday, January 6, 2018, at Elim Chapel located Portage Avenue & Spence. Mr. John Botkin will officiate the ceremony.
All are welcome to attend and celebrate David’s life. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of their choice.
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April 2, 2017. Nellie was born in Steinbach, Manitoba to John and Lydia (Engbrecht) Andres on July 10, 1951. She married Guy Marcoux in 1972, and after many short lived moves they settled in Brandon, Manitoba in 1981 where they made many lifelong friends. After 10 years they moved back to Winnipeg. Nellie’s last job was at Air Canada which afforded her the ability to indulge her love of travelling. She is survived by her loving husband Guy, son Philip, daughter Rachel (Evan) Charbonneau, grandchildren Ethan and Owen; also by her siblings Adina (Doug) Robb, Erna (Dennis) Friesen, John (Edna) Andres, Ron (Cheryl) Andres, Elsie (Larry) Godwin, and Karen (Andy) Andres. She was predeceased by her mother Lydia Andres (1964), father John Andres (2004), stepmother Helen Andres (2010), father-in-law Antonio Marcoux (1986), brother-in-law Louis Spencer (1996), brother-in-law Paul Marcoux (2009), and brother-in-law Ed Pikl (2015). A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, April 8, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at Glen Lawn Funeral Home, 455 Lagimodiere Blvd., Winnipeg, Manitoba. In lieu of flowers, if friends and relatives so desire, donations in her memory may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or Canadian Cancer Society. Family and friends may sign a Book of Condolence at www.glenlawn.ca Glen Lawn Funeral Home 204-982-7550
As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Apr 05, 2017
Charles “Chuck” Carter
It is with deep sorrow our family announces the passing of Chuck on March 11, 2017 at the Central Okanagan Hospice House. Born in Flin Flon, Manitoba, he grew up in this close knit Northern community and never lost his love and appreciation of nature or the freedom of the outdoors. The special bond formed in his youth with “Flin Flonners” lasted throughout his lifetime and getting together periodically for luncheons to reminisce about times past brought him much enjoyment.
Chuck is survived by his wife Liz, son Shane (Amber), along with two children from his first marriage Kim Graham (Henry) and son Leonard (Molly). He had two grandchildren, Samantha (Mike), Michael and a great granddaughter, Amber. He was predeceased by his parents Leonard Carter and Ethel (McPherson), and his sister Donna Johnson.
Chuck took great pride in everything he did and had a passion for aviation. He worked a lifetime in the industry. He joined the RCAF at 17 years of age and served for 22 years; stationed in Bagotville, Que., Chatham, N.B., Cold Lake, Alta., and Winnipeg, MB. He attained his private pilot’s license at a young age and flew Cessna aircraft for many years while in Cold Lake, Winnipeg, and Saskatoon, flying numerous trips in the north and across the prairies. He achieved his AME license through Transport Canada and while stationed in Cold Lake, for many years was the Chief Engineer of the Cold Lake Flying Club. Upon retiring from the Air Force, he was employed with Air Canada for 23 years, completing his career as an Aircraft Maintenance Inspector. After retirement from Air Canada, Chuck owned and operated his own business. He had contracts with many companies, including Boeing Canada as an Inspector, and became part of the professional team that built the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
When he finally retired, Chuck and Liz moved from the prairies to West Kelowna, British Columbia, thoroughly enjoying the Okanagan weather, reconnecting with old friends and making new friends along the way. Personally, Chuck was a very kind and humble person who was always willing to help his family, neighbours and friends. He loved his family dearly and will remain in our hearts forever.
Chuck was a long serving member and Master Mason of the Royal Arch Masons; remaining with his home lodge Astra Lodge #179. He was a lifetime member of the Royal Canadian Legion.
The family would like to express their heartfelt appreciation to the nurses and staff at Kelowna General Hospital and Central Okanagan Hospice House for their compassionate care of Chuck. Thank-you to our wonderful friends, Ted and Terry, Diane and Bob, Jay and Jenny, Gert and Dini, Jan and Llane, and Michelle. Your love and support will not be forgotten.
At Chuck’s request there will be no service. He will be laid to rest at a private family ceremony at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations in Chuck’s memory may be made to the Central Okanagan Hospice House, 2035 Ethel Street, Kelowna, B.C., V1Y 2Z5 or the Alzheimer’s Society of Canada.
Condolences may be left for the family by visiting www.hansonsfuneral.ca
Arno “Arnie” Seidler
ARNO SEIDLER On February 4, 2017 Arno Seidler passed away peacefully in his home. Arno (Arnie) was born on February 18, 1935 in Essen, Germany to Otto and Elizabeth Seidler. He spent his childhood in Essen with his brothers Siegfried and Heinz. Arno immigrated to Canada in 1960. He worked for Air Canada as a painter for 26 years, retiring in 1999. Arno is survived by his wife Gerda; son Derreck (Erika); daughters, Esther (Stacy) and Arleen (Randy); and his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. At the request of the family, no service will be held. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of Canada. P.O. Box 2009-3310 Portage Ave. Winnipeg, MB R3K 2E5 Ph. (204) 930-4503. INTEGRITY Cremation & Funeral Planning 204-295-5408 integritydeathcare.com
Brian “Cowboy” Welling
BRIAN WILLIAM WELLING It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved Brian William Welling, aka “Cowboy” on Monday, December 5, 2016, with Helen by his side, after a courageous battle with cancer. Brian will be forever missed by the love of his life Helen, his daughter Sammie, granddaughter Amari, stepdaughter Julie, brother Tony (Debbie), sisters Rosemary (John), Valerie and Heather (Dave), brother- in-law Norman, as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family in England and countless friends. Brian was predeceased by his parents Esther and Doug Welling, and sister Margaret LeBlanc. Brian was born on May 27, 1960 in Winnipeg, he grew up in St. Vital, and started his career at Bristol Aerospace as a sheet metal mechanic where he did mobile repair part work on Twin Huey helicopters. Brian went on to work for Air Canada as a mechanic, where he worked until Aveos closed. Brian’s passion for airplanes took him to Kelowna where he worked for Flight Craft (KF Aerospace) as a structural mechanic. Brian loved planes, fishing, camping and especially his boat where he had many adventures on the Okanagan Lake. Brian had a zestful, infectious laugh and smile which affected everyone he met. Many great memories were made at his carport pub, where nobody left without his famous Caesars, wings or signing the wall. Brian was a very kind-hearted man who would never hesitate to help anyone in need. He also had a great love for candy which he truly enjoyed sharing with co-workers. The family extends their sincere thanks to all the caregivers, especially all of Brian’s friends from near and far, who continually visited him, lifting his spirits daily. You have truly been “Cowboy’s” angels. We have been so blessed to have Brian in our lives and he will be truly missed by everyone who knew him. In memory, donations can be made to the Winnipeg Humane Society.
As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Dec 10, 2016.
