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Born: Jul 29, 1926

Date of Passing: Jan 09, 2015

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CLARENCE (WEZER) EDWARD BRIDLE July 29, 1926 - January 9, 2015 Wezer has left the court! After a full life of helping others before himself, Wezer decided it was time to rest on Friday, January 9 surrounded by his family. Wezer was predeceased by his parents John and Sarah, and brothers Charlie and Raymond. He leaves to cherish his memory his devoted wife of 59 and a half years, Joyce (nee Hague), and children Charlie (Melanie, Jonathan, Nicholas), Jim (Janice, Jenna, Jesse, Mason, Aaliyah), Clancy (Debbie, Kate, Sam), Jeff, Jan (Ken), Calvin (Janette, Rachel, Thomas), sixth son Phil, sister-in-law Ruth and family. Wezer was born in Winnipeg, growing up on Carlaw Avenue where he made lifelong friends. Tom Gigliotti became a huge part of Wezer's life and their friendship only strengthened over the years. At a young age Wezer enlisted in the navy, proudly serving during the Second World War on the Cowichan and St. Laurent as a signalman. Upon his return he resumed his carman position with the CNR, retiring after 42 years. Wezer met and married his beloved Joyce, moving to the Riverview area to raise a family. Wezer's love for family was obvious and all holidays were celebrated with his unique style and gusto. His grandchildren were his pride and joy and his support was evident in whatever they tried. In a full gym or arena it was still only Papa's voice that all could hear! Although being involved in many sports, his true passion was volleyball which he discovered while playing at the YMCA during the 1950s. He proudly founded the Bandits volleyball team, playing alongside his brother Charlie and all their sons. Wezer experienced many successes in every aspect of the sport; coaching at the University of Manitoba, RRC, and leading the University of Winnipeg to two national championships; reffed at the 1968 and 1976 Olympic Games; became the first Canadian to ref at the International level; and helped establish the MVA and the WMVL. He actively played with the Bandits into his 70s and boasted he was still the best setter in the family! He treasured the special moments and friends he made along the way. Wezer's favorite place was his cabin at Grand Beach, telling all "It's the best place for a kid to grow up." Whether putting up new pennants, puttering outside, feeding the chipmunks with his grandchildren, watching a sunset at Rocky Beach with his best friend Bandit, or hosting happy hour on the deck, he was happiest surrounded by nature, family and friends. The family would like to thank everyone who touched Dad's life and made it so complete. He had an incredible memory, sharing stories that will last forever with all of us. "Love you Papa!" A celebration of Wezer's life will be held on Wednesday, January 14, 2015, 1:30 p.m. at St. Paul's Anglican Church, 830 North Drive (204) 475-7549. In lieu of flowers a monetary or volunteer contribution in Wezer's memory can be made to the charity of your choice; he supported the Winnipeg Humane Society and KidSport.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jan 12, 2015

Condolences & Memories (68 entries)

  • Papa. I miss you so much. Im keeping grandma company though probably annoying her sometimes haha. I miss coming over and you always making sure me and the kids were ok and asking me about work and life and tell amazing stories. This christmas I know you'll be with us as we approach your favourite time of year. Always in our hearts. Ps thanks for all the talks when I look up and need you. I love you papa. - Posted by: Jenna (Granddaughter) on: Dec 08, 2015

  • I still remember the first time I met Wezer in 1983! He will always be remembered for his kindness and mentorship as well as his sense of humor. I was glad I had the opportunity to know him. My sincere condolences go out to the Bridle family. - Posted by: Maureen Pesun (Volleyball) on: Mar 19, 2015

  • Knock Knock let's play Get the net setup wake us up when it's ready OK - Posted by: Jim Swiss (Beach buddy) on: Mar 04, 2015

  • My sincere condolences to Joyce and rest of the Bridles. Wezer was a part of so many wonderful memories, dating back to he early 50's, when Wezer and his brother Charlie organized all the games at Grand Beach for St. Alban's annual Sunday School picnic. Joyce and Wezer were part of the gang in Jamaica, with Joey and his friends - game for anything and always fun to be around. Thanks for the memories, Wezer. - Posted by: Mary Parkee (Friend) on: Jan 18, 2015

