THE province’s “Greatest Manitoban” — whose actions saved thousands of Winnipeggers from flood damage numerous times throughout recent years — died this year.
But Duff Roblin, the province's 14th premier and the man behind the Red River Floodway, wasn't the only prominent person the province lost in the last 12 months.
Another former premier, a pair of judges, a pillar of the aboriginal community, a Royal Winnipeg Ballet artistic genius, a secretive and wealthy philanthropist and a longtime city councillor also died after leading lives that left huge legacies.
Today, we honour them all.
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THE province’s "Greatest Manitoban" — whose actions saved thousands of Winnipeggers from flood damage numerous times throughout recent years — died this year.
But Duff Roblin, the province's 14th premier and the man behind the Red River Floodway, wasn't the only prominent person the province lost in the last 12 months.
Another former premier, a pair of judges, a pillar of the aboriginal community, a Royal Winnipeg Ballet artistic genius, a secretive and wealthy philanthropist and a longtime city councillor also died after leading lives that left huge legacies.
Today, we honour them all.
Despite being premier for almost a decade from 1958 to 1967, Roblin cared little about being in the limelight.
"He appealed to the best of them as he looked for the best in us," Roblin's friend, former MLA and confidant Jim Carr, said at his funeral.
"It was never about him — it was about us."
Besides the Floodway — which helped Roblin win top spot as Greatest Manitoban in a contest sponsored by the Free Press — Roblin's other legacies are improving education and training in the province — including the creation of Brandon University and the University of Winnipeg and opening up development in the north.
Premier Greg Selinger called Roblin "a tremendous premier. He was, in modern language, a man who governed for everyone."
After stepping down as premier, Roblin fought an unsuccessful campaign to become federal Progressive Conservative leader before being appointed to the Senate and serving 14 years there.
He died at 92 on May 30.
Sterling Lyon's public career spanned almost his entire adult life.
Lyon, who died earlier this month at 83, was the province's 17th premier, in power from 1977 to 1981, and is responsible for pushing the notwithstanding clause in the country's Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
But Lyon, a lawyer, was first elected to the Manitoba legislature in 1958, and shortly after that he was named attorney general in the Roblin government.
Lyon later interpreted the charter during his 16 years as a Manitoba Court of Appeal justice until retiring in 2002.
Former chief provincial court Judge Harold Gyles, who died in January at 82, was the province's top judge from the late 1960s to 1988.
While on the bench, Gyles ruled that traffic tickets and the provincial statutes they were based from didn't need to be written in both English and French. Traffic tickets caught up to him in a different way when he later was caught up in the ticket-fixing scandal in the late 1980s. While he was acquitted, he lost his job as top judge.
Provincial court Judge Ron Meyers, who served on the bench from 1977 until just days before his death at age 75, is credited with pushing for family violence courts after he grew up in a family rife with domestic violence.
Defence counsel Hymie Weinstein said Meyers "had a sense of humour and he wasn't arrogant.
"Sometimes he gave lawyers a rough time, but it was done with humour and a smile."
Meyers was also a fixture behind the scenes at Rainbow Stage and on stage at the Winnipeg Press Club's annual Beer and Skits show.
Mary Richard, who died in September at age 70, was once called "The Mayor of Main Street."
Richard, who was Métis, was an aboriginal activist whose most prominent accomplishment was the building of Thunderbird House at Higgins Avenue and Main Street.
Brian McLeod, chairman of the Thunderbird House board, said Richard "was so instrumental in putting forward the work in our community.
"She always wanted us as a people to move forward."
With a partner, Richard also opened the city's first aboriginal restaurant, Bungee's Teepee on Carlton Street. She was also executive director of the first Indian and Métis Friendship Centre and was elected to the senate of the National Association of Friendship Centres.
Richard was honoured with the Order of Manitoba and the Order of the Buffalo Hunt.
Arnold Spohr, who died in April at 86, joined the then-fledgling Winnipeg Ballet as a dancer in 1944, helping it become the first ballet company in the Commonwealth to achieve the honour of putting 'Royal' in front of its name in 1953.
Spohr became the first Canadian to lead a professional Canadian ballet in 1958, a job he didn't relinquish for another 30 years. During his leadership, he commissioned Canadian ballets like The Ecstasy of Rita Joe, put on full-scale classics such as Swan Lake, and created the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School.
Spohr was honoured with both the Order of Canada and the Order of Manitoba. He also became the first Canadian to receive a Dance Magazine Award, which had previously gone to ballet giants like Mikhail Baryshnikov.
Choreographer Stephanie Ballard said Spohr "gave Canadian dance an identity," while dance journalist Michael Crabb said he was "a volcanic force for good in Canadian dance."
The Free Press once called Gerry Gray "Winnipeg's mystery millionaire."
Gray, who died at 80 in October, made his fortune as the owner of Blackwoods Beverages and received his moniker by giving a lot of his fortune away in a low-key manner.
Gray was the second-largest donor to the Asper Jewish Community Campus, and the complex's K-12 school, Gray Academy, is named after him.
He also donated $1 million to the Canadian Museum for Human Rights and another $1 million to the makeover of Central Park in downtown Winnipeg.
"He led by example," Bob Freedman, CEO of the Jewish Federation of Winnipeg, recalled at the time of Gray's death.
"He wasn't flamboyant. He never sought attention for himself... in Jewish tradition, those who give anonymously... that's a real blessing and Gerry believed in that."
Bill Clement was a councillor for Charleswood-Tuxedo for so many years he became known as the "Mayor of Charleswood."
Clement, who died in May at 61, was first elected in 1983 and was still a councillor when he died. He served on the city's powerful executive policy committee for many of those year and he was proud of annually having the lowest expenses of all city councillors.
Shortly after Clement's death, the Charleswood Bridge and parkway was renamed the William R. Clement Parkway in his honour.
Other notable Manitobans who died in 2010 include:
JAN. 1 — Jack Duncanson, 81. He went from building model airplanes as a child to owning an airline. He was founder, president and CEO of Ilford-Riverton Airways. He bought his first plane, a Tiger Moth, in 1953 and by the airline's peak in the 1970s he had 24 aircraft.
JAN. 4 — David Ritchie. He believed in community service. He was a navigator and flight instructor in the war and founded Message to Base, a magazine-format newsletter for personnel at the airbase in Rivers, for which he was given a commendation by the Commonwealth Air Museum. He served as president of the Winnipeg Lions Club and the Winnipeg Winter Club. For his many years on the board of Rainbow Stage, he was awarded a place on its Wall of Fame.
