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HAROLD MICHAEL SURMINSKI

Born: Nov 17, 1948

Date of Passing: May 30, 2017

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HAROLD MICHAEL SURMINSKI November 17, 1948 - May 30, 2017 It is with great sadness we announce the peaceful passing of Harold Surminski on Tuesday, May 30, 2017, at Riverview Health Centre, after a brave but short battle with cancer. Harold will be lovingly missed by his wife Vicki, of 39 years, children: Paul (Amanda), David (Gillian) and Kevin (Ellie), and grandchildren: Juliana, Ben and Jack. Harold was predeceased by his father Mike Surminski and father-in-law George Dracass. He will be greatly missed by his mother Helen Surminski; his two sisters: Judy Lee and Dinah (Jim) Cymbalisty; nephews: Jeremy, Dustin and Braeden; mother-in-law Margaret Dracass; sister-in-law Diane Dracass (Bob); brothers-in-law: Mark and Brian Dracass, and his many cousins. Born and raised in Poplarfield, Manitoba, Harold obtained his civil engineering degree at the University of Manitoba, master's degree from the University of Waterloo, and enjoyed a 37 year career as a Professional Engineer at Manitoba Hydro. After his retirement, Harold enjoyed spending time at the family cottage at Wanipigow Lake and at the family farm. He loved spending time with his grandchildren and taking them out for their first fishing trips. Harold loved the outdoors and could often be found fishing, gardening, or flying his ultralight aircraft. He enjoyed playing slow pitch baseball in the summer and curling in the winter months. A special thank you to friends and neighbours who supported the family through this difficult time, as well as the staff at CancerCare at the Victoria Hospital and Riverview Health Centre for their kindness and support. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to CancerCare Manitoba. A service to celebrate Harold's life will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 3 at Trinity United Church, 933 Summerside Ave., Winnipeg. GREEN ACRES Funeral Home and Cemetery (204) 222-3241 Condolences may be sent to www.greenacresfuneralhome.com

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Jun 01, 2017

Condolences & Memories (12 entries)

  • Harold will be very much missed by his fellow pilots and members of Ultralight Pilots Assoc of Manitoba (UPAM) - Posted by: Ken Chornopyski () on: Jun 11, 2017

  • To the Surminski family, our thoughts and prayers are with you as you adjust to your loss. Harold was a good friend and neighbour who enjoyed the outdoors. His pride in his garden and when he'd been fishing stand out in our memory. Thinking of you, Bev & Wayne. - Posted by: Wayne & Bev Smith (former neighbours) on: Jun 08, 2017

  • My memory of Harold was when I first started my career at Manitoba Hydro and always admired his famous Lemon Tree and after his group had moved from Taylor Ave offices to 360 Portage offices, he came back for his tree, he told me it has a new home in the Atrium and wasn't about to leave it behind. The tree still resides here at Our Portage Ave Offices. I was shocked to hear of his passing, my condolences to his wife and family - Posted by: Michelle Bergen (Co-Worker Manitoba Hydro) on: Jun 07, 2017

  • Harold and I worked together with offices side by side for many years at Manitoba Hydro. Our work there resulted in many interesting discussions on the planning of future Manitoba power generation. In retirement Harold and I renewed our friendship again as we curled on the same team the winter before last. The memorial service for Harold was a lovely tribute to him and brought back many fond memories of our years working together. My deepest condolences to Vicki and to the rest of Harold's family. - Posted by: Mike Saxton (co-worker and friend) on: Jun 04, 2017

  • Vicki and family. Sending our love and deepest sympathy re the passing of Harold. We will miss his friendly smile and our many conversation over the back fence which we shared for over 35 years. That fence became a place to talk about our children and to pass the roto tiller and bottles of wine. He will truly be missed. - Posted by: Doreen and Wayne Buzahora (Neighbour) on: Jun 03, 2017

  • HI Vicki an family--We are real sorry to hear of Harolds passing-We have great memories of us building our cottages together an playing volleyball an fishing an raising our family an swimming, especially trading stories about flying--we can still see him running out to his favorite fishing spot and always catching-just a fun person to be around---We will think of you an him often..will be sadly missed-- scotty&elaine - Posted by: SCOTTY AN ELAINE MCLAREN (FRIENDS FROM THE LAKE) on: Jun 03, 2017

  • When we moved to Miami Place Circle, 17 years ago, we first met Vicky. She welcomed us with some goodies she had made. As time passed we would get to know Harold through neighbourly encounters He was a friendly, helpful gentleman. I can still see the happy look on his face as he announced he was retiring. We will miss him on Miami Circle. Harold died from an aggressive type of cancer. The same type that suddenly took my father last January. Both men too young to have passed. Sadly missed. We will make a donation to CancerCare in Harold's name. RIP Harold God Bless your family. - Posted by: Lemieux family (Neighbour ) on: Jun 02, 2017

  • Harold was a great inspiration to be me throughout my 35-year career at Manitoba Hydro and I will be eternally grateful for the vast knowledge he shared with me on many topics in hydro power planning. Harold had many skills and all of us from Manitoba Hydro benefited from having had the opportunity to work closely with him. I was deeply saddened at the news of Harold's passing and I wish to pass on my condolences to his family. - Posted by: Bill Girling (Manitoba Hydro colleague) on: Jun 02, 2017

  • I am so sorry to hear of Harold's passing. My thoughts and prayers, sincere condolences to all his family and close friends. I worked in Resource Planning for a few years and had the pleasure of learning from and working with Harold. He will be missed. His contributions and achievements won't be forgotten. I will be out of town for his memorial or I really would have liked to be there, my deep regrets. May he be at peace and live on in many hearts and memories. - Posted by: Adele Pouli (hydro Colleague) on: Jun 02, 2017

  • Our sincere condolences to the family., we enjoyed many happy times together with Harold, Vicki and friends. Harold was always fun and cheerful to be around and will be missed by all who knew him. - Posted by: Barry and Joyce Mankewich (Friends) on: Jun 01, 2017

  • Dear Vicki and family, Don and I are sending our deepest condolences. Harold was a true friend. He was always there to help Don at the lake in time of need. He will truly be remembered but not forgotten. Anything that Don and I can do to help you and your family today or any other time just let us know. Take care to all. R.I.P. Harold. - Posted by: Bev and Don Lewicki (friend) on: Jun 01, 2017

  • My condolences to Harold's family and friends. Harold was a really great guy, always a pleasure to work with. Harold had a way of motivating people in a kind way. I remember Harold making a positive comment to me as an MSc student after a presentation at Hydro. ‎I still think of that moment often. - Posted by: Kevin Sydor (Co-worker) on: Jun 01, 2017

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