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LARRY WHITNEY

Born: Jul 22, 1942

Date of Passing: Jul 17, 2017

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LARRY WHITNEY Peacefully and surrounded by the love of his family, Larry passed away on the morning of July 17, 2017 after a brief period of declining health due to cancer. Larry will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 34 years, Carol Scott, mother Lee Whitney, daughters, Kim Siddall (Kevin) and Susan Sullivan (Wayne), granddaughters, Lauren (Joshua), Julia, Whitney and Brooke, brother Jim (Brenda), extended family and friends. He was predeceased by his father, Jim. Larry was born July 22, 1942 in Saskatoon. He grew up in Morse Place in Winnipeg, graduating from the University of Manitoba with a degree in Civil Engineering and later a certificate in Public Administration. Larry started his career with PFRA in Regina, and returned to Winnipeg in 1969 after two years to join the provincial government, where he worked in Water Resources branch for the bulk of his professional life, serving on a number of international and interprovincial water management boards and commissions. In April, 1997, Larry became the point man for the province during the Flood of the Century, keeping Manitobans informed with his calm and honest demeanor. Larry was honoured to have been named a Paul Harris Fellow by Rotary International in 1997, and to have received the Lieutenant Governor's Medal for Excellence in Public Administration in 1998. He was an active member of Sturgeon Creek United Church for many years, serving on a variety of committees, as Chair of the board, and also teaching Sunday School. Larry made his family the center of his life, allowing his daughters and granddaughters to grow up feeling loved and supported, and that he wanted nothing more than to spend time with them. In fact, he had a way of making everyone feel warm and welcome, and his hugs were legendary. His daughters' friends felt like an extension of the family, and were often treated to his famous blueberry pancakes. He was "Banjo Owl" for Brownie Christmas caroling, attended endless school concerts and plays, coached softball, and never went camping without his guitar and the Scrabble board. He enjoyed his life with Carol, travelling to Maui for many years, and then to Cape Breton, where he took his job of "controlling the lobster population" seriously. In Winnipeg, he was king of the patios, and took every opportunity to enjoy a glass of wine and a nice meal in the sunshine. He also enjoyed golf and cooking for friends and family. Larry was an avid musician and music lover. He played "anything with strings", financing his university education by playing in bands. He particularly enjoyed his many years as a founding member of Sturgeon Creek United Church's Three Day Band, and in recent years, weekly practices with the Southglen Fiddlers. His taste in music was broad and diverse, and he loved to talk about his latest song or artist discovery. Larry was kind and gracious, genuine and principled, had an amazing smile and told terrible dad jokes, and we will miss him. A celebration of Larry's life will take place at Sturgeon Creek United Church, 207 Thompson Drive, Winnipeg at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, July 24, 2017. In lieu of flowers, donations in Larry's memory may be made to CancerCare Manitoba, or to the charity of your choice. NEIL BARDAL FUNERAL CENTRE 204-949-2200 neilbardalinc.com
Publish Date: Jul 22, 2017

LARRY WHITNEY Peacefully Larry, beloved husband of Carol Scott, passed away on the morning of July 17, 2017 after a brief period of declining health due to cancer. A celebration of Larry's life will take place at Sturgeon Creek United Church, 207 Thompson Drive, at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, July 24, 2017. NEIL BARDAL FUNERAL CENTRE 204-949-2200 neilbardalinc.com


Publish Date: Jul 21, 2017

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Jul 22, 2017

Condolences & Memories (6 entries)

  • My sincere sympathies to Larry's wife Carrol and to his entire family. Larry was my previous boss at Water Resources, and a friend. He was so well described in this beautiful obituary ... a truly wonderful human being. I will always remember Larry's amazing smile and kindness with everyone. Larry always had a word of encouragement to offer. I feel very fortunate to have known him. The world will miss his presence. - Posted by: Aline Boxall Brétécher (friend) on: Jul 31, 2017

  • Dear Carol, I was so sorry to learn from Elke and Don that Larry had passed away. I know they were very fond of him, and although I don't believe I ever met him, I have heard nothing but good things. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this very sad time. Dianne Beaven - Posted by: Dianne Beaven (friend) on: Jul 25, 2017

  • My deepest condolences to everyone! This is such a tremendous loss for us all here! What a wonderful man, when thinking of Larry! What an integral part of all that was Sturgeon Creek United Church, S.N.A.C. with Three Day Band - I adored your music - singing it, and listening to it! Timing of my whereabouts July 22, is not to be unmentioned! On Saturday, July 22, I, along with the Elmer Iseler Singers was singing at a convocation to honour Dr. Roberta Bondar, in Baddeck, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, at the Alexander Graham Bell Historical Site, as she received an honorary doctorate from Cape Breton University! Great music was part of the ceremony - just right for honouring Larry! Love you, Larry! Rest in peace - until we meet again! Love to all! - Posted by: Laura McAlpine (friend/fellow bandmate/looked up to Larry as a wonderful Christian man) on: Jul 24, 2017

  • Giving God thanks for Larry's life so well lived. He had a huge impact on so many of us growing up in Winnipeg. I will always be grateful for his kindness, humour and deep Christian faith. - Posted by: Ross Lockhart (Friend) on: Jul 23, 2017

  • I well remember the Flood of the Century and his constant calming reporting. I also grew up in Morse Place and still feel very connected to the old neighbourhood. I was a classmate of Jim's and remember him as being a really nice person. - Posted by: June Sanderson (Hunter) (Former neighbour) on: Jul 23, 2017

  • Larry's friendly, unassuming manner, great sense of humour and outstanding professionalism are lasting memories. He was a remarkable, calming force for Manitobans during the 1997 Flood of the Century - the right person, in the right place, at the right time. My deepest condolences to his loving wife Carol and family. Art Hoole Ottawa, Ontario - Posted by: Art Hoole (Former colleague in Manitoba Natural Resources) on: Jul 22, 2017

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