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Born: Jul 25, 1956

Date of Passing: Feb 16, 2016

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SAMUEL VOISEY Samuel Frank Voisey of Dauphin, MB passed away on Tuesday, February 16, 2016 in God's Lake Narrows at the age of 59 years. Samuel was born on July 25, 1956 in Fort Churchill, MB to parents John and Frances (Harris) Voisey. He grew up in Fort Churchill with his seven siblings, Pat, Grace, Anne, Emily, David, Sonny, and Connie. He attended school in both Fort Churchill and Churchill, MB. Growing up in Fort Churchill and Churchill, Sam was also an altar boy at the Roman Catholic church for a few years. Sam attended numerous colleges, earning his Water and Waste Certificate as well as his Red Seal in Carpentry. Most recently, Sam received his Master's Degree in Project Management at the University of Winnipeg. Sammy's first job was bagging potatoes at the Hudson Bay Store which is how he got the nickname "Spuds". After completing school he worked at Churchill's Pre-Fab plant then went on to Flin-Flon, where he worked for H.B.M.S. After this, Sam went and worked in Rankin Inlet, NWT, before going back to Churchill where he worked for Churchill Housing where he met his future wife Donna Coma. They stayed together in Churchill for two years before moving to Thompson, MB, where he worked for Northern Affairs a number of years on various Northern Projects flying to many northern communities. Thompson became the birthplace of their only daughter, Ariel Elsie Frances Voisey. Donna, Sam and Ariel lived in Thompson until Ariel was two years old and from there moved to their current home in Dauphin, MB. Sam then started work for Manitoba Housing, then moved on to a consulting with First Nation communities for a number of years throughout Northern Ontario, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. Sam's career ended in teaching, this was something that he loved doing. In Dauphin he was active with the Lions Club for a number of years and his other passion was politics. Sam's other passions where hunting, fishing, playing and coaching hockey and baseball. Traveling with his family throughout the States, Mexico and to the Dominican. Sam's favorite hockey team was the Montreal Canadiens. Sammy enjoyed was always laughing and telling stories to his friends and family about his many adventures, playing cards and lotto 649, his many pets, cooking a big Sunday morning breakfast and "Wunniman" burgers. Sam absolutely adored his grandson and enjoyed talking to Wyatt on Hangouts. Sam leaves to mourn his passing his beloved wife Donna Voisey (Coma); their only daughter Ariel Voisey (Anthony Djekic); grandson, Wyatt Edward Voisey-Djekic and a second grandchild due to be born this summer. Sam is survived by his mother Frances Voisey; sisters Pat (Riel) Ouellette of Winnipeg, MB, Grace Clark of Winnipeg, MB, and Connie (Curtis) Dancyt of Lac du Bonnet, MB; mother-in-law Elsie Coma; brothers-in-law Dean Coma (Jen Jarocki), Brian (Debbie) Coma and sister-in-law Brenda Lewis as well as many nieces, nephews and extended family. Sam was predeceased by his father John Voisey, sister Anne, brother David, sister Emily and brother Cecil (aka Sonny) and father-in-law Edward Coma. A Celebration of Life will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 21, 2016 from Sneath-Strilchuk Dauphin Chapel in Dauphin, MB. Eulogy will be delivered by Dean Coma, Honorary Pallbearers are Dean Coma, Brian Coma, Peter Clark, Waylon Clarkson, Cole Coma, Wilfred McPherson, Michael Spence, Charlie Schweder, John Augustowich and Debbi Onischuk. Charitable donations in memory of Sam may be made to the Parkland Humane Society in Dauphin, MB. "He was the light that filled a room, with his laugh and presence. He enjoyed greeting you with a great big smile and a Polar Bear Hug!" Sneath-Strilchuk - Dauphin Chapel 204-638-4110

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Feb 20, 2016

Condolences & Memories (8 entries)

  • So true are these comments. Always remember his cheerful smile.....Only caught glimpses of Sam when I would walk down the boardwalk to pick up Connie for school. But even later in life he was still smiling! He came from such a wonderful family! - Posted by: Heather Martin (Sam was one of the big brother's of my friend Connie ) on: Apr 24, 2021

  • Sam, rest in the arms of your Lord Sammy, the world is a sadder place without you. Sammy I knew you from the day you were born. As a younger brother to Sonny & David you always wanted to tag along with us, especially when we went to our secret fort in the rocks. If we didn't let you, you were going to tell our parents. I was so pleasantly surprised when you reached out to me thru social media, allowing us to get caught up. You invited me to celebrate your Mom's recent birthday, I had to decline because I live 2K miles away. Here's the part that made me laugh and remember back to the early 60's. Sam wrote me and said he was going to tell my older sister. I am sure he meant he would say hi to my sister. That's what I remember, Sammy your sense of humor and the ability to make others laugh. You will be missed. - Posted by: Dale Brydges (Friend ) on: Feb 22, 2016