JAN. 9 — Lorne Watson, 90. He put Brandon University's music program on the international map. He was a music teacher who became director of music at Brandon College in 1948, and then became director of the School of Music at Brandon University in 1967. He was president of the Manitoba Registered Music Teachers' Association, the Canadian University Music Society, and the Canadian Music Festival Adjudicators' Association. The Lorne Watson Recital Hall at the university was named for him.
JAN. 13 — Douglas Pollard, 85. He may have helped make lottery tickets with his family's printing company, Pollard Banknote, but he also helped local students. He first worked as a reporter with the Winnipeg Free Press before joining the family business. In 1963, Pollard joined three other businessmen and brought Junior Achievement, which helps high school students learn business skills, to Winnipeg.
FEB. 5 — Bud Korchak, 82. His toe and running ability brought him football fame. Born in Winnipeg, he played with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, Montreal Alouettes, Calgary Stampeders, and Ottawa Roughriders. He was in four Grey Cups including the "Mud Bowl" in 1950. He was named to three western all star teams and won the western scoring championship in 1953. He was called "The Golden Toe" and "The Ukrainian Gazelle." He was inducted into the Blue Bomber Hall of Fame in 1996.
FEB. 6 — John Condra, 77. He was a lawyer who helped the arts. He graduated in law at the University of Manitoba and worked in Toronto and Montreal before returning here. He and his wife owned and operated The House of Cheese in the late 1960s. He served on several boards and was president of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, the Manitoba Conservatory of Music and Arts, and Winnipeg Winter Club.
FEB. 7 — Louis Mathez, 75. He started working at a golf course and ended up being famous for a club — the sandwich variety. Fresh out of high school, he worked with his grandfather at the St. Charles Golf and Country Club. Later, after getting married, he joined his father at the Wagon Wheel restaurant, becoming owner for 51 years. The Wagon Wheel was named by Reader's Digest magazine in 2007 as having the best clubhouse sandwich in Canada. He put two turkeys in the oven just before he left the Wheel for the last time.
FEB. 9 — Brian McKinnon, 61. He was a bank executive who went on to serve his church and community. He worked around the world in his executive roles with the Investors Group and Manulife Financial. He then worked for the Archdiocese of Winnipeg and was reeve of Eriksdale at the time of his passing.
FEB. 10 — John "Jack" "Red" Bownass, 79. Hockey was his game. He played defence with the Winnipeg Black Hawks before playing in the NHL. He played with the Montreal Canadiens and New York Rangers and was a member of Canada's national team for four years. He was inducted into the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame.
FEB. 12 — Donald Jacks, 85. Starting as a travelling salesman, he made his mark in insurance and tax services — and even preserved some Winnipeg history. He was co-founder of Income Life and worked with North American Life and Crown Life. He founded U&R Tax Services. He outbid others to buy the building at 2579 Portage Ave., which had Winnipeg's first mural on the outside, the Long Tramp. He had it repainted to preserve it.
FEB. 13 — Neil Bardal, 69. He was a third-generation funeral director. He sold the controlling interest in the funeral home with his last name on it across from the Health Sciences Centre and opened a new one on Portage Avenue with his full name on it. He was honoured with the Order of Manitoba in 2006 and invested in the Knight's Cross of the Order of the Falcon by the Icelandic government in 2000. He was president of the Rotary Club of Winnipeg.
FEB. 15 — Norm Houck, 76. A teacher by profession, he curled his way into the Manitoba Curling Hall of Fame. His Strathcona team lost the Brier in 1962, but he won four Manitoba Senior titles, two as a skip, and teams he was on won the Canadian Senior Championships in 1987, 1990 and 1991. He also won two Manitoba Masters championships as a skip in 1998 and 1999. He was inducted into the hall of fame as a curler in 1990.
FEB. 21 — George "Red" Eakin, 80. Wrestling was his game. He wrestled locally from 1952 to 1974 and participated on the wrestling committee with the Pan Am Games. His last match saw him teamed with Roddy Piper. He was also elected as a school trustee in St. James. He was inducted into the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame.
FEB. 22 — Telly Mercury, 75. He was a lawyer who helped bring professional hockey to Winnipeg. He was the lawyer Ben Hatskin hired to help establish the World Hockey Association and concluded the million dollar deal to sign hockey star Bobby Hull for the Winnipeg Jets. He was president of the Manitoba Bar Association in 1977. He was general counsel for Judo Canada, held a 5th degree black belt in judo, and was a former Manitoba black belt champion who represented Manitoba seven consecutive times in the Canadian National Judo Championship.
FEB. 23 — Paul Soubry, 79. He was a pillar of Manitoba's manufacturing sector. He was the head of Manitoba-based companies, including Versatile Farm Equipment and White Farm Equipment. He also served as chairman of the University of Manitoba's board of governors and the Victoria Hospital board. He received the Queen's Golden Jubilee medal in 2003, was awarded a Doctorate of Laws from the University of Manitoba, and was inducted into the Canadian Manufacturers' and Exporters Hall of Fame, Manitoba division, in 2006.
FEB. 24 — Ray Brunel, 73. He was a local hockey player who set a scoring record. He played with the St. Boniface Canadiens in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League and was an all-star in 1956 and 1957 when he won scoring titles. He was the first player in league history to notch 100 points in a season. With the Cleveland Barons, he won the American Hockey League's Calder Cup in 1964. He was inducted into the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame in 2007.
FEB. 27 — Erna Kimmel. Born in Poland, she survived the forced labour camps operated by the Nazis in the Second World War. She came to Winnipeg with her family in 1948, where she later began volunteering for the Sarah Sommer Chai Folk Ensemble, designing and creating costumes. She was president of the Winnipeg Associates of the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev for eight years. She was honoured with the Negev Award, the highest honour, in 2006.
MARCH 3 — Wes Lorimer, 96. He was a teacher who later helped lead the creation of programs for special-needs students. He moved from his home province of Saskatchewan to become director of research with the Winnipeg School Division in 1949. He was the division's superintendent from 1953 to 1966, during which programs for special-needs students, hospitalized, home-bound and gifted were created. He established the first nursery classrooms in the province in 1965, started adult education at Argyle School, and led the expansion of Child Guidance Clinic services to children in other school divisions. He established the Manitoba Association of School Superintendents and was president in 1956, was president of the Rotary Club of Winnipeg, and was the province's deputy minister of education. He was inducted into the Order of Manitoba in 2003.
