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Born: Mar 23, 1941

Date of Passing: May 26, 2017

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WILLIAM (BILL) FREDERICK KNISKERN Born: March 23, 1941 Passed Away: May 26, 2017 On May 26, 2017 Bill passed peacefully and is now fishing with his father at the trout stream in heaven. Bill was a unique individual who always said stories were the most important thing in life and part of it should be true. Bill was an avid golfer, Samuel Johnson scholar, philosopher, reader, political junkie, historian, fisherman, cat lover, outdoor enthusiast and avoider of any government forms. He enjoyed the Blues, playing guitar, smoking, Lab Lite and sports. His greatest love, wife, Arlene Macklem, together 27 years, is left to mourn him. Other loves left behind are granddaughters Viola and Rosalynd; sister Sue Santkuyl and husband Dennis. He will be missed by stepchildren Sandi, Sharene (Collin) and Morgan; mother-in-law Mary Best; and brother-in-law Alan (Penny) Macklem. Bill was born in Spokane, WA and raised in northern Michigan by his parents John and Virginia Kniskern (deceased). He served the Marines in Guantanamo Bay during the Cuban Missile Crisis. In his younger years, he laid track for the Soo Line (his favourite job), tree planting for C.C.C., Fish and Game worker, played in a rock and roll band as a drummer. He graduated from Brimley High School, Northern Michigan State University and came to Canada to get a PhD in Literature in 1971. He taught at Red River College for 25 years as a Technical Communications Instructor. Bill had a big heart and was generous to a fault. A memorial service will be held on Friday, June 2 at the Winnipeg Canoe Golf Course at 1:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Winnipeg Humane Society, or your local shelter. "When making your choice in life, do not neglect to live. - Samuel Johnson"

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on May 31, 2017

Condolences & Memories (6 entries)

  • Bill left me his old Guild 12 string guitar. It was tough but I put together a song for Bill using his old guitar. https://youtube/hUE5M1Ofy48 Miss you... - Posted by: Dave Blicq (Friend, musiciam) on: Aug 15, 2017

  • I remember visiting my Uncle Bill on our way to Alaska in the 70's. We made the drive from Ft Sill, OK to Brimley, MI through Canada and finally all the way to Ft Richardson, AK via the USS ALCAN. Our stop at Uncle Bill's was a wonderful visit and the last time I ever saw him. I recently moved back to Brimley, Michigan and was hoping to get the opportunity to reconnect. I regret that I never will. Thank you Uncle Bill for your kindness. My sincerest condolences to the family. If anyone would like to connect my phone is 906-248-1193. Loads of love, Susanne Kniskern Guinn - Posted by: Susanne Kniskern (Niece) on: Jun 26, 2017

  • Bill loved the Blues like he loved Samuel Johnson. Deeply, humbly, but with significant appreciation. I can only imagine Bill now with a cigarette and beverage of choice sitting in with some of the legends he so admired. "Curiosity is one of the permanent and certain characteristics if a vigorous mind" SJ - Posted by: David Blicq (Colleague and fellow Blues player) on: Jun 05, 2017

  • Bill, humbly put together an association of people that grew into "The Motley Golf Association", which has become a golf and social club for many. We would laugh, and scowl at our play, but there was always time for stories along the trail. Bill will be missed by many. - Posted by: Miles Goldstein (Friend...Motley Golf Association member.) on: Jun 01, 2017

  • oh boy left without saying goodbye... the birds will sing a little less this next short while beneath the freshly bloomed trees that canopy the the grey plastic chairs and tables afront the putting green perhaps the geese will take their time to move just to bother us and likely to remind us of you and your having been here you loved your golf and your cigarettes a cold can of beer and more than a story or two you put people together that before walked alone you lived a good man you lived a good life you've left us sad... old boy... don't you worry though along with your family and along with your friends along with the geese and along with the little birds above the tables in the trees hovering above your special chair where you smoked and drank and told your stories along with the staff of the Canoe club Golf Course along with these all Bill You will well be remembered.... With sincererity to your wife and family... Michael O'Neill...June 2, 2017 - Posted by: Michael O'Neill (Friend) on: Jun 01, 2017

  • Always enjoyed golfing with Bill, and the great conversation on the patio at the Canoe Club. Rest in peace Bill. - Posted by: Terry Robertson (Golf Buddy) on: May 31, 2017

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