KARL JOHN LENCHUK February 24, 1939 – October 1, 2016 It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Karl (John) Lenchuk into a peaceful rest with his family by his side. Karl was a loving and devoted husband to Pat of 48 years (married October 21, 1967), wonderful father to Jeffrey (Tracey), Michelle (Bart Palmer), Cheryl and best Papa to his only granddaughter Desirae Lenchuk. He will also be remembered by his sister Elaine, brothers Joseph, Lawrence, Glen and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Dad worked for Trans Canada Airlines (later Air Canada) as an Aircraft Technician for 40 years before retiring in 1997. Dad enjoyed travelling with Mom to various destinations with Florida and Hawaii being his favourites. He also enjoyed family vacations, family dinners, birthday parties, fishing, gardening, coffee at Tim’s and puttering around the garage. He was always willing to help anyone who needed a hand. A memorial service and celebration of Karl’s life will be held Friday, October 7 at 2:00 p.m. at Chapel Lawn Memorial, 4000 Portage Avenue. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to CancerCare Manitoba. “You will be forever in our hearts” For those who wish to sign the online Guest Book please visit our website.
As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Oct 05, 2016
RAYMOND LAURENT JOSEPH BOHEMIER After a lengthy illness, Dad passed away peacefully on Thursday, September 22, 2016 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He was born in St. Norbert to Joseph and Rose Bohemier. Left to cherish Dad’s memory are his sons, Rene (Christina) and Duane (Cindy); daughter, Lisa (Brian); grandchildren, Michael (Michelle), Katrice (Derek) and Alexandria; and great grandchildren Brookelyn and Sylus. He also leaves his brother, Bob; sister, Louise; brother-in-law, Bob Burns (Irene); and numerous nieces, nephews and friends. He was predeceased by his wife, Corinne in 1999; his parents; and 12 brothers and sisters. Dad proudly worked for 25 years with Air Canada, retiring in 1991. He had a wonderful sense of humour, a green thumb and a passion for growing tomatoes. He loved the sport of boxing, tinkering around the house, inventing things and a close game of Cribbage. Dad truly loved his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. His strong faith carried him through and enriched his life. Funeral Mass will be Celebrated on Tuesday, September 27, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. in St. Paul the Apostle Roman Catholic Church, 2400 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg, with Rev. Fr. Eric Giddins, presiding. We would like to thank those who cared for our father, especially as his health declined. A special thank you to the staff at St. Joseph’s Residence In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Ray’s memory to Parkinson Canada, 7 – 414 Westmount Drive, Winnipeg, MB R2J 1P2. Wojcik’s Funeral Chapels & Crematoriums, Winnipeg, 2157 Portage Avenue, 204.897.4665 www.wojciksfuneralchapel.com
As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Sep 24, 2016.
On Tuesday, August 9, 2016 David Bjornson passed away peacefully at St. Boniface Hospital with his family by his side. David is survived by his wife of 51 years Barbara; mother Anne; sister Lorraine (John); sons Warren (Pam) and Keith (Kira); daughter Sandy (Rene), and grandchildren Cassandra, Renelle, Grant, and Jasmine. He was predeceased by his father Kjartan and sister Sheila. David was born in Arborg on December 2, 1943. He moved to Gimli as a teenager where he met the love of his life Barbara. They were married in 1965. In 1967 they moved to Selkirk and started their family. David pursued a career in the aircraft industry. He was an aircraft mechanic for 47 years. His passions included home built aircraft, motorcycles, and guitars. A memorial service is to be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, August 19, 2016 at Gilbart Funeral Home in Selkirk. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Canadian Diabetes Association. Gilbart Funeral Home, Selkirk in care of arrangements. www.gilbartfuneralhome.com
Publish Date: Winnipeg Free Press Aug 13, 2016
Amber Lynn Yorski, passed away unexpectedly on Friday July 29, 2016 at Seven Oaks Hospital. Amber is survived by her mother, Karen Ruml; her husband Elliott; and her sons, Dylan and Evan; and her uncle Bob Stetina (Elaine); as well as many in-laws and cousins. Amber was predeceased by her father, Jerry Ruml; grandparents, Isobel and William Pops’ Stetina. Amber lived in Winnipeg all her life. After completing school, Amber went on to work at Pillsbury Foods then Air Canada. Recently, Amber completed her lifelong dream of becoming a florist, after floral school, she was working at Hi-Way Florist. Amber was a devoted mother who took great pride in the accomplishment of her son’s achievements. Amber’s zest for life and celebrating all the holidays were evident by all who knew her and were welcomed into her home. Amber loved dogs, music, movies, dancing, casino, bingo and traveling. Amber had an amazing kind heart, smile and laugh. Amber will be deeply missed by all her family and friends and all those who were fortunate to have met her. A funeral service will be held to celebrate Amber’s life on Saturday August 6, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. at Cropo Funeral Chapel, 1442 Main St.
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Publish Date: Aug 4, 2016
DALLAS JAMES (PAT) PATTERSON July 4, 1935 – April 30, 2016 On Saturday, April 30, 2016, Pat passed away peacefully at Grace Hospital, at the age of 80 years. Pat leaves behind his wife of 58 years, Myrtle; his children, Crystal, Carilee and Wayne (Donna); grandchildren, Robin, Michael, Chanelle, Brandon, Courtney, David and Melanie; sister-in-law Marion (Kim, Britt and Jim); sister Catherine and extended family in British Columbia. He was predeceased by his parents; his infant son and son Geoffrey, as well as brothers-in-law Ken Berger and Ed Bowman. In compliance with Pat’s wishes, no Funeral Service will be held. Thank you to Seven Oaks, Oakview Place, and Grace Hospital staff and all of Dad’s home care workers for all the care they had given. In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to a charity of your choice. Wojcik’s Funeral Chapels & Crematorium, Winnipeg, 2157 Portage Avenue, 204.897.4665 www.wojciksfuneralchapel.com “Rest in peace Old Fart”
As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on May 07, 2016
It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Jim Dudko on February 8th, 2016 at the age of 62.
Jim leaves to mourn his loving wife of 33 years Sharon; son Shane (Lisa); daughter Teagan (Nick); mother-in-law Gertrude Demarchuk; brother Joe (Viola) Raft; sister Blanche Cleverly; sister-in-law Janice (Jerry) Olenko and brother-in-law Lennie (Brigitte) Demarchuk as well as many nieces and nephews, cousins and friends.