MARCH 6 — Esmail Bavasah, 92. He fought apartheid both in South Africa and Canada. He was a teacher who was instrumental in forming a non-white sports league because he believed students should compete based on ability, not colour. He was president of the South Africa School Sports Union. Coming to Canada and teaching English at St. John's High School, he was a founding member of the Manitoba Rugby Union and president of the Anti-Apartheid Movement in Winnipeg.
MARCH 7 — Karalee Grant, 23. She taught many people that cancer can strike young people. After being diagnosed with a rare sinus cancer when she was 19, she joined the Canadian Cancer Society as an information assistant, helping out in speaking engagements, media events and other campaign work. This year she was honoured by the society with its National Medal of Courage.
MARCH 11 — John Steel, 75. He was a city worker who designed a park named for him years later. He was parks superintendent in the City of St. James when he designed Westwood Browning Park. He went on to be elected to Winnipeg's city council as the councillor for Grant's Mill from 1986 to 1989, and co-founded the St. James Business Improvement Zone. After he died, the park at Westwood Drive and Browning Boulevard was renamed John Steel Park.
MARCH 13 — Jack Mowat, 84. He helped build the sport of gymnastics in Canada. He was a gymnast who became an instructor, judge, coach and mentor. He was a founder of the Manitoba Gymnastics Association and head coach of the junior gym team here. He was honoured as one of the Builders of Canadian Gymnastics by the Canadian Gymnastics Association. He was honoured with the Queen's 25th anniversary medal in 1977 and inducted into the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame in 1988.
MARCH 13 — Jon Thordarson, 59. He started as a newspaper copy boy and ended his career as a photo editor. In between, he was one of the city's leading photojournalists. While with the Winnipeg Tribune, he took many photos of the Winnipeg Jets, then with the World Hockey Association. He took the photo of Ulf Nilsson and Anders Hedberg hoisting the Avco Cup over their heads and then plucked the trophy out of their hands so no one else could duplicate the shot. He also worked at the Winnipeg Sun before coming to the Free Press as photo editor.
MARCH 14 — Randy Woo, 68. He was a pillar of Chinatown. He was born in China and came with family to Canada in 1967. He took over the Marigold Restaurant on St. Mary's Road in 1970, and then opened the Chinatown Marigold in 1970, with it becoming a focal point there. He was honoured with the Golden Dragon award, recognizing him as citizen of the year in the Chinese community, in 1999.
MARCH 21 — Joseph Haddad, 89. He was active in the law and with charity work. He was a lawyer in Brandon who was president of the Manitoba Bar Association and the Western Manitoba Bar Association. He was appointed a Queen's Counsel in 1963. He was president of the Children's Aid Society of Manitoba, The Lion's Club of Brandon, the Brandon and District Shrine Club, and what is now The Arthritis Society.
MARCH 23 — Peter Vander Graaf, 86. He was one of Winnipeg's toughest and most famous police detectives. With his partner, Jack Taylor, he brought justice to the streets of Winnipeg for more than 30 years. His first award was for bravery when he was 13 for saving his sister from a house fire. As a police officer, he received several awards including a special medal of achievement from the mayor.
MARCH 23 — Marisa Solta, 17. While fighting cancer, she became involved in helping other children. She volunteered with the Children's Hospital Foundation, the Radiothon, Variety, and Coast to Coast Against Cancer.
MARCH 26 — Jan Kamienski, 86. He was an artist who did much of his work in local newspapers. He was the editorial cartoonist for the Winnipeg Tribune from 1958 to when it folded in 1980. He went on to do editorial cartoons for the Winnipeg Sun until 1988. He painted and also published a memoir of his experiences during the Second World War, entitled Hidden in the Enemy's Sight: Resisting the Third Reich from Within. He was a president of the Winnipeg Press Club.
MARCH 31 — Annette Treble, 77. She went to London to be honoured by the Queen. She was born in Crystal City and worked in Winnipeg as a reporter for the Winnipeg Tribune in the early 1950s. She joined a two-year Canadian Women's Press Club tour of Europe where she had an audience with Pope Pius XII in the Vatican. She became the first employee of the British information office in Winnipeg and later became the first Canadian appointed as an information officer. She produced a weekly TV show, Britain on Parade, for Winnipeg cable stations. She received an MBE (Member, Order of the British Empire) from Queen Elizabeth II in 1978.
APRIL 1 — Pat Phillips, 75. She was a longtime school trustee in the St. James-Assiniboia School Division until making the jump to civic politics in 1995. The Quail Ridge Road park was renamed in her memory after her death.
APRIL 3 — Victor Deneka, 88. He designed many buildings in our community. He was born in what is now Uzbekistan and received his bachelor of architecture from the University of Manitoba in 1952. He was Prairie regional architect for CN Rail for several years. He designed several Ukrainian Catholic churches, including Winnipeg's Blessed Virgin Mary, St. Basil's and St. Anne's, as well as Holy Ghost Church in Beausejour and St. Mary's Church in Russell. He also designed buildings for the Plast Ukrainian Youth Association and the Ukrainian Fraternal Society of Canada. He was also national president of the Ukrainian Catholic Council of Canada.
APRIL 3 — Roy Lev, 80. He was an architect who helped the community. He worked as an architect for 20 years before joining Lakeview Properties as a partner. He went on to found Jegray Development, which developed several commercial properties and apartments. He was a director of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in the 1980s and president of the Seven Oaks General Hospital Foundation board from 1988 to 1990.
APRIL 5 — Eleanor Thomas, 91. She was a nurse who left a legacy of embroidery. She was with the Winnipeg Embroiderers' Guild and was one of the founding members of the Embroiderers' Association of Canada. She was the longtime archivist for the EAC and a former leader of the Early Bird Stitchers, a chapter of Youth Embroiderers. She was honoured by having an annual bursary set up in her name by the EAC to help develop youth embroiderers and by being given life memberships in both the WEG and EAC.
APRIL 13 — Grace Ivey. She worked so hard with hostelling she had a house named after her. She worked with the Canadian Hostelling Association, starting with an office in her home and ending up with the city's first permanent youth hostel on Maryland Street. When she retired, it was named Ivey House in her honour.
