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Date of Passing: Jul 10, 2017

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JAMES WAYNE DERHAK Peacefully on Monday, July 10, 2017 at the age of 58, James passed away at Riverview Health Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba with his loving wife Margot of 33 years at his side. Left to cherish his memory are his wife Margot, their children, Kathleen and Colin, his siblings, Janice Gerylo (Steve), Bob Derhak (Debbie), Randy Derhak (Carol) and Bonnie Derhak-Semeniuk (Mark), his mother-in-law Shelia Anderson, nieces and nephews: Randy Jr. (Kristen), Sean (Kelly), Andrea, Breanne (Bryan), Stacey (Trevor), Ashley (Barett) and Bobby, as well as great-nieces and nephews, Mila, Dexx, Avie, Kate, Annabeth, Oliver, Liam, Brody and Finnley. James was born in Dauphin, Manitoba on July 19, 1958. He graduated from the Dauphin Regional Comprehensive Secondary School and went onto Red River College where he completed the Electronics Engineering Technology program. After numerous jobs within the IT field, he was most recently employed at Canadian Tire as Site Operations Manager at the Winnipeg Data Centre until his passing. James enjoyed spending time with his family, going to movies, eating out, camping and attending Folklorama. He loved spending time out in his shed fixing things and doing woodwork. The family would like to send a special thank you to the doctors, nurses and health care professionals at CancerCare Manitoba and the Riverview Health Centre for their kindness and compassion during this difficult time. Donations may be made in James' memory to CancerCare Manitoba or Riverview Health Centre Foundation. A memorial service will be held Thursday, July 20, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at Klassen Funeral Home. KLASSEN FUNERAL HOME 1897 HENDERSON HWY 204-338-0331 Condolences may be sent to

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jul 15, 2017

Condolences & Memories (11 entries)

  • My condolences go out to the family. I had not been in touch with James for quite some time and just found out about this recently. James was my manager back in the GT days and always was someone who I could talk to. Being an ex-Dauphinite myself probably helped...I will always remember our time together. RIP - Posted by: kevin Yakabowski (Work) on: Sep 20, 2017

  • Dear Bonnie, please accept my deepest condolences in the loss of your brother. Losing a sibling is never easy, but losing someone so young is especially heartbreaking. Wishing you and your family strength and healing at this difficult time. - Posted by: Susan Rogers (Friend of Bonnie) on: Jul 20, 2017

  • I worked with Bill Bodner at MLCC and James did some work for us setting up network "stuff" for our new Point of Sale systems. It was always a pleasure working with James and I just remember having a lot of fun through it all. Thinking of his family at this time. Faye - Posted by: Faye Wankling (Long Ago Work) on: Jul 19, 2017

  • Anytime I had the pleasure to talk with James there was always humour involved and the odd shot at his buddy Dolf. He was a good man and would have a positive impact on any conversation you had with him. Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family Margot. - Posted by: Andy Rewucki (Friend) on: Jul 19, 2017

  • First met James probably in the 1980s when I worked in Network Operations at Great West Life while he worked for IBM I believe. Met up with him when I moved over to the Air Canada site downtown and reconnected. I always looked forward to meeting up with James on our trouble tickets, which he always fixed so damn fast, and touching base on our life's going's on. Always friendly, approachable, laid back personality. Will cherish and treasure the times we had, the laughter and jokes we shared. Passed way too soon. Sincere sympathy and condolences to Margot and the children. Cherish and treasure all the great memories at this difficult time. Know that he is watching over all of you and guiding you through life. - Posted by: Brent Mackie (Friend) on: Jul 17, 2017

  • I worked with James at Ceridian. He had a sense of humour which made working with him fun. He also helped get things done. I respected him for his knowledge and for being great to deal with. James will be missed. - Posted by: Irene Wagner (Co-worker) on: Jul 17, 2017

  • I had worked with James at Canadian Tire for 2 years when he was hired to build our Winnipeg Data Center. James was tenecious and had a great grasp on technology. Outside of that he always had time to talk with you and let you know what was on his mind. He talked a lot about his family and some of the fun adventures they went on which was a true testament to what a great family man he was. I was sad to hear about his passing and I extend my condolences to his family. My prayers are with you. - Posted by: Jason Nelson (Working Relationship ) on: Jul 17, 2017

  • I was very saddened to hear of James's passing. James was many things to many people. To his employees and peers he was a teacher and friend. To his family, he was a dedicated husband and father. And to his friends he was an anchor of support, always willing to lend a hand. His "pay-it-forward" personality shone through in nearly all he did. Besides being very passionate and dedicated man he was very strong. He didn't let his illness keep him from doing what he loved, even the days when he was in visible pain "he always showed up and pushed through" he taught all of us how to be just as great and strong. Just like he was.. He will be missed but always in our memories as we shared some good times building the data centre and we learned a lot from this bright, brave and strong man. Thank for the many beautiful memories that will stay with all us. - Posted by: Fabio Lonigro (Friend and co-worker) on: Jul 17, 2017

  • When I meet James 4 years ago, I knew immediately he was the guy to help build our new Data Center in downtown Winnipeg. As I got to know James, I knew I had made the right choice, he was there everyday during construction and together with the team we built our masterpiece. I used to call James the Maytag repairman, he did such a great job with the facility that nothing every broke. I'm so proud of James and the team in Winnipeg and what they have done for Canadian Tire. He will be missed but his memory will live forever in our hearts. - Posted by: Kevin Albert (Working relationship) on: Jul 17, 2017

  • Margot, Kathleen, and Colin, we were very saddened to hear of James's passing. Our thoughts are with you at this time. You have many beautiful memories that will stay with you forever. Take care, Love Shawna, Lindsay, Erin, Matt, Brayzlynn, and Orin - Posted by: Shawna Rice (family) on: Jul 16, 2017

  • James and I met in 2001 where we worked together at Group Telecom and then again at Ceridian in 2005. He was a great leader and I enjoyed working with him. We had many discussions not only about work but our lifes. He always had time to sit down and have a talk and tell a few jokes. He was a very good friend and mentor and I will miss him a lot. My sincere and heartfelt sympathy to all his family and loved ones. - Posted by: Bryan Fingland (Friend) on: Jul 16, 2017

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