A private family graveside interment will take place.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Jim’s name to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
William (Bill) Kuchar
WILLIAM (BILL) KUCHAR 1924 – 2015 With deep sadness the family of Bill Kuchar announces his passing on October 18, 2015, at the Maples Personal Care Home. Bill is survived by his wife of 67 years Mary, daughter Diane (Rick), grandchildren Darlene and Shayne and great-grandson Billy; son Dick (Wendy); brother Joe (Beverley) and their children Leanne (Craig), their son Troy; Gary (Erin); stepgranddaughter Trish (Jason), their daughter Sydney. He was predeceased by parents John and Christine. Bill was born January 31, 1924 in Winnipeg. He fought in Europe with the Royal Winnipeg Rifles from 1943 until the end of the war. Upon his return he became an upholsterer until he joined TCA (now Air Canada) in 1956. He transferred to Vancouver in 1970 until 1980 when he returned to Winnipeg retiring after 32 years. The family would like to express their sincerest appreciation to the 2nd floor staff (Spruce Ward) of the Maples Personal Care Home for their compassion and dedication to Bill. A memorial service will be held Saturday, November 21, 2015, at 2:00 p.m. at Glen Eden Funeral Home, 4477 Main Street. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to D’Arcy’s Animal Rescue Centre, 730 Century St., Winnipeg, MB. Family and friends may sign a Book of Condolence at www.glenedenmemorial.ca Glen Eden Funeral Home & Cemetery 204-338-7111
As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on November 14, 2015
ROBERT (MIKE) MICHAEL OWEN It is with heavy hearts we announce the peaceful passing of my soulmate and courageous father after a 16 month battle with cancer on Friday, August 21, 2015. Left to cherish Mike’s memory are his wife, Linda; only daughter, Kristin (Paulo) and granddog Kenya; brother, Johnny; sisters-in-law, Heidi, Brenda and Kathryn; brother-in-law, Wayne; several nieces and nephews; great-nieces and nephews and many friends. He was predeceased by his parents, Madeline and John; grandma, Rita; brother-in-law, Reg; mother-in-law, Jennie Friedoff; brother, Richard; and sister-in-law, Judith. Mike was born January 29, 1949 in Lachine, PQ. He worked for the Robert Simpson company in Montreal prior to getting on with Air Canada (Dorval), transferring to Winnipeg in 1979, retiring in 2003 after 33 years of service. Retirement was not for Mike, he dabbled in home renovations and then took a part time position at the Warehouse at Health Sciences Centre. retiring in February, 2014. Mike loved going “down home” to the Annapolis Valley in Nova Scotia, many good times were had there. A celebration of Mike’s life will be held on Thursday, August 27, 2015 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Heritage Victoria Community Club, 950 Sturgeon Road. We would like to thank Dr. Maksymiuk (Megan), Doctors Tan, Loewen, Lee, Stephensen and Renouf for all their care through this journey. Thank you to all the wonderful staff at the Cancer Clinic, A4 (Health Sciences Centre) and the 5th floor Grace Hospital. In lieu of flowers, donations to CancerCare or charity of choice would be greatly appreciated. Wojcik’s Funeral Chapel, 2157 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg, MB in care of arrangements 204.897.4665. For those who wish to sign Wojcik’s online Guest Book please visit our website at www.wojciksfuneralchapel.com
As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on August 26, 2015
EDWARD HENRY BRUCE FRIESEN December 23, 1942 – May 4, 2015 Suddenly on Monday, May 4, 2015, at the age of 72, Eddy was taken from us. He was a husband, father, son, brother, uncle, and grandfather. He is survived by his devoted wife, Lena, his children, Bobby (Tom) and Michelle (Matt), grandchildren Morgan and madison, as well as his sister, Marty (Jim), sisters-in-law: Annette (Willy), Louise, Linda, Carol (Marty), and Marlene; brothers-in-law: Adrian, Johnny (Margaret), Peter (Pat), Leonard, Joseph (Margaret), Edmund (Brenda), Archie (Geraldine) and Mitchell (Linda); and many nieces and nephews. Dad retired after a long career with Air Canada. He was a gentle, quiet and friendly man who loved dogs, feeding birds, and watching deer. He enjoyed yard work, gardening and giving away fresh, homegrown vegetables. He was crafty and made step stools, BBQ utensils, cookie sheets, bird houses, and other handmade creations which continue to be enjoyed by family and friends. He loved to support Mom with her wild blueberry business and enjoyed picking up berries in northern communities. He will be missed by all. A private viewing for family will be held Thursday, May 7, 2015. A Celebration of Life will be held Friday, May 8 at 2:00 p.m. at Headingley Community Centre, 5353 Portage Ave., Headingley, MB. Arrangements by BIRCHWOOD FUNERAL CHAPEL 1-204-346-1030 OR 1-888-454-1030
As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on May 07, 2015
EUGENE KOWALIK Peacefully at home on May 17, 2015 at the age of 78. Predeceased by parents Joseph and Pearl. A kind and generous man, he will be sadly missed by brothers, Harry (Nedra Nash) and Lennard (Cleta) and nieces, Patricia Sullivan, Sandra, and Melodie Bender and nephews, Greg (Susan), their children Emily, Shelley and Jeffrey, Todd (Katherine), their children Kacey and Carter, Craig, by a very close friend and neighbour of 39 years, Rosalyn Stratuliak and other friends. Born on a farm in Poplar Park, Manitoba on February 21, 1937, the family moved to another farm in the Interlake Region in Harperville in 1939, then to Inwood for 3 years and finally to Winnipeg in 1949, when Gene was age 12. Gene’s working life took him through several occupations and then a career with Air Canada as a maintenance technician for some 20 years until his retirement at age 65. Gene enjoyed the outdoors. He had a Harley Davison bike at age 16 and drove many makes and models over his cycling years. He excelled at competitive motorcycle events, earning Manitoba’s top honours many times. He also enjoyed boating. In winter it was snowmobiling and broomball. Gene won many trophies, an indication of his competitive spirit. In years past, Gene liked to escape at least part of Winnipeg’s February weather by flying out to Barbados. A memorial service will be held at Glen Eden Funeral Home and Cemetery, 4477 Main Street, West St. Paul, on Saturday, June 27 at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers donations may be
made to a charity of your choice.
GEORGE FLEMMING 1932 – 2015 On Thursday, May 21, 2015, George Flemming of Winnipeg, Manitoba, passed away at the Grace Hospital, at the age of 82 years. He was predeceased by his mother Astrid (1951); father Arne (1982); his wives, Marie Antoinette (Toni) Dodson (1997) and Joyce McCombe (2010). George is survived by his brothers, Roy and Dorothy of Orangeville, ON, and Bill of Toronto, ON, stepchildren Garth and Jean McCombe and children, James and Lindsay (Dodson), Ian, Jessica and Will and daughter Annabel, and Jennifer, Robyn and Janet McCombe and children, Christopher and Lesley and son Frederick, Graeme, and Lauren (Costa Danakas), Pamela McCombe of Sorrento, Florida, and Bart and Linda McCombe of Victoria, BC, and nieces and nephews, Danny and Susan Dodson of Sault Ste. Marie, ON and children, Jennifer (Amber LaRocque), Sean, and Amy, Ron and Lynn Dodson and son Troy, Randy and Cindy Dodson and children, Lindsay, Dorian (Jenelle Crittin), and Olivia, and Cindy Vandersluis of Carman, MB and children, Donna and Brendan and daughter Chelsea, and numerous lifelong friends and neighbours, too many to mention. George was a free spirit and truly a kid at heart. He was a warm and very generous man and would do anything to help those he cared for. George worked at Air Canada for 40 years and in his spare time restored world-renowned classic cars with meticulous detail. He was a resourceful inventor and loved working on anything mechanical. George had a passion for music and ballroom dancing. His twoderful spirit and punny humor will be greatly missed by us all. “When you think of me, think of the happy memories.” At George’s request, no formal service will be held. In lieu of flowers, please donate in honour of George to CancerCare.