APRIL 15 — James Kirkpatrick, 82. He was a surgeon who helped pioneer minimally invasive surgery in Manitoba. He trained in Great Britain and served in the Royal Naval Medical Service before coming to Canada as professor of surgery at the University of Manitoba in 1976. He was head of the surgical department at St. Boniface General Hospital and then head of general surgery there. He was a founder of laparoscopic general surgery in Manitoba.
APRIL 15 — Roy Essery, 87. An accountant, he went on to help the community. He was president of Brooks Equipment Ltd., and president and owner of Cummins Diesel Sales and Service Ltd. He was treasurer of the Society for Crippled Children and Adults and the Kinsmen Club of Winnipeg, president of the United Way of Winnipeg, Winnipeg Winter Club, and chairman of the board of St. Andrew's River Heights United Church.
APRIL 16 — Waldo, 36. A grizzly bear, he was orphaned with his sister near Banff, Alta., in 1974 and ended up at the Assiniboine Park Zoo later that year. He was renowned for his snack-time performances, doing a belly flop into the pond to pick up an apple.
APRIL 21 — Ralph Stanton, 86. He was a pioneer in Canadian mathematics and computer science. He founded the University of Waterloo's faculty of mathematics — the first in North America — before joining the University of Manitoba in 1970 where he headed the department of computer science until 1989. He was awarded an honorary degree by the University of Waterloo in 1997.
APRIL 24 — Murray Narvey, 83. He was born and died in Portage District General Hospital, but in between he helped his home community. With his brother, he ran the family business, Narvey's. He was one of the founding members of the city's Rotary Club and an early president. He served 14 years on the local school board and was chairman for a number of years. He also was a leader with the Portage Chamber of Commerce, B'nai Brith and Portage Golf Club.
MAY 1 — Phil Reece, 63. A generation of Winnipeg students learned the country's history because of him. He taught at several schools in Winnipeg School Division and became involved in getting heritage fairs started. He also worked with Historica and Doors Open Winnipeg.
MAY 2 — Ed Mandrake, 71. He won two elections: to the Red River College student council and was Liberal MLA for Assiniboia in 1988. He was treasurer for the Former Manitoba Members of the Legislative Assembly Association.
MAY 5— Ed Crowder, 91. He was a catcher who caught a career in chemical engineering. He played and coached on several baseball teams and played hockey on the Allan Cup Champion Trail Smoke Eaters from 1944 to 1949. He graduated as a chemical engineer with his career culminating as chief executive officer and general manager of Simplot Chemicals and Fertilizer (now Koch) in Brandon. He was chairman of the Canadian Manufacturers Association and on the founding board of the Manitoba Innovation and Technology Centre.
MAY 7 — Ken Davey, 94. He recorded sports memories. He started his photographic career at the Hudson's Bay Company and then opened his own film business. He did television contract work for stations including CBC. The Winnipeg Blue Bombers asked him to film their games for coaching purposes and he went on to record not just the 1935 Grey Cup game, but every football game in Winnipeg for the next 35 years. He even came up with ways to film a night football game for the first time and a curling match. He was inducted into the Winnipeg Football Club Hall of Fame in 2001.
MAY 9 — Chantelle Chornoby, 21. The cancer she fought claimed her life, but future victims of the rare form of leukemia she had will be helped because of her advocacy. She first beat cancer when she was 10, but it came back in 2007. Realizing the bone marrow transplant she needed usually has to come from a donor from the same ethnic group, and only one per cent of the people registered as bone marrow donors are aboriginals, she set up a Facebook group called Chantelle's Promise to raise awareness and recruit aboriginal people to register as donors.
MAY 9 — Jim Gilmour, 95. He began his career as mail boy with the city and ended it as city treasurer. He was appointed to the boards of numerous local organizations including the Manitoba Medical Services Foundation, the Manitoba Pension Commission, the Social Planning Council, Winnipeg Enterprises Corp., Seven Oaks General Hospital and Manitoba Blue Cross.
MAY 18 — George Ferguson, 81. He was the youngest graduate ever at McGill University at the time, graduating in agriculture. He later graduated as a chiropractor and started his practice at the Winnipeg Chiropractic Clinic. He was president of the Manitoba Chiropractic Association and of the Canadian Chiropractic Association. With his partner, they succeeded in persuading the provincial government to add chiropractic treatment as an insured health service. He also served as a school trustee in the former Tuxedo School Division.
MAY 22 — David Donaghy, 61. Agriculture was in his blood. He started with helping on the family farm in Ninga and worked for more than 28 years with Manitoba Agriculture. He was chief of the weeds section, assistant deputy minister, and chief executive officer of the Food Development Centre in Portage la Prairie. He was president of the Manitoba Institute of Agrologists and he was a founding member of the Manitoba-North Dakota Zero Tillage Farmers Association. He was honoured with the Agrologists Recognition Award in 1992.
MAY 25 — Wayne Nicklas, 59. His love for the theatre began in his teenage years and before he died he started the work needed to help performers at the end of their lives. He acted in numerous shows and movies including Guys and Dolls, Shakespeare's Dog, The Saddest Music in the World, and New in Town. He was a long time member of ACTRA's national council and served as vice-president in 2004-2006. He was the driving force behind Performing Arts Lodges, a not-for-profit charitable organization with the dream of building senior housing for performing artists in need.
MAY 25 — Michael Kucher, 87. He was born in the North End but created a fish company in the north. After serving with the Merchant Navy in the Second World War, he created Kucher Brothers which became one of the largest freshwater fish companies in Western Canada. He also established KB Ranch in the Interlake and introduced the Charolais/Hereford cross there.
JUNE 5 — Jack Pearce, 83. He raised his family in the community he led for several years. He was elected mayor of the then-RM of North Kildonan for three terms, 1954 to 1958 and then again in 1962. He went on to work for the city's emergency measures organization and later retired from parks and recreation.
JUNE — Bert Evans. Music was one of his greatest loves. He sang solos in choirs and for more than 60 years he conducted choirs. He was chairman of the Winnipeg Music Festival for six years and president of the Winnipeg Philharmonic Choir. The festival honoured him with its Coralie and John Standing Volunteer Award for exemplary service.
JUNE 7 — Dennis Stefanson, 71. He was raised in Gimli and never forgot his Icelandic roots. He was a teacher, principal and superintendent in the St. James School Division. He also chaired several of his brother, Eric's, provincial political campaigns. He was chairman of the Gimli Heart and Stroke Golf Tournament for 14 years, helping to raise more than $200,000. He was active in the local Icelandic community and was president of the Icelandic Festival of Manitoba in 1973 and 1974, as well as serving on other board positions through the years. He was also a board member of the Icelandic newspaper, Logberg—Heimskringla.
