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Date of Passing: Jul 30, 2017

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LOUIS R. SIMKULAK After a long struggle with the dreadful disease, PSP, Mr. Louis R. Simkulak, aged 79, passed away, peacefully in his sleep, on July 30, 2017, at Victoria Hospital. Lou taught high school history and English at Deloraine, MB, Silver Heights and John Taylor Collegiates for 29 years prior to his retirement in 1990. He leaves to mourn his passing: wife Shirley Ann, daughter Nikolai Alexis, sister Bertha Butterworth, niece Lisa, grandnephew Max and in-laws: Elizabeth Linden, Wally Seipp, Peggy Seipp, Claudia Steeves, Bob Butterworth, and several cousins. A memorial service will be held at Westworth United Church, 1750 Grosvenor Avenue, on Thursday, August 10, 2017, at 2:30 p.m. No flowers, please. If you wish, donations to Winnipeg Humane Society, 45 Hurst Way, Winnipeg, MB R3T 9Z9, or your charity of choice. NEIL BARDAL FUNERAL CENTRE 204-949-2200

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Aug 05, 2017

Condolences & Memories (10 entries)

  • Mr. Simkulak was an absolutely amazing teacher who ingrained a lifelong love of history in me. He was thoughtful, humorous and above all, encouraging to his students. He sparked our imaginations and corralled our attention, which can be a very tough challenge for any teacher in a classroom full of teenagers. He was my most memorable teacher and even beyond high school I regard him as the most significant. He was one of a kind. - Posted by: Neil Eyford ((Student) ) on: Sep 14, 2017

  • I wish to thank all of the former students of my dad for their heartfelt tributes. Reading them has been so wonderful and meant so much to me. I want you to know how much his students meant to him. I could pick up an exam or paper off his desk and read a name and he could tell me all about that person. Years after he retired he still remembered many of you by name and knew who you were. Seriously, it was amazing. You and your interest in his class meant the WORLD to him. Thank you all again so much. Xo Nikolai - Posted by: Nikolai Simkulak (Daughter) on: Sep 11, 2017

  • Like your beloved Lou/father, my uncle passed away from the dreaded PSP. Such an awful disease! My deepest condolences to you, the family. Like many others, I instantly recognized Mr. Simkulak's face & was sorry to see it there. He was my most revered and honoured History teacher at Silver Heights Collegiate in the late 70's. I, too, became a teacher & something rings very true of him: "I may not remember what you said or what you did, but I will always remember how I felt when I was around you." Truth is I do remember him, his energy, humour, uniqueness, obvious love of History which he translated so beautifully to us. I felt good, excited and engaged in his class, not just by the subject but by the man himself. He's left an indelible mark on my mind and in my heart! I was so spoiled that years later at U of MB, I had to quit a Intro History class because it wasn't taught "right", the way Mr. Simkulak had taught it. I was grateful to have read that he had a long career as well as retirement. Mr. Simkulak, may you rest in peace dear! And may the family take great comfort in knowing that he planted many, many "seeds" along the way. Much love & respect, Nicolle Richard - Posted by: Nicolle Richard (Student) on: Sep 06, 2017

  • I was only at Silver Heights for 4 months before moving on to another school. I can't remember what Mr. Simkulak taught me (it was 51 years ago) but I do remember that I liked him. And I think that is as good a tribute to a person, as any. My sympathies to all his family. - Posted by: Catherine Stewart Lee (student ) on: Aug 22, 2017

  • Dear Shirley Ann and family, Sorry to hear of the loss of Lou. He is a legend in his own time. I wish you peace and understanding at this difficult time. Love Cathy and family - Posted by: cathy keenan (friend) on: Aug 16, 2017

  • I want to let you; Mr. Simkulak’s family know what a GREAT teacher he was. He taught me History at Silver Heights. His teaching style engaged us, his students, in the learning process, making history come alive. He cared. I learned from him that learning/understanding events in the past would/should guide me in my future....Sorry for your loss. Ellen Elliott - Posted by: ELLEN ELLIOTT () on: Aug 09, 2017

  • Mr. Simkulak was my favorite teacher. It's been more than 40 years since I sat in his class and I can still remember the diabetic cat, the issues with the backyard at home, and how he was able, by inserting bizarre facts into dry material, entertain, teach, and transport us back into history. No one could compete with him when it came to engaging students. When I saw his face in the obit, I recognized him instantly. To his family, I'm so sorry for your lost. He will be remembered by all his students as one of the best. - Posted by: Cathy McKeen (Student) on: Aug 08, 2017

  • Mr. Simkulak was my home room teacher in grade 11 at Silver Heights Coll. We always got along very well and I liked him very much. My sincere condolences to you and the family. - Posted by: Dan Mason (Student) on: Aug 06, 2017

  • Sorry to read of this. "Mr. Simkulak" was a great Teacher. I remember how proud he was at the birth of his daughter and proud that she would never meet anyone who had the same name as her. I've never forgotten it. My sympathies. He was one of my most memorable Teachers. - Posted by: Jim Walker (former student) on: Aug 05, 2017

  • So sorry for your loss Shirley and Nik! I always enjoyed my visits to your home and learning all sorts of new ideas things as we grew up. Your house was always a "wealth of knowledge" :) It was nice to have had a chance to say goodbye ... as difficult as it is! Wishing u peace and hoping u find a special place up there in heaven to watch down upon your family and friends! Di - Posted by: Diane (Di) Sluis (Friend of Nikolai) on: Aug 05, 2017

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