As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on May 30, 2015
THOMAS GORDON MITCHELL With love and sadness we announce the peaceful passing of Thomas Gordon Mitchell at the Grace Hospital on Saturday, May 9, 2015, aged 74 years. Beloved husband of Judith Corrine Mitchell (nee Willim) and amazing father to his daughter Michelle (Robert) and son Gordon (Meloney) and an especially proud and doting grandfather to his three beautiful girls Carmen Lee, Mason Alexandra, and Cassandra Lynn. Tommy was born January 13, 1941 in the city of Winnipeg and was raised in the heart of Brooklands. Tommy’s career path led him to Bristol Aerospace in the early 1960s where he worked as a Certified Aircraft Technician for 17 years before joining Air Canada in a similar role and over the next 23 years advanced to the position of Planning Engineer from which he eventually retired in late 2001. Tommy achieved multiple commendations and certifications over the course of his career due to his work ethic, perseverance, and diligence – he never once forgot or diminished the fact he held lives in his hands each time he turned his wrench or sent an aircraft back into the air. There were many passions in Tommy’s life including volunteer work with John Osborne ANAF #1, Isaac Brock Community Centre, Midland Minor Hockey Association, and a variety of events and affiliations. He loved his golf, fishing, curling, hockey, aerospace, general fair play, camping, billiards, and much more – however, none could ever come close to his love of family. Tommy was predeceased by his father Walter and mother Daisy as well as his brother Richard but is survived and spent his final days surrounded by and in the thoughts of his brother Bill (Margaret), sister Linda (Alex), sister-in-law Maureen (Lloyd), sister-in-law Alexis (Fred), and many wonderful nieces, nephews, grandnieces, and grandnephews. On Wednesday, May 13 at 2:00 p.m. a Celebration of Life will be held for Tommy at the Neil Bardal Funeral Centre located across from Brookside Cemetery, 3030 Notre Dame Ave., Winnipeg, MB. The family looks forward to hearing of everyone’s favourite Tommy memories. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Tommy’s memory to the Manitoba Lung Association or to any worthy cause of your choice – Dad would approve, we promise. NEIL BARDAL FUNERAL CENTRE 204-949-2200 neilbardalinc.com
Publish Date: May 12, 2015
JOSEPH BOMMERSBACH Peacefully by the Lord’s will on January 24, 2015 Joseph Bommersbach passed away at the Health Sciences Centre at the age of 91 years. He is survived by his loving wife Josephine; sons Robert (Lynn), and Andrew (Gail); grandchildren: Jordan, Kevin, Ainsley Michael, Kendra, and David; sisters Jadwiga and Jozefa; brother Frank; sister-in-law Eugenia; special relatives: Natalia Baran, Elizabeth and Kazimierz Dudek, John and Birdiene Baran, and many nieces, nephews and friends in Canada and Poland. Joseph was predeceased by his mother Aniela; father Martin, and brothers Bronek, Peter, and Jan. Joseph was born in the village of Przystan on November 30, 1923 where he spent his childhood. He fled Poland at the age of 18 and spent the next 11 years in Czechoslovakia and Germany. He arrived in Canada in 1952 and was employed as an upholsterer and transitioned to the aviation industry retiring from Air Canada in 1988. Throughout his life Joseph always had a strong work ethic. In his spare time he was always found working in his shop, upholstering furniture for loyal customers and friends. Joseph’s faith in the Lord was instilled at a very early age. When he arrived in Canada it was important for him to live close to a church. Sunday was always a day of rest. He was a life time parishioner at Holy Ghost and St. Alphonsus Parishes. Joseph enjoyed gardening, camping, traveling and playing Skat with his Kolping buddies. Along with the many trips that he and Josephine made, the highlight was the trip to the Vatican and meeting Pope John Paul II. Besides being a loving husband and father, Joseph was the best Dziadek ever! He loved spending time with his grandchildren either at the park, at the beach in Gimli or just in his shop building creations. The family would like to thank Dr. Kenneth VanAmeyde and the wonderful, caring staff at the Health Sciences Centre on GH4. Prayers will be said on Friday, January 30 at 7:00 p.m. at Cropo Funeral Chapel, 1442 Main St. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, January 31 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Alphonsus Roman Catholic Church, Munroe and Brazier. In lieu of flowers, please donate to a charity of choice in honour of this wonderful man. Wieczny odpoczynek rac mu dac, Panie 204-586-8044
Publish Date: Jan 29, 2015
Sunday, December 21, 2014.
JERRY KALINSKI 1949 – 2014 With great sadness the family announces the sudden passing of our beloved husband, father, and grandfather Jerry Kalinski on October 5, 2014 at the age of 65. He was predeceased by his parents Stanley and Frances, and stepmother Jennie. He leaves to mourn his passing, his loving wife of 42 years Lillian (nee Slipchuk); his three sons: Curtis (Elisa) and their children Lydia and Samuel, Kevin (Lisa) and their children Seth and Emily, and Ryan (Kaitlyn). He is also survived by his brother Leonard (Mercy), as well as by numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Jerry had his pilot’s license before his driver’s license. He had a great passion for aviation, and spent most of his life flying. He retired from Air Canada where he worked in Maintenance. He also worked as a crop duster, which he continued to this day. He loved to teach his beloved sons all about his passions, especially flying. In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made in Jerry’s memory to “Faith to Live by” TV Ministry, Box 426, Winnipeg, MB R3C 2H6. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, October 11, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. with viewing one hour prior at Sobering Funeral Chapel in Beausejour. “But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength. They shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31 SOBERING FUNERAL CHAPEL & CREMATORIUM, Beausejour 268-3510 or MB Toll Free 1-877-776-2220 www.soberingfuneralchapel.com
As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on October 09, 2014
GORDON ROSS THIESSEN 1961 2014 It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Gordon Thiessen on Sunday, July 13, 2014 at the Pinawa Hospital at the age of 53 years. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 20, 2014 at Gordon’s home, 1055 Broadlands Rd., Pine Falls, MB, bring your own lawn chair. MACKENZIE FUNERAL HOME STONEWALL 204-467-2525 firstname.lastname@example.org
Publish Date: Jul 19, 2014
MORTON (GARY) SANDS It is with heavy hearts we say goodbye to our father, grandfather, and great great-grandfather Gary. He passed away peacefully on Monday, December 23, 2013 at the age of 78 years. Left to survive Gary are his son Dale Sands of Saskatoon; daughters Beverly Smith and husband Alan of Perrysburg, NY USA, Val Geeregat of Baldur, MB and Billy-Joe Geeregat of Baldur MB; son Erroll Sands of Winnipeg; brother Ronald Sands of Brockville, ON; two sisters, Merla Miles of Nepean, ON and Doreen McMillan of North Augusta, ON; brother-in-law Andrew Nick and wife Betty Nick of West Bank, BC, Henry Nick of Portage la Prairie, MB, Madeline Bryant of Calgary, AB; as well by five granddaughters; one great-granddaughter; and several nieces; nephews; great nieces and great nephews, spanning across Canada. He was predeceased by his wife Agnes Sands (nee Nick) in 1993 after 34 years of marriage; father Harry; mother Eva; brother Merdy Sands; nephew Billy; mother and father-in-law Marcel and Clara Nick; and their one daughter Eva and son Joeseph; sister-in-law Ethel Nick; niece Sherri Hulme; and nephew Joe Nick. Gary was born in Cardinal, ON. In the early 50’s he was in the RCAF stationed in Portage la Prairie, MB, where he met and married the love of his life Agnes. Gary was a dedicated employee of Air Canada with just short of 30 years of service at the time of his retirement in 1993. He was lead hand mechanic at the hangar in Winnipeg. Prior to 1982 he worked at the Toronto Airport as a ramp mechanic. On Monday, December 30, 2013 Gary’s Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. in the Chapel of Memories in Wojcik’s Funeral Chapel, 1020 Main Street @ Manitoba Avenue. 2013 was a hard year for Dad as he had several health problems. It is with many heartfelt thanks and more gratitude than anyone can express to the staff of the Winnipeg Paramedics and Winnipeg Fire Department, also the doctors and staff at the Grace Hospital for all their efforts and wonderful care our Dad received in his last hours of life and throughout this whole year. The family would like to say thank you, for without your efforts he would not have made it this far. Wojcik’s Funeral Chapel & Crematorium, 1020 Main Street, Winnipeg, 204 – 586 – 8668, wojciksfuneralchapel.com
