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BUNNY (MARTIN LEONARD) RINGER (1929 - 2016) Peacefully and with dignity on March 11, 2016, Bunny Ringer widower of the late and beloved Shirley Ringer, passed away surrounded by family and friends after a short stay at the Grace Hospital. Left to cherish his memory are his children David (Karen) and Eva (Kurt), grandchildren Kama, Maya and Sela Ringer and Michael (Tory) and Jill Barkman, and his brother-in-law Sam Kobrinsky (Denny) and family. He was predeceased by his parents Sam and Claire Ringer and his close cousin Paul Ringer. Dad enjoyed boating and was a member of the Manitoba Yacht Club for many years. He was always interested in cars and could spot a subtle change from the original in a model that caught his eye. Dad was a dedicated business owner and pharmacist who made many friends through his time at the drugstores. The many long-term friendships he enjoyed are a testament to his kindness and loyalty. Dad seemed to thrive when he was helping others. Mom was the centre of Dad's universe and we were privileged to witness such a beautiful, loving relationship. We will miss Dad dearly yet the love and lessons that he shared with us will live on through his five grandchildren and future generations. Bunny's funeral was held graveside at Shaarey Zedek Cemetery on Sunday, March 13, 2016. Pallbearers were his grandchildren Michael and Jill Barkman, son-in-law, Kurt Barkman, nephew Jeremy Bass and partner Jean Guy, and friend Max Polinsky.
As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Mar 19, 2016
Condolences & Memories (5 entries)
Bunny was a big part of my life growing up in Fort Garry. I remember he would "hold court" in his office overlooking the drugstore, surrounded by many good friends who dropped in for coffee and a chat. One of those friends was my father, Ernie Vogt. Bunny was kind enough to offer my brother Rick, and myself, our first "real jobs" when we just in our young teens. His daughter Eva became my good friend as we adored horses and Bunny indulged this hobby. Bunny was sharp and straightforward, kind and generous. He always treated us as real human beings, not just "kids", and he was much loved by our family. Vale Bunny, and thanks for the help. - Posted by: Lori Vogt (Friend) on: Feb 12, 2017
Like Neil Mackie, I delivered prescriptions, only I worked at Williams Pharmacy across Pembina. I would often have to pick up items from Ringers for Norm Williams. I always found Mr. Ringer to be a true gentleman. Later in life I ran into Mr. Ringer at several Chamber of Commerce functions. After all those years, he never forgot my name. May he rest in peace. - Posted by: Dave Riches (Customer) on: Mar 31, 2016
Hello and deepest sympathies. I had the privilege of working with Mr Ringer as a delivery boy back in the early 60s. As a 14 year old kid he instilled in me a work ethic and life lessons that stuck with all my life. For example take interest and guide every one in the company from the Delivey boy up. Also if you are going to do something, do it right the first time. He would inspect the drugstore at the end of the shift and if the sweeping and clean up was not up to par you would be doing it again. Although we delivered prescriptions on our bikes year round, if the weather was bad he would drive us to the customers in his big Lincoln! I ran into him a several years when I was visiting form BC and made a point a point of telling him that. One of kind. Regards Neil Mackie - Posted by: Neil Mackie (Former employee) on: Mar 20, 2016
Bunny Ringer was a friend of my dad's from the days of their youth. He was a very special presence in Ft. Garry for many years. Whenever we went to Ringer's Drug Store, he went out of his way to make each of us kids feel special. He was a wonderful and kind gentleman who was never too busy to be friendly. The store was never the same after he left it. We still refer to the building as "Ringer's", even after all these years. - Posted by: Georgia Lees Klass (Customer from long ago) on: Mar 19, 2016
Mr. Ringer was a good friend of my fathers and always treated me with kindness. My most sincere sympathies. - Posted by: Susan Macdonald (Customer) on: Mar 19, 2016
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