JUNE 19 — Gordon Dodds. He preserved our history. He graduated with history degrees and spent his career advancing archival practice and record-keeping in Manitoba and across the country. He was the founder and first president of the Association of Canadian Archivists and editor of the archival academic journal Archivaria. He was the Archivist at the Archives of Manitoba and received international recognition when the archives became the permanent home of the Hudson's Bay Company Archives.
JUNE 21 — Irwin Barker, 58. He was a comedian's comedian. He held a master's degree in sociology and was a lecturer at the Universities of Manitoba and Alberta before deciding to make comedy his career. Nicknamed "The Professor," he was known for his clever comedy. He wrote for The Rick Mercer Report and This Hour Has 22 Minutes and was a multiple Gemini and Writers' Guild Award Nominee. He was the subject of an award-winning documentary about the first year of his cancer fight called 'That's My Time'.
JUNE 23 — Patricia Kelly. Bowling was her passion. She was president of the Manitoba Ten Pin Federation, the Manitoba Women's Ten Pin Federation, and a member of the Manitoba Bowling Hall of Fame.
JUNE 24 — Harry Enns, 78. He was the dean of the Manitoba legislature. He was elected to the legislature as a Progressive Conservative for Lakeside in 1966 and during his nearly 40 years there he served as a cabinet minister under four Tory premiers. He worked to end supply management in the pork industry and helped establish Ducks Unlimited.
JUNE 29 — Frank Rigney, 74. He played for the Blue and Gold. He was an all-star tackle with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers from 1958 to 1968 and was named Most Outstanding Lineman in 1961. He was inducted into the Winnipeg Blue Bomber Hall of Fame and the Canadian Football Hall of Fame. He went on to be a sports commentator on CBC and CTV.
June 30 — Ainley Bridgeman, 65. Whenever you hear audible cues at a pedestrian crossing, she was responsible for them. With another disability advocate, she filed a complaint against the City of Winnipeg with the Manitoba Human Rights Commission. The settlement in 2008, will result in all intersections with pedestrian traffic signals being changed to eventually have audible cues.
JULY 4 — Fred Cleverley, 83. Long—time Free Press columnist and editorial writer. He studied aeronautical engineering in California, but then enlisted in the Second World War in the infantry. After the war, he became a journalist, going from the Kamsack Times, to the Brandon Sun, CBC Toronto and the Free Press. He wrote editorials and columns for 19 years.
JULY 5 — Joyce McCombe-Flemming, 77. She supported the local Scottish. She was president of the Women's Canadian Club and the Royal Scottish Dance Society, was on the board of the Manitoba Highland Dancers Association, and was Ladies president of the Lord Selkirk Boys Pipe Band. She owned and operated Glengarry Scottish Imports.
July 6 — Elsie Kolodzinski, 89. She served the town of Tolstoi for decades. Before retiring two years ago, she operated the Tolstoi Hotel for 68 years, becoming known as a 'Home Away From Home'.
JULY 11 — Ike Warkentin, 74. He was a Manitoba Hydro worker who energized a Texas music festival. He worked with the utility until retiring in 1993. He and his wife became winter Texans and while there he indulged his passion for playing gospel and country music by re-establishing the Rio Grande Valley Music Festival in 2005. He served as president for the first three years. The festival has donated several thousands of dollars in music equipment to schools and youth groups in the Valley.
JULY 11 — Helen Riesberry, 93. She helped children in western Manitoba. She was executive director of the Children's Aid Society of Western Manitoba for decades until retiring in 1976. She was active in several community groups including the Brandon Festival of the Arts. For her contributions, Brandon University gave her an honorary doctorate degree in 1972 and the province honoured her with the Buffalo Scout award in 1973.
JULY 12 — Mary George, 70. She was a bestselling author, but not under her own name. She was active in her church and became pastoral assistant at First Presbyterian Church here. When she began writing historical romance novels, she decided to use her mother's name, Elizabeth Thornton, as her pen-name. Her first novel was Bluestocking Bride and in total she wrote 27 novels. She won the Romantic Times Trophy Award for best new historical regency author and best historical regency. Seven other novels were nominated for the Romance Writers of America Rita awards including The Bachelor Trap, The Marriage Trap, and Scarlet Angel.
JULY 14 — Norris Williamson, 83. His life was the military and the Royal Canadian Legion. He was born in Minnedosa and enlisted in the Canadian Armed Forces in the Second World War in 1943, serving until 1989. He was a director of the Air Cadet League, life member of the International Peace Garden, past president of the legion in Stonewall, and president of Manitoba and Northwest Ontario Command from 1997 to 1999.
JULY 21 — George Enns, 89. He was a teacher who also was in politics. He mostly taught students in the Winnipeg School Division. He was president of both the Winnipeg Teachers Association and the Manitoba Teachers Society. He served as municipal councillor in the former Rural Municipality of North Kildonan before it amalgamated with Winnipeg.
JULY 23 — Barrie Strohman, 79. He grew lilies and put them on the province's map. He turned a hobby that started when he was a child and grew it into founding the Lily Nook with his son, a nursery in Neepawa specializing in lilies. He developed thousands of lilies and was one of the founders of Neepawa's Lily Festival.
JULY 29 — John-David Lyon, 77. He had many accomplishments . He represented Newfoundland at the Brier as the team's skip in 1960, and then the following year represented Manitoba at the Brier as the team's skip. For a living, he worked as an air traffic controller and he organized, and then became president, of the Canadian Air Traffic Control Association. He was later elected a city councillor for West Kildonan, a school trustee and chairman of the Seven Oaks School Division, and a school trustee in Ottawa. He was president and CEO of the Canadian Business Aviation Association.
JULY 30 — Walter Zarecki, 65. He helped people and wanted to make Lac du Bonnet a better place. He was one of that area's largest land developers, developing the Granite Hills Golf Course. When he was 33, he became the youngest mayor in the province and remained the town's mayor for seven years and then served as reeve of the RM of Lac du Bonnet for nine years. He was also chairman of the Manitoba Highway Traffic Control Board.