  • I was deeply saddened to hear of Sam's passing. Sam was a childhood friend and playmate of mine. Being born only a weeks apart he alway joked that I was his birthday twin. Sam and I attended school together for most of our younger years. Sam of course had the Voicey smarts and was always quick to respond. We had our first communion in the church together. Our family's spend much time together, Johnny worked with my Dad at DPW, and Frances often visit with Mom, both were French speaking so a Friday afternoon was common place. When I think of Sam, I will always remember having to go to church where Sam was the alter boy, his big smile and huge laugh, working at the Bay which earned him the nick-name "Spud"and of course his friendship with Larry, the two seemed inseparable. My deepest and most heartfelt condolences to his wife Donna, his daughter Ariel, sisters Pat, Grace and Connie and his dear mother Frances, your loss is great. Travel safe Sam, you've had quite the journey. Sincerely Diane Bellerive - Posted by: Diane Bellerive (Childhood friend) on: Feb 21, 2016

  • My sincere condolences for your loss. - Posted by: Roger Bellerive (Family Friend) on: Feb 21, 2016

  • I was best friends with Connie , so I was only her annoying little friend to him, but he was always smiling and kind. My heart is out to you all during this terrible time. - Posted by: Cindy Romanow (Friend) on: Feb 21, 2016

  • Sammy was a great friend. I grew up in Churchill knowing him well. We kept in touch on Facebook. I also live in dauphin and we where planning to go for coffee and talk about the good old days. We will miss you Sammy. God be with you. The DeMeulles Family - Posted by: Desiree deMeulles (Friend ) on: Feb 21, 2016

  • My name is Heather Mason, I worked with Sam during the last few weeks that he's been with us here in God's Lake Narrows. From the get go Sam was a ray of sunshine for everyone here. Always smiling, friendly and warm. He did his very best to make a connection with all of us at the school. I'm not sure if this is fate or not, but our school has been planning a graduation trip for our students. Our original destination was Banff, Alberta however, plans were changed shortly after Christmas to travel within the province. So the new destination was changed to Churchill, Manitoba. When Sam discovered our travel plan he was 100% on board with helping to fundraise and make contacts with his old pals. I was astounded, not too many people have that giving spirit. Sam had his classes make some gun racks for us to auction off and contacted his friends to let them know we are coming. Incredible that he did so much for our school in such a short amount of time. The world needs more men like Sam. We are heading to Churchill in August and with permission of Sam's family we would like to make a tribute in his honor. I've included my contact information with this dedication to Sam and would like to work with the family to honor Sam with the students this summer. Thank you to Sam's Family for allowing him to work here with us, he was a great man and it was a pleasure to know him. -Heather - Posted by: Heather Mason (Co worker) on: Feb 21, 2016

  • I am so very sad to hear of Sammy's passing. He was a close childhood friend and I always remember his happiness and smile. Once we got our little hands on a package of Kingsize Rothmans cigarettes. They must have been him Moms cause my Mom smoked Matinee. We were maybe 5 or 6. We went into Pratt's out house where they dumped the honey bucket. It was summer and dry and didn't stink too bad. We lit up the cigarettes and started puffing on them. They were very long so we threw them away and kept lighting up another. We practiced how to hold them, and had such fun. Soon the paper in the hole below started to smolder. I ran home and got a dipper of water from the water barrel to put it out. That did not work, we were so scared. We started to cry. We both ran home, and I hid under the bed. The fire truck came and so did the police. We left all the evidence. I came out from under the bed still crying and looked out the back door. The shack had almost stopped smoking, I could not see my accomplice anywhere but the heat was off. Paul,Jack,Sonny and David (our big brothers) had just arrived on the scene. They had their pant lets rolled up and bags of caplin in their hands. The cops questioned them anyway because they were usually to blame if something was happening. But not this time. Sammy and I were so scared we only whispered about it. Everyone knew it was us as I stayed under the bed until I was discovered. The boys just laughed at us and soon everyone knew the truth. Sammy and I laughed about it for years. He was a good natured happy boy and we were always happy playing together. We grew apart as adults for sure but his memory will always bring warmth to my heart and I am truly sad to hear of this news. My heart goes out to his family, especially his Mom, Frances. She is such a kind soul, and always so good to us kids. May Sammy rest in peace, With Deepest Sympathy, Lynne Batstone - Posted by: lynne batstone (Friend) on: Feb 20, 2016

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