As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on December 28, 2013
he age of 82 at Red River Place Personal Care Home in Selkirk. Harry is survived by his wife of 52 years, Alice, his children Kevin (Sherice), Brad (Melanie) and Sandra (Teri), grandchildren Melissa, Jessica, Michael, Kaitlyn, Emma and Olivia and his great-granddaughter Elizabeth, his sisters Jean (George) Renauld and Nancy Furey, sisters-in-law Mickey and Greta Smith, brother-in-law John Peltier, several nieces, nephews, and many friends. He was predeceased by his parents Samuel and Mary, his in-laws Harry and Margaret Searle, brothers Reginald and Allan, sisters Kay and Elsie, brother-in-laws Hilliard and Gordon Smith and Jim Furey. Harry was born and raised on the family farm in Fisher Branch, Manitoba where he spent his formative years until moving to Winnipeg in his early 20s. He met and married Alice and they raised their three children in Charleswood. Harry was a long standing member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch No. 100, Charleswood-Red River Masonic Lodge No. 184, Friendship Chapter No. 67, Order of the Eastern Star and the International Order of Job’s Daughters. Harry spent many years in construction and landscaping and finished his working career as a mechanic with Air Canada. Harry retired in 1996 and together with Alice they built their dream home in Grand Marais, MB. Harry spent the remaining years of his life there until his health took a turn and he moved to Red River Place. The family would like to thank the staff at the Selkirk General Hospital and Red River Place Personal Care Home for the care and compassion shown to Harry. A Celebration of Harry’s Life will be held at Chapel Lawn Funeral Home, 4000 Portage Avenue on Thursday, November 7 at 2:00 p.m., interment and reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba would be appreciated. For those who wish to sign the online Guest Book please visit our website. www.chapellawn.ca 885-9715
As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on November 04, 2013
JOHN ORSINI April 18, 1951 – September 25, 2013 With heavy hearts on September 25, 2013, we announce the passing of John Orsini. John will be greatly missed by his soul mate Joy, son Shane (Pauline), daughter Dawn (Michael), grandson Kyle, mother-in-law Joyce Coldwell, loving sister Celia (Mike), niece Cheryl (Joe), nephew Nicholas, a special aunt and uncle, cousins and many very good friends. Thanks to all the great people at CancerCare and the special group of doctors, nurses and aides at Riverview Health Centre for all that was done for John. As requested, cremation has taken place and no formal service will be held. In lieu of flowers, donations in John’s name may be made to CancerCare Manitoba
CHARLES (CARL) WALTER SKRYPEC In the arms of his wife, with his family by his side, Charles Walter Skrypec, aged 75 of Libau, Manitoba, passed away peacefully at home on Thursday, June 6, 2013. Carl was predeceased by his parents Katherine and Frank, and his infant son Teddy. Remaining to forever cherish Carl’s memory are his wife of 52 years, Nellie (Nettie) along with children Brian (Lisa), Karen (Marc) Samson, Russell (Stephanie) and seven grandchildren Allie, Lauren, Samantha, Brittney, Corinna, Eric and Nicole. Also left behind are his sisters Bernice (Frank) Payonk and Minnie (John) Komish and extended family. Dad was born in Selkirk on October 2, 1937 and was raised on the family homestead in Libau, where his love for farming flourished. After attending school in Libau, he left home at the age of 16 to start the automotive mechanics apprenticeship program at the Red River Institute. Dad and Mom met at a dance at the UNF hall in 1958 and were married on June 17, 1961 in Winnipeg where they raised their family with love and discipline. Dad and Mom shared many interests including their love for travel which took them across Canada as well as many southern destinations. Dad had an infamous reputation for repairing vehicles with the help of his two sons Brian and Russell. With his checklist in hand, Wednesday morning was always reserved for Autopac auctions where Carl and the boys brought home many a wreck to fix. Dad loved watching sports including the Blue Bombers, the Winnipeg Jets and patiently helped Karen practice pitching during baseball season. After retiring from Air Canada in 1991, Dad’s love for nature and farming brought him back to the homestead in Libau where he and mom built their dream retirement home. Dad had the opportunity to work the land he loved and watch his crops grow until his final year. He was so proud to be acknowledged when he and Mom received the coveted 2011 Provincial “Best Farm Home Gardens” award for District One. Dad was actively involved in many functions around the community including being President of St. Joseph’s Polish National Church in Libau, attending weekly farm auctions and Tuesday night Whist tournaments in Libau, Stead or Garson. He cherished the many groups of friends in his life and always had a witty comment to greet each and every one of them. He especially enjoyed hosting the “Redwood Gang” picnic with Mom every August in Libau where they enjoyed great food, good friends and unique party games. Dad was a kind, loving and devoted husband, father and Geegee. He believed in the value of hard work and passed this legacy onto his children and grandchildren. Amidst teaching each grandchild how to use the quad and riding mower, he always had time to play crib or watch videos of Mr. Bean while spoiling them with treats such as Rolos, popcorn twists and cheezies. Their greatest memories include his green and yellow John Deere tractor, his big bear-hug greetings and his suspenders which were often snapped loudly as they ran by. The bravery and dignity he portrayed during his journey with cancer will always be remembered as a source of courage for all who knew him. Pallbearers will be his three children Brian, Karen and Russell and friends Rob Schopohl, Gus Schade, and John Turesky. Honorary pallbearers are Harry Rosenbaum and Alec Karish. Many thanks to the Selkirk Oncology Unit including Dr. Demsas, Dr. Lindenschmidt and nurses Mel and Debbie. Your amazing care was truly treasured. To all of our friends and neighbours, we thank you for all of your help and prayers during Dad’s journey with Cancer. Special thanks to Val Debooy for her ongoing love and compassion. A celebration of Carl’s life is to be held on Monday, June 10, 2013, at 1:00 p.m. at Gilbart Funeral Home in Selkirk. Interment to follow at St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Libau. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Carl’s name to the Southeast District Palliative Care, P.O. Box 5000, Selkirk, MB R1A 2M2. Gilbart Funeral Home, Selkirk in care of arrangements. www.gilbartfuneralhome.com
Publish Date: Jun 8, 2013