AUG. 1 — David Kaufman, 83. He lived his faith. He was president of a large garment manufacturer. He was the Jewish National Fund Negev Dinner honoree in 1975, president of the Jewish Foundation of Manitoba from 1983 to 1986, and was the first recipient of the Max Shore Memorial Award which recognizes longstanding leadership and dedication to the Combined Jewish Appeal. He was on the board of the Red Feather Campaign and the Winnipeg Foundation. His and his wife's philanthropy resulted in the Kaufman Childcare Centre and the Kaufman Silverberg Library in the Asper Jewish Community Centre.
AUG 2 — Sandy Gibb, 84. His athletic skills got him into the sports hall of fame and helped him beat sprinter Jesse Owens. He dominated the province's sprint competitions in the 1940s, becoming the province's sprint champion for five straight years starting in 1943, and setting records every one of those years in the 100-yard, 220-yard and broad jump. He twice unofficially ran the 100-yard competition in under 10 seconds when the era usually had times between 10 and 10.5 seconds. He beat Owens during an exhibition handicapped race in 1944, but lost in a rematch. He was inducted into the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame in 2000.
AUG. 3 — Len Shebeski, 95. He helped grow agricultural students. He received his degrees in agriculture and plant science and later became head of the department of plant science and then dean of agriculture at the University of Manitoba. He was inducted into the Manitoba Agriculture Hall of Fame in 2004. He became an officer in the Order of Canada in 1977.
AUG. 13 — Rick Fewster, 57. He raised awareness for the disease which took his life. He went from working in the flooring business to becoming an associate pastor for the Toronto Christian Fellowship to founding Word Alive Christian Wholesale Book which he moved to Niverville. He founded Canadian Cassette Services which he moved to Winnipeg. After being diagnosed with ALS — Lou Gehrig's disease — in Feb. 2008, he moved to Whitemouth and raised awareness of the disease there by speaking in schools, participating in fundraising walks, and participating in educational videos for the Manitoba ALS Society.
AUG. 20 — Donald Browne. He was a lifetime social activist. A social worker by profession, he reluctantly retired from the Mount Carmel Clinic in 2001 at 77. He was one of the first members of the Manitoba Association of Social Workers, was involved in the Winnipeg Labour Council, and helped form the Manitoba Peace Council, Legal Aid Manitoba, and Osborne House.
AUG. 23 — Tom Dooley, 94. He helped sports and children with special needs. He worked for Shea's Brewery and Labatt and was active in the Knights of Columbus' Norwood Council where he became Grand Knight in 1955. With the Knights, he helped establish the St. Amant Centre. He was president of the Children's Aid Society of Eastern Manitoba, president of the Manitoba Curling Association, and president of the Manitoba Senior Golfer's Association.
AUG. 27 — Duncan Broadfoot, 68. He volunteered to help his community of Gladstone. He was a member of the United Church, United Grain Growers, and Central Plains Regional Health Authority. He marshalled the fair and Christmas parades for many years and also was elected a councillor and reeve for the RM of Westbourne.
AUG. 28 — Jim Elliot, 72. He helped the next generation of agriculture students. He graduated with animal nutrition degrees and was a scientist and research manager with Agriculture Canada. He joined the University of Manitoba as dean of agriculture and professor of animal science in 1989. Before retiring in 2000, he helped attract about $20 million in external support for the physical and academic renewal of the faculty.
AUG. 28 — Lillian Cholakis, 75. She was born in Greece and helped Canadians in need. She served as the local and national president of the Greek Ladies' Philoptochos Society, a woman's organization that practises Christian charity by helping people needing assistance. She also served on the board of the Winnipeg Art Gallery and was president of the Parents Guild at Balmoral Hall School.
AUG. 30 — Lloyd Shelvey, 63. He was active in helping Rapid City and area. With his partner, he owned two businesses in Rapid City. He served on town council and was mayor for eight years. He was chairman of the Minnedosa District Hospital Board and oversaw the construction of the new hospital there. He was chairman of Manitoba Health Organization. He was also involved in the Independent Order of Odd Fellows serving as Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Manitoba in 1987, and installed as Sovereign Grand Master in Atlanta, Georgia in 1992.
SEPT. 8 — Mary Wilson, 97. She helped the health of Winnipeggers. She graduated as a nurse in 1934 and later obtained her diploma in public health nursing. She retired as acting regional director of Manitoba Health and Social Development, Thompson region, in 1977. But, in retirement, she volunteered with numerous organizations, including Age and Opportunity, United Way of Winnipeg, and president of the Board of Directors of the Seven Oaks General Hospital Foundation and a member of the hospital's board. She was instrumental in introducing mall walking while a member of Fitness Canada's Advisory Council to the Secretariat for the third Age.
SEPT. 16 — Harold Loyns, 88. Experience from his first job led to him owning a fur company. After graduating from the business college he joined a fur company as a go-fer for a few years until going to another company. When that company went bankrupt, he took it over and relabelled it as Harold E. Loyns Furs Ltd., which was open from 1955 to 1983. He served as president of the Canadian Furriers Guild of Manitoba, treasurer of the Fur Trade Association of Canada, and president of the Winnipeg Executives Association. He joined the Optimist Club of Winnipeg and during six decades of involvement served in several positions including president and was twice offered the position of international president. He was honoured with the Queen's Medal for community involvement.
SEPT. 20 — Anne Dumoulin, 89. She helped people in the community. She was appointed assistant professor at the University of Manitoba's social work department in 1949. From 1952 to 1970, she was executive director of the Greater Winnipeg Community Welfare Planning Council and was elected president of the Canadian Association of Social Workers in 1966. She started the process of converting the Community Chest to the United Way and was the first woman to be chair of the United Way in 1976. She was honoured with the Order of the Buffalo Hunt in 1970.
SEPT. 20 — Pat Courcelles, 62. She helped the local French-Canadian community. She was a nurse for her career. She was a director of the Festival du Voyageur and president of the Societe Franco-Manitobaine from 1993 to 1997.
SEPT. 26 — Patrick Lee, 79. He ended up heading the church diocese he went to as a child. He was born in Winnipeg and raised in Gilbert Plains where he went to the Anglican church. After joining the church and serving in parishes in the Interlake, Windsor Park, and Portage la Prairie, he was elected Dean of the Diocese of Cariboo. He retired in 2000, after six years as Bishop of the Diocese of Rupert's Land, which covers a large section of southern Manitoba.