  • Thanks for all the great memories Wezer. I'm so happy you lived such a wonderful life. We will always share the best sunsets in the world with you at rocky beach. - Posted by: Rollie Riel (Friend and Team Mate) on: Jan 18, 2015

  • We lived in the Rouge and were friends of the Bridle family in the 70's. I have a special memory of Wezer paying my way to a VB tourney as a young player that couldn't afford to pay at the time. When I think back about that gesture it always reminds me to pass it along. Our condolences to the Bridle family. - Posted by: Gar & Pat Bird (Friend) on: Jan 15, 2015

  • My heart goes out to the Bridle Family. Thanks for all your smiles and laughter. Wezer you will never be forgotten, as it's hard to forget someone who gave us so much to remember. - Posted by: Barb Cullen (Friend) on: Jan 15, 2015

  • Our farewell WEZER, you may be gone but you left us with many fond memories --- especially those times with you and Joyce at Grand Beach. You will be sadly missed. Our deepest sympathies to Joyce and the Family ---- from Gord & Ida -- Kelowna Bc - Posted by: Gord & Ida Simpson (Long time friendship) on: Jan 15, 2015

  • I remember the larger than life smile and the laughter. The amount of time he and my father spent drinking coffee and talking while "working" at the stock yards is one memory I will not forget. Stories about the VW van still make me smile. - Posted by: Bill (junior) and Nancy Fowlie (friend) on: Jan 14, 2015

  • Jeff, Jim, Janice, Phil, and the entire Bridle family; My sympathies as you say good-bye to your father/grandfather/husband. Wezer's legacy will live on. What Manitoba volleyball player does not know, or know of Wezer Bridle? Wezer's passing has brought to my mind fun memories of volleyball, Grand Beach, and home. Thinking of you all too. - Posted by: Lisa (Sarchuk) Lundberg (Player) on: Jan 14, 2015

  • To Joyce and the rest of the Bridle family, especially Clancy. It was with great sadness that we learned of the passing of Wezer. We have great memories of the Bridle family coming down to the stand and we could see that Clancy, when he came to work for us, had come from a great supportive family. The memories of one's father will help and hold us over, long after their existence on this earth has passed. - Posted by: Rose Franklin & Family (Family Friend (Founder of Lankys Hotdog Stand in Grand Marais, MB)) on: Jan 14, 2015

  • In the last 30 years the name " Wezer " popped up all the time from my father-in-law Jim Taplin who led the scout troop with Wezer to my husband Ray Taplin talking volleyball at the rec centre, and from friends the Irvings about all the exploits. I finally met the character at Grand Beach and then had the pleasure of getting to know him better when I started working at Fort Rouge Dental. We have lost a GEM. Our thoughts are with the family and we'll see you all at the Beach, Wezer will be watching. - Posted by: Ray and Margaret Taplin (scouts, volleyball , Grand Beach , and Fort Rouge Dental) on: Jan 14, 2015

  • Always a "smile" and a "special comment". That's how "Weez" greeted me before our games. Fond memories of an awesome individual. - Posted by: Jamie Jones(nee Hancharyk) (Friend) on: Jan 14, 2015

  • I had the privilege to meet Wezer when I became a volleyball official here in Manitoba 15 years ago. His guidance and encouragement was always there. I know that his advice helped me become a better official and a coach. He always showed you how wonderful volleyball is and that it is truly a sport to be involved in for a lifetime. My condolences to the Bridle family. - Posted by: Andrei Halkewycz (Volleyball Friend) on: Jan 14, 2015

  • Manitoba loses one of its biggest volleyball Icons. He inspired me in getting involved in the volleyball community as I'm sure he did many others. Very few are the ones that will ever have as much love and commitment for the game! My deepest sympathies for the Bridle family. RIP Wezer. - Posted by: Patrick Cadieux (League player) () on: Jan 14, 2015