ARMAND DENIS POIRIER Peacefully at Palliative Care Unit at St. Boniface with his wife and special friend Rita at his side, Armand passed away on April 17, 2013. He leaves to mourn his loving wife of 42 years, Georgia. He was predeceased by his parents Lucien and Blanche Poirier, brother Al and sister Yolly, parents-in-law George and Kathleen Bailey, and sister-in-law Jackie Boright. He is survived by his sister Helene Bauman, Lorraine (Don) Donovan, Estelle (Roger) Thorn, brother Robert (Angie), brothers-in-law Rod (Allison) Bailey, Ian Boright, as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins. Armand was born September 22, 1938, in Timmins, ON. He took apprenticeship in Toronto for sheetmetal. He worked different jobs until he worked for Air Canada for nearly 30 years. He made many friends wherever he went. Armand and Georgia travelled to many places but enjoyed their winter home in Florida with many friends. Many thanks to friends and family who came to visit. Thanks also to the staff at CancerCare, Health Sciences Centre and the Palliative Care at St. Boniface Hospital. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday, April 24, 2013, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, 2400 Portage Avenue with visitation at 9:30 a.m. A private interment will be held. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to CancerCare Manitoba, 675 McDermot Avenue, Winnipeg, MB, R3E 0V9 or to a charity of your choice. For those who wish to sign the online Guest Book please visit our website. Chapel Lawn www.chapellawn.ca 885-9715
Publish Date: Apr 22, 2013
ROBERT (BOB) BACKLUND Peacefully at home Tuesday, April 3, 2012 Robert (Bob) Backlund passed away with his family by his side. Left to cherish Bob’s memories are his wife of 30 Years Leslie Gail and their two children Kyle (Tanya) and Sherri (Sean). He also leaves behind his loving Mother Christa and his siblings Margaret, Ron, James, John and Diana, his in-laws Albert and Denise Ross as well as Karen (Gord), Chuck (Kerri), Nancy and many nieces, nephews and close friends. He was predeceased by his younger brother Mark Anthony in 2000 and his father Donald in 2007. Bob was born in Winnipeg on August 9, 1956 and was employed with Air Canada for 31 years before retiring in July of 2011. While employed with Air Canada he was known as Big City and later renamed himself to Big Country when the family moved to St. Adolphe. Bob was a loving family man and in his spare time loved to go fishing, boating and seemed to always be working on his vehicles. Many weekends you could find Bob surrounded by many good friends and family that knew they were always welcomed to join him for a drink and his words of wisdom. The family would like to thank the South Eastman Health Palliative care and Dr. Christopher Burnett for helping us care for Dad at home, where he wanted to be. A time of viewing will be held on Saturday, April 7 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Thomson In the Park Funeral Home with the Memorial Service to be held on Monday, April 9 at 2:00 p.m. also at Thomson In the Park Funeral Home 1291 McGillivray Boulevard. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to South Eastman Health Palliative Care Program c/o DeSalaberry Box 88 St. Pierre, MB R0A 1V0. THOMSON IN THE PARK 925-1120 Condolences may be sent to www.thomsoninthepark.com
Stuart Mazza, After living courageously with cancer for the last six years, Stuart died at home in his 35th year on October 20, 2011, surrounded by his loving family. He continues to live in the hearts and memories of those who loved him so deeply. Beloved son of Rob and Za, adored Grandson of Mary, Fred and Jean, dear brother of Stephen and Joanna, he will be greatly missed by his aunts, uncles and cousins. Stuart’s flying career was cut short by his cancer, at which point he retrained as an Aircraft Structural Technician, working for 10 months with Air Canada in Winnipeg. An avid airplane enthusiast and sailor, Stuart most recently competed in the Mobility Cup sailing event at the Royal Hamilton Yacht Club at the end of August. Cremation will take place, with arrangements having been entrusted to Bay Gardens Funeral Home . A Celebration of Stuart’s Life will take place at the Royal Hamilton Yacht Club on Saturday, October 29th at 1 p.m. A Heartfelt thanks to all those who cared for Stuart at Hamilton General Hospital, the Juravinski Cancer Centre, the Regional Rehabilitation Center and the nurses of the VON palliative care unit. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to the Canadian Brain Tumour Foundation or the Able Sail program at RHYC. Please sign the book of condolences and find links to donations at www.baygardens.ca.
ALAIN ROY August 19, 1955 – December 21, 2011 With heavy hearts we announce the passing of our beloved husband, father, son, son-in-law, brother, uncle, nephew, cousin, brother-in-law and friend. Al battled cancer to be with his family as long as possible,and passed away at home with them at his side. One of 14 children born to Simone and Jean Baptiste Roy, Al was predeceased by his father and oldest sister Rosemary. Al is survived by his loving wife and soulmate Tahirih and son Justin. Also left to cherish his memory are his family and many friends, young and old. Al was loved by all; he always made you feel special. He was generous and always willing to help however he could. As per Al’s wishes, cremation has taken place and a gathering to celebrate Al’s life will be held at a later date. Anyone wishing to make a donation in Al’s memory may send to the Selkirk Community Cancer Program or the Palliative Care program at the Selkirk and District General Hospital. The family extends their gratitude to all the medical staff at the Selkirk and District General Hospital involved with providing Al’s care.
PETER ROBERT STYLES Unexpectedly, yet peacefully, with his family by his side on January 1, 2012, Peter Robert Styles, passed away at Seven Oaks Hospital at the age of 57. Remaining to cherish Peter’s memory are his wife Patricia, son Johnny, daughter Ashley, brothers Gerry, Arthur (Dora), nephew Ivan, and sister Cathy. Also extended family in Winnipeg and Thunder Bay. Peter was born on October 25, 1954 in Geralton ON. He was married for 35 years to Patricia Styles (nee Guyatt). Peter graduated from Miller Memorial Bible Institute in 1979 and later with an Avionics diploma from Confederation College in Thunder Bay. He was employed by Air Canada till illness forced him to retire in September 2010. He had his pilot’s license. Peter loved music and was happiest when jamming in music bands with his friends or leading worship at Springfield Community Church. Peter and Patricia both loved music and when Peter knew a song was Patricia’s favourite he turned up the volume. He also was adventurous such as riding horses and skiing with Patricia. A celebration of Peter’s life will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 5, 2012 at The Church at Pine Ridge, corner of Hwy. 207 and Garvin Road, with Pastor Ken Vaags officiating. Thanks to all the thoughtful and supportive staff at Seven Oaks Emergency Department as well as the 3rd floor Unit 5 nurses for their excellent care and compassion before and after Peter’s death. If people wish to honour Peter’s memory, donations can be made to the ALS Society, 106 Kirby Drive, Winnipeg, MB R2Y 0E8 or to Missionary Aviation Fellowship, P.O. Box 47, NAMPA, ID 83653.
He was predeceased by his mom Canh. He will being missed by his wife Huong, his daughter Katrina ( Thao ), brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews as well as many other relatives and friends.
Khai was born in Vietnam and moved to Canada in 1980. He was a simple, hard working person, had a loving of learning and liked to be challenged. He found his job at Air Canada as an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer very rewarding and had worked there for more than 15 years. He loved his job and his fellow workers.
Khai was a kind man, a responsible, loving and caring husband, father, big brother, and uncle to his all large family both in Canada and Vietnam. Khai was always willing to offer help to anyone who in needed.
