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HARVEY ZECHEL Born in Winnipeg on May 2, 1942, Harvey Lloyd Zechel was the second eldest of five siblings. He is survived by his wife Dagmar; mother Edith; brothers, Gordon (Jaqueline) and Jerry (Ingrid); sisters, Joyce (Al) and Donna (Mike); five children, Laura (Todd), Paul (Cindy), David (Corina), Daniel (Kelly), Kathy (Kris); Dagmar's children, Jennifer (Jamie) and Nicole (Glenn); as well as 18 grandchildren; one great-grandchild and many nephews and nieces. He was predeceased by his father Willard and children, Anthony and Sheryl. Harvey was always happiest when he was surrounded by his friends and family. We will miss his wry sense of wit and humour, his curiosity about the world around him, his generosity and his gentle manner. Harvey began his career as an electrician with Kelvin Electric in 1961 and continued to work in that field for over 55 years. He was employed by Shell Oil, Manitoba Hydro, Atomic Energy of Canada and Winnipeg Hydro. He also operated his own electrical contracting business, Eastman Electric, for many years, serving customers in the Whiteshell area. Never one to be idle, he was still wiring cottages right up until his cancer diagnosis. During his ten years with Manitoba Hydro, he was stationed at Gillam and all of the Winnipeg River power plants, including Pine Falls, Great Falls, MacArthur Falls and Seven Sisters. He retired in 2002 from Winnipeg Hydro after 16 years as the electrical supervisor of Pointe du Bois and Slave Falls power dams. Harvey also coowned and operated Otter Falls Resort with his brother Gordon for several years in the 1970s and owned neighbouring Riverview Lodge for several years. An accomplished carpenter, he constructed many cottages, buildings and homes, spending the last 20 years in his hand-crafted waterfront home at Golden Acres in the Whiteshell Provincial Park. Harvey was a true outdoorsman who loved the forests, rivers and lakes of the north Whiteshell. He enjoyed many outdoor pursuits including hunting, fishing, golf, cross country skiing, snowmobiling and photography. Going out in the boat to catch Goldeye to smoke, or clearing trails to access the rock ridges, Harvey was at his finest when he was on the water or in the bush. One of Harvey's greatest passions was archaeology. For over six decades he scoured the banks of the Winnipeg River, accumulating an impressive collection of historic artifacts, all carefully researched and documented. He worked closely with the Manitoba Museum and the University of Manitoba, sharing his wealth of knowledge, artifacts, notes, logs and maps for the benefit of Manitoba's historical record. He even had his own museum in his home, where he hosted many visitors. In 2016, he was awarded a plaque from the Manitoba Archaeological Society for his contributions to this field. In December 2016, Harvey was diagnosed with mesothelioma, spending his last weeks in palliative care at the Pinawa Hospital. Our families extend many thanks to Dr. Bruneau and the hospital staff who helped make his final days dignified, peaceful and comforting. Funeral service will be held Tuesday, May 2, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. at St Paul's Lutheran Church, River Hills, Manitoba. Reception to follow at the Whitemouth Community Centre. Donations in Harvey's name can be made to CancerCare Manitoba, 675 McDermot Avenue, Winnipeg, MB R3E 0V9 or the Canadian Mesothelioma Foundation, 4302 50 Yorkville Avenue, Toronto, ON, M4W 0A3. Private interment will take place at a later date. SOBERING FUNERAL CHAPEL & CREMATORIUM, Beausejour 268-3510 or MB Toll Free 1-877-776-2220

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Apr 29, 2017

Condolences & Memories (3 entries)

  • Harvey was such an iconic, larger than life figure in the Whiteshell. He could fix anything, build anything, do anything and knew everyone. As a neighbor to my parents for many years, he always had time to help out with every project and job that turned up, and it seemed the bigger the challenge, the more he enjoyed it. I said goodbye to Harvey at the end of last summer as we left to return home to Alberta, never considering for a second that we wouldn't meet again. It is heartbreaking that he was taken so quickly. My condolences and thoughts go out to Dagmar and all of your family through this sad time. Rest in Peace Harvey, you left this world a better place. - Posted by: robert church (Friend Neighbor) on: May 16, 2017

  • I'm so saddened to hear that Harvey has passed. When I would visit my parents, Larry and Pat Cumming, at the lake we would always make a visit to Harvey and his artifacts. Harvey and Dagmar were always so welcoming and sweet to me. I'll miss Harvey's love for life. Big hugs. - Posted by: Sherrie and Darrin Pilkington (Friends from California) on: May 03, 2017

  • Kathy, So sorry to hear about the passing of your father...thinking of you, your kids and your family... - Posted by: Allison Gudmundson () on: Apr 29, 2017

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