  • I was very fortunate that a friend of mine asked me to play for the St. Vital ROC VB club after I was done university. I had the great fortune of making numerous great friends through my journeys and adventures with the ROC and Bandits especially by meeting and becoming very close with Wezer and his entire family. Playing with Jim and Clancy on the ROC and then Jim, Clancy, Cal, Jeff and Wezer as a Bandit were some of the best times of my life. Included in this was the Bridle's 6th son Phil who was my best man with Jim in my wedding party. Through all this Wezer and Joyce made me feel like a part of their family. I was always welcome for supper or a stay over as I traveled from Portage those 15-16 years to practice or play with the ROC and Bandits. Wezer was the only one who went through the Presentation Line at my wedding 3 times lol. That was Wezer. No one made my wife Laureen who moved from Minnesota more welcome outside of my own family than Wezer. The trip we took with Wezer, Joyce, Jeff, and 5-6 VB friends to Jamaica is still an unbelievable memory. Especially watching Wezer perform at 70 on the beach and drawing people to him like, well, like only Wezer could. Wezer was an amazing outgoing man who by his example showed younger people like me what it meant to part of a community and give back. I will cherish our times together and along with the GREAT memories. Volleyball, Grand Beach, Winnipeg and Manitoba have lost a great person - RIP Wezer. My thoughts and prayers are with Joyce, Charles, Jim, Clancy, Jeff, Cal and Jan. - Posted by: Ferdi Nelissen (Friend) on: Jan 14, 2015

  • You made things fun on the court, Wezer. The volleyball community owes you a debt of gratitude. Thanks for the many memories. - Posted by: Randy Sawatzky (Volleyball Friend) on: Jan 14, 2015

  • Our sincere condolences to the entire Bridle family. We have many wonderful memories of Wezer. When it came to Volleyball, he really Held Court with that great smile and presence. Volleyball lost a great one. Cathy & Ed Nieroda - Posted by: Cathy & Ed Nieroda (Volleyball Friend) on: Jan 14, 2015

  • Oh my so many great memories with Wezer from the board room to the ref stand and the volleyball court. No one can hear a ball land in or out like Wezer! Looking forward to the celebration of a life well lived. Rest in Peace Wezer! - Posted by: Greg Guenther (Volleyball community member) on: Jan 14, 2015

  • Wezer was a unique human being. Whenever you met him, no matter where, there was always a warm smile and greeting. His way of explaining the rules, calls and the classic touch signal will be missed, but never forgotten. To Mrs. Bridle and the entire family we extend our Condolences. - Posted by: Stelio & Valerie DeRocco (Volleyball Friends) on: Jan 14, 2015

  • Wezer will always be part of my VB memories from Manitoba. He was incredibly encouraging, personable and loyal. I still have the telex he sent me on my wedding day in Toronto in 1982. We'll miss you, Wezer! My condolences to the Bridle family. - Posted by: Barry Gros (Friend in volleyball) on: Jan 14, 2015

  • Wezer was such a gentle soul, always smiling whether he was refereeing or not. He will be sorely missed. My sincerest condolences to the Bridle family. - Posted by: Deb Slevin (Friend) on: Jan 13, 2015

  • He was One of a kind. He was one of our favorite officials in the senior men's league. Thank you for your contributions to Manitoba Volleyball and our community. - Posted by: Tim Au () on: Jan 13, 2015

  • Near the end of my indoor ref training I landed my biggest game yet - indoor men's senior league final. I was faring quite well as ref up to speaking back to a few mouthy players, earning some respect. It was a close game 5 when an older gentleman approached me right during play to contest. I stopped play, calling a re-serve and asked him to sit down. He continued to calmly contest a previous call. I kindly asked him to sit down or I would have to ask him to leave the gym. He looked surprised, gave me a huge smile and returned to his seat. Everyone seemed to find it quite hilarious. After the game, meeting the refs for a drink at a nearby pub, I was clearly the youngest. Who was sitting there among them but the fella who interrupted my game! Every ref at the table could not believe I had never met Wezer Bridle who had thought "who is this young ref?" and felt he should test my skills on the spot. Thanks Wezer for keeping me on my toes! He truly was a sweet smarty pants if I ever knew one. - Posted by: Brandy Maslowski (Volleyball Friend) on: Jan 13, 2015

  • So sorry to hear the news of Wezer's passing all the way down here in Texas. Our condolences to all the Bridle clan as you celebrate his memory. Sorry we can't be there but you are in our hearts and thoughts. He will be sadly missed. God speed your recovery! - Posted by: Cindy Cove and Don Harris (Friends) on: Jan 13, 2015

