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Born: Dec 02, 1962

Date of Passing: Apr 05, 2017

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KEVIN APPLEYARD December 2, 1962 - April 5, 2017 In the arms of his wife and sons, and surrounded by his family we announce the passing of an amazing Husband and Dad, Kevin Appleyard at Health Sciences Centre, after a short but very courageous battle with cancer. Kev is survived by me, Ali his devoted wife of 28 years and our pride and joy, his reason for living and fighting as hard as he did, our sons, Conner and Dru and Jenny, whom he loves like a daughter; and his new puppy Rosco. Also left to mourn his loss, is his mother Pat; as well as his three brothers, Wayne (Cyndi), Larry (Lindy), Vernon (Darlene); his sisters-in-law, Emmy (David), Daisy (Chris), Linda (Wayne), Debbie (Jamie) and their families; as well as his brothers-in-law, Teddy (Elaine), Dicky, Johnny (Shelia), Dennis (Shirley) and their families and also numerous aunts, nephews, nieces and friends. Kev was predeceased by his father Don; his twin brother Keith at birth and Lyn, his younger brother in 1993; as well as his mother and father-in-law, Etola and Theodorous Bakkum; and also his pups Finny and Lucky. Kev and I met in 1987 at my sisters wedding and it was the beginning of our love story. We married two years later and had Conner in 1989 and Dru in 1990. We lived in Stonewall for two years and then he surprised me with our home in Stony where we still live today. He was an amazing carpenter and taught the boys the art of construction. He, along with his sons and family built our deck and table area composed of a one of a kind, self supporting umbrella that is a topic of conversation to all who visit. Hunting and fishing was Kev's other passion, which he passed on to his boys, it didn't matter if it was partridge, goose, deer or moose that they were going for it was always about the time spent together. The three of them had gone on numerous adventures and had great conversations that made the three of them best friends. The fishing trips they went on, whether it was the fly-in trips or the ones where they slept in the truck just to get into that one special lake are memories that will carry us through. Kev was an extremely hard worker with exceptional mechanical aptitude. He was the go to guy in the family and seemed to know how to, or would attempt to, fix, improve or replace almost anything. He loved to work with, and was a very skillful heavy equipment operator. Kev along with Conner and Dru ran a very successful Backhoe and Trucking company. In addition to his backhoe business, Kev was co-owner of Westside Plaza with his brother Larry at the time of passing. At 9:00 a.m. Monday to Friday you knew where Kev would be, having coffee with his brothers and "being an armchair general manager" of the Winnipeg Jets. Kev was best of friends with his three remaining brothers. Kev loved to play hockey and was an exceptional player but it was coaching both of his sons that he was most proud of. The boys say he had the best speeches between the 2nd and 3rd periods. We had many great times as a family and also with extended family. From our annual fishing and camping trips, to Thanksgivings at the Whiteshell for a bit more fishing and hunting to tide us over until ice fishing started. Also, of course, the impromptu bonfires where the best conversations were had. Kev was amazed and often commented how surprised and very happy it made him that his boys still wanted to hang out with him. It was Kev's wishes that there be no funeral, a private family gathering will be held in his honour. In lieu of flowers, if so desired, please donate in Kev's name to The Canadian Diabetes Association or CancerCare Manitoba. Thank you to our families for coming together and supporting us through this difficult time. Special thank you to Vern for his pharmaceutical expertise, to Dr. Graham and the Nurses at Stonewall Hospital, to Dr. Wong and Linda at CancerCare, to all the Doctors and Nurses at HSC, especially Dr. Mohammad Zarrabian and to Ken Loehmer. "At 10:00 p.m. I will look at the stars, night babe, love you."

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Apr 08, 2017

Condolences & Memories (6 entries)

  • Dear Ali, Connor and Dru, and family. We are very sorry to hear about the loss of your husband/father/loved one. Although I personally did not know him well, I have known him since 1980 and have seen a few sides of Kevin. He always was kind and friendly, always made time to say hello. He was a gentle soul. Then there was hockey. He was slightly more passionate to say the least. I watched him play and coach and he sure worked with his kids to make great players out of them as well. We will miss his face around our community, but his memory will live on forever. ((hugs)) Tina, Kevin, John & Kurtis Campbell - Posted by: Tina and Kevin Campbell (Friends) on: Apr 14, 2017

  • Ali, Connor and Dru, When we lose a loved one here on earth, we gain an angel in heaven that watches over us. May you take comfort in knowing that you have an angel to watch over you now. Ray and I extend our most sincere condolences to you. - Posted by: Judy and Ray (Friend) on: Apr 11, 2017

  • We are so sorry to hear about Kevin. He is a one of kind beautiful person. Our thoughts are with you Ali and family. We will certainly miss him. Larry and Georgina Jones - Posted by: Georgina Jones (neighbours & customer of Kevin ) on: Apr 11, 2017

  • Ali and sons. . .Although I don't know you that well, I still wanted to offer our deepest condolences on the loss of your husband and father. Sometimes words don't convey the message we want to express but please know that we are holding you in our thoughts and prayers. May Kevin soar with the angels and find the best fishing hole. . .The Jones Family - Posted by: Sandy Jones (Sheila's sister) on: Apr 10, 2017

  • I only know Kevin from landscaping our yard, but I knew his mother and brother Vern. My deepest condolences to his family. - Posted by: Bronwyn Swanson (Friend) on: Apr 08, 2017

  • Dear Ali, Connor and Dru My heartfelt condolences to you all. On behalf of my mom, dad, myself and our family. We are so very sorry to hear of Kevin's passing. Always Dads go to guy. For every kind of plumbing or project. And mine as well. As he plumbed my new house at the time. Anna recalled how easy Kevin was to talk to around our parents kitchen table. A gentle, kind soul! Our hearts and prayers are with you Ali! Hugs to both you and your sons! Deepest sympathies my friend Mel - Posted by: Melody Bouskill (Relation and friend) on: Apr 08, 2017

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