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ALBERT FENSKE

Born: Sep 26, 1947

Date of Passing: Sep 14, 2016

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ALBERT FENSKE Albert Fenske, beloved husband, father and grandfather, passed away at his residence in Selkirk, MB on Wednesday, September 14, 2016. He is survived by his wife Patricia, daughter Kate (Liam Martin), son Andrew (Rachelle Northwood), granddaughter Milla, sisters Marie (John Wiens), and Erika Fenske as well as numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by parents, Albert and Gertrude Fenske, and twin daughters Claire and Andrea. Al was born September 26, 1947 in Lunenburg, Germany. At the age of 3, he, with his parents and sister Marie, emigrated to Canada. He grew up in Winnipeg MB, developing a life filled with varying interests from tennis and basketball, to aquarium fish to collecting everything from comics and pennies to model trains and James Bond movies. He had an entrepreneurial spirit honed early on with studies in Economics and Geography at University of Winnipeg. A decision to relieve some schooling debt led him to what he believed was going to be an interim teaching job at Selkirk Junior High, Selkirk MB, in 1970 only to find his love of teaching and coaching became his lifelong career, from which he finally retired in 2002. Highlights for him were coaching high school teams, from basketball to stock market competitions, achieving provincial success in both. Coach Fen and his Royals teams of 1975, 1976 and 1978 were inducted into the Manitoba Basketball Hall of Fame in 2015. He competed himself in Manitoba Summer Games in tennis, winning men's tennis doubles in the late 1980's. In 1974 he met his future wife, Pat (nee Friesen) at a basketball tournament. They were married in 1975. In the early 1990's he began a side career in order to pursue his lifelong passion for movies, and he opened a video store, Lastertek, where he gave numerous students their first jobs. In his university days he had learned to play bridge, paying for coffees and lunches with his winnings. This in turn became another passion in retirement when he joined the Selkirk Duplicate Bridge Club where he made many new friends. His last years were quieter, as a result of health difficulties, but many a night were filled with watching old movies, especially his collection of sci-fi and James Bond. May our loving memories of him continue to be "stirred and not shaken." A Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, September 22, at 11:00 a.m. in the Gilbart Funeral Chapel, Selkirk, with Rev. Deborah Vitt officiating. Gilbart Funeral Home, Selkirk in care of arrangements. www.gilbartfuneralhome.com
Publish Date: Sep 17, 2016

ALBERT FENSKE Suddenly, on Wednesday, September 14, 2016, at his residence in Selkirk, MB, Al Fenske, aged 68 years, beloved husband of Pat and father of Kate and Andrew, passed away. Full obituary to follow in Saturday's edition of the Free Press. Gilbart Funeral Home, Selkirk in care of arrangements.


Publish Date: Sep 16, 2016

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Sep 17, 2016

Condolences & Memories (18 entries)

  • Great coach teacher - his wife the same. - Posted by: Gregg Morrison (student) on: Jan 06, 2022

  • Rest in Peace Mr. Fenske. A respected teacher and admired coach. Your commitment to so many will always be respected. - Posted by: CGreen (Former Student) on: Oct 02, 2016

  • My condolences to the Fenske family during this difficult time. I met Al when I was coaching basketball at ESJH. I will miss our chats about strategy, tactics and comical situations regarding basketball. He had a great sense of humour. You will be missed. - Posted by: John Bukich (Basketball friend) on: Sep 20, 2016

  • My condolences to the Fenske family during this difficult time. I met Al when I was coaching basketball at ESJH. I will miss our chats about strategy, tactics and comical situations regarding basketball. He had a great sense of humour. You will be missed. - Posted by: John Bukich (Basketball friend) on: Sep 20, 2016

  • We are saddened to hear of the sudden passing. Praying for comfort for the entire family. - Posted by: Colin and Lisa VanBergen (Kasdorf) (Relative) on: Sep 19, 2016

  • Al's strong contributions as a teacher, employer, community member, friend and colleague are just part of his legacy. Condolences to Pat, Andrew, Kate, other family and friends. - Posted by: Barbara Kelly (co-worker) on: Sep 19, 2016

  • Kate, my sincere condolences to you and your family. I'm thinking of you and offer best wishes for peace and comfort. — Cheryl - Posted by: Cheryl Lemoine ((friend of daughter)) on: Sep 19, 2016

  • My sincere condolences to Mrs Fenske and family. I had the pleasure of being his Educational Assistant in his classroom many many years ago (when I first started in the Division). He was a great person to work with. Rest in Peace Mr. Fenske. - Posted by: Leslie Loutit () on: Sep 18, 2016

  • Sending prayers to the family. - Posted by: Wendy () on: Sep 18, 2016

  • Our most heartfelt condolences to the entire family at this tragic time. May your memories of a shared lifetime give you peace and comfort. - Posted by: Pat mcketchen (Family friend) on: Sep 18, 2016

  • Pat, so sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you during this difficult time. - Posted by: Wendy Rand (friend) on: Sep 17, 2016

  • I find myself running back through the memories of grade ten geography. He had a knack for story telling and finding the perfect movies to correlate with the school work (Twister comes to mind when we learned/memorized the US states south of Manitoba). I always looked forward to his class or seeing him in the hallway for a chat. Rest easy Mr. Fenske, you've earned it. - Posted by: Geoff (Student) on: Sep 17, 2016

  • I worked in the office at Selkirk Junior High when Al first started there as a teacher in the 70's. He got my son interested in basketball. I was impressed how dedicated he was and how he got along so well with junior high students. I last saw him when his teams and he were inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame as was my son and his teammates. God Bless Al - Posted by: Pauline Miller (friend) on: Sep 17, 2016

  • My deepest condolences, Pat, Andrew and Kate. I will remember Al as a kind man with a dry sense of humour. Thinking of you at this sad time. - Posted by: Heather Meginbir (co-worker) on: Sep 17, 2016

  • My sincere condolences to Pat and family. Miss you, A. regards, Art. - Posted by: Art Ammeter (Colleague) on: Sep 17, 2016

  • Great teacher...may he rest in peace, he will be fondly remembered - Posted by: kali (teacher student) on: Sep 17, 2016

  • I taught with Al and Pat in Selkirk from 1974 to 1978. My sincere condolences to you Pat. I know exactly what you are going through. I remember Al as a friendly happy person who was fun to be around. - Posted by: Liz Long (friend) on: Sep 16, 2016

  • Rest easy my friend. - Posted by: Dennis. Wishnowski (Friend and coworker) on: Sep 16, 2016

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