  • Wezer was an original. One of a kind. And he left the volleyball world a better place for having devoted his life and his passion to the game and to the players, coaches and referees he touched over the years. Wezer enjoyed life on and off the court and he taught so many of us how to love the game and how important it was to give something back. Your contributions were enormous and you will be fondly remembered Wezer. The man, the legend, the stories will live on. My sincere condolences to all his family at this time. - Posted by: Wayne Hellquist (Volleyball Friend) on: Jan 13, 2015

  • Our sincere condolences to Joyce Bridle and all family members! Many memories will be cherished by all who knew and spent fun times at the games and Grand Beach! He will be missed! From Al and Helen Koniuck, and family. - Posted by: Albert & Helen Koniuck (Friend of family) on: Jan 13, 2015

  • To the Bridle Family, Thinking of all the memories of Wezer at the beach, the community club and all around the cottage area. So many great memories created by him and his family. He was a Grand Beach Legend. He even ref'd me in Volleyball back in the 70's too. Our condolences to all of his family. The Neplyk / Boss family - Posted by: Terry Neplyk (friend of family) on: Jan 13, 2015

  • We send our love and prayers to all of you! Many Blessings as you all gather to remember the cherished memories you all spent together! - Posted by: Rob and Shelley Ouellette (friends of the family) on: Jan 13, 2015

  • It is so very difficult to say good-bye to such a wonderful man like Wezer. My sincere condolences to Joyce and the rest of the Bridle clan. My parents were friends with Wez and Joyce and our families did many things together at Grand Beach. I can remember trips to the springs, bonfires at Rocky Beach where he would tell us scarey stories, lead us in sing-songs, and keep us entertained for hours. He would try to teach us how to play volleyball and organize volleyball games for the kids. Wezer enjoyed seeing young people have fun. His wonderful smile and laugh will be missed. RIP Wezer - you will be missed! - Posted by: Katherine Campbell (friend) on: Jan 12, 2015

  • Wezer will always be remembered as the voice and friend of Manitoba volleyball. His refereering was a joy to witness and play under as he always made the game competitive and even. Some of his special calls could keep even the most experienced players go away scratching their heads. The years he laboured as the director of the men's senior league will always be remembered as the father and caretaker of the league. The socials, free t-shirts, old volleyballs and much more will be forever a good memory for all involved. Thanks Wezer and Have a Happy!!! - Posted by: Ken Sturk (fellow coach) on: Jan 12, 2015

  • The most "Off the Wall" man I have ever met! Your love and guidance has followed me from childhood, (Little League Baseball), Adolescence (Volleyball) to Parenthood (Your fondness of my sons Matt & Owen) and Beyond. "Undoubtedly" Love and Miss you. Vic - Posted by: Vic Nishi (Friend) on: Jan 12, 2015

  • The most "Off the Wall" man I have ever met! Your love and guidance has followed me from childhood, (Little League Baseball), Adolescence (Volleyball) to Parenthood (Your fondness of my sons Matt & Owen) and Beyond. "Undoubtedly" Love and Miss you. Vic - Posted by: Vic Nishi (Friend) on: Jan 12, 2015

  • Very sad to hear about Wezer's passing. He was a kind man with a great sense of humor and passed that on to his children. I'm going to miss you old friend - Posted by: Wagon Burner () on: Jan 12, 2015

  • To all of the Bridle family, our condolences in the loss of your father. Mr Bridle was one of the pillars of the Riverview Community and he will be missed. - Posted by: Harold and Kelly (Parker) Kluger (Friend) on: Jan 12, 2015

  • Wezer was an icon. Over the years, first as a boy, then as an adult, I saw Wezer as a player, an official, a coach and an administrator. Regardless of whether it was a pickup game, or a meeting of the CVA board, Wezer brought his enthusiasm and wisdom with him. I was thinking about him just last week (and immediately smiled, of course, because Wezer always brought a smile to your face). Condolences to Wezer's family. Know that many of us share in your sense of loss. - Posted by: Kim Anderson (Former player, referess, SVA and CVA board member) on: Jan 12, 2015