SEPT. 26 — Doug Hlady, 54. He was honoured for saving a man and he was president of a military association. Last year he saved a 98-year-old Selkirk man from choking on a steak. He was honoured with a Rescuer Award from the Canadian Red Cross. He was the president of the Cameron Highlander Association.
SEPT. 26 — Jim Holland, 87. He served in the Second World War and made the military his career. He enlisted when he was 17, and rose through the ranks. He served around the world until retiring in 1978. He was appointed a member of the Order of Military Merit, awarded the Meritorious Service Medal, and was president of the St. James Legion for three terms. The upper lounge of the 17 Wing Warrant Officers' and Sergeants Mess was named the Jim Holland Room in his honour in 2007.
SEPT. 26 — Alex Godkin, 91. He was mayor of Morris. He was sugar beet field supervisor for the Manitoba Sugar Company. He was councillor and mayor of Morris from 1959 to 1969, and president of the Valley Agricultural Society which puts on the Manitoba Stampede and Exhibition.
SEPT. 30 — Ken Stuebing, 92. He piped Winnipeg to the world. He was the Arrow Shirt representative for Manitoba for years. He was president of the Fort Garry Rotary Club. He was the driving force in organizing the Winnipeg Massed Pipes and Drum Band, the largest one in the country. He brought the band to the Rose Bowl Parade in 1973 and 1974 and led the parade in 1976. For his efforts, the province awarded him the Good Citizenship ward in 1977, and he was given the keys to the cities of Pasadena, California and St. Petersburg, Florida.
OCT. 5 — Harry Enns, 84. He was one of the united city's first city councillors, but his name lives on with tractors. He was one of the original Enns Brothers who founded the John Deere farm implement business in 1956, which is now in several local communities. He was elected to Winnipeg's Maybank ward in the Fort Garry Community in the 1971 election, the first after Unicity was created, and sat on council's finance committee.
OCT. 6 — Larry Hurtig. He helped the community in Winnipeg. He was an accountant who co-founded both Chartered Financial Services and ASH Management Group. He was president of the Estate Planning Council of Winnipeg, Shalom Residences, Versatech Industries, the Jewish Federation of Manitoba, and the Asper Jewish Community Campus. He was honoured with the Sol Kanee Distinguished Community Services Medal, the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal, and was a recent honouree of the JNF Negev Gala in Winnipeg.
OCT. 9 — Ernst Keller, 74. He helped build Winnipeg. He was a bricklayer who founded his company Ernie Keller Contractors. He was president of the Winnipeg Construction Company, chairman of the Labour Relations Association of Manitoba, and chairman of The Forks North Portage Partnership from 1994 to 2000. His building projects include Grant Memorial Baptist Church, Portage Place, and Lone Star Harley Davidson. He was honoured with the province's highest honour, the Order of the Buffalo Hunt.
OCT. 13 — Yoram Hamizrachi, 68. An Israeli colonel and journalist who adopted Winnipeg as his home. He took part in the Six Day War and later was commander in northern Israel. He came to Winnipeg and was community development officer at the Little Grand Rapids Reserve. He lectured at the University of Winnipeg and wrote two novels 'The Golden Lion and the Sun' and 'The Cedar and the Star'.
OCT. 20 — Herb Middlestead. He worked in business and wanted people to see the GST on purchases. He worked at Investors Syndicate and rose to become vice president/comptroller before retiring. He was on the boards of the Riverview Health Centre and Red River College. While president of the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce in 1989, he worked to make the GST visible and to lower fuel and business taxes.
OCT. 20 — John Karasevich, 70. A lawyer who support the local Ukrainian community. He was a legal expert on life-lease projects like St. Michael's Villa Inc. He was a past president of the Folk Arts Council of Winnipeg, mayor of Folklorama's Ukrainian Pavilion in 1978, and past president of the Ukrainian Professional and Business Club of Winnipeg, and the Ukrainian Professional and Business Federation of Canada.
OCT. 22 — Percy Bird, 76. Thanks to him, there are several organizations helping aboriginal people. He studied theology at the University of Saskatchewan. He was instrumental in establishing the Winnipeg Indian Council, Main Street Project, Neeginan, and four treatment centres. Other projects he worked on included Thunderbird Lodge.
OCT. 25 — Bob Burns, 76. He was Canada's oldest teenager. As the host of Teen Dance Party, he was the local equivalent of Dick Clark. He was the Guess Who's first manager and record producer. He was the first Canadian TV reporter to interview the Beatles when the band's plane stopped in Winnipeg for fuel.
OCT. 27 — John Taylor, 78. Newborn boys in North America can thank him for not being circumcised. He was a doctor and pathologist who after several years of research published a groundbreaking article in the British Journal of Urology in 1996 about the foreskin and what is lost when a male is circumcised. The research led to changes in routine circumcisions in both Canada and the United States.
OCT. 30 — Rupert Whitehead, 100. He skated through life. He became Canadian Junior Men's Figure Skating champion in 1932, and later turned professional, skating in numerous ice carnivals and teaching numerous students at the Winnipeg Ice Club he was instrumental in forming. He was inducted into the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame in 2004. He made national headlines when he skated on his 100th birthday.
OCT. 31 — Bruce Robinson. A businessman and Winnipeg Blue Bomber supporter. He was the fourth-generation owner of the family business, Robinson Lighting. He was chairman of the American Lighting Association and was inducted into the association's hall of fame in 2003. He was president of the Manitoba Club in 1999 and the Winnipeg Executives Association in 2001 and 2002. He was a director of the Blue Bombers for 26 years and was president in 1992 and 1993.
NOV. 5 — Norma Geller. Thanks to her, Winnipeg Beach has its Indian Giver Statue. She was a cottager for more than 40 years and when her husband retired they built their home at Winnipeg Beach. She was a councillor in Winnipeg Beach for 12 years and was instrumental in bringing about the Indian Giver Statue there called Anishinabe, the Three Cell Lagoon, the low pressure sewage system, and the Tiny Tots house.
NOV. 6 — Ray Torgrud, 80. He was called the voice of CKY before it became CTV Winnipeg. He started in radio in Alberta and Vancouver and television in Calgary and Red Deer before moving to Winnipeg to take a job at CJAY-TV. He was one of the television station's first announcers when it began in 1960. He hosted Today's World on the station for more than two decades. He retired in 1992.
