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Born: Jul 06, 1936
Date of Passing: Jun 17, 2021Offer Condolences or Memory
It is with heavy hearts we announce the death of Margaret Kathleen Trevenen Black.
She passed on June 17, 2021. Born July 6, 1936 to parents Nesta Esme Woodhouse and William Genn Trevenen. She was the oldest of four siblings. She often recounted fond memories of her father's racehorse training, her beloved dachshund Madchen, and the scrappy fights she got into in the school yard.
For those who knew her, she was a strong and powerful woman with a sharp wit, and a stubborn conviction. In her youth she was a pioneering advocate for woman's rights, helped form a housing co-op, helped found Wild Strawberry Nursery, did community theatre, was a Consumer Advocate, and worked for the government as an Employment and Immigration Counsellor. She married Daniel Black and had four children. They threw wild parties at Christmas, known to family and friends as "Make the Rafters Ring" parties for their singing and food.
Margaret and Dan opened their bookstore on Sargent Avenue, later moved to Portage Avenue across from Assiniboine park. They worked together for over 40 years, finally closing in 2018. She knew every book in inventory and loved customers, rousing stories from them and having political debates.
This hardworking woman took no crap and told it like it was. Even being robbed at knifepoint, she locked the cash and called their bluff. She had no fear of death.
She is predeceased by her parents, Nesta and William; sibling John; and beloved son-in-law Erroll. She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Daniel; her brother Neville; sisters, Joan and Cynthia; children, Kathleen, Myvanwy and Megan (Greg) and Sean; her grandchildren, Keeley, Elowen (Stevie-Ray), Emma (Adam), Kira, Paris, David, Kassandra, Liam and Rowan and great-grandchildren, Sophia and Aurora.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to Winnipeg Harvest. A Celebration of Life will be held at a future day.
As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jun 26, 2021
Condolences & Memories (6 entries)
I lived beside the Black's from 1979 until 1985. Went to school and was friends with Megan. Their house was like my second home, always inviting and safe. Mrs Black was always kind to me and if felt good knowing that she would always have your back. My deepest condolences to the family. - Posted by: Mandy Chapdelaine (Family friend) on: Jul 19, 2021
Margaret welcomed our young family, new to Winnipeg with no family there, into hers. She offered advice, friendship and wonderful get togethers. I eventually moved away, but always enjoyed visiting her and Dan at the bookstore when I was in town. I will miss her. - Posted by: Sharon Wisemyn (friend) on: Jul 07, 2021
JUNE 29/21 HELLO THERE! 3:40PM WPG.MB. I NEVER KNEW MARGARET DIED! I FELT GREAT SADNESS - PRIOR TO HER DEATH. I SAID TO MYSELF, WHOM ELSE I KNOW, HAS PASSED.? THAT'S HOW IT GOES WITH ME. ESPECIALLY JUNE 16-17--/21 VERY SAD. WHY? AND THE ON JUNE 18- A SPECIAL DAY FOR ME..."MY BIRTHDAY"! I SALUTED MYSELF AROUND MIDNIGHT OF THE 17 of JUNE--AS MAKING YET ANOTHER YEAR! NOT KNOWING.. MARGARET, WAS WATCHING ME, IN A SALUTE TOO. AND THE MAN BELOW ME -PASSED IN HIS APT. ALSO..TOUGH WEEK. SINCE 2015 til now-I BURIED 16 PEOPLE I KNEW WELL OR MY OWN LOVED ONES. MARGARET HUGGED ME, IN HER AND DAN'S BOOKSTORE- WHEN MY LITTLE JOANY DIED SUDDEN AND TRAGICALLY- DAN SHOOK MY HAND. SO NOW -JUST BY CHANCE..I SEE MARGARET'S NOTICE. WHILE LOOKING FOR BILL'S NOTICE OF PASSING-WHOM, AS I SAID, LIVED BELOW ME. SORRY DANO!..SEE WHAT HAPPENS!....SHE'S IN PEACE NOW--GOING INTO YET ANOTHER LIFE-THAT BEACONS HER....HOPES SHE SEES JOANY! "AT BIRTH-ONE LEAVES THE BLACKNESS, TO THE LIGHT--" AT DEATH- ONE RE-ENTERS THIS BLACKNESS, FROM THE LIGHT". "BIRTH TIL DEATH- WE ALL TRAVEL, BETWEEN THE ETERNITIES"! TO THE NEXT LIFE! I SALUTE YOU ALL! MR. CHARLIE R. SCOTLEND. PPS..I HAVE A CAR ORDERED 1ST WEEK OF THIS JULY--I NEVER TOLD YOU DAN- IN THIS WAY-I WILL GET IT DONE! IF? I TELL YOU-AS I HAVE IN THE PAST--SEEMS, I NEVER GET IT DONE!...THIS IS WHAT I MEANT-NOTHING ELSE-RE. MOVING..."CAPEECH". CHARLIE. DO HOPE YOU GET THIS..LOVE TO ALL...."ME" AND JOANY in my heart and soul. TO LIFE! - Posted by: CHARLES R. SCOTLEND (LONG TIME FRIEND) on: Jun 29, 2021
I first shopped at the store on Sargent. I remember a huge pile of books on the dining room table at the house before the shop opened. It was rare that I went into the shop on Portage, then leave without having had a great conversation. Whatever the subject matter of the book I had bought, Margaret seemed to know more than just a passing glance at the contents. I felt that there was an exceptional memory at work, as she could recall my asking about certain authors and told me some of the books were now on the shelves. I can't think of that store without her seated at the counter thoroughly occupied with something at hand, but able to talk to people roaming about. Sincere condolences to her family. - Posted by: Bruce Thomson (Friend) on: Jun 28, 2021
Margaret was the kind of woman who could give life to a party with her laugh or wither you to nothing with a look. She was a true matriarch and an impeccable host. The family Christmas parties that I was lucky to attend as a child are some of the happiest memories from my childhood, truly, they live deep inside me. I send my love to the whole clan. - Posted by: Carla Mundwiler (Friend of the family) on: Jun 27, 2021
My condolences to all the family. I remember them all for their love to sing. - Posted by: Ken Sargeant (former Lipton neighbour) on: Jun 26, 2021
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