  • Wezer Bridle was the father is wished I had and a friend I could always count on. He and the bridle family are a big part of my families life and the direction my son Owen went. Wezer was like a father to my husband Vic from a very young age and we all love him dearly. Words cannot express the loss to so many lives now that he's in heaven but I know he's smiling down at us. His smile was so contagious. Love you always Wezer - Posted by: Myra Nishi (Friend) on: Jan 12, 2015

  • Thank you for sharing your passion of our sport and inspiring so many of us. Wezer, you will be greatly missed. My sincere condolences to the Bridle Family. - Posted by: Darryl Friesen (Volleyball Friend) on: Jan 12, 2015

  • We are all saddened to hear of Wezer’s passing. He was one of life’s amazing, unforgettable characters. Without his tireless efforts in every aspect and level of the game –organizing, coaching, playing, officiating - “Volleyvoll” would never have begun to attain the level of excellence and popularity it achieved in Manitoba. Wezer was first and foremost a proud and dedicated family man. He also had an extended ‘sports’ family who loved and admired him, each of whom had a smile and a few ‘Wezer’ stories to tell whenever his name was mentioned. He will be dearly missed by family and friends and ‘indubitably’ (to borrow another of his favourite words) will long be honoured for his role in laying the foundation for volleyball in Manitoba. Fondly remembered by Ina Bramadat & Family (Dawn, Rawle, Ron & Dennis) - Posted by: Ina Bramadat (Friend) on: Jan 12, 2015

  • Lived a vibrant life, always a gem to talk to...Rest in Peace - Posted by: Joan Rathbone (friend) on: Jan 12, 2015

  • This is a sad time for the volleyball community with the loss of Wezer Bridle. Wezer's commitment to the sport at all levels is to be admired. My first encounter with Wezer was during a senior women's game many, many years ago and I was the captain of Team Ukraine. He called me over during the game on a disputed call. I went to the ref stand expecting to have clarification on why the call was made, but I soon learned that was not the case. We discussed his role and my role and if I enjoyed playing the game. By the time he was done talking to me about everything other than the call I had forgotten why I was there in the first place. He was always a gentleman and a great ambassador of our sport here in Manitoba, nationally and internationally. Everyone has a story about Wezer that will make you smile. I feel priviledged to have known him. My sincere condolences to Mrs. Bridle and the entire Bridle family. May the memories you and those around you have of Wezer bring you comfort during this difficult time. - Posted by: Leanne Leskiw (Friend, Past President of Volleyball Manitoba, Player) on: Jan 12, 2015

  • Wezer's physical presence has gone, but his memory will live on in so many ways! How will I remember Wezer Bridle? Memories: a favorite phrase: "dash it all", his passion, dedication and love of the sport VOLLEYBALL. His pride and dedication to this family and wonderful spouse Joyce. Extending deep and heartfelt sympathy to the whole Bridle Clan. - Posted by: Kathy Lloyd (Friend of Family, Volleyball Friend,) on: Jan 12, 2015

  • It's hard to measure the loss to the Bridle family and the volleyball community of Winnipeg of the passing of Wez Bridle. He founded every significant volleyball organization in the province and encouraged thousands to be part of the "Volleyball Family" as players, coaches, officials or volunteers. I feel privileged to have had him as a coach, mentor and friend. - Posted by: Dennis Nord (Wez was my coach, mentor and friend) on: Jan 12, 2015

  • I met Wezer and his family shortly after I moved into 196 Maplewood Ave. From the moment I met him I knew we would become good neighbours. He was always quick with a joke and ready to lend a helping hand. He would always include me in his family's barbeques and was disappointed when I couldn't make it. Joyce always remember that it's the little things that make the differences in people's lives and I felt honoured to have known Clarence and little things that he did to help me to become the man that I am today. - Posted by: Alan Mulholland (neighbour) on: Jan 12, 2015

  • My brothers Paul, Jeff, Bruce and I will always remember WEZER BRIDLE on or off the court. There were a lot of games played that Wezer refereed. We love and respect the sport of Volleyball and Wezer was a part of that. Wezer made every game entertaining. Thank you for that REF! Remember? "Up your Volley". Such an oldie, but a goodie. - Posted by: Jill Palmer nee McWhinney (Former MVA member, player and friend) on: Jan 12, 2015

