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Born: Apr 13, 1949

Date of Passing: Aug 04, 2022

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Our much beloved husband and father died suddenly on August 4, 2022.
Gene is survived by his wife Jennifer, daughter Megan and future son-in-law Don McFaull (Connor and Carson), son David and daughter-in-law Jessica Hontz, sister Therese Kozak, brother Neil Antymis and sister-in-law Leslie, sister-in-law Alexis Antymis, and brother-in-law Allan Witzke, all of whom will miss him deeply. He was predeceased by his parents, Stephen and Pearl Antymis, sister Sharyn Witzke, brother Gerald Antymis, brother-in-law Peter Kozak, and parents-in-law, Ron and Lorna Sanders.
Gene was born on April 13, 1949, and lived his earliest years on the family farm in Thalberg, Manitoba. His parents instilled in their children the lasting values of family, faith and hard work. When the family moved to Beausejour Gene began attending the local school. Within days his new friends had nicknamed him "Smiley". Throughout his life Gene was known for his kindness, tolerance, patience and acceptance of all. After a brief period of working at Beausejour Co-op he returned to finish Grade 12 where he caught the eye of Jennifer Sanders. Their relationship blossomed and they became the solid team they have been ever since. Jen and Gene married in 1975 and lived in Winnipeg, Fort Frances, Selkirk and again in Winnipeg. As their family grew, Gene supported Megan and David's endeavours in sports and music, and was always ready with a listening ear and the occasional bit of well-placed advice. He was the brother that Jennifer's sisters never had and could bring a twinkle to his late mother-in-law's eye like no one else could. Gene was dearly loved by his cousins, nieces and nephews, and their children.
Gene had a long working career and was a valued colleague at TD Bank, Focus Hyundai, and Diamond Wax. After retirement, he enjoyed travelling with Jen and their friends, spending time with his children and extended family, golfing, and watching sports. He was recently learning how to play Bridge and took up the guitar. He sold 50-50 tickets at Jets games where we're sure his understated charm closed many a transaction. He also volunteered at Siloam Mission. Whatever life presented to Gene, he welcomed with open arms.
Gene loved golfing. One of his greatest pleasures was being on the course with his brother, Neil, and his cousins. It is comforting to us that in Gene's last moments he was doing something he loved with two of his favourite people, Steve and Michael.
Gene was a kind and humble person, quietly inspiring those who knew him. He was deeply loved and his influence has spread further than he could ever have known.
A celebration of Gene's life will be held at Immanuel United Church, 755 Golspie St., Winnipeg, Manitoba on Wednesday, August 10, 2022, at 2:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family would be grateful for donations to The Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal of the Canada Ukraine Foundation.

& CREMATORIUM, Beausejour
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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Aug 09, 2022

Condolences & Memories (9 entries)

  • Eugene Antymis was the best bank manager John and I ever did business with. Our son and his daughter were good friends. My condolences to the family. - Posted by: Barbara Kilborne (Friend) on: Aug 12, 2022

  • Our heartfelt sympathy to Jennifer and Family at this sad time Gene truly led an exemplary life that touched many. May your precious memories provide you comfort at this time of sorrow. Vichna Pam’Yat. Memory Eternal. - Posted by: Karen and Ken Hlady (Friends ) on: Aug 11, 2022

  • Jennifer and family, I am so sorry for your loss of Gene. He was a warm and welcoming man to me all those years ago. Thinking of you. Paula - Posted by: Paula Muise (Friend ) on: Aug 10, 2022

  • Dearest Jennifer, I am so sorry to hear of your unexpected loss. Please know that you have colleagues who care. Allyson Matczuk - Posted by: Allyson Matczuk (Colleague ) on: Aug 09, 2022

  • Eugene was a kind, friendly and positive uncle. Whenever we saw him he always made us feel welcome. He will be deeply missed by all of his family and friends. - Posted by: Sean, Patti and Bogdan Witzke (nephew) on: Aug 09, 2022

  • Please accept our sincere condolences on the sudden passing of your loved one, may you find comfort in all the memories you have & the one that will be shared from family & friends - Posted by: Jerry & Sylvia Hickey (Don’s Aunt & Uncle ) on: Aug 09, 2022

  • Gene and our dad worked together. Our family has many fond memories of visiting, camping and the drive-in movie theatre with Gene and his family. We also celebrated Grey Cup together for over 40 years! We cherish those special times together and especially Gene's memorable smile and laugh. We are thinking of you Jennifer, Megan and David. - Posted by: Breton Family (Gerry, Annette, Denise, Camille and Roxanne) (Friends) on: Aug 09, 2022

  • My deepest condolences to Jennifer, Family & Friends, Gene's smiling always so welcoming at any event, a true gentleman. May the good memories sustain all at this time - Posted by: Jane Weetkovich-Seniw (high school ) on: Aug 09, 2022

  • Our sincere condolences to Jennifer and her family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this very difficult time. His warm personality and ready smile will be greatly missed. On July 3rd when we spoke at BHUC, there was such excitement about the upcoming wedding and booking an earlier flight so that nothing could go wrong with flight delays. Jackie & Paul Blonski - Posted by: Jackie & Paul Blonski (Neighbours at 74) on: Aug 09, 2022

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