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Born: Apr 27, 1925

Date of Passing: Dec 29, 2007

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ERNEST BECKER Peacefully on December 29, 2007, Ernie Becker passed away at the Birchwood Terrace Nursing Home in Kenora, Ontario. Ernie was born on April 27, 1925 and is survived by wife Bernice, two sons and two daughters, Mindy Becker (Les), Brad Becker, Tracey Falkenberg and Rob Becker (Kim). Five grandchildren, Kurtis Falkenberg, Brady, Jenna, Cody and Amy Becker. Ernie was no stranger to local football. As well as coaching the Jimmies and Tec Voc High School teams, he played fullback with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in 1952 - 1954. In 1951 he helped the Saskatchewan Roughriders to the Western championship. From 1944-1950 he was with the Toronto Balmy Beach in the ORFU, Toronto Argonauts and in Montreal. Ernie was a prominent swimmer. He was employed at the Winnipeg Winter Club as the swimming professional for 39 years. He was a former Canadian swimming and diving champion holding the junior 50 yard free style record and senior 100 yards as well as the Canadian junior and senior diving titles. At Ernie's request, cremation will take place and no service will be held. A celebration of his life will take place at a later date. A memorial website has been set up under

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Jan 03, 2008

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  • Hi, I am Dr Ben Schoemperlen's daughter & dad was the Dr for the Blue Bombers & I got to sit behind the bench growing up & meeting many of the players after the game. I took swimming lessons at the Wpg Winter Club from Ernie & have fond memories or him. I do admit I was scared the first few times he made me go to the high board but he got me to ultimately dive after a few false starts. What a great guy, who will be missed by many. Peace and Love to his family, Mary Louise - Posted by: Mary Louise Hartley,Schoemperlen (Dr Ben's Daughter) () on: Mar 30, 2013

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