  • We can only hope the passion and love for volleyball that Wezer shared and passed on to so many continues on. A true icon and founding father of our sport in Manitoba and Canada. Sincere condolences to the Bridle family. - Posted by: John Blacher (Volleyball Friend - Volleyball Manitoba) on: Jan 12, 2015

  • I knew Mr. Bridle a an athlete in the 60's. He was my coach for the 1967 Canada Games. His enthusiasm and positive attitude were always appreciated. When our paths crossed over the years his friendliness was always appreciated. My condolences to his family and friends and to a life well lived. - Posted by: Linda Puttaert ( Ne James) (athlete) on: Jan 12, 2015

  • Ever since I was in high school Wezer had a positive impact on me with the sport of volleyball. His vision of the sport was an inspiration and has been passed on I'm sure to future generations. He and his family will never be forgotten for their contributions to the sport. It was always a priviledge to have been refereed by Wezer on the court because of his humour and wisdom he projected to the players. - Posted by: Warren Cook () on: Jan 11, 2015

  • Wezer's warm, charismatic leadership added a whole lot of fun to the Peace Gardens Volleyball Camp the years I was there as an athlete, and later as coach. Refereeing with Wezer was also an experience to remember; he could call the game happening out there on the court, and at the same time he would carry on an unspoken dialogue by eye and gesture, letting this inexperienced umpire know the inside story concerning the calls and plays, all the while making me feel comfortable being out there. The Grand Beach sand tournaments Wezer helped instigate were so much fun for so many of us. Volleyball in Manitoba in the 70's had so much life because of Wezer and people he influenced. The goals I made then, and the level of play that Wezer and his contemporaries worked toward took me on to National Team try-outs, and later to Japan on contract. I will always be grateful for Wezer's influence in my life. My condolences to the Bridle family. - Posted by: Beverley (Taylor) Richardson (Coached and taught by Wezer) on: Jan 11, 2015

  • 30 years ago I refereed my first game with Wezer at CLR. I was a bad umpire for the first game, during the second game he called a referees time out and took me into the change room and verbally berated me about my role on the court. When we came out of the change room it was obvious to me that everyone heard what was said. I believe I didn't make a mistake again that night. He was a great friend who made me the ref and player I am today. My condolences to his family. The game will miss him. - Posted by: Scott Chisholm (volleyball friend) on: Jan 11, 2015

  • Wezer's friendship to our family will long be remembered and so many of the memories he left with us brings a smile. Little things like the Friday evening Volkswagen bus honks when he passed our cabin. Celebrating Canada day at Rocky beach shooting off fire crackers. Making sure the courts were filled playing volleyball at grand beach. If one team lost Wezer told the winning to yell 'challenge' and in seconds another team was ready to play. That's how it went all summer. Thank you Mr Bridle for introducing me to volleyball. My life has been blessed because of it. Most importantly thank you for your gift of friendship to our family. You will be missed - Posted by: Dana Simpson (Friend) on: Jan 11, 2015

  • Wez was such a character at the SuperVolleys in Saskatoon. You never knew what he was going to say or do next when he called a captain to the stand. Many times, the conversation would finish with the captain walking away red faced, speechless but grinning sheepishly and Wez looking like a Cheshire cat.....and captains never, ever, gave up what was said during those conversations. The volleyball world has lost a true friend. - Posted by: Nancy Tamblyn () on: Jan 11, 2015

  • weber was very involved in Scouting as well as his sports. The scouting world will always remember an Old Scout Brian Sanderson - Posted by: Brian Sanderson (Friend) on: Jan 11, 2015

  • Wezer was unique in character, lived and loved life to the fullest. Inducted into the MB Sports Hall of Fame as a volleyball builder in 1988, his credential as an official alone merited his induction. But Wezer's legacy can be seen in the accomplished careers of all those he touched in the volleyball community, starting with his own team. Condolences to the Bridle family, immediate and extended and thanks for letting me be part of it with the Bandits for a few great years in senior men's. Indubitably, we will miss you. - Posted by: Rick Brownlee (MB Sports Hall of Fame) on: Jan 11, 2015