Khai was a simple man, respectful and fair, he listened to his family and friends. He liked to spend his time with family especially his lovely daughter Katrina. He liked a warm home, enjoying sharing good food with his family and friends. He particularly liked his Vietnamese food, when prepared by his wife and his mom.
The family would like to take this opportunity to express thanks to everyone that helped him during the most difficult time in his life, including his sisters, brothers, friends… especially the doctors and staff at St. Boniface hospital.
Visitation and services to Celebrate Khai’s life will be held: 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Sunday, December 18, 2011 and 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Monday, December 19 at Bardal Funeral Home, 843 Sherbrook Street. Interment Glen Lawn Cemetery.
Neil (Bob) Sideen
NEIL SIDEEN Peacefully on Tuesday, October 18, 2011 at the Health Sciences Centre at the age of 76 years. Dad was born in Stanley, ON, where he grew up on the farm. He worked at Great Lakes Paper as a fire watch and timekeeper. In 1955, Bob joined the Canadian Air Force and his first posting outside Canada was Rabat. Shortly after this posting he returned to Canada at the base of MacDonald, Portage La Prairie. By 1958, Bob met his soon to be wife, Gloria, and Gary was to be the first of three boys born in Portage la Prairie. Moose Jaw was the next posting for Dad and is the birthplace of second son Alan in 1962. Dad’s final posting was in Winnipeg as a mechanic on aircraft. To make ends meet, Dad worked at Silver Heights Esso pumping gas and being a service attendant located on Ness and Mount Royal. Dad’s first job out of the military was working for St. Andrews Airways. This was the first hanger ever built at St. Andrews Airport. Dad would fly up to Island Lake after to fix aircraft as well. In 1972, Dad and the family packed up the car, sold the house and moved to Port Alberni, BC. There on Sproat Lake, Dad would fly in the two largest water bombers ever built, the mighty Martins Mars. These aircraft would be the beginning of his one of a kind storied resume of working on some of the most unique, aircraft in aviation history. At Forest Industries Flying Tanker (FIFT), as a flight engineer, he would be busy from sunrise to sunset, flying over fires with the crew dropping loads of water to save communities from flames. Port Alberni was the birth place of the third son Dale. Dad also built our home here as well. In 1979, he brought the family back to Winnipeg. It was Air Canada this time as the employer. This time Dad would be given more opportunities to expand his expertise and trust. It was here he would become the chief mechanic of the Lockheed Elactra. This would be known as, Dad’s Plane . For this aircraft of Trans Canada Airways would be one of the top prizes at North American Airshows. Air Canada would use this aircraft as a Poster Boy for Dreams Take Flight exhibitions. This aircraft had earlier significant in aviator history years earlier. Emelia Ernhardt flew this same make of aircraft in her attempt to fly around the world. Mom and Dad took part in travelling in the Lockheed as Dad would do mechanical work along their flight plan. The second event of significance with Air Canada was Dad would become part of another team. This one was to put back together the Gimli Glider . In 1993, Dad formed the Manitoba Ultra-Light Association out of Warren, MB. In 1994, Dad retired from Air Canada and stayed connected with air planes. He worked side jobs at St. Andrews Airport and Lincrest Airport (Spring Field Flying Clubs). Dad still kept his hands busy with building a family cottage at Cape Coppermine in the Lee River area. During his retirement, Dad worked on his inherited Model T Ford. He volunteered with good cheer at the Western Canada (WCAM) Aviation Museum every Tuesday and Thursday there along with Bob Moore, Wilf, Gary, Ed and others. Dad was trustworthy and committed at work and at home. Dad had his career built on workmanship and work ethic. Dad was a pioneer in aviation. Dad worked on some of the unique and one of a kind aircrafts in the history of aviation. Not many can say they worked on aircrafts that made the Golden Era of travel. The family would like to thank 911 Emergency Paramedics. We also like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff members at Adult Emergency at Health Sciences Centre. Also Anneli Epp as spiritual care giver of our prayers. Very special thanks to our neighbours, Al, Judy and Craig Scarth for their immediate response to Dad – thank you greatly. A memorial service will be held on Monday, October 24, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. at Chapel Lawn Funeral Home, 4000 Portage Avenue with reception to follow. We (including Chico) miss you so much Dad, You gave us so much. God Bless. Chapel Lawn www.chapellawn.mb.ca 885-9715
BRUCE JAMES WAUGH
|BRUCE JAMES WAUGH It is with deep sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of our beloved husband, Step-Pops, Papa, Brother and Gruncle on March 28, 2011 after a courageous battle with cancer. He will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by his wife Lorrie, children John Copsey (Cindy Good) and Robin Kilmury (Michael), grandchildren Matthew and Emma Bonne and Sara Copsey, sister Marcie Waugh, sister-in-law Joan Wilton, niece Holly Arabsky (Ryan) and their children Kate and Eric, nephew David Brathwaite (Stephanie) and their children Hayley, Pippa and Deaglan and nephew Dean Brathwaite (Jae-Lynne) as well as Michael’s children Caslyn and Brady, Cindy’s son Nicholas, dear uncle and aunt, Fred and Dorothy Waugh and aunt Frances Fasken as well as numerous cousins. Bruce was born on December 26, 1941 in Winnipeg and predeceased by his parents Jack and Irene Waugh. Bruce worked for Air Canada for over 34 years. Upon retirement he worked as a funeral attendant for Dignity Memorial, a position for which he was well suited with his kind, charming and gentle personality. Lorrie and Bruce travelled extensively over the years but their favourite holiday was taking dear Matthew and Emma to Disneyworld. His favourite times were spent with family and friends and many fun-filled and memorable summers were spent at Whytewold Beach. A Celebration of Bruce’s life for family and friends will be held on Friday, April 1, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. at Thomson In the Park , 1291 McGillivray Blvd. If friends so desire, Memorial Contributions may be made to CancerCare Manitoba, 109-675 McDermot Ave., Winnipeg, MB R3E 0V9. THOMSON IN THE PARK 925-1120 Condolences may be sent to www.thomsoninthepark.com|
GORDON DAVID LOUDON
|GORDON DAVID LOUDON August 2, 1960 – March 29, 2011 Peacefully on Tuesday, March 29, 2011 at the Grace Hospital, Gord, known as GL to many that loved him, passed away at the age of 50 years. Left to cherish Gord’s memory is his love and best friend Marilyn McClay; brother Roy (Mary); nephews Riley and Joel; mother-in-law Eva McClay; as well as many dear friends. He was predeceased by his father Dave; stepmom Eileen and sister Sandra. Gord was born in Winnipeg on August 2, 1960 to Dave and Florence. At the age of nine the family moved to Pinawa where he loved growing up. He enjoyed biking, Boy Scouts and special camping/fishing trips with Roy and his Dad. At 18 Gord moved back to Winnipeg and began his employment with Air Canada. He proudly spent 26 years working in Stores before retiring in 2005. Gord then attained his Real Estate License and worked as a realtor with Sutton Group. He also had a successful computer business, CME Computers. Gord’s other interests including cycling, working out, on-line gaming and spending time with his many friends. On Saturday, April 2, 2011 Gord’s Funeral Service will be held at 2:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Memories in Wojcik’s Funeral Chapel, 1020 Main Street at Manitoba Avenue. A reception will follow in Rae and Jerry’s, 1405 Portage Ave. for refreshments and the sharing of special memories and stories. Marilyn would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the entire staff of 3 North at the Grace Hospital. You all became like a second family to us over the last six months and the kindness and compassion shown to us both will never be forgotten. Special thanks to Alana and Erin for your support during Gord’s final days; as well as to our dear friend Dixie Peters for all her help with the arrangements. Thanks Dix – you’re the best! Flowers are gratefully declined, but if friends desire a donation in Gord’s memory can be made to The Winnipeg Humane Society, 45 Hurst Way, Winnipeg, MB R3T 0R3.|
