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Born: Sep 13, 1921

Date of Passing: Jan 01, 2015

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ELMER WINIARZ September 13, 1921 - January 1, 2015 On Thursday, January 1, 2015, Elmer passed away at the Grace General Hospital. Elmer will be miss dearly by his wife Angela; children Margaret (Noel), Patti (Elliott), Gerald (Joanne) and Jennifer (Michael). He will also be very dearly remembered for all of his love and affection by his grandchildren Ryan Cooley (Ally), Marlo Cooley (Mike), Bianca Winiarz, Sarah, Mark and Hannah Koury; as well as, his great-grandchildren Nathan (Marlo and Mike), Jackson (Ryan and Ally); and sisters-in-law Rose Morawski and Jean Winiarz. Elmer was predeceased by his parents Katharine and Anthony Winiarz; his brothers Julian and Ed Winiarz; and brother and sisters-in-law Minnie Morawski, Julie Morawski, Walter Morris, Anne Sapiak, Stanley Morawaski and Bertha Morawski. Elmer attended Holy Ghost Primary School and St. John's High School in the north end of Winnipeg. He spent two years in England, Germany and Belgium with the Royal Canadian Air Force during the Second World War. He taught his grandchildren how to sing all the wartime songs and would get a glint in his eye as he spoke about the good times he had. Dad has been a real hero and had the medals to show for it. Elmer will forever be remembered for his humour, kindness, patience, work ethic and his helpfulness to all that needed it ---- whether it was fixing cars, painting or handyman things, always doing this with a smile. Elmer and Angela, married May 8, 1948, were great "adventurers"! They spent their time travelling out east or into the U.S. on road trips; out to Grand Beach with the relatives; and their annual trek to Calgary to visit Jen, Mike and the grandkids. They travelled annually to their much loved "Hawaii" for about 12 winters and they spent a great deal of time at their beloved Hillside Beach cottage that they built together when Elmer retired from the Winnipeg Fire Department as Captain in 1984. He was also a great "educator" on all the realities of amputation and instead of complaining about his amputation, he would go to schools to educate children on his disability. His amputation never stopped him from enjoying life and getting out and travelling. He endured constant pain, but never complained. Elmer will be fondly remembered by all who knew him. And in his final days at Deer Lodge Centre, he was reunited with his lifelong friend Joe Scott of 75 years. They both added much happiness to their floor they lived on and were great companions for each other. Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. Friday, January 9, 2015, at St. Alphonsus Roman Catholic Church, 315 Munroe Avenue. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Elmer's memory to the Deer Lodge Veterans Hospital. Cropo Funeral Chapel, 204-586-8044

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jan 06, 2015

Condolences & Memories (11 entries)

  • Dear Angela, Margaret, Patricia, Gerald, Jennifer and families. Sorry to hear of the loss of your husband, father and grandfather. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. - Posted by: Marvin and Virginia Pommer (cousin) on: Jan 13, 2015

  • Dear Marge & Mrs. Winiarz & family, We were saddened to hear of Elmer's sudden passing. I will remember him as a happy & easy-going person over the many years that I have known him. It was good to know that he spent the last year happy in his new home at the Deer Lodge Hospital with his longtime good friend & also where he could still enjoy family visits as well. We offer you all our deepest sympathy and love at this sad time. With all of our love, Ginny & Lloyd & Laurel Aasen ~ West Vancouver, B.C. - Posted by: Ginny Aasen (friend) on: Jan 13, 2015

  • To the Winiarz family. I'm so sorry to hear of the loss of your husband, father and grandfather. The first story I heard about him is that he snores. I never forgot that. May God bless all of you and give you peace. Judy - Posted by: JUDY tHOMPSON (Friend) on: Jan 09, 2015

  • It was a sad day when we heard of Uncle Elmer's passing! I know I can speak for the entire Morris clan when I say...remember those crazy Christmases so long ago and the magical time we all had thanks to our Parent's and Grand Parents. Uncle Elmer was always a big part of those celebrations and always took the time to show interest in all the children and what was going on in their lives. God Bless and I hope there's a big enough van in Heaven for Uncle Elmer to drive everyone to Church in!! - Posted by: Bob Morris (Nephew) on: Jan 08, 2015

  • My family has had the great fortune of having your family in our lives for as long as I can remember. Our fathers shared 75 years of friendship with a recent reconnect at Deer Lodge that brought joy to them and everyone that had the chance to share their stories that ranged all the way from being active in WWII to being respected members of Winnipeg's Fire Fighters. My father, Joe, and I will miss having your father to share time with but are incredibly grateful for all the old and new memories shared. Our prayers are with you now during this time of loss of a father, a husband and a great friend. - Posted by: Penny Scott-Mazur (Friend of Family) on: Jan 08, 2015

  • Patti and family my condolences. I had the good fortune to have worked with your Dad on the Fire Department. He was a teacher then just as it sounds he continued to be. God's blessing on you all. - Posted by: mike robson (firefighter friend) on: Jan 07, 2015

  • Dear Mrs. Winiarz, Margie, Pattie, Gerald and Jen and your beautiful families ~ As a little neighbor growing up with your family, I have the fondest memories of your Husband and Dad. I remember being at your house countless times and each time he greeted me with a smile and kind words. One eventful day when we were playing baseball in your back yard, we broke the basement window! I was expecting to get into a lot of trouble. Although your Dad didn't like what we had done, he told us to go to the park to continue playing and he repaired the window! I feel very blessed to have had so many wonderful times with you and your Dad. My heart goes out to all of you. Much love to you all, Cathy Charter - Posted by: Cathy Charter-Hamilton (Family friend and Neil Avenue neighbour) on: Jan 07, 2015

  • To Auntie Nellie & Margie, Pattie; Gerald & Jennifer and your families God Bless you all in the passing of Dear Uncle Elmer; who I always remember as so Cheerful, helpful, full of enthusiasm. He was alwys full of life as I can relate to My Father Ed his oldest brother and Uncle Hughie can now bring warmth to heaven and will stay in My heart with fond memories. The best memory among many is when we all went to Mexico Puerto Vallarta in 1986 to a cousin's wedding (Bryan); all the fun, laughter and no matter what time of day my Dad, Elmer, & Hughie were our Time keepers to when 3 meals were they would be ready to eat. Just a heart warming time in a foreign place with twelve family members. Time moves on no matter what and all of us who are here; we can only make the Best of our time we share on earth and I have fond memories to Uncle Elmer & my cousins! GOD Bless, Heaven is blessed with good hearts & soul! - Posted by: Teresa (Terri) Winiarz (niece ) on: Jan 07, 2015

  • It was such a joy to have known Elmer. For many years we were invited to drop by to see Elmer and Angela when they were in Calgary visiting Jennifer, Mike, Sarah, Mark and Hanna. We were always greeted by smiles and big hugs and always left feeling inspired and very thankful for our time together - a great man with a big heart and the most wonderful laugh!!! Our thoughts are with you all. - Posted by: Jennifer and Jim (Family Friends) on: Jan 06, 2015

  • Patty and family, Patty I would like to offer my condolences on the loss of your father. I had the privilege to work with your dad at 8 station. Your dad was a gentleman, a good firefighter and was well liked. He will be missed. God Bless. - Posted by: Ken Barnett (Fellow firefighter) on: Jan 06, 2015

  • To Jennifer and family. Your dad sounds like a person I would love too. He will be missed. I feel for you and I am sorry you have to bear this sadness. Bill and I send our condolences. Take care Jen. Big hug to you from me. - Posted by: jill palmer nee mcwhinney (school friend and team mate) on: Jan 06, 2015

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