  • Thankyou to Wezer Bridle for seeing the potential in Bob Syko when he was a gangly, young teenage boy. Wezer was Bob's 'father figure'! (Bob's dad had died when he was 9). Wezer helped Bob to become one of Canada's top V'ball players. Wezer also named me 'Junebug'...all our family times at Grand Beach would never have been the same without you, Wezer!! May God bless all of The Bridles..Wezer's at home!! - Posted by: June (Syko) /Klassen (friend of the Bridle family) on: Jan 11, 2015

  • 4th Avenue will never be the same. Our condolences. - Posted by: Lori Mckenzie (Redman) (Neighbour) on: Jan 11, 2015

  • From the Farley Skorletos family to the Bridle family, our sincere sympathy in the loss of one so dear to you all. Special thoughts to Clancy, who coached our daughter Giorgia in volleyball, and his family. And to Cal, who she works with at Safeway. Both of our daughters went to Churchill HS and we heard stories of the "Bridle boys" and their dad, who was such an influential man in sport. Your family has lost a treasured loved one, as has Riverview, the whole city and the Manitoba and Canadian volleyball communities. May his whistle sound sweet in his next level of being! Our thoughts are with you all. - Posted by: Lois Farley Skorletos (Volleyball friend) on: Jan 11, 2015

  • To the Bridle Family, Thinking of all the memories of Wezer at the beach, the club and all around the townsite. So many funny memories created by him and his family. He was a Grand Beach legend to be sure. Our condolences to all of his family. The Franklin / Letvak family - Posted by: Karen Franklin (Grand Beach family friend) on: Jan 11, 2015

  • A lot of great memories when Wezer took a young 17 year old Steinbach volleyball player to Trinidad with the rest of the Churchill High players. I remember Wezer pulling the boys team aside and telling us we needed to be diving for more balls defensively on the Trinidad asphalt courts. My thoughts are with the family, take care. - Posted by: Rob Fast in Steinbach (Coach on the Trinidad trip) on: Jan 11, 2015

  • Uncle Wez was always so full of laughter and love which he spread to so many wherever he went. I am extremely proud of who I am and of the two men who made the family who we are and all our traditions unique to us alone. Never were two brothers so alike and yet so totally different. It was hard for me to look into my Uncle's eyes without catching a glimpse of my father. I am sure many of you will have a memory of my Uncle which will bring a smile to your face and that will be exactly how he would like to be remembered "Dash it All" - Posted by: Joan Bridle (Niece) on: Jan 10, 2015

  • Every time I stepped onto the court and Wezer was in the stand...I knew we were going to learn something. Much respect. My condolences to the family. - Posted by: Dale Sedo () on: Jan 10, 2015

  • It behooves me to have known such a great man. So many memories with mr. Bridle and the whole bridle family. He was one of a kind. Dash it all... - Posted by: Owen Nishi () on: Jan 10, 2015

  • Feeling sad, yet happy. Sad because of the great loss, but happy for having met, known, worked and been friends with Wezer. He made me the official I am today, thank you Wezer. Truly one of a kind! Never to be forgotten! - Posted by: Randy Hull (Volleyball friends ) on: Jan 10, 2015

  • My sincere condolences to the entire Bridle family. I, along with anyone who ever met Wezer, has a smile on their face, just saying his name. Our whole family, Obie, Jessie, Don, Brenda and I enjoyed being on the same block (Maplewood) with the "King of Volleyball" and his clan. He will surely be missed. Brian Baizley - Posted by: Brian Baizley (friend & neighbour) on: Jan 10, 2015

  • Wezer was one of a kind and will be missed. My thoughts are with all of his family & friends. - Posted by: Sandy Rossman (Friend) on: Jan 10, 2015

  • Growing up in the Fort Rouge area in the '40s and '50s I knew Wezer as an iconic figure of that era. Heavily involved in athletics Wezer was a leader introducing beach volley ball at Grand Beach. Weaer has left his mark on his community! He was a good man! My condolences to the Bridle family - Posted by: John Rendall (friend) on: Jan 10, 2015

  • I consider you as a great friend, mentor and volleyball nut who passed your passion along to me. You truly made a difference in my life. Thank You, Wezer. My greetings go to family and friends who mourn his passing with me. - Posted by: Leroy Starkes (Volleyball Friend ) on: Jan 10, 2015

  • Lots of good memories of Wezer reffing volleyball over the years. - Posted by: Andy Mead () on: Jan 10, 2015

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