SUSAN HELEN LESCHYSON
|SUSAN HELEN LESCHYSON (nee NADON) It is with great sadness that the family of Susan Helen Leschyson announce her passing. She died in her home surrounded by the ones she loved, on December 6, 2010. Susan will join her predeceased parents, Lucien and Helen Nadon; as well as her sister Karen. She leaves behind an adoring husband George; sons, Brent, Matthew and Justin; brother Lyle (Joyce); granddaughter Natalia, a large extended family and many friends. Susan was born August 17, 1954 and moved to Garden City in 1959. Susan enjoyed growing up with her older brother and friends, Laurie and Barb. In 1974 she met George, who would be the love of her life, and she would marry in 1976. The years that followed would see her raising and spending time with her growing family. Susan will be remembered by how much she loved her children and granddaughter. Many hours were spent cheering on her sons at hockey and other sports. Her wisdom and patience were always demonstrated helping with her children’s school work. Her family valued the time they spent together playing Scrabble, cooking together and sharing stories. She was always ready to lend an ear and help with her family’s challenges and successes. Working with Canadian Air, and later Air Canada, allowed Susan to explore her love of travelling. She enjoyed long trips across North America with her parents and brother as a child, and later with a family of her own. She especially enjoyed exploring her history in Scotland and vacationing in Thailand, the Mediterranean and the Caribbean, with George. Among her closest friends she counted Maren and Angela who she would spend many afternoons with having tea, going out for lunch, and spending quality time with. Her CancerCare Support Group was a very important part of her life after being diagnosed in 2007. Their contribution to Susan’s life was a guiding light for her and her family. Susan was often happiest with a good book or a crossword puzzle surrounded by family and friends. She was kind, honest and hard working. Her warm smile, love and generosity impacted us all. She will be dearly missed. A memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, December 14 at Cropo Funeral Chapel, 1442 Main Street. Interment will follow at Brookside Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to CancerCare Manitoba.|
|LLOYD RANSFORD WILLIAMS
ROGER PAUL TELLIER
|ROGER PAUL TELLIER It is with immense sadness that we announce the passing of Roger Paul Tellier on Thursday, July 30, 2009 at the age of 55 years. Roger will be forever loved and remembered by his brother Gerry (Bev); sisters, Annette (Eugene), Lucy (Danny) and Jo Ann (Randy); his nephews and nieces, J.P. (Diane); Kirk and Michelle; Rene, Rachelle and their Mom, Brenda; his two great-nephews Austin and Cael; and many wonderful aunts, uncles and cousins. Roger’s dear friend Joey and her son Ryan, as well as his good friend Glen share our sorrow at this time and are appreciated for everything they have done. Roger’s furry little four legged buddy Mack also misses him dearly but is being very well taken care of. We take great comfort in knowing that Roger has joined family members who have predeceased him, our Mom Elsie and Dad Aurel (2006), our brother Ronald Rav (2004) and our brother-in-law Martin (2001). At his time of passing Roger was employed at Air Canada as an Aircraft Mechanic and had been there for more than 20 years. Roger was a man of many passions; in particular cars; to which there were many great ones over the years and some wellnot so great, yet his passion remained. In keeping with Roger’s wishes, cremation has taken place and a private gathering will be arranged at a later date. For those who wish in lieu of flowers donations can be made in Roger’s memory at a charity of your choice. We will miss you Snoger ! Man In The Mirror When you get all you want and you struggle for self, and the world makes you king for a day, then go to the mirror and look at yourself and see what that man has to say. For it isn’t your mother, your father or wife whose judgment upon you must pass, but the man, whose verdict counts most in your life is the one staring back from the glass. He’s the fellow to please, never mind all the rest. For he’s with you right to the end, and you’ve passed your most difficult test if the man in the glass is your friend. You can fool the whole world, down the highway of years, and take pats on the back as you pass. But your final reward will be heartache and tears if you’ve cheated the man in the glass. ~Anonymous~|
|LARRY BAKALUK Peacefully in the early morning of May 2, 2009, Larry passed away at St. Boniface Hospital at the age of 62. He is survived by his daughter, Melissa; brothers Gordon (Lori) and Danny; nephew, Steven and niece, Bailey. Larry enjoyed his career with Air Canada as an avionics technician. Other passions included: music, guitars and animals. Cremation has taken place. Memorial service will be held on Friday, May 8, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. at Friends Funeral Service, 2146 Main Street, Winnipeg. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Winnipeg Humane Society, 5 Kent Street, Winnipeg, R2L 1X3 or Cancer Care Manitoba, ON109-675 McDermot Avenue, Winnipeg, R3E 0V9.|
|RICHARD (RIC) MCINNES
KLAUS HARALD KIECKER
|KLAUS HARALD KIECKER After a brief illness Klaus passed away on January 19, 2009 at the Grace Hospital in Winnipeg, Manitoba at the age of 68. Klaus was born in Danzig, Germany on November 18, 1940 and immigrated to Canada along with his mother Viktoria on December 7, 1955. He was a very proud Canadian and truly grateful for the opportunities Canada brought him. He was predeceased by his mother and father Viktoria and Walter; sister Lilo Kramme; mother and father in law Margaret and Robert Orr and brother in law Richard Orr. He is survived by his loving wife Roberta; son Bruce (Crystal); sisters-in-law Phyllis (Ronald) Cisneros and Barbara (Donald) Stevens; brother-in-law Bernard Kramme as well as his nieces and nephews, Rita, Vera, Donald and Kimberly. The loves of his life were his wife of 43 years Roberta, his only son Bruce, his cats, the Charleswood wildlife, gardening, and keeping an eye on the neighborhood as Block Captain of the Neighborhood Watch. He joined Air Canada in Montreal in October 1967 and transferred to Winnipeg in September of 1980, where he retired in August 2001 after 34 years of service as a Lead Hand Mechanic. Klaus was known for his immaculate lawn and clean sidewalks and to be the first to offer a helping hand to anyone in need and never expecting anything in return. He was a loyal friend and generous spirit who will be greatly missed by his family and friends. The family would like to extend their thanks to staff of the Grace Hospital, especially the ICU unit for the care shown to Dad. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Winnipeg Humane Society, 45 Hurst Way, Winnipeg, MB, R3T 0R3. A memorial service in celebration of Klaus’s life will be held on Monday, January 26, 2009 at 12:30 p.m. at Chapel Lawn Funeral Home, 4000 Portage Ave. Chapel Lawn 885-9715|