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OMER GILBERT DEWANDEL

Born: Oct 05, 1936

Date of Passing: Aug 16, 2018

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OMER GILBERT DEWANDEL It is with heavy hearts that we announce the peaceful passing of Omer, a.k.a. 'Big O', on August 16, 2018, at the age of 81. He will be greatly missed by his four daughters, Michelle Cannell (Geoff), Lia Arniel (Scott), Marcia DeWandel (Steve) and Jodi Miner (Brad); as well as his 11 grandchildren, Cody, Jayson, Adam, Brendan, Stephanie, Aidan, Connor, Bryn, Rhys, Ryan and Scotty. Also mourning his loss are his siblings, George (Elayne), Lorraine (Ken) and Herman (June). Omer was predeceased by his parents, Alphonse and Marguerite DeWandel; as well as his sister Lillian Van Wellegham. Omer was born on October 5, 1936, in St. Boniface. He always called Winnipeg home and in 1963 started a rewarding 32 year career with Manitoba Hydro as a draftsman and Supervisor in the Engineering and Construction Services Division. During this time, while raising his daughters, he found peace in escaping to the "DeWandel's Den" at Falcon Lake on weekends. Dad took great pride in his cottage and built most of it with his own two hands so his children and grandchildren could enjoy the fruits of his labour. He also loved to host family gatherings at the cottage where no one could deny his skill at Belgium bowling, and his ability to debate. Omer was a man of deep Catholic faith and volunteered many hours to the church. He was an active member of the Knights of Columbus and had also taken on a lead role this year in organizing the Serra Club Winnipeg annual fundraiser dinner in support of vocations. Many of his grandchildren never knew the extent of Dad's athletic ability in sports such as hockey, football and golf, but they did know 'Grand O' as a self-taught and talented artist whose preferences were depicting Manitoba's rugged Canadian Shield and prairie landscapes. His work was shown at the Assiniboine Park Conservatory, Wayne Arthur Gallery, Charleswood Art Exhibition, as well as the Artarama and Brushworks Art Exhibits. He divided his creative time between his Winnipeg studio and his summer residence at Falcon Lake, often painting scenes from the Whiteshell Provincial Park. In keeping with Dad's wishes, cremation has taken place. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, August 31, 2018, at the St. John Brebeuf Church, 1707 John Brebeuf Place, Winnipeg, MB. The family would like to express their sincere appreciation to all the doctors, nurses and staff in the ICCS - 5th floor of the I.H Asper Institute for their loving and compassionate care of Dad, particularly Dr. Michael Yamashita and Dr. Rizwan Manji. We would also like to thank the prayers groups at St. John Brebeuf Church and Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church for their continuous support and prayers over the last month. In lieu of flowers, donations in Omer's memory can be made to Our Place / Chez Nous Drop-In Centre, where he volunteered many hours, located at 676 Main Street, Winnipeg, MB R3B 1E4. LECLAIRE BROTHERS 475 Provencher Blvd., in care of arrangements, 204-775-2220
Publish Date: Aug 25, 2018

OMER GILBERT DEWANDEL We are deeply saddened to announce the peaceful passing of Omer, on August 16, 2018, at the age of 81 years. Cremation will take place and the Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, August 31, 2018 at the St. John Brebeuf Church, 1707 John Brebeuf Place, Winnipeg, MB. In lieu of flowers, donations in Omer's memory can be made to Our Place / Chez Nous Drop-In Centre, where he volunteered many hours, located at 676 Main Street, Winnipeg, MB R3B 1E4, Ph: (204) 956-1359. A longer obituary notice will follow in the August 25, 2018 edition of the Winnipeg Free Press. LECLAIRE BROTHERS 475 Provencher Blvd., in care of arrangements, 204-775-2220
Publish Date: Aug 18, 2018

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Aug 18, 2018, Aug 25, 2018

Condolences & Memories (8 entries)

  • My condolences to the DeWandel family. I knew Omer for only a brief time in the early 90s, but he was a real gentleman... kind and definitely "a man for others". - Posted by: TBS (Friend) on: Oct 09, 2018

  • Michelle, Leah, Marci & Jody. I have just been made aware of your dad’s passing. I am so sorry for your loss... sincerely Carol Lynn Burton (old babysitter) and my mom, Phyllis send you our deepest sympathy.... - Posted by: Carol Lynn BURTON (Old neighbour from Robin Hood Cres) on: Sep 26, 2018

  • Always enjoyed talking with Omer at Brushworks and admiring his accomplished paintings. I will miss him. Tom Jones. - Posted by: Tom Jones (Friend/Fellow artist) on: Sep 22, 2018

  • Omer was a great man who will be greatly missed especially around SJB . It was just 4 months ago that he was the sponsor for our daughter Rylee's confirmation. Very saddened - I will miss having coffee with him after mass - and wish I had done it just 1 more time ! Godspeed to the family - Posted by: Derek Rolstone (Friend ) on: Aug 29, 2018

  • Dear Michelle, Leah, Marci and Jody, Our deepest sympathies for the loss of your dad. - Posted by: Usha And Lorne Schick (Old friends) on: Aug 25, 2018

  • I would like to send my condolences to Michelle, Leah, Marci and Jodi and respective families as well as extended families. Sending Omer prayers, peace and comfort. Sincerely, Suzanne, Lynne, and Paul - Posted by: Suzanne Zonneveld (Friend) on: Aug 22, 2018

  • Michelle, Leah, Marci, Jody and all the family, my deepest condolences over your dad's death. We had a long visit recently at my cottage and he filled me in on what you were all doing. We go back many years, have lots of good memories, and we will all miss him. Sincerely, Chris Butterill and sons, David, Richard and James. - Posted by: Chris Butterill (Friend) on: Aug 21, 2018

  • So very sorry for the loss of your Dad. Sending peace and condolences to all. Much love. - Posted by: Jane Ann Mintenko (Friend) on: Aug 20, 2018

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