NOV. 9 — Marj Heinrichs, 54. She helped write aboriginal history. A journalist, photographer, and author, her career started when she took over her grandfather's weekly column in the Scratching River Post. She started her business, Rosetta Projects, a communication firm which helps aboriginal and non-aboriginal communities. She also wrote books detailing the history of aboriginal communities in Northern Ontario.
NOV. 9 — Currie McMillan, 90. He was an avid volunteer his whole life. He volunteered for the navy and became a naval officer helping sweep for mines in the waters off Omaha Beach the night before D Day. He then volunteered at numerous other groups including HMCS Chippawa, as a founding member of Breezy Bend Golf Club, and being instrumental in having a statue of the White Horse erected in the White Horse Plains Park on the Trans-Canada Highway west of Winnipeg as a Manitoba Centennial Project.
NOV. 10 — Evelyn Shapiro, 84. She was the mother of home care in Canada. She was a gerontology professor at the University of Manitoba. She was executive director of the Age and Opportunity Centre and was invited by the Schreyer government to launch a public home-care program. She was chairwoman of the Manitoba Health Services Commission from 1982 to 1988. She received the Order of Canada in 2007 and the Order of Manitoba in 2008. The Canadian Medical Association presented her with its Medal of Honour in 2001 and the University of Manitoba gave her an honourary doctorate degree in 2000.
NOV. 12 — Ed Miedzybrocki (Brocki), 76. He practised law for more than 50 years. He worked as corporate counsel with CN Rail and then retired to work in private practice up to his death. He was honoured by the Law Society of Manitoba for practising law for 50 years in 2009. He also volunteered with many community organizations, including the Kiwanis Club of Winnipeg and The Polish Businessmen's Club, and held various positions including president. He was working to help set up the Manitoba Lacrosse Hall of Fame when he died.
NOV. 15 — Howard Reed, 96. He helped peoples' vision. He came here from England to open an eye department in the Winnipeg Clinic in 1953. He went on to also serve as head of the Children's Hospital Ophthalmology Department and founded the eye department at the Misericordia Hospital. He was instrumental in setting up the first eye bank in the province for corneal grafts and founded the Canadian Journal of Ophthalmology.
NOV. 17 — Susan Nisbet, 40. Her sudden illness made her sit for her stand-up comedy. She first noted symptoms of her neurological illness in Nov. 2007, and by Dec. 2008, she was in a wheelchair and couldn't breathe on her own. Despite that, she became an amateur comedian and performed at the Winnipeg Comedy Festival earlier this year.
NOV. 17 — Raymond Senft, 89. He was a builder of homes, but it's the ships he built that he'll be remembered for. He started Red River Construction to build and remodel homes. Then, wanting to recreate the heyday of the riverboats on the Red River, he built the M.S. Paddlewheel Queen and later the Paddlewheel Princess in the mid-60s, causing him to be called Red River Ray.
NOV. 29 — Bob Harwood, 91. You might not have known him, but you probably see or are in his architectural works everyday. An architect, he was the project architect on several local landmarks including the Centennial Concert Hall, the Planetarium, the Museum of Man and Nature, the Pan Am Pool, the Fairmont Hotel, and the concourse under Portage and Main. He also planned the Canadian Embassy in Moscow.
NOV. 29 — Brian Orvis, 79. He helped promote aboriginal and Metis culture. He was chairman of the board of the Selkirk Friendship Centre and secretary of the National Association of Friendship Centres. While working with the Cultural Development Branch, his work with the aboriginal community helped the province change the Education Act to allow heritage languages for instruction. The premier asked him to involve the aboriginal community in all aspects of the province's 100th anniversary celebrations and he arranged for the serving of bannock at all the major events. He founded the Harpsichord Association of Manitoba. He was invested into the Order of Canada in 1976 for his work with the aboriginal and Metis communities.
DEC. 1 — Arnold Conner, 68. He was a veteran judge. He served as a provincial court judge for 27 years before retiring in 2005. One of his most notable cases was presiding over the inquest into the death of Sophia Schmidt, a child who died after being shaken by her stepmother. Winnipeg Child and Family Services placed Sophia with the stepmother, even though the woman had a history of abusing her other children. Conner was honoured with the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal in 2002.
DEC. 3 — Stephen Sutherland, 49. He succeeded in getting better treatment for children with autism after his son was diagnosed. He founded Manitoba Families for Effective Autism Treatment with friends and the support of the St. Amant Centre and served as its president. He pushed for provincial funding for a pilot project in applied behavioural analysis (ABA) at St. Amant which has become a program for pre-school children for up to three years and school-aged children for up to three years. He was on the board of St. Amant at the time of his death.
DEC. 5 — Right Reverend Protopresbyter Luchak, 87. His experience in the Second World War led to his calling. He had been educated to be a school teacher, but then he enlisted in the Canadian Armed Forces in the war. After returning, he enrolled in theology at St. Andrew's College in Winnipeg. He was ordained into the priesthood of the Ukrainian Greek Orthodox Church of Canada in 1952 and served in parishes in Ontario, Alberta and Manitoba. He was elected chairman of the Presidium of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Canada and later served as Principal of St. Andrew's College.
DEC. 9 — Lula Clyde. She blazed the way for women in banking. She was a longtime employee of the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce. She was appointed the first woman bank manager in Canada in 1967. She went on to manage several branches and became the CIBC's business development officer.
DEC. 15 — John Christianson, 87. He lost his political seat because of flood control, but he went on to benefit many children through his guidance. He was a Tory MLA in Portage la Prairie from 1959 to 1962, while he was a Portage city alderman from 1959 to 1960. He was the first minister of welfare, and was instrumental in the decision to build the Portage Diversion from the Assiniboine River to Lake Manitoba. Defeated in the next election, he went on to get his teaching degree and become first president of Mini Skools day care centres. He was a student counsellor at the University of Winnipeg and when he retired he was co-founder of the Canadian International College, an English language university for Japanese students.
DEC. 15 — James Sproule. He spent decades helping local curling. His day job was with CN Rail, but curling was his life for 44 years. He started as a member of the Manitoba Curling Association ice staff, spent 14 years as a member of the MCA's council, and was president of the MCA. He was inducted into the Manitoba Curling Hall of Fame in 2007, was made an honorary life member of the MCA and the Thistle Curling Club.
DEC. 20 — Fred Mykytyshyn, 75. He supported the local Ukrainian community. He was president of the Ukrainian National Home Association for 28 years. He was president and board member of Trident Press and director of Osvita Foundation.