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Born: Oct 24, 1937

Date of Passing: Dec 30, 2021

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October 24, 1937 – December 30, 2021

It is with great sadness that we announce that Manfred passed away suddenly at home over the Christmas holidays. May he Rest in Peace.
Manfred was born in Mannheim, Germany. He immigrated to Canada in 1960 as a qualified electrician and machinist. He made Winnipeg his home and pursued a path of academic education; receiving his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Manitoba in 1967. His career expanded through politics and the Manitoba public service. His passion and pride were in his many contributions to rural and community development in Manitoba.
Manfred loved learning, reading, writing and talking to people. He also loved food, music and camaraderie; he particularly enjoyed making friends with many local restauranteurs in Winnipeg over the years. He also loved road trips to the Interlake and other places in the province, where he had made lifelong connections. He was avidly interested in international affairs and remained connected to family in Germany.
He was predeceased by his brother Lothar, his mother Elisabeth and his father Gustav, all of Germany. He is also predeceased by his partner Claudette.
He is survived by his daughter Andrea, her mother Marilynne, his brother Andreas and nephews. He will also be fondly remembered by Claudette's children; Kenny, Roger and Réjeanne (Russell) along with Claudette's grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held on Monday, January 17 at 10:00 a.m. at Chapel Lawn. For those who wish to attend please R.S.V.P. to Chapel Lawn between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to a charity of your choice.

For those who wish to sign the online Guest Book please visit
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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jan 08, 2022

Condolences & Memories (11 entries)

  • It has been a blessing to talk to you about history, politics and your life. It is hard without you around, as it has been without grandma. Emmett misses you both dearly, as do I. You are with grandma now and that brings me solace, for she is not alone. Say hello to my baby girl Kylie, your beautiful great-granddaughter. She is welcoming you to the heavens, along with grandma and your family. Auf wiedersehen, Opa Manfred. - Posted by: Kyle Emmett Chartrand (Grandson) on: Mar 02, 2022

  • A long time ago we were really close friends. We lost contact but I am glad to have sent you birthday congratulations shortly before you passed away. I am really sorry that you could not answer anymore my last letter. I hope you found your peace in a very nice region of the atmosphere! Dr. Ursula K. Pohl - Posted by: Dr. Ursula K. Pohl (Friend) on: Jan 29, 2022

  • Truly a Renaissance man, thank you for your humour and knowledge, you always had something to teach or a joke to tell, even if I'd heard it before. Thank you for the books and the kind words Manfred, we will miss you. Enjoy another glass up there. - Posted by: Alex (Friends ) on: Jan 26, 2022

  • Dear Manfred, you'll always have a place in our hearts and minds. We'll always remember our long and interesting phone calls, your endless letters, and our conversation any time of the day or of the night. You were German and Canadian, you were a global citizen, you loved your friends and family. And you never forgot Mannheim and your roots here. Hugs and love and understanding. To your friends and family we're sending our heartfelt condolences. Please, dear Manfred, keep Mannheim and your friends here in mind. Best wishes from Susanna and Hans-Peter, far away but near in thought. Farewell. - Posted by: Susanna Martinez and Prof. Dr. Hans-Peter Schwoebel, Mannheim (friends and neighbours in Mannheim/Germany) on: Jan 17, 2022

  • Marilynne: Reading Manfred's obituary reminded us of the many good times we had long ago. Those were the days! Audrey and David - Posted by: Audrey and David Young (Friends) on: Jan 13, 2022

  • We received Manfred's sudden death with great dismay. We have kept in touch with him by phone and mail for many years. We will miss the long phone calls and his letters very much. Manfred was a very communicative and funny person. We will also never forget his visit in Cornberg (Germany, Hessen) with us (1992). We will always keep him in our memories. Rest in peace Manfred. - Posted by: Anneliese Fichtner (Cousin) on: Jan 12, 2022

  • Manfred was quite a character, I am sorry to hear of his sudden passing, RIP. - Posted by: Dignazio Gloria (Friend) on: Jan 10, 2022

  • R.I.P. Manfred thank you for being there for my mom ....especially during her final year. I'm sure she gave you heck when you arrived about taking so long... - Posted by: Roger C (Stepson ) on: Jan 09, 2022

  • Manfred was a friend of mine. He was very generous taking people out for dinner. He was a lot of fun and very funny. He had a great compassion for books which he loved. He will be missed. He's now reunited with his love of his life Claudette. They are together now - Posted by: Theresa Palangiewicz (Friend) on: Jan 08, 2022

  • He was a very strong minded man and very generous to others. He will be missed. - Posted by: Ron Pierson (Fiend ) on: Jan 08, 2022

  • Dear Manfred. You were always bursting with enthusiasm for life. Your English garden was for years a gift to Wardlaw Street. You were a gift to your friends, always generous with stories, laughter, music and never to be forgotten, your 80th birthday celebration. Thank you. May you rest in peace. Marilynne, Andrea, the families of Claudette and Andreas in Germany, please accept my sincere condolences. Ruth McCleary - Posted by: Ruth McCleaty (Friend and neighbour) on: Jan 08, 2022

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