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Born: Mar 20, 1954

Date of Passing: May 03, 2017

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GERARD JAMES ALEXANDER KWIATKOWSKI Sadly we announce the passing of Gerard Kwiatkowski on May 3, 2017. Gerard was born on March 20, 1954 in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. He lived his early life in small towns in Saskatchewan, where he loved the open prairie sky and the freedom to explore and learn about life. At 15 he moved with his family of 12 to Winnipeg. He attended Daniel Macintyre Collegiate, where he was the Student Council President in his final year. He studied Philosophy and Astronomy at the University of Winnipeg while working full time to support himself at Osborne Auto Parts. He then took a job at the Winnipeg Tribune in the circulation department and at that time starting tinkering with cameras, taking photographs, and hanging around the photography department. Under the mentorship of his friend Frank Chalmers he started his career in photojournalism working as a fledgling freelancer at the Tribune. He later became a photojournalist and chief staff photographer at the Winnipeg Sun, and eventually a self employed freelance photographer. Gerard was a self-taught photographer with amazing talent and an eye for the use of light in art. His photographs have been published worldwide. Anyone who spent time with Gerard knew he was a philosopher who loved a debate and often started one whether you were ready or not. He was in awe of the night sky and loved to lie on the grass at the cottage and point out the constellations. He had an eclectic taste in music, which he shared with his friends Brad and Steve. Gerard was predeceased by his father Henry, and brother Greg. He leaves to mourn his passing, his son Craig (Jana), wife Kim, his always loving mom Marjorie, sisters Shann and Shari (Jean-Paul), brothers Rodney, Randy, David, Douglas (Lana), Terry (June), and Tim (Connie), many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Thank you to the paramedics who attended to Gerard on April 20, the staff at Seven Oaks Emergency, the Grace Hospital staff in ICU and 4 South for your kind, compassionate, professional care of Gerard. Cremation has taken place and there will be a Memorial on Friday, June 23, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at Cropo Funeral Chapel, 1442 Main St. In lieu of flowers, one may donate to a charity of your choice. "Your memory is my keepsake, With which we'll never part. God has you in His keeping, We have you in our heart." -Bonnie Dodd This obituary may also be viewed at CROPO FUNERAL CHAPEL 204-586-8044

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on May 06, 2017

Condolences & Memories (4 entries)

  • Gerard is an unforgettable part of those work hard, play hard days that marked the early days of the Winnipeg Sun. - Posted by: -Buzz -Currie (former work mate) on: May 10, 2017

  • Gerard was a skilled and talented photographer we used for many years in Germination magazine and all our other titles. He was always thoughtful and came at many assignments with a fresh angle. Condolences to his large and loving family. - Posted by: Robynne Anderson (client) on: May 09, 2017

  • Gerard was one of the photographers starting in that first year of fledgling tabloid The Winnipeg Sun on Garry St. It was always fun to go out on a story with Gerard because he had thoughts about everything and anything -- a curious and philosophical guy. Plus, you also knew he'd get great shots to go with the story, guaranteed. . . Gerard might grumble now and then, but you could always get a smile out of him, and he'd do his best for you because he took pride in his work and couldn't do less. . . .Gerard also took unique and beautiful pictures of my little boys every year, and I will always treasure them. My condolences to his family and friends. -- Rest in peace, Gerard.-- Maureen Scurfield - Posted by: Maureen Scurfield (former work mate) on: May 06, 2017

  • Thinking of you Aunt Marj and the family. May your memories of Gerard hold him close in your hearts. I have fond memories of us cousins getting together in Quinton. Love and hugs Melinda - Posted by: Melinda Toth (First cousin) on: May 06, 2017

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