How They Lived
Mike Kostelnuk was born and raised in the North End and when it came time to go to work after United College he went into the newspaper profession.
Mike, who died on March 2 at 84, started at the Free Press in the 1960s. He worked as the paper’s movie and book critic and general columnist for 15 years. He correctly predicted that John Wayne was going to win an Oscar for True Grit.
He went on to work for newspapers and publications across the country, including the Calgary Sun, Montreal Star and Alberta Report. Read more about Mike.
Betty Yim-Fun Wong was born in Hong Kong and came to Winnipeg when she was 20.
Betty, who was 63 when she died on March 9, finished high school in Winnipeg and then took business administration at Red River College.
After graduating, she spent 35 years working at the non-profit Harmony Mansion in Chinatown, helping many disadvantaged people. Read more about Betty.
John King grew up in Elmwood and he supported the area throughout his life.
John, who was 69 when he died on March 4, graduated from Elmwood High School and represented the province in boxing at the 1971 Canada Games. He went on to be a Golden Gloves champion.
John joined the federal government and worked with youth in crisis, retiring after 37 years.
While he was a kid, John played sports at the Kelvin Community Club. Later, as an adult, he was instrumental in saving the community club and was a driving force in restoring it to become the Clara Hughes Recreation Park. Read more about John.
Robert Kirkpatrick was born in Scotland and recruited by the Winnipeg School Division to teach here in Winnipeg.
Robert who died on March 9 at 87, planned to stay in Canada for only two years, but, while teaching at Wellington School, he started dating Caroline, the school secretary, and they married after he taught in the Arctic for a year; the couple then returned to the North for another two years.
In Winnipeg, Robert taught elementary students at Queenston, Clifton, and Brock Corydon Schools and was the division’s metric coordinating teacher when the country switched from Imperial measurements. Read more about Robert.
I’ve never seen this before: Conrad Pochinko was such a valued employee that the company he worked for also placed an obituary in the newspaper.
Conrad died suddenly on March 1 at 48. Although his family published an obituary, Shandron Mechanical, submitted another a few days later.
The company said Conrad was “a loyal employee for over 12 years” and that he was “family to us.”
"’The value of a man should be seen in what he gives and not in what he is able to receive,’” the obituary reads. “In one word, Conrad gave.”
“In the coming weeks, Shandron Mechanical will turn the page. The company will go forward, as Conrad would have wished, however, it will never be the same without him.” Read more about Robert.
Bob Paquin helped keep the city safe.
Bob, who died on March 2 at 74, worked as a Winnipeg police officer for 32 years. He was a detective and staff sergeant, but he also took on executive roles with both the Winnipeg and Manitoba police associations.
He was especially proud of his year fundraising with the law enforcement torch run to help Special Olympics. Read more about Bob.
A Life’s Story
Lisa Seymour created safe spaces and called out injustice during her lifetime.
Lisa, who died last March at 60 years of age, was a longtime social worker, feminist, labour activist and University of Manitoba associate professor.
Lisa Seymour (left), seen here with her close friend, Jill Town, in 2006, died last March of cancer. She was 60 years old. (Supplied)
“Lisa lived her life the way she worked,” Elizabeth Boyle, now retired from the university’s career services, said about Seymour.
“Her work and her life were treated the same way — she treated people with kindness and respect. It could have been a student she was working with or it could also have been a barista at Starbucks who probably also loved her or her cab driver.”
Read more about Lisa’s life.
Until next time, I hope you continue to write your own life’s story.