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DENNIS GARY FUSHTEY 1952 - 2009 It is with a sense of profound sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of Dennis on September 17, 2009 after a courageous 17 month battle with brain cancer. At the time of his passing Dennis was a young 57 years of age. Left to cherish his memory is his mother Nellie; brothers, Ken (Audrey), Don (Debbie); sister Carol; nieces Tamara (Bryce, Carson, Ryan and Rhys) and Lindsay and nephews, Kelly and Casey. Dennis was predeceased by his father William in 1997, and brother-in-law Gary in 2001. Dennis was born, raised and educated in Winnipeg. Upon graduation from Red River Community College and armed with a degree in Business Administration, Dennis immediately joined the Royal Bank and embarked on what became a successful lifelong career with just that one firm. He held a variety of positions within the Bank in various locations in Winnipeg and throughout Manitoba. His most recent position was that of Commercial Accounts Manager. Dennis was dedicated to his career and as a result called many of his clients friends after having the privilege of serving them over the years. He also earned the respect of his many co-workers, which ultimately developed into many more lifelong friendships. Outside of work Dennis was a very generous, caring, quiet and private person. Since his father's death he was totally committed to the comfort, care and well being of his mother. Additional passions were the Blue Bombers where he held season tickets for over 25 years, Golf, as a member of the Portage La Prairie Golf Club and whenever he could watch it on the tube and finally fishing wherever and whenever he could get a line in the water. Not to be forgotten is his most cherished and precious toy, a mint condition 1983 Mazda RX7. Dennis also enjoyed many of the simple pleasures that life had to offer. He took great joy in attending the exciting football games played by his two nephews, a game that he himself had played many, many years ago. (Go number 25!) He also enjoyed hearing of the many growing up adventures of his great-niece and nephews in Red Deer. If friendships made is a gauge of your success in life then Dennis was truly successful. He made countless friends over the years and the subsequent bonds that developed were most evident by the constant encouragement that was offered during his struggle with cancer in so many ways and by so many wonderful people. Friends that reached out and were truly special to Dennis and who offered so much support to our family include (in no particular order): Curtis and Sherri, Bart, Norm and Jan, Brian, Bob, Frankie, Rony, Daryce, Jeanette, Randy, Joe, Darren, Dean, Nicole, The Coach and Richard. If your name was not mentioned, please forgive as we mean no slight and we would ask that you take comfort knowing that Dennis knew who you were and that he called you friend. To Dennis, a final thought and wish from all of your Friday night buddies at the Airport who truly miss you and most affectionately called you Banker. Never stop laughing, keep the shooters coming and may you dance to Don Williams forever. Special thanks to Dr. Schroeder, Dr. Pitz, and Kim Paradofski of CancerCare Manitoba for the care and compassion that you extended to Dennis. As well, thank you to the staff at St. Boniface Hospital Palliative Care for your kindness and gentle manner during his final days. A celebration of Dennis' life will be held at 3:00 p.m. on September 22, 2009 at Chapel Lawn Funeral Home, 4000 Portage Avenue. In lieu of flowers we ask that you please forward a donation to CancerCare Manitoba. Chapel Lawn 885-9